Third Sunday after Epiphany.
For the 11:00 a.m. service on Sunday, The Rev. Dr. G. Malcolm Sinclair is calling his sermon “Something in the Way She Moves.” “We have been part of something amazing. There is magic in the fabric and passion in the congregation. Let these move you. We are about feelings and senses. Ideas and actions follow.”
For the organ prelude, Dr. Patricia Wright will play movements from Music for the Royal Fireworks by G. F. Handel, arranged for organ by E. Power Biggs, and Two Variants on “Kelvingrove” composed by Gilles Leclerc. The latter was commissioned by Patricia Wright for Malcolm Sinclair’s 25th anniversary at Metropolitan. Throughout the service, the Metropolitan choir will join Dr. Wright as she plays the Variations on “Veni Creator” by Maurice Duruflé. The chant (“Come Holy Ghost”) will be sung with the final variation, played as the postlude. The Metropolitan Choristers will sing Blessing by Katie Moran Bart. The Choir will sing Lass dich nur nichts nicht dauren (Let nothing ever grieve thee) by Johannes Brahms, and Blessing with text by Patricia Orr and music by William Wright. The hymns will be No.533 (When in Our Music God is Glorified), No.658 (O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go), and No.333 (Love Divine, All Loves Excelling). The final piece in the carillon prelude played by Roy Lee will be Prelude on “Veni Creator” by Ronald Barnes.
The Bible readings will be Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 (Ezra summons the people to obey the law); 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a (one body with many members); and Luke 4:14-21 (the rejection of Jesus at Nazareth).
Last Sunday, Dr. Malcolm Sinclair received the title of Minister Emeritus from the board and congregation of Metropolitan. This Sunday will be his last as Minister of the Congregation as he moves into retirement after 32 years of devoted service.