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Celebration Sunday!

  • St. Paul's United Methodist Church 5501 South Main Street Houston, TX, 77004 United States (map)
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A note about special music for Celebration Sunday | by Christopher Betts, Director of Music

The offertory anthem at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:05 am services, ‘I was glad when they said unto me’ by Hubert Parry was written for the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902.  A setting of verses from Psalm 122, it is one of the best and most glorious pieces of sacred choral music ever composed. Still sung at every British coronation since 1902, it is enjoyed by choirs and congregation the world over and, at our services, it will include three fanfare trumpeters in the balcony.

Two of the trumpeters will also be featured in our special music at our lunch in Fondren Hall: ‘Sound the trumpet’ by Henry Purcell. Joining the trumpeters will be sopranos Anna Teagarden and Dawn Uebelhart and members of the St. Paul’s Treble Choir.

Celebration Sunday will also be the first time for our congregation to see our new Organ Scholar, Ben Kerswell, who will be playing the closing organ voluntary at all three services.