|St. John's Episcopal Church, Boulder, Colorado|
2015 got away from him, but — proving once again that there's no such thing as too many commemorative honors — Colorado's own Guaraldi Mass has been scheduled for this Sunday, June 19, the fifth Sunday after Pentacost, at St. John's Episcopal Church in Boulder. The Rev. Swinehart will be the guest preacher, drawing from the sermon given by the Rev. Malcolm Boyd back in 1965, during the original Grace Cathedral Mass. The music will be performed by the Eric Gunnison Trio, a well-known local jazz ensemble. The St. John's Choir will be directed by Tom Morgan, known for leading the 36-member Ars Nova Singers, a nationally recognized ensemble celebrating its 30th anniversary this season.
|The Rev. Bruce Swinehart|
The anticipated program is as follows:
Processional Hymn: "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty"
Collection for Purity
+ "Lord Have Mercy" (arrangement by Guaraldi)
Collection for the Day
Old Testament Lesson
+ Gradual Hymn: "Come Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire"
Holy Gospel: Luke 8:26-39
Sermon by The Rev. Swinehart
+ "Nicene Creed" (arrangement by Guaraldi)
Prayers of the People
The Offerings of the People
+ Offertory: "Theme to Grace" (Guaraldi)
+ "Lift Up Your Hearts"
+ "Holy, Holy, Holy"
Prayer of Consecration
The Lord's Prayer
+ "O Lamb of God" (sung by the choir)
+ Communion (accompanied by Guaraldi's "Holy Communion Blues")
Hymnal #314: "Humbly I Adore Thee" (arrangement by Guaraldi)
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Recessional Hymn: "Christ for the World We Sing!"
|The Eric Gunnison Trio|
I remember hoping that last summer's 50th anniversary events might generate additional interest in Guaraldi's Grace Cathedral Jazz Mass, along with more church and/or concert presentations of that music. Dare I hope further than this Colorado service will be the first of many more such tributes?
It's a nice thought.