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APRIL 22, 2018 – FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER APRIL 22, 2018 – FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

ABOUT THIS MORNING’S MUSIC ABOUT THIS MORNING’S MUSIC


Today, the fourth Sunday of Easter, is what is referred to as ‘Good Shepherd Today, the fourth Sunday of Easter, is what is referred to as ‘Good Shepherd
Sunday’ owing to the assigned reading from the tenth chapter of the Gospel Sunday’ owing to the assigned reading from the tenth chapter of the Gospel
of John where Christ is described as the “Good Shepherd” who lays down his of John where Christ is described as the “Good Shepherd” who lays down his
life for his sheep. Additionally, April 22, 2018 is also the 48th “Earth Day.” life for his sheep. Additionally, April 22, 2018 is also the 48th “Earth Day.”
Today’s music has been chosen to fit into these two themes of the day. In Today’s music has been chosen to fit into these two themes of the day. In
selecting the hymns, the Shepherd theme was fit with the hymns The King of selecting the hymns, the Shepherd theme was fit with the hymns The King of
Love My Shepherd Is, Hymn 646, and My Shepherd Will Supply My Need, Love My Shepherd Is, Hymn 646, and My Shepherd Will Supply My Need,
Hymn 664, and the Earth day theme with Hail Thee Vegetable Festival Day!, Hymn 664, and the Earth day theme with Hail Thee Vegetable Festival Day!,
Hymn 175, which contains the lyrics “He who was nailed to the cross is Lord Hymn 175, which contains the lyrics “He who was nailed to the cross is Lord
and the ruler of nature.” and the ruler of nature.”

My Shepherd Will Supply, this morning’s Prelude, is a setting of the hymn- My Shepherd Will Supply, this morning’s Prelude, is a setting of the hymn-
tune Resignation by Texan and organist David N. Johnson (1922–1988). tune Resignation by Texan and organist David N. Johnson (1922–1988).
[Fun Fact: the names of hymn tunes are often printed with ALL-CAPS or [Fun Fact: the names of hymn tunes are often printed with ALL-CAPS or
SMALL-CAPS formatting.] SMALL-CAPS formatting.]

Today’s setting of Psalm 23 is by Bobby McFerrin (b. 1950), the singer who Today’s setting of Psalm 23 is by Bobby McFerrin (b. 1950), the singer who
is most well-known for the 1988 tune Don’t Worry, Be Happy. Return is most well-known for the 1988 tune Don’t Worry, Be Happy. Return
readers will notice there is no chant-tone that accompanies this listing. This readers will notice there is no chant-tone that accompanies this listing. This
is because Bobby McFerin’s setting is entirely written out rather than sung to is because Bobby McFerin’s setting is entirely written out rather than sung to
a repeated chant-tone. When asked about why he used the word “she” when a repeated chant-tone. When asked about why he used the word “she” when
speaking about God in this setting of the familiar 23rd psalm, McFerrin speaking about God in this setting of the familiar 23rd psalm, McFerrin
responded: responded:
The 23rd Psalm is dedicated to my mother. She was the driving force in The 23rd Psalm is dedicated to my mother. She was the driving force in
my religious and spiritual education, and I have so many memories of her my religious and spiritual education, and I have so many memories of her
singing in church. But I wrote it because I’d been reading the Bible one singing in church. But I wrote it because I’d been reading the Bible one
morning, and I was thinking about God’s unconditional love, about how morning, and I was thinking about God’s unconditional love, about how
we crave it but have so much trouble believing we can trust it, and how we crave it but have so much trouble believing we can trust it, and how
we can’t fully understand it. And then I left my reading and spent time we can’t fully understand it. And then I left my reading and spent time
with my wife and our children. Watching her with them, the way she with my wife and our children. Watching her with them, the way she
loved them, I realized one of the ways we’re shown a glimpse of how God loved them, I realized one of the ways we’re shown a glimpse of how God
loves us is through our mothers. They cherish our spirits, they demand loves us is through our mothers. They cherish our spirits, they demand
that we become our best selves, and they take care of us. that we become our best selves, and they take care of us.

Today’s Sequence Music, Now the Green Blade Riseth, is a setting of Hymn Today’s Sequence Music, Now the Green Blade Riseth, is a setting of Hymn
204 (of the same name) in your pew’s blue Hymnal 1982 by Simon Lindley 204 (of the same name) in your pew’s blue Hymnal 1982 by Simon Lindley
(b. 1948). (b. 1948).
About this morning’s music (continued) About this morning’s music (continued)
This morning’s Offertory Anthem is My Shepherd is the Living Lord by This morning’s Offertory Anthem is My Shepherd is the Living Lord by
Thomas Tomkins (1572–1656). Thomas Tomkins (1572–1656).
In regards to this piece, the musician John Heighway wrote: In regards to this piece, the musician John Heighway wrote:
My shepherd is the living Lord… was drawn from the metrical My shepherd is the living Lord… was drawn from the metrical
version of Psalm 23 contained in the popular sixteenth-century version of Psalm 23 contained in the popular sixteenth-century
collection of Sternold and Hopkins. Unfortunately, to modern ears collection of Sternold and Hopkins. Unfortunately, to modern ears
this text may seem more quaint than inspired. … A single solo voice this text may seem more quaint than inspired. … A single solo voice
is given prominence for the first verse, while the second verse is given prominence for the first verse, while the second verse
section is a duet, with intricate writing for the organ contrasting section is a duet, with intricate writing for the organ contrasting
with the rhythmic simplicity of the voice lines. with the rhythmic simplicity of the voice lines.
Loving Shepherd of Thy Sheep by Philip Ledger (1937–2012) is this Loving Shepherd of Thy Sheep by Philip Ledger (1937–2012) is this
morning’s anthem sung during Holy Communion. It’s lyrics are: morning’s anthem sung during Holy Communion. It’s lyrics are:
Keep thy lamb, in safety keep; Nothing can thy power withstand, Keep thy lamb, in safety keep; Nothing can thy power withstand,
None can pluck me from thy hand. None can pluck me from thy hand.
I would bless thee every day, Gladly all thy will obey, I would bless thee every day, Gladly all thy will obey,
Like thy blessed ones above, Happy in thy precious love. Like thy blessed ones above, Happy in thy precious love.
Loving Shepherd, every near, Teach they lamb thy voice to hear Loving Shepherd, every near, Teach they lamb thy voice to hear
Suffer not my steps to stray from the straight and narrow way. Suffer not my steps to stray from the straight and narrow way.
Where thou leadest I would go,Walking in thy steps below, Where thou leadest I would go,Walking in thy steps below,
Till before my Father’s throne I shall know, Till before my Father’s throne I shall know,
I shall know, I shall know as I am known. I shall know, I shall know as I am known.
This morning’s postlude, the famous La Primavera (Spring) from Le This morning’s postlude, the famous La Primavera (Spring) from Le
Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons) by Antonio Vivaldi (1678– Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons) by Antonio Vivaldi (1678–
1740), is arranged for organ by Pierre Gouin (b. 1947). 1740), is arranged for organ by Pierre Gouin (b. 1947).
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