Hymn Meditation | Holy Cross Sunday

September 15, 2020

Organist Jason Klein-Mendoza offers a weekly hymn reflection on last Sunday’s sermon. Hymn: I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light | HOUSTON.

Susanne Wright-Nava’s Sermon for Holy Cross called on each one of us to live in the light of the cross rather than the shadow of darkness that surrounds us. Our parish uses this hymn often throughout the Church year, notably at Baptisms and during the Easter Vigil. Both of these occasions invite us to live in the light of Christ. The text and tune for this hymn were written by Kathleen Thomerson (b. 1934). She is a Lutheran organist, choirmaster, and composer based in Austin, TX. “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light” is perhaps her best known hymn and it appears in many denominational hymnals.

Hymn Meditation | Pentecost 14

September 8, 2020

Organist Jason Klein-Mendoza offers a weekly hymn reflection on last Sunday’s sermon. Hymn: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling | BLAENWERN .

Reflecting last week’s sermon theme of living together as a community in love, this hymn calls on God to create something new within us, so that we may live together in wonder, love, and praise. This text by Charles Wesley is most commonly associated with the tune named "Hyfrydol" in the United States. Throughout the United Kingdom, however, it is most often associated with the Welsh tune "Blaenwern." The New English Hymnal (found throughout the Church of England) doesn’t use "Hyfrydol "for this text, preferring either "Blaenwern" or "Love Divine" by John Stainer. "Blaenwern" was written by William Penfro Rowlands during the Welsh revival of 1904-1905. The tune's name refers to a farm in Pembroke shire, where Rowlands convalesced in his youth. He composed hymn tunes and anthems and was conductor of the famous Morriston United Choral Society of southern Wales; later he served as precentor of the Tabernacle Congregational Church in Morriston.

Hymn Meditation | Pentecost 13

September 1, 2020

Organist Jason Klein-Mendoza offers a weekly hymn reflection on last Sunday’s sermon. Hymn: The Church’s One Foundation | AURELIA.

This hymn, reflecting last week’s sermon theme of being community in Christ challenged to follow Jesus, is one of the most widely sung hymns in Christendom. The text is written by Samuel John Stone, an English poet, hymn writer and priest in the Church of England.

Hymn Meditation | Pentecost 12

August 25, 2020

Organist Jason Klein-Mendoza offers a weekly hymn reflection on last Sunday’s sermon. Hymn: Take My Life, and Let It Be | HOLLINGSIDE.

This hymn, a parish favorite, reflects poet Frances Ridley Havergal’s experience of prayer and blessing during a house party in which she offers herself up to God’s service with the gifts she has been given. Havergal was a musician, linguist, author of devotional literature, and editor of psalm collections and of her father’s (an Anglican rector) unfinished work.

Visual Meditation | Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

August 22, 2020

This Contemplative Visual Meditation features this week's readings accompanied by images and music, and is prepared for us by Lisa Cerrina.

Hymn Meditation | Pentecost 11

August 18, 2020

Organist Jason Klein-Mendoza offers a weekly hymn reflection on last Sunday's sermon. Hymn: We Walk by Faith | ST. BOTOLPH.

This hymn continues on last week's theme of "walking in faith." We invite you to either sing along at home or just follow the text (by Henry Alford) and music as you continue your week in prayer.

Hymn Meditation | Pentecost 10

August 11, 2020

Organist Jason Klein-Mendoza offers a weekly hymn reflection on last Sunday's sermon. Hymn: O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee | MARYTON.

This hymn reflects on the theme of "walking with Jesus." Either sing along at home or just follow the text (by Washington Gladden) and music as you continue your week in prayer.

Visual Meditation | Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

August 9, 2020

This Contemplative Visual Meditation features this week's readings accompanied by images and music, and is prepared for us by Lisa Cerrina.

Visual Meditation | Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

August 2, 2020

This Contemplative Visual Meditation features this week's readings accompanied by images and music, and is prepared for us by Lisa Cerrina.

Visual Meditation | Feast of St. James'

July 26, 2020

This Contemplative Visual Meditation features this week's readings accompanied by images and music, and is prepared for us by Lisa Cerrina.

Visual Meditation | Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

July 12, 2020

This Contemplative Visual Meditation features this week's readings accompanied by images and music, and is prepared for us by Lisa Cerrina.

Choir | This Is My Song

July 4, 2020

Section leader Christopher Roney performs the hymn "This Is My Song," with text from Psalm 82:8 and Lloyd Stone set to the music of Sibelius' Finlandia.

Visual Meditation | Third Sunday after Pentecost

June 21, 2020

This Contemplative Visual Meditation features this week's readings accompanied by images and music, and is prepared for us by Lisa Cerrina.

Choir | Drop Down, Ye Heavens

June 20, 2020

Chorister Andrej Morton performs "Drop down, ye heavens" by Heathcote Statham.

Choir | Ein Feste Burg

June 13, 2020

Section leader Frances Chee performs the 5th movement from J.S. Bach's Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80.

Visual Meditation | Trinity Sunday

June 7, 2020

This Contemplative Visual Meditation features this week's readings accompanied by images and music, and is prepared for us by Lisa Cerrina.

Choir | Lift Every Voice and Sing

June 6, 2020

"Lift Every Voice and Sing" is the Black national anthem written by James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson, and we sing it this weekend in support of Black lives.

Choir | Loquebantur Variis Linguis

May 30, 2020

St. James' section leaders perform the Pentecost motet "Loquebantur variis linguis" by Thomas Tallis.

Choir | When Christ Was Lifted from the Earth

May 24, 2020

Section leader Christopher Roney and Aubree Roney perform "When Christ was lifted from the earth," to the tune of St. Botolph (Hymnal 1982, #603).

Choir | If Ye Love Me

May 17, 2020

The St. James' Choir performs Thomas Tallis' "If ye love me."

Choir | The Call

May 9, 2020

Section leader Garth Neustadter performs Ralph Vaughan Williams' "The Call" from Five Mystical Songs.

Choir | Sheep May Safely Graze

May 2, 2020

Section leader Sharon Kunde performs J.S. Bach's "Sheep may safely graze" from BWV 208.

Choir | I Will Not Leave You Comfortless

April 25, 2020

St. James' section leaders perform William Byrd's "I Will Not Leave You Comfortless."

Choir | Jesus Christ Is Risen Today

April 11, 2020

The St. James' Choir presents the hymn Jesus Christ Is Risen Today for Easter morning. Christ is risen!