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August/September 2013

posted 1 Aug 2013, 05:41 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 1 Aug 2013, 05:41 ]

There has been some variety in the life of the Choir recently, owing to some different Services from the usual. It started with Jill’s granddaughter’s Baptism, which was even more special than usual - we always enjoy a Baptism, a family affair, and one of pure hope and love. Jill chose the hymns, including ‘Now thank we all our God’, which I tend to avoid as being rather slow and serious, but which was in fact well- liked. We must have it again some time!

The following Sunday, James had a ‘different’ Service, with all the chairs turned round to face the far side, which was graced by the little Altar. Hymns included ‘Christ in the Stranger’s Guise, to the tune ‘Leaving of Liverpool’, and the Choir sang the Mallaig Sprinkling Song as an Epilogue.

Then on James’s last Sunday, two members of the choir joined some of the St Kentigern’s singers, and sang ‘Jesu, joy of man’s desiring’ during Communion, while most of us joined the choir from Lisa’s Church at Kincardine O’Neil for Evensong at St Thomas’s. This was mostly hymns rather than Canticles, but we sang an Introit I had written to welcome James, ‘Rejoice in the Lord, all ye righteous’, and we sang a choral Amen at the very end of the Service, a final touch for James to remember.

We are now practising for another Evening of Praise to take place on 28th July, when the hymns for everyone will be interspersed with Readings, and three anthems from the choir. Two are well known, God is a Spirit, and Rutter’s ‘The Lord bless you and keep you’. The other is modern, more exciting, and has had a mixed reception from the Augmented Choir so far! I hope everyone will enjoy it in the end.

After that, we hope to have a quiet and peaceful time over the rest of the summer, enjoying in a straightforward way our ‘making a joyful noise to the Lord’. My thanks to all the choir for their support through all these excitements.