Music & Arts at Good Sam

We have had two choir anthems written by Geoff Simpson and arranged for choir by Rick Frost. The first was “O Quickly Come, Dread Judge of All”, an Advent anthem which was sung the first Sunday of December. The second was “On Earth has Dawned” which is an Easter anthem and was sung on Easter Sunday. Geoff writes very lovely tunes and Rick is a master arranger, adding the harmonies, accompaniments and descants.

On the first weekend in May the Delaware Valley Art League held their art show and sale here. The art hung in the atrium, hallway and Ashton Hall. Among the 52 artists whose work was displayed were Dorothy Jessup, who organized the show, and Gerri Trethewey. While all of the art was beautiful, Dorothy’s and Gerri’s work stood out to me as exceptional!

And there is more to come. On Sunday, June 11th, both of the anthems the choir will sing are with words written by Ron Miros. The offertory anthem will be “Lord, Here Our Song”. The music is by Mozart but the original words are in German. Ron has created a text in English that fits the music and maintains the meaning in the original German. The Communion anthem will be “Father, Abba.” The music is by Camille Saint-Saens and is originally a wedding anthem in Latin. Ron has written a text that has made this into an anthem for Trinity and is as follows:

Father, Abba; Jesus, Son of God; and Spirit, tongue of fire within me:
Awesome Three in One brighter than the sun,
Fill me with keen desire to love you fully.
Father, great I AM, I bow down before thee.
Savior, Messiah, I worship and laude thee.
Gentle Dove above, hover o’er me in love.
Holy Trinity, so great a mystery of love.
Father, Almighty One; unblemished Lamb of God; Spirit of Love,
Move deep within me.
Mystery beyond my ken send light and peace within,
Triune Three in One I bow before thee.
Holy Trinity, Holy Trinity, I bow before thee, mighty God.
Father God, the great I AM; Christ, Redeemer; and blessed Holy Spirit,
Holy mystery, O Holy Trinity dwell within me. Amen.

Also on Sunday, June 11th, Joy Schauer, Brian Carter and Gary Gress will present Gustav Mahler’s “Des knaben Wunderhorn” at 4:00pm in the church. This is one of Mahler’s masterpieces and will be sung in German with the English translation projected on the screen. The texts for these songs come from a collection of anonymous German folk poems.

Only a fraction of the talent we have in this parish is represented in this article. There will be a survey coming out soon asking you to share what your talents are so we can incorporate them in our services and other events.