In preparation for their upcoming residency in the great London churches of Westminster Abbey, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, the choirs of the St. Peter’s debuted parts of their London repertoire at last Sunday’s worship at FUMCOG. An appreciative Methodist congregation welcomed the presentation of the Preces and Responses, chanted psalm, two Magnificats, and a setting of the spiritual “This Little Light of Mine.”
The day foreshadowed what the choir will experience in London in less than two weeks: a short time to rehearse in an unfamiliar space, the responsibility of presenting great music to enhance others’ worship despite their own weariness (the day before, the choir had completed its fifth of six long and challenging workshops leading up to the residency), and the personal act of worship through music. Organist Kevin O’Malia, who plays at FUMCOG and will accompany the choirs in London, chose hymns for the service that emphasized the role of music in worship, such as “When In Our Music, God Is Glorified.”
Pray for our traveling ministers of music as they represent St. Peter’s in the Great Valley in some of the most iconic spaces of the Anglican Communion!