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Music in February

Inasmuch as February is Black History Month and due to the way some of our lectionary passages fall, it has worked out that the choir will be singing spirituals as the anthems this month.
As we celebrate Communion on Feb. 1, the day some folks sat down to be served at a lunch counter in Greensboro, the anthem will be “Thanks Be to God,” celebrating the blessings of God and incorporating “We Shall Overcome” in regard to discord in relationships.
The Gospel lection on Feb. 8 mentions Simon’s mother-in-law sick in bed with a fever until Jesus comes, takes her hand, and heals her; the choir will sing “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.”
Elijah gets taken off to heaven in a fiery chariot on Feb. 15 (2 Kings 2:1-12); maybe you guessed the choir will sing “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.”
We will observe Martha Stearns Marshall Sunday on Feb. 22 with a guest preacher (female); we will have a Men’s Choir (!) to sing “I’m Gonna Sing/Over My Head.” Also on Feb. 22, to accompany the story of Noah (Genesis 9:8-17), the children and youth will sing “When I Turn My Heart to Heaven,” being reminded that in seeing a rainbow “I know God always keeps his promise, and I know his love keeps me” [not a spiritual].
Hopefully the handbell choir will play in late February or early March a setting of another spiritual, “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian.”
We have a rich musical heritage in African-American spirituals and are glad they can help to enhance our worship this month.


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