“Context is Everything”
On this day we welcome New Members into First Parish, and we will hold our annual meeting. What is the role of our congregation in the wider world, and how can we become the church which is so needed at this time?
This Sunday the First Parish children’s choir, with soloist Caroline Kvaal, will sing Stephen Sondheim’s insightful song “Children Will Listen” (from Into the Woods). The sanctuary choir, with soloists Chelsea Cannon and Amy Johnson and guitarist Mark Therieau, will sing the soulful “By My Side” (from Godspell). They will also sing Mark Miller’s rousing “I’m Gonna Sing!” with soloists Austin Burns and David Meharry. For the centering music, flutist Meg Newhouse will play Gabriel Fauré’s hauntingly lyrical “Sicilienne, Op.78” (from Pelléas et Mélisande). And for the postlude, harpsichordist Rip Jackson will play François Couperin’s lush and beautiful “Les Barricades Mystérieuses” (from 6e Ordre) on his French double manual harpsichord.