From the Loft
Have you ever noticed that as the seasons of the church year change, so does our service music?
During Lent, a penitential season, we sang the Kyrie (Lord, have mercy) and the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God). There was no Gloria. And we used a setting of the Sanctus (Holy, holy holy Lord) composed by Healey Willan, that sounded somber and subdued. Such is the character of Lent.
Now that we’re in the season of Easter (Alleluia!), the service music changes to a brighter, more celebratory mood. The Gloria is back, and we’re using a setting by a composer named Robert Powell. Our Sanctus is by Richard Proulx. We use these settings at other times during the year and the music will be familiar. As a special treat, during the entire Easter season, we will sing the Doxology with Alleluias. After sacrificing our saying/singing “Alleluia” during Lent, let’s sing out now with power and joy!
Isn’t it wonderful how the service music of the church actually complements the church service?
Submitted by JANE EMERY
TWO RECIPES THIS MONTH
Bruce's Banana Split Cake
1 16 ounce package vanilla wafers, crushed
1 cup margarine or butter, melted
1 20 ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
1 8 ounce package cream cheese
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 12 ounce container frozen whipped topped, thawed
About 12 maraschino cherries
1. Combine the crushed wafers and melted butter. Pat into the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan.
2. Beat the cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar together until light and fluffy. Spread over the top of the vanilla wafer crust. Spoon crushed pineapple over the cream cheese layer. Then layer sliced bananas over the pineapple. Cover with the frozen whipped topping and sprinkle top with chopped pecans and cherries.
3. Chill for at least 4 hours before serving…………Bruce Dobbs
Harry's Potato Soup
3 1/2 cups peeled and diced potatoes
1/3 cup diced celery
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
3/4 cup diced cooked ham
3 1/4 cups water
2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon ground white or black pepper, or to taste
5 tablespoons butter
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups half and half
Combine the potatoes, celery, onion, ham and water in a stockpot. Bring to a boil, and then cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the chicken bouillon, salt and pepper.
In a separate saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour with a fork, and cook, stirring constantly until thick, about 1 minute. Slowly stir in milk as not to allow lumps to form until all of the milk has been added. Continue stirring over medium-low heat until thick, 4 to 5 minutes.
Stir the milk mixture into the stockpot, and cook soup until heated through.
Serve immediately………Harry & Cindi Spain
Saint of the Month
John Calvin, Theologian - Saint's Day: May 28th
John Calvin (10 July 1509 – 27 May 1564) was an influential French theologian and pastor during the Protestant Reformation. He was a principal figure in the development of the system of Christian theology later called Calvinism. Originally trained as a humanist lawyer, he broke from the Roman Catholic Church around 1530. After religious tensions provoked a violent uprising against Protestants in France, Calvin fled to Basel, Switzerland, where in 1536 he published the first edition of his seminal work Institutes of the Christian Religion.
In that year, Calvin was invited by William Farel to help reform the church in Geneva. The city council resisted the implementation of Calvin and Farel's ideas, and both men were expelled. At the invitation of Martin Bucer, Calvin proceeded to Strasbourg, where he became the
minister of a church of French refugees. He continued to support the reform movement in Geneva, and was eventually invited back to lead its church. Following his return, he introduced new forms of church government and liturgy, despite the opposition of several powerful families in the city who tried to curb his authority. During this period, Michael Servetus, a Spaniard known for his heretical views, arrived in Geneva. He was denounced by Calvin and executed by the city council. Following an influx of supportive refugees and new elections to the city council, Calvin's opponents were forced out. Calvin spent his final years promoting the Reformation both in Geneva and throughout Europe. Calvin was a tireless polemic and apologetic writer who generated much controversy. He also exchanged cordial and supportive letters with many reformers including Philipp Melanchthon and Heinrich Bullinger. In addition to the Institutes, he wrote commentaries on most books of the Bible as well as theological treatises and confessional documents, and he regularly gave sermons throughout the week in Geneva. Calvin was influenced by the Augustinian tradition, which led him to expound the doctrine of predestination and the absolute sovereignty of God in salvation.
Calvin's writing and preachings provided the seeds for the branch of theology that bears his name. The Presbyterian and other Reformed churches, which look to Calvin as a chief expositor of their beliefs, have spread throughout the world.
robe and preaching stole. His right arm is raised with his index finger pointing up, and his left hand is outstretched palm up. A young child is positioned at his feet gazing up at him. Westminster Abbey is a Royal Peculiar meaning that the Abbey clergy report directly to the monarch, not to a diocese or province of the Church.