We are delighted to share with you the July 26th broadcast (below) featuring special guests, vocalist Amanda Wilhelm and Organist/Pianist Sean Simpson, hymns, inspirational music, readings, a message, prayers from across the country, and the celebration of Holy Communion.
Amanda Wilhelm holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance and Opera Diploma from Wilfrid Laurier University. Amanda has been teaching voice for over 10 years and was featured in the finale concert of the 2016 Stratford Summer Music Festival, as one of six exemplary female artists from the Stratford area. Other highlights include: Bach’s St. John’s Passion, Ariel Ramirez’ Missa Criolla, and Zelenka’s Missa Omnium Sanctorum (North American premiere) and training choirs for KW Glee.
Sean Simpson is a former organ student – and current friend – of our music director Peter Nikiforuk. Sean recently celebrated his 20th anniversary as Director of Music at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church on East Avenue in Kitchener. During the week, he is a Vice President of Ipsos, Canada’s largest public-opinion polling firm.
In this time of world-wide crisis, while we cannot be together in person, we can hear the Word of God, share messages, music, reflections, and hold each other in prayer. We offer these worship elements for you to use this day or at your convenience; the timeline is listed below so you can jump to the pieces that are helpful for you.
Blessing on your worship!
0:00 BROADCAST INTRO
0:37 OPENING & SHOUT-OUTS
3:04 THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM
4:17 HYMN 742 What a Friend We Have in Jesus
8:41 HYMN 781 Children of the Heavenly Father
10:15 READING 1 Kings 3:5-12
11:53 SOLO Thanks be to Thee (Handel)
14:40 READING Romans 8:26-39
16:54 HYMN 776 What God Ordains is Good Indeed
18:57 GOSPEL Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
20:41 SOLO Take My Life and Let it Be (Hayes)
Message References: Jake Owensby (Looking for God in Messy Places); Admiral William H. McRaven (“Make Your Bed”- commencement address on May 17, 2014); Poet, columnist, and therapist Judy Shepps Battle (“Seeing with the Hearts Eye”)
34:51 SOLO Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (JS Bach)
41:31 HYMN 754 Jesus the Very Thought of You
This communion liturgy has been crafted and adapted from a variety of sources and authors, and spans several denominations and continents. See: Bread and Wine Online (pmphillips); Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church: Eucharistic Prayer for the Global Pandemic (Rev Lane Cotton, Rev Juan Huertas); Scattered and Gathered (Simon Woodman); Evangelical Lutheran Worship; St. Bride’s Holy Communion (Miranda Threllfall-Holmes); Online Communion for Palm Sunday (Rev Maren C. Tirabassi)
48:04 SOLO Communion sur “Lauda Sion” (Denis Bedard)
51:38 HYMN 547 Sent forth by God’s Blessing
53:52 THANK YOU
54:18 POSTLUDE & EXTRO Little Fugue in G- (JS Bach)
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