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Amazing Grace

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The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost
October 28, 2018

Amazing grace! how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see.

We give thee but thine own

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The Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
October 21, 2018

Our stewardship theme continues this month and is reflected in our hymns and anthems. Today's offertory anthem is a setting of an English hymn text, "We give thee but thine own."

The anthem text was written by William Walsham How (1823-1897), a suffragan bishop in London. He became Bishop of Wakefield in the north of England in 1888. An interesting bit of trivia: How appears as a significant character in Bernard Pomerance's Broadwayplay, The Elephant Man


Bishop How wrote a number of hymns, five of which are included in The Hymnal 1982: 52, This day at thy creating word 252, Jesus, name of wondrous love! 254, You are the Christ, O Lord 287, For all the saints 632, O Christ, the Word Incarnate (which we will sing next Sunday)
"For all the saints," paired with a strong tune by Ralph Vaughan Williams, is his best known hymn. We will sing it on All Saints' Day (Nov. 1) and All Saints' Sunday (Nov. 4). For…

In all things give thanks

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The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
October 14, 2018


During the month of October, we are focusing on the theme of stewardship. You will see this theme woven throughout the hymns and anthems selected this month.

At Trinity Cathedral, one way in which we highlight this theme is through the singing of a stewardship hymn every Sunday in October. Although many of our Episcopal hymns are related to Christian service, our hymnal doesn't contain a specific section on stewardship. Since The Hymnal 1982 was published, a number of new hymns have been written on this theme. I have enjoyed the opportunity to explore these new hymns and teach several of them to our congregation.

The hymn selected for this year is written by The Reverend Carl P. Daw, Jr.*: 

For the life that you have given,
for the love in Christ made known,
with these fruits of time and labor,
with these gifts that are your own:
here we offer, Lord, our praises;
heart and mind and strength we bring;
give us grace to love and serve you…

Make me a channel of your peace

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The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
October 7, 2018


                                                                                                           Art:  St. Francis, Sue Betanzos, https://suebetanzos.com


This morning, we are singing several texts by St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), whose feast day was celebrated on October 4. Read a short biography of St. Francis or watch a video here: St. Francis of Assisi

Our entrance hymn, "All creatures of our God and King," is a translation of St. Francis' poem, "Canticle of Brother Sun." It celebrates the glory of God in creation, ending each stanza with a rousing "Alleluia."

The sequence hymn, "Lord, make us servants of your peace," is based on the famous "peace prayer" attributed to St. Francis.

Our Cantate Choral Academy choirs have been learning about St. Francis in recent weeks and are offering two additional settings of these texts. "The Canticle of Brother Sun" is a …