Come and experience worship in the Sanctuary, where traditions meet thoughtful contemporary perspectives. Please join us afterwards for refreshments and conversation in the Parish Hall. This Sunday, Emmanuel Music will offer a motet by Felice Anerio, Christus factus est [Christ became obedient] and Bach Cantata 60, O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort [O eternity, you word of thunder], as part of the worship service.
Pam Werntz will be co-leading a pilgrimage and mission to the land where Jesus lived from May 24–June 4, 2015, visiting places associated with holy women, both in Biblical times and today, to learn about and bear witness to women’s work for peace and justice. Both men and women are encouraged to join the trip. Please email right away if you are interested in going.
PDF flyer about the trip→
Learning to Listen in Uganda
Hearing Bach’s cantatas at Emmanuel Church each week has encouraged me to listen in a whole new way. I carried this evolving aural ability with me as I traveled to Uganda to learn about the health and wellbeing of women and children.
I set off with two other American women into a rural mountainous region near the Democratic Republic of Congo. A few days prior to our arrival, a massive flood had swept away entire villages in the Rwenzori Mountains, leaving a wide plain of mud and debris in the town of Kasese, where we were staying.
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“Book officiant.” That’s what all the bridal magazines told me to do at least nine months before the wedding.
To be honest, with a year to plan I’d been more preoccupied with short ribs or halibut, buttercream or fondant, than with deciding who would perform our ceremony. But somewhere between selecting mini crab flautas to be served during cocktail hour and corn bisque for a starter, I realized the menu shouldn’t be my top priority. For the first time, Eric and I would have to explicitly address our different religious backgrounds and decide how Judaism and Christianity would factor into our life together.
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During a worship service a while back, the chorus of Emmanuel Music sang a motet Der Herr denket an uns, which is #9 in Johann Hermann Schein’s Israels Brünnlein collection. The text is from Psalm 115, verses 12–15. I sat there in my usual spot in the third row, soaking up the beauty in my usual way—not following along in the program but just watching the singers, players, and John Harbison’s conducting dance. And listening. Listening with a ferocious desire for bigger ears so I could take in this miracle of sound that we call music.
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