Pentecost 2018 will feature two new compositions by CiR, Eric Near, as well as many verses in different styles of Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing, written and performed by members and friends of the congregation.
On Pentecost Sunday, May 20, we’re going to feature the well-known hymn Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing (#475 in our hymnal) sung to accompaniment in multiple styles and varying instrumentation. The problem is that there are only three verses in our hymnal. So we’re inviting you to write new verses to this old hymn!
A quick internet search will bring up many different versions of Come, Thou Fount and you’ll find plenty of inspiration. And just to show you what’s possible, here’s a new verse written by Eric Near:
Let us welcome everybody
Sharing peace with grace and love
We are called to grow together
Doing justice from above.
Called to seek God’s true communion
With diverse and varied lives
Telling tales of joy and struggle
Caring for a world that thrives.
Eric took his inspiration from our values and ethos statement on the back of the bulletin. We are eager to see what you come up with.
We will make sure that your new verses are sung on Pentecost! Send your work to: [email protected]
Veni, Creator Spiritus by Eric Near
Veni, Creator Spiritus is written in two parts for use in worship. The first is a brief interlude for four handbells that is designed to “ring in” the worship service. The second is a setting of a 9th century text used commonly for Pentecost. Consider while listening how creation plays a role in your life. How might a spirit of creation inspire you to welcome God’s kingdom in a new way?
This piece is dedicated to the memory of one of the creators of my own family: my great-grandmother, Ruth Allgyer Baumgartner (1898-1998). A teacher and musician, she was widowed at 48. She took on the task of raising three children, knowing God’s grace was sufficient.