Tuesday, March 24 2020
After such a rich Concert Season thus far, all concerts at St. John’s had to be postponed or cancelled. All rehearsals were canceled, the Parish Choir, the Compline Choir, and the Jubilate Choir. Our OCO Brass Choir + preparing for the Gabrieli Brass and Organ Concert as well as for our Easter Celebrations had to be cancelled.
Suddenly, there were no church services, no Eucharist or Compline. No gatherings. A maximum of nine were allowed to create an online Morning Prayer over streaming platforms such as our website, Facebook, and Youtube. Father R.C. and the vestry were forced suddenly into finding and creating the technological solutions needed to send out to our congregation meaningful worship experiences.
Thus, sung Morning Prayer, well known to R. C. from his days at seminary as cantor and celebrant, was created for last Sunday’s streamed service. We chose music that could be sung be a quartet with organ, hymns, anthems, psalms, and prayers. Remember, this service was to have no more than nine people at the church per order of the governor! We hope you found the service as satisfying as we did to participate.
Going forward, Easter is our focus, whenever that happens! I am choosing music that St. John’s Parish Choirs and congregants can sing with confidence and joy accompanied by brass and organ. That music is being prepared for email blast as pdf files with accompanying sound files.
We will CELEBRATE EASTER!
Presently, we are experimenting with music videos and sound files to be shared with you all on our website and FB page, sooner than later!
Our concert series will be reconstituted as soon as we see our way clear to move forward safely.
All these experiences through which we now pass serve to make us stronger and more appreciative of all the blessings we enjoy, the Word, the music, the fellowship, our common musical experiences, and most of all one another.
Blessings to you all,