Our prelude this Sunday is a familiar tune - Hendon - which many might know as “Take My Life and Let it Be.” This text is set to a few different hymn tunes, but I appreciate what Hendon does for the text with the reading from Romans. This rendition will begin as a meditation but evolve into the stately hymn that calls us to devote and serve.
Before the gospel this Sunday, we will sing “Wilt thou Forgive that Sin,” which combines the text and music of two greats -- John Donne and J.S. Bach. Like the prelude, this was selected because of the reading from Romans. Each line that ends in a question, or the suggestion of a question, ends on a major chord. Since the tune is minor, this creates a feeling of intrigue and hope.
As we finish the service and prepare to start a new week, I will play the hymn tune Westminster
Abbey with Doug’s wonderful recording (I will play the descant). We know this tune as “Christ is Made the Sure Foundation.” The text echoes the Collect and reminds us of the many ways in which we are joined, even when times are so strange.