When Mary, mother of Jesus, found that she was with child, scripture ascribes some powerful words to her. Mary sings of a time when the proud will fall because of the conceit of their hearts. In these ancient words we find hope for our future. The promise of scripture has always been that justice will reign — some day. Rev. Anne Mason will remind us that we must never lose hope in her sermon, “Scattering the Proud.”
This Sunday, all of the music during worship will be seasonal early music from the middle ages to the baroque era. Sarah Matthews Catherine Rose and Ruth Rose, on bamboo pipes, will play two renaissance carols: Michael Praetorius’ arrangement of “Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her” and Millicent Sheppard’s arrangement of “Josef Liebe, Josef Mein.” Elizabeth Walsh will sing the lovely renaissance carol “Lute Book Lullaby” (also know as “Sweet was the Song”) with harpsichord and bamboo pipes accompaniment. The sanctuary choir will sing Judith Otten’s bold arrangement of the medieval carol “Nova, Nova,” with soloists Austin Burns and Julia Jaffe. The choir will also sing Michael Praetorius’ serene setting of the renaissance carol “Lo, How a Rose e’er Blooming.” For the postlude, Rip Jackson will play Handel’s “Adagio” (from Sonata in F Major, G. 175) on his French double-manual harpsichord (Phillip Tyre 1991 replica of a Taskin 1720 instrument).