• 9:15 & 11:00 AMSanctuary

    Sunday , January 14, the theme will be Justice for Immigrants.  In keeping with this theme, the choir will sing a Pete Seeger song we all know, "This Land Is Your Land".  The words and melody will be familiar...

    This land is your land, this land is my land,
    From California to the New York island;
    From the redwood forests to the Gulf Stream waters;
    This land is made for you and me.

    ...but you may notice some innovations, arranged by our own music director, Sadie Sonntag.

  • 9:15 & 11:00 AMSanctuary

    John Rutter is one of the foremost choir music composers of this or the last century.  Sunday, January 28, the choir will perform his "For the Beauty of the Earth", an anthem with words familiar to church goers and hymn singers since 1864.  This new setting emphasizes the voices of sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses and combines them in harmonies beautiful and moving.

    For the beauty of the earth
    For the beauty of the skies
    For the love which from our birth
    Over and around us lies.

    For the joy of human love
    Brother, sister, parent, child
    Friends on earth, and friends above
    For all gentle thoughts and mild

    Lord of all to thee we raise
    This our hymn of joyful praise!

    As our theme of Justice continues we celebrate our blessings of beauty, love, and joy.

  • 9:15 AM onlySanctuary

    "What Wondrous Love Is This" is a Christian folk hymn first published in 1811 in Lynchburg, VA in a camp meeting songbook. The present melody is from The Southern Harmony, 1835 edition. In 1992, Connie Campbell Hart created new lyrics for this beloved traditional hymn.

    What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul,
    What wondrous love is this, O my soul?
    What wondrous love is this that brings my heart such bliss,
    And takes away the pain of my soul, of my soul
    And takes away the pain of my soul.

    Continuing our month-long theme of Love, we sing and celebrate the wonder of Love.

  • 9:15 & 11:00 AMSanctuary

    "Luci care, luci belle", a nocturnes by W A Mozart, was composed around 1783.  The words come from Pietro Metastasio, a librettist from the 18th century.

    Luci care, luci belle,
    cari lumi, amate stelle,
    date calma a questo cuore,
    date calma a questo cuore!

    Dear lights, beautiful lights,
    Dear lights, beloved stars,
    Give calm to this heart,
    Give calm to this heart!

    Continuing our month-long theme of humility, this "night song" reflects the calm that soothes the heart when one beholds the vast Universe of stars.

  • 9:15 & 11:00 AMSanctuary

    Easter Sunday

    One of the last pieces J S Bach wrote was his Mass in B minor completed in 1749, the year before his death.  The choir under Sadie's direction, along with an ensemble of 3 recorders and cello will perform the last part of the last movement of the Mass, the Dona Nobis Pacem.

    The petition to "grant us peace" closes the Mass.  It is a somber, deliberate and moving choral expression of hope and expectation.   What more poignant and appropriate plea for us today!

    Grant us peace.  Grant us peace.  Grant us peace….


  • 9:15 & 11:00 AMSanctuary

    "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" was the closing song of the first act of Rodgers & Hammerstein's 1959 hit musical, The Sound Of Music.  The lyrics encourage listeners to take any and all necessary steps to realize their dreams.  In the story, the main character, Maria, who clearly "would never be a nun", gradually awoke to the possibility of a less sequestered life as she was encouraged to do by the Reverend Mother of the abbey.  "When God closes a door, somewhere he opens a window."

    The choir will perform this inspiring song on Sunday, April 15, in keeping with the theme of "Gradual Awakening". 

    Climb ev'ry mountain,
    Ford ev'ry stream,
    Follow ev'ry rainbow,
    Till you find your dream!

  • 9:15 AM onlySanctuary

    "What A Wonderful World", featured in the 1987 movie Good Morning, Vietnam, and presented this Sunday by the choir, was originally performed by Louis Armstrong in 1967.

    I see trees of green, red roses too
    I see them bloom for me and you
    And I think to myself what a wonderful world

    I see skies of blue and clouds of white
    The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
    And I think to myself what a wonderful world

    The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
    Are also on the faces of people going by
    I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
    They're really saying I love you

    I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
    They'll learn much more than I'll never know
    And I think to myself what a wonderful world
    Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world

    In spite of all we humans do to it, the planet Earth remains a truly wonderful world.

  • 10:00 amSanctuary

    "Lux Aeterna" (eternal light) a choral setting of Nimrod by Edward Elgar, arranged by John Cameron is from the Enigma Variations, published around the turn of the 20th century.  Now each of the 16 Variations related to a friend or relative of Elgar, and is each one's approach to the enigma, which has never been conclusively answered.  Nimrod was a Biblical character described as a mighty hunter and the Lux Aeterna paints a portrait of Elgar's beloved music editor, Augustus J Jaeger.  "Jaeger" is German for "Hunter".

    The piece is in Latin, the text is from the Requiem Mass of the Roman Catholic Church.  It translates as:

    May light eternal shine upon them, O Lord, with Thy saints forever,
    for Thou art Kind.
    Eternal rest
    give to them, O Lord,
    and let perpetual light shine upon them.

  • 10:00 amSanctuary

    The theme for the month of August is "Unity-Diversity", a study of how differences don't have to keep us apart.  Some barriers to unity might be mountains, valleys, or rivers.  But Valerie Simpson and Nickolas Ashford pointed out in their 1967 Motown hit, put on the charts by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, that...

    There ain't no mountain high enough
    Ain't no valley low enough
    Ain't no river wide enough
    To keep me from getting to you

    The choir will perform this delightfully rousing love song this Sunday, August 12.

  • 10:00 amSanctuary

    On August 26th, the choir, accompanied by Nancy Hayashibara will present an original composition by Sadie Sonntag, our choir director.  She said this about the piece:

    "Our family has a tradition of traveling over the summer, going into our own history, taking a break from the present, and pausing for reflection on what is, and what could be. 

    "Each time we journey through incredibly varied States, I am awestruck by the beauty of each new and different scene.  I am intrigued by the differences of personalities of the people we meet and by the diversity in small pockets of culture we encounter.

    "Recently, these trips have inspired me to write music around the theme of the United States of America and what that means to me personally. The resulting composition, 'The Golden Door', uses the text by Emma Lazurus which is engraved on the side of the Statue of Liberty; 'Give me your tired, your poor....' 

    "I have written this piece with the aim of creating something enduring with a very singable and memorable melody.  This is for the UU choir and for the congregation, to give voice to those who would feel strongly connected to these words, that they might be heard." 

  • 9:15 and 11:00 AMSanctuary

    The Maori people came to New Zealand from Polynesia in canoes a long time ago.  There they developed the art of chanting, singing, and dancing.  They called it poi, after a small swinging, bobbing ball on a string.  Sunday, the 23rd of September, the choir will perform Tama Tu, a Maori proverb set to music.  It starts off with chanting in the native Maori language, continues with song, briefly switches to English, and circles back again.  It's not a song you will find it easy to sit still for.  In fact the Maori words:

    Tama tu, tama ora; tama no-oh, tama mah-tay kai.
    Kukuti.  Poata ra-u.  Puoro!  Kani kani!


    The one who stands, lives; the one who sits, suffers.
    Gather together.  Now is the time.  Sing!  Dance!

    It may be hard for some to sing or dance in body, but everyone can make a joyful noise and "pew dance"!