For the 11:00 a.m. service on Sunday, The Rev. Dr. G. Malcolm Sinclair is calling his sermon “Choose Your God.” “God is given to us upon our arrival in the world. Options are offered, and culture, tradition, and experience shape our final selection. Although we are pressured to choose and hold tightly, another voice speaks. Dare we listen?”
For the prelude, The Rezonance Baroque Ensemble with Benjamin Stein will play Paul's Steeple (divisions on a ground) by an anonymous composer, La Folia by Arcangelo Corelli with improvisation by Stein, and Romanesca by an anonymous composer. At the Offertory, they will play excerpts from “Passacaglia” from the Mystery Sonatas by Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber. For the postlude Dr. Patricia Wright will play the Toccata by Georgi Mushel. The Metropolitan Sparklers, conducted by Jennifer Martyn, will sing a response during the opening prayer (which they wrote), the Metropolitan Choristers and Sparklers will sing Chatter with the Angels arranged by Lana Walter. The Metropolitan Choir will sing Unser Leben (Our Lives) by Johann Michael Bach and Keep Your Lamps arranged by Andre Thomas. The final piece in the carillon prelude played by Roy Lee will be Sarabande for 26 Bells, by John Courter (1941-2010)
The Bible readings are Joshua 24:1-3a (the covenant at Shechem), 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (the coming of the Lord), and Matthew 25:1-13 (the parable of the Ten Bridesmaids).
Did you know? The Rezonance Baroque Ensemble comprises Rezan Onen-Lapointe on violin and Dave Podgorski on organ, and is Metropolitan United's Ensemble in Residence during 2017-18. Along with Ben Stein on lutes, soprano Emily Klassen, and tenor Charles Davidson, it will present a concert at Metropolitan on Sunday, November 19 at 1:30 p.m.