For the 11:00 a.m. service on Sunday, The Rev. Dr. G. Malcolm Sinclair is calling his sermon “Naming the Unknown God." “The one universal thing we humans share is our quest to name the Unknown God. Every life, be it religious or not, is charting the skies, seeking the currents, unravelling the mysteries that point to home and belonging and safety. What a privilege it is to add our voices to this quest, and what a danger!”
For the organ prelude, Dr. Patricia Wright will play the first three movements of Sonata IV in B-flat Major by Felix Mendelssohn and Three Short Hymn Settings by Gerald Bales. The organ postlude will be the final movement of Mendelssohn's Sonata IV in B-flat Major. The Metropolitan Choir will sing If Ye Love Me by Thomas Tallis and When the Stars Fall by Stephen Hatfield. At the Offertory, tenor Charles Davidson will sing the third movement, “Jesus Christ, God's Own Son,” from J. S. Bach's Cantata No. 4, Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands. The carillon prelude will be performed by guest artist, Dr. Tiffany Ng. The final selection will be the Canadian premiere of Closest by Jen Wang (b. 1980).
The Bible readings are Acts 17:22-31 (Paul in Athens), 1 Peter 3:13-22 (suffering for doing right), and John 14:15-21 (the promise of the Holy Spirit).
Did you know? Dr. Tiffany Ng is Assistant Professor of Carillon and University Carillonist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Jen Wang, a composer, new music advocate, and mother, composed Closest in 2016. Its gently rhythmic pace evokes the expectant mother’s intimate experience of feeling her baby’s heartbeat speeding and slowing during pregnancy.