Sunday, September 08, 2013

Arlington pastor's installation service produces music with controversial lyrics,

The Trinity Presbyterian Church of Arlington VA installed pastor Rev. Judith Fulp-Eickstaedt in  combined “contemporary” service or “rally” in the gymnasium Sunday morning September 8, 2013, with a very full turnout, including potluck. 

The usual contemporary singers provided much of the music, “How We Love” by Diane Allard, and “Jesus at the Center of it All”.  What was striking about the “all” song is the verse line “It’s all about yu.”  In fact, famous pastor Rick Warren (“The Purpose-Driven Life”) keeps preaching the opposite, “It’s not about you.”  That is, it’s not up to you to have the knowledge of good and evil.  But it can get very personal.
For the offertory, the choir performed a cappella an anthem, rather modal in style, by Daniel Gawthrop, “Sing Me to Heaven” (composer’s site ). The composer has quite a resume of skills on Wikipeida (remember Alexander Borodin was a chemist?) and his organ music has been performed at the University of Kansas (where I got my MA in mathematics in 1968).  
Here’s a heads up, on the Inaugural Concert of the New Organ at the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC, Sunday September 15, 2013, announcement
The pastor this morning spoke about “going deeper”.   

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