Adult Sunday School Schedule
Adult Sunday School Lesson/Topics/Teachers
For February 16, 2020
Alpha Rev. Dr. Brad Gabriel Celtic Christianity
Apostles Todd Wilson Todd's Game Show
Asbury Phil Hoffman Two Good Pharisees
Celebration Frank Markus To Be or Not To Be
Emmaus Jess Atkinson Let's Get Salty
Fellowship Forum Sam Massey Red Letter by Tony Campolo
Fiser-Covenant Jim Borden Proverbs
Gilbert Judy Pearson 18th Century America
Horizon Henry Evans Coincidences?
Lamplighters Jim Pruett Honor Thy...
Pathfinders Class Member Led Journey Through the Bible: Matthew
Seekers Jim Dodge Mission Trip to Cuba
Wesley 2.0 Whitney Oppenhiem The Five Love Languages
Women’s Bible Class Class Member Led The Gospel of Luke
Agape Class Member Led Stories Jesus Told by Greg Carey
Emmanuel Class Member Led Short Stories by Jesus by A.J. Levine
Foundations Class Member Led The Walk by Adam Hamilton
Preston Justin Gee Saints
Trinity Dinah Allison Don't Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart by Kenneth Haugk
Hymns for 8:00 & 11:00 worship - February 16, 2020
#89 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee HYMN TO JOY
https://youtu.be/eMY3ivdNzwE Sometimes you have to start with dessert. This week we open worship with this uplifting tune and text. Filled with metaphor, the first stanza describes melting clouds of sadness and hearts that open like flowers, all leading to the joyful light of day! In terms of notation things are quite simple. A page full of quarter notes doesn’t look like much of a rhythmic challenge. And there lies the craft. A strong melody and rhythm matched with an exuberant text. We can’t help but be happy while singing.
German composer Ludwig van Beethoven incorporated this melody into the final movement of his final symphony, #9. Enjoy this recording. It is full of joy, community and understanding. https://youtu.be/a23945btJYw
#568 Christ for the World We Sing ITALIAN HYMN
From 4/4 time and a German composer we move to ¾ time and an Italian composer, Felice de Giardini. Giardini showed his musical skills early in life. A keyboardist first he quickly became a virtuoso violinist. From hot shot violinist he moved into composition. Many protestant churches utilize this tune to the Come, Thou Almighty King text. UMH #61. This week we sing another text setting, one that describes a duty. We sing, full of zeal, prayer, harmony and joy, to the World, of our Savior. This recording captures a Church of Christ in Springfield, MO singing. I hear many of the things we work on in choir practice. Passion for the task being one. Another is our diction. Good choral diction helps listeners understand what we’re singing and helps vowel formation. With that in mind, is the congregation singing “Rice for the whirl we sing”? https://youtu.be/bK38WWFCsjg
#389 Freely, Freely FREELY, FREELY
I often think of this as a Bill and Gloria Gaither hymn. It isn’t! Carol Owens wrote this tune and text in 1972. I struggle with “born again” lyrics, images and feelings. Perhaps from those altar call youth nights I attended with my more charismatic friends growing up. I never understood the need to cry and come down. I suppose I was solid with the teaching receive in my church. This hymn has born again language, so I get jumpy. “I’ve been born again in Jesus’ name, and in Jesus’ name I come to you, to share his love as he told me to.”
Now, let’s put a slightly more critical eye to the claim. If any of us have run afoul of God and need to improve that relationship, being born again really describes the action. Language that can hinder can also be a healer, O God, make it so.
Ash Wednesday Choral Evensong 6:30, February 26. Stay tuned for more details.