Also featured this week is Ralph Vaughan Williams’ (1872-1958) famous piece, The Call. Most widely known as a kind of art song for solo voice and piano, the melody is simple enough to be included in our hymnal for congregational use. However, we are adapting it to be a Communion anthem on Sunday. In keeping with the theme of Christ’s ministry and ours, the lyrics, by George Herbert (1593-1633), speak poignantly to the heart.
Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life:
Such a Way, as gives us breath:
Such a Truth, as ends all strife:
Such a Life, as killeth death.
Come, My Light, my Feast, my Strength:
Such a Light, as shows a feast:
Such a Feast, as mends in length:
Such a Strength, as makes his guest.
Come, my Joy, my Love, my Heart:
Such a Joy, as none can move:
Such a Love, as none can part:
Such a Heart, as joys in love.
Finally, please attend our second Epiphany Series Sunday afternoon event, Choral Evensong: Celebrating Women Composers, at 4:00 P. M. this Sunday. The service is not especially long, and it promises to be incredibly beautiful. We will be following the order and texts of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, and absolutely all of the music we chose was written by women composers. Not only will this be unique, but inspiring as well! We sincerely hope you will join us.