Music Sunday 2017 - Love is Love is Love is Love is Love
Music Sunday, May 21st at 11:00 worship
By Vicky Thomas
When you think about it, love is pretty much all we sing about in church.
During Lent the choir sang two favorite compositions about God’s love for us: God so Loved the World and Greater Love Has No One than This. On Music Sunday, May 21st, we continue to explore the musical “love connection” between God and humankind and how that connection inspires us and calls us to love others.
Two anthems arranged in the African-American tradition express our love for Jesus: a bluesy setting of Here’s One and a medley that packs in five wonderful hymns. The text of Set Me as a Seal from the Song of Solomon assures us that love is as strong as death. Composer John Rutter’s setting of 1 Cor. 13 reminds us that love must be the prime motivator for all our actions: “Though I might give all I possessed to the poor, without love no change is made to what they lacked before.”
Two of the “hottest” choral composers working today contribute lush, lyrical pieces. Norwegian Ola Gjeilo uses the inspiration of ancient chant in a composition about love in community. And in three movements from Jake Runestad’s The Hope of Loving, the choir and string quartet take us on a mystical journey about love to poetry by St. John of the Cross, 8th C. Sufi poetess Rabia, and 13th C. German theologian Meister Eckhart.
The choir goes on break early this year to accommodate preparation for singing at the American Baptist Churches Biennial in Portland, so make sure to join us for this Music Sunday worship service. And after food for the soul and the ear, there will be food for the body at a luncheon following worship to celebrate my (Vicky Thomas’) eleven seasons of service at SFBC.
Invite your friends and come and be inspired to LOVE at a service filled with music!