- Choral Music: God Be in My Head– Sir Henry Walford Davies (1869-1941)
- Congregational Music: I want to walk as a child of the light– Houston
Kathleen Armstrong Thomerson (b. 1934) is a native of Tennessee. She wrote the hymn during the summer of 1966 during a visit to the Church of the Redeemer in Houston, Texas, the location providing the origin for the tune name HOUSTON. Her musical education took place at the University of Texas and Syracuse University, with additional studies at the Flemish Royal Conservatory in Antwerp. She has studied with several of the most noted organists of the twentieth century.” – C. Michael Hawn, Southern Methodist University
This hymn is a favorite here at Christ Church Cathedral, and we will sing the first verse as our hymn in procession to the font this Sunday. We often use this hymn when celebrating Holy Baptism because of the simplicity and transparency mentioned by Hawn, above. The sacrament of Baptism, as described on page 858 in the Book of Common Prayer, is the “sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God.” What could be better to go along with this than a hymn depicting Christ as the light of the city of God?
- Instrumental Music: Minuet Gothique – Léon Boëllmann (1862-1897)