There is a new web page for the Palm Sunday Choir Festival! Please visit http://bradforducc.org/music/palm-sunday-choir-festival. You can find out which pieces the combined choir will sing, find links to YouTube recordings, and more. We hope you will join us for the festival on March 25, 2018!
Our commissioning hymn this second Sunday of Lent is the well-known “Just As I Am” written by Charlotte Elliott in 1835. In one sitting she wrote what she felt is the Gospel of pardon, peace and heaven.
Since then, countless generations have come to Christ at altar calls while hearing “Just As I Am” being sung by choirs great and small. Continue reading Just As I Am
Just what are hymns, anyway?
Our hymnals contain three basic categories of congregational songs to be sung: Continue reading Just what are hymns, anyway?
Our commissioning hymn this Sunday is nick-named Saint Andrew’s hymn due to its second verse: “As of old, Saint Andrew heard it, by the Galilean lake, turned from home and toil and kindred, leaving all for His dear sake.” Here is its back-story.
Bradford Congregational Church is only a few miles south of Vermont’s Caledonia County, so the old hymns of the Scots-Irish are a big part of our tradition. Continue reading Saint Andrew’s hymn
On Sunday, January 14, 2018 our commissioning hymn is the well-known “We Shall Overcome,” which is now most often associated with the Rev. Martin Luther King march on Washington. This song’s history is deeply entrenched in the very fields of injustice it spoke to. Voices from cotton fields, tobacco houses, labor unions, and then civil rights. Weaving it’s way through houses of worship as God’s guiding hand was praised and implored. Continue reading We Shall Overcome
Our opening hymn on this first Communion Sunday of 2018 is “All Creatures of Our God and King,” the tune and words of which are very familiar to us. Click here for a roof-raising rendition of choir, descants, orchestra, organ and congregation. Wow! Now THAT is a hymn-sing! Continue reading January 7, 2018
Tonight’s concert by Full Circle is postponed until next Friday, Dec. 29. It will be just as joyous and fun a few days after Christmas when a winter snowstorm is not engulfing New England!
Organist John Atwood’s prelude for our worship on December 17th will be Johann Michael Bach’s delightful arrangement of In Dulci Jubilo, which means “In Sweet Rejoicing.” Johann was the first cousin once removed and father-in-law of J.S. Bach.
In Dulci Jubilo was composed in the early 1300s by a German mystic who, the legend says, heard angels sing the words … and then joined them in a dance of worship. Continue reading Upcoming Worship Dec 17, 2017
She has been improvising on the cello for fifteen years, playing harmony and bass lines with local musicians. She plays every week at the Colatina Exit and Salt Hill in Hanover, and she frequently plays at Peyton Place, the Greenhouse, First Night venues, and other places.
Phyllis lives in Bradford and works at Oxbow High School as the school nurse.
For this Sunday the Prophet Isaiah reading is from chapter 40, verses 1-11 (read them here). Listen with your heart for the comfort, listen to the call to hear that voice in the wilderness, listen to the assurance that “he will feed his flock like a shepherd.”
Those familiar with Handel’s Messiah know these verses very well as a good portion of his epic oratorio comes from the promises revealed to Israel (and us!) through Isaiah and the good news (Gospel) of their fulfillment. Continue reading Upcoming Worship Dec. 10, 2017