Back to Eden: Living Under the Original Blessing – Part 1 (PARAH)

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Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing – Alliance of Christian Musicians Music Symposium

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Robert Robinson, 1758 / Asahel Nettleton, 1825. Concert of Christopher Garven during 3rd annual Music Symposium on October 16, 2009, at Faith Presbyterian Church (Tacoma, WA).

We were so thrilled to have excellent Christian musicians like him coming over to our church for the symposium.

Christopher Garven is Organist/Music Director at Church of the Good Samaritan, Paoli, Pennsylvania. In January, he becomes the new Organist/Music Director of Saint Peter Anglican Church, Tallahassee, Florida. Chris is a graduate of Philadelphia Biblical University, with degrees in organ performance and Bible; and of Westminster Choir College where he received a master’s degree in organ performance studying with Joan Lippincott and Robert Carwithen. As a part of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Chris has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra under Riccardo Muti, the New York Philharmonic under Robert Shaw, and the New Jersey Symphony under Hugh Wolf. He has performed as organist on several occasions for the American Guild of Organists of which he has served as Dean for the Knoxville chapter and is active with the Philadelphia chapter. He has appeared as guest organist at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church and has performed at several American Choral Director’s Conventions as accompanist for Cedar Springs Choirs. Chris has been a featured recitalist at many different venues including Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, Calvary Church in Charlotte and a concerto soloist with the Chamber orchestra of Philadelphia. Chris and his wife Debbie are parents of six children.

St. Anthony of the Desert Orthodox Mission – Pet Blessing, feast of St. Anthony the Great. #1

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Father Gabriel Rochelle speaks prior to the pet blessing at St. Anthony of the Desert Orthodox Mission, in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on the Feast of St. Anthony the Great, patron of the Mission Parish.

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RUTTER: A Gaelic Blessing

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John Rutter is a prolific composer, conductor, editor, arranger and producer, known primarily for his choral works. A GAELIC BLESSING is a setting of an old Gaelic rune. It was commissioned and premiered by the Chancel Choir of the First United Methodist Church in Omaha, Nebraska in 1978. Performed by the Vocal Arts Academy Young Artists, Emily Crocker, director; Sharon Stosur, piano.

The Gaelic Blessing – Bel Canto – Banbridge Academy Girls Choir 1999-2000

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The Gaelic Blessing – Bel Canto – Banbridge Academy Girls Choir 1999-2000

A Gaelic Blessing is choral composition by John Rutter, who set the text of an adapted ancient Gaelic rune for four vocal parts (SATB) and organ or orchestra. It is also known by the beginning of the text, “Deep peace”. The work was commissioned by the Chancel Choir of First United Methodist Church, Omaha, Nebraska, for their conductor Mel Olson. It was published first in 1978 by Hinshaw Music, by Oxford University Press and by the Royal School of Church Music, and has become a popular for baptisms, weddings and funerals.

History, text and music

The piece was commissioned by the Chancel Choir of First United Methodist Church in Omaha, Nebraska, for their conductor Mel Olson in 1978. While Rutter set many biblical texts for Christian services, this text was originally not Christian but an ancient Gaelic rune, referring to elements of nature. Rutter added a line mentioning Jesus and the word Amen, to make it also a Christian anthem. It is also known by the beginning of the text, “Deep peace”. These words begin almost every line of the poem, referring in the Gaelic part to “running wave”, “flowing air”, “quiet earth”, “shining stars”, “gentle night”, “healing light”, and to “Christ, light of the world” in the last line.

Rutter scored the piece for four vocal parts (SATB) and organ, or orchestra. Marked “Flowing and tranquil”, the music is in E major and 3/4 time. The organ accompaniment rests on a pattern of chords held often for a full measure in the left hand, and broken chords in eighth-notes in the right hand. The choir voices enter together, with the lower voices also moving slowly like the left hand (a full measure for “Deep”, another one for “peace”), while the soprano pronounces “peace” sooner and moves up in eighth-notes on “running wave”. The pattern is kept for most of the piece. Dynamically, the music begins softly (p), growing slightly (to mp) for the “shining stars”, and again later for “moon and stars”. A climax is “Christ”, marked crescendo to a strong (f) “light of the world” (with all voices holding the word “light” for more than a measure), but diminuendo to a very soft ending, with all voices and the accompaniment calming to slow movement.

Performances and recordings

Due to the gentle nature of both text and melody, A Gaelic Blessing has become a popular choice at christenings, weddings and funerals. It was used for example at the Commendation at the Funeral Mass for Tip O’Neill. The piece became a hit in 2003 when a recording of it by Aled Jones was released. It was published first in 1987 by Hinshaw Music, but then, like other music by John Rutter, by Oxford University Press (also in versions with harp or with string orchestra) and by the Royal School of Church Music.

It was frequently recorded, for example in a collection of Rutter’s choral works performed under his direction by the Cambridge Singers and the City of London Sinfonia.[7] It was recorded together with the composer’s Requiem in 2010 by the choir Polyphony and the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, conducted by Stephen Layton.

Deep peace of the running wave to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you
Deep peace of the shining stars to you
Deep peace of the gentle night to you
Moon and stars pour their healing light on you
Deep peace of Christ the light of the world to you
Deep peace of Christ to you

2018 Bike Blessing – Downtown Anchorage Alaska

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A live stream video of the annual bike blessing in Anchorage Alaska at the downtown Parkstrip. Recorded on May 5th 2018.

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Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing – Hale & Wilder

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Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing – Robert Hale and Dean Wilder

Robert Robinson, apprenticed to a London barber when he was 14, much preferred reading books to cutting hair. At age 17 he was converted under the preaching of George Whitefield and, not long after, began preaching. He became pastor of the Stone Yard Baptist Church at Cambridge in 1761 and remained there until his retirement in 1790. Possessing unusual oratorical gifts, Robinson spoke out boldly for civil and religious liberty and for the abolition of slavery. He championed the American colonies in their fight for independence. Robinson wrote “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” in 1758, soon after he began preaching.

This is the 1st song on Hale and Wilder’s album “In His Love.”

In hundreds of presentations on college campuses, in concert halls, and in churches across America and overseas bass-baritone Robert Hale and tenor Dean Wilder, accompanied by arranger, conductor, pianist, organist Ovid Young, have shared with multiplied thousands their unique and deeply inspiring ministry of sacred music.

Tenor Dean Wilder and bass-baritone Robert Hale have individually received international critical acclaim for their performances in recitals, oratorios, concerts and opera performances with world renowned symphony orchestras and opera companies. They both have toured the nation performing leading roles with the famed Goldovsky Opera Company. As well as performing around the world, they have both held faculty positions at well known Christian Colleges. Dean Wilder was an Artist-in-Residence at Northwest Nazarene College and later became a professor of vocal studies at William Jewell College. His counterpart Robert Hale was a voice professor at Eastern Nazarene College before becoming a member of the New York City Opera Company.

Dean Wilder distinguished himself as the Director of Vocal Studies at William Jewell College, Liberty, MO. Wilder received professional training in opera from such artists as Boris Goldovsky, Julius Rudel and Thomas Martin and studied art song repertoire with John Moriarty and Allen Rogers in the United States and with Frau Hertha Klust in Germany. He performed as leading tenor with the New York City Opera Company and the Goldovsky Opera Theatre, as well as extensive solo performances with such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, William Steinberg, Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitink, and Robert Shaw. He sang at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Symphony Hall in Boston, Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., and the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion in Los Angeles, among others.

Robert Hale moved to Europe and blazed a trail as one of the most esteemed heroic baritones of the 1990s/2000s, the Wagnerian bass-baritone of choice for the major opera houses of Europe and around the world. Hale has appeared with the many leading opera houses including the New York Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Vienna State Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Munich State Opera, Hamburg State Opera, San Francisco Opera, Royal Danish Opera, Finnish National Opera, Sydney Opera, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. He has sung his signature roles Wotan/Wanderer in Wagner’s Ring Cycle in most major opera houses of the world as well as the title role in The Flying Dutchman for which he received the Russian Golden Mask Award in 2005 for his performance at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

Rend Collective – Counting Every Blessing | Official Music Video

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Rend Collective – Counting Every Blessing | Official Music Video.
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I was blind, now I’m seeing in colour
I was dead, now I’m living forever
I had failed, but You were my Redeemer
I’ve been blessed beyond all measure

I was lost, now I’m found by the Father
I’ve been changed from a ruin to treasure
I’ve been given a hope and a future
I’ve been blessed beyond all measure

I am counting every blessing
Counting every blessing
Letting go and trusting
When I cannot see

I am counting every blessing
Counting every blessing
Surely every season
You are good to me

You were there in the valley of shadows
You were there in the depth of my sorrows
You’re my strength, my hope for tomorrow
I’ve been blessed beyond all measure

Surely Your goodness pursues me
Surely Your heart is still for me
I will remember Your mercies
All my days
Through every storm and gale

BridgeWay Church | Denver | Aug 26, 2018 Pastor Peter Young

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“Passionately touching heaven, Significantly changing earth.”
5201 E Warren Ave, Denver, CO 80222 | 303.695.8400
Senior Leader: Pastor Peter Young
9:30a Sundays | 10a Children’s Ministry Check-In closes | 1st Sunday Communion
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