A celebration of the African-American Spiritual
The scripture lessons for this Sunday were Psalm 56:1-4 and Psalm 59:16-17. Our proclamation was sung by our choir. Included in this recording:
"Hush" arranged by Alice Parker,
"There Is a Balm in Gilead" arranged by William L. Dawson,
"The Creation" from God's Trombones by James Weldon Johnson, narrated by Moses Mason,
"Listen to the Lambs" by Nathaniel Dett.
This Sunday was also a day of celebration for our new building. All ages joined in writing thier hopes and prayers for the future on the framing (Photo). And we welcomed organist Patrick Parker!
This Sunday, April 15, was the first day of Rev. Laura Mayo's sabbatical. Covenant members performed a dramatic reading of Bill Martin's "Second Comings."
"The primary inspiration for this playlet was A. J. Langguth's Jesus Christs, a 1968 novel comprising a number of vignettes of the sort included in the performance. I do not have easy access to that book, but I have note cards from a considerably longer (and seriously dated) performance that I gave at Covenant in the 1970s in which I acknowledged a significant debt to the Langguth book, claiming approximate originality for only about 50 percent credit of the remainder. In the current version, I estimate that at least a third of the scenes are borrowed directly from that book, though condensed and tweaked, and that other lines may or may not be, or may come from poems, cartoons, or irreverent companions.As I noted in the introduction, I have mused on such scenes since childhood."
Players included: Jim Avera, Jodi Bash, Ruddy Cravens, Bill Martin, and Shannon Stewart.
Nancy Henry read the opening Call to Worship; the poem: "Heaven on Earth" by Kristin Berkey-Abbott from, Whistling Past the Graveyard. Pudding House Publications, 2004. Bill Martin read the scripture lesson.
How are we going to follow?
This Sunday, March 4, we reflected on Wednesday of Holy Week.
The Covenant Choir sang "Os Justi" by Anton Bruckner.
Laura Mayo gave the proclamation. Our scripture lesson was Mark 14:1-11.
This image above is from the front of Covenant's order of worship for Sunday.
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