Hymn Meditation | Easter 5

May 4, 2021

Organist Jason Klein-Mendoza offers a weekly hymn reflection on last Sunday’s sermon. Hymn: O Blessed Spring | BERGLUND

From John’s Gospel this past Sunday, we heard the message Christ is the Vine and we are the branches. Rev. Gethin’s homily spoke at length about abiding in Christ as he abides in us. It is through the waters of baptism that we are claimed as God’s own so that Christ can dwell within us. This hymn text by Lutheran Susan Palo Cherwien beautifully explores this symbiotic nature of this relationship as it relates to a life lived through Christ the Vine. This is a newer hymn in the church having been written in the 1990’s. It is in several denominational hymn resources and comes to us from the Episcopal Hymnal supplement, “Wonder, Love, and Praise.” As always, we invite you to either sing along at home or just follow along with the text and music as you continue your week in prayer.

Hymn Meditation | Easter 4

April 27, 2021

Organist Jason Klein-Mendoza offers a weekly hymn reflection on last Sunday’s sermon. Hymn: The King of Love My Shepherd Is | ST COLUMBA

We continue this week in the season of Easter with a gentler parable about the resurrection. This Good Shepherd Sunday, we heard a parable of a shepherd who was willing to lay down his life for his sheep that follow him. What John presents as a parable of Jesus, however, is an everyday reality for those of us that live into the Easter message. Christ has already laid down his life for those who follow him. As such, Psalm 23 is our prayer of hope and dedication to our shepherd for protection through all of life’s ups and downs. The hymn text we sing this week is a paraphrase of Psalm 23 by Henry Williams Baker in the 19th century. The tune, ST COLUMBA, is a lilting Gaelic melody which is most often sung to this text in modern times. As always, we invite you to either sing along at home or just follow along with the text and music as you continue your week in prayer.

Hymn Meditation | Easter 3

April 20, 2021

Organist Jason Klein-Mendoza offers a weekly hymn reflection on last Sunday’s sermon. Hymn: That Easter Day with Joy was Bright | PUER NOBIS

This tune is so spectacular, that The Hymnal 1982 has more than one use of it. We sing this tune during Advent, so its use here in Eastertide provides a remarkable book end to the life and ministry of Jesus as we continue to live in Resurrection joy! From an early 5th century Latin hymn, Michael Praetorius adapted this tune in the 16th century to the version that we know today (although with a modern harmonization). Praetorius’ music was revered by Martin Luther and other reformers of the church. It is no wonder that we have several instances of his writing in our hymnal still to this day. This simple lilting tune provides a joyful character to the text from the 15th century. The last verse harmonization found here is by Paul Halley. As always, we invite you to either sing along at home or just follow along with the text and music as you continue your week in prayer.

Hymn Meditation | Easter 2

April 13, 2021

Organist Jason Klein-Mendoza offers a weekly hymn reflection on last Sunday’s sermon. Hymn: Love’s Redeeming Work is Done | SAVANNAH

Easter isn’t just one day that we pull out all the big festival music and brass, but a season. That season this week continues as we remember Thomas and the restoration of his belief in Jesus’ resurrection. In this week’s Gospel, Jesus calls blessed those who have believed though they haven’t seen his wounds themselves. Nearly 2000 years after his death and resurrection, this message of love’s redeeming work done on the cross still calls to us and forms the basis of our faith. Not often sung in many Episcopal parishes, this hymn by Charles Wesley speaks to both the mystery of the resurrection and our own jubilant expression of praise because of it. Our hymnal only carries three verses of Wesley’s text, so the other two verses provided here come from The New English Hymnal. As always, we invite you to either sing along at home or just follow along with the text and music as you continue your week in prayer.

Hymn Meditation | Easter

April 6, 2021

Organist Jason Klein-Mendoza offers a weekly hymn reflection on last Sunday’s sermon. Hymn: At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing | SALZBURG

Happy Easter! If you were with us either in person or on our livestream on Easter Day, you’ll recognize this hymn as our sequence hymn for Easter. The music was written by another but harmonized by Johann Sebastian Bach. The text for this hymn doesn’t need much clarification. It’s message of Easter joy as found in Christ’s sacrificial love found in the Eucharist is central to our worship practice as Episcopalians. We pray that you carry this message with you throughout the week as you continue to celebrate Easter joy! As always, we invite you to either sing along at home or just follow along with the text and music as you continue your week in prayer.

Visual Meditation | Easter 2021

April 4, 2021

This Contemplative Visual Meditation produced by Lisa Cerrina features images and music to accompany the Scripture readings for Easter (April 4,2021).

Visual Meditation | Good Friday

April 2, 2021

This Contemplative Visual Meditation produced by Lisa Cerrina features images and music to accompany the Scripture readings for Good Friday (April 2,2021).

Choir | Even When He Is Silent

April 2, 2021

The St. James' Choir performs Kim André Arnesen's "Even When He Is Silent" for Good Friday 2021.