Prelude: Where Wild Judea Stretches Far R. S. Stoughton
Introit: (Psalm 66:4) All the earth shall worship Thee: and shall sing unto Thee, o God. They shall sing to Thy Name: O Thou Most Highest. (Psalm
100:1) Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: (Psalm 66:2) sing forth the honor of His Name, make His praise glorious.
Offertory: (Psalm 100:1) Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: (Psalm 66:2) sing forth the honor of His name: (Psalm 66:16) come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what He hath done for my soul.
Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern Andreas Armsdorff
Postlude: Fanfare in D Albert Barkus
The Gospel today (Mark 1:1-11) is the account of John the Baptist preaching in the wilderness and his baptizing Christ in the Jordan. The prelude is a picture in music of the Judean wilderness, composed in 1922 by Roy Spaulding Stoughton (1884-1953), an organist and a banker in Worcester, MA.
“How bright appears the Morning Star” (Hymn 329), known as the “Queen of Chorales,” was written and composed by Philip Nicolai in 1599. The tune is heard in the pedals on a reed accompanied by two flutes (one in each hand) in the chorale prelude by Andreas Armsdorff (1670-1699), organist in Erfurt, Germany.
Albert Barkus (1900-1992), who wrote his fanfare in 1953, was a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and lived in Reading, England.