April 1 & 2 – “How Sweet the Sound” (All Music Weekend)
Twice each year, services at FUS center around music. Saturday’s service will have a hymn-sing format, so get ready to sing! What is your favorite hymn? We will take requests from the congregation. The theme is “How Sweet the Sound,” and will feature several settings of “Amazing Grace” in honor of that hymn’s 250th anniversary. Sunday’s services will feature Meeting House Chorus and Society Choir, with a small orchestra, and soloists performing excerpts from Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and other works. Come see why FUS’s music program is considered among the best in Madison, and why this long-running tradition is so beloved.
Sounding the Singing Bowl Prelude/Opening Hymn — Hymn• Sound Over All Waters (with readings from De La Mare, Psalm 34, and Rumi) Chalice Lighting (Words by Dorothea Kaufmann) Chalice Response — Hymn • Rise Up, O Flame Musical Reflection — Vivaldi Gloria I: Gloria In Excelsis Deo (Combined adult choirs) Musical Reflection — Vivaldi Gloria II: Et in Terra Pax (Combined adult choirs) Musical Reflection — Vivaldi Gloria III: Laudamus Te (Dara Degnan and Alissanne Apple, soloists) Welcome & Announcements Message for All Ages — Julie Collins: “You Have a Voice” Children’s Recessional — “The Trees of the Field” Musical Reflection — Amazing Grace, arr. D. Wood (Linda Warren, organ) Reflection — Linda Warren, Assistant Music Dir.: “How Sweet the Sound: Amazing Grace turns 250” Hymn — • Amazing Grace Musical Reflection — Geistliches Lied/Brahms (Society Choir) Musical Reflection — Rhythm of Life (Meeting House Chorus) Reflection — Drew Collins, Music Dir.: “Building Beloved Community” Musical Reflection — Vivaldi Gloria VI: Domine Deus (Heather Thorpe, soprano) Musical Reflection — Vivaldi Gloria VII: Domine Fili, Unigenite (Combined adult choirs) Offering Offertory — Notturno/Grieg (Linda Warren, piano) Cares of the Congregation Reading — The Right to Bear Arms” by jess janz Musical Response — “There is a Love” Closing Hymn — • My Life Flows On In Endless Song Benediction and Extinguishing the Chalice With words by Dawn Skjei Cooley Postlude — Vivaldi Gloria mvts. 11 & 12