Choral and Handbell Music for February
If you’d like to know how our Adult choirs plan to mark the transition from hope-filled Epiphany to reflective Lent, here are some of the musical offerings we will share with the Trinity community during the Sunday services this February.
EPIPHANY V (February 4): Gracious Spirit, Dwell with Me was arranged in 1984 by K. Lee Scott and is based on the lovely Benedictine Communion chant Adoro te devote.
TRANSFIGURATION (February 11): The gospel-tinged Truly Free was written in 2011 by David Lantz and is based on John 8:32; Lantz is a school teacher and music director at a Methodist Church in Stroudsburg, PA and has 400 choral works in print.
ASH WEDNESDAY (February 14): Thou Knowest, Lord, the Secrets of Our Hearts is a Baroque setting of the Funeral Sentences in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer; Henry Purcell’s chromaticism and subtle word-painting match the text’s “bitter pains of eternal death”.
LENT I (February 18): In honor of Black History Month, our handbell choir will present the spiritual Steal Away, arranged in 1985 for bells by Carl Wiltse. The Chancel Choir will sing a setting of the penitential Psalm 51: Turn Thy Face from My Sin by Thomas Attwood, an English pupil of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and organist of Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London.
LENT II (February 25): The Old Rugged Cross is Vicki Wright’s 2005 arrangement of the classic hymn by Methodist minister George Bennard.
Our February Offerings
February brings with it two wonderful offerings from the Children’s and Youth Music Ministry at Trinity. The Trinity Trebles will sing the hymn We Are the Church on February 11. It’s a wonderful hymn that teaches us that the church is not simply a building, but a people, not just any people, but all people no matter their age or race. It teaches us that the church can be a place of joy and place of mourning. In addition, the youth will sing the song Greater by MercyMe on February 25, the first Sunday of Lent. The Youth Choir will create their own praise band with percussion instruments and keyboard. The song deals with the struggles of self-doubt, pain, and guilt and reminds us that we are redeemed thanks to the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Our music ministry hopes that you enjoy these two music offerings and encourages you to get involved by joining one of our many music groups at Trinity! It’s never too late to praise the Lord with voice and song!