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The Missa Kenya composer, Paul Basler (b. 1963), teaches french horn and composition at the University of Florida. He plays horn professionally all over the world, and has performed more than 200 pieces which were written for him. His own works are also performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Kennedy Center, the National Theatres of the Dominican Republic and Kenya, Lincoln Center, the Sydney Opera House, and the Aspen Music Festival.
In the forward to the Missa Kenya, Basler writes "much of the music and gestures owe their existence to East African choral traditions, fusing together Kenyan musical styles with references to late 20th century American classical music." He also says that he composed this piece as a "gift to the warm, loving friends I left behind in Nairobi." The final movement of the piece, the Agnus Dei, is intended to be a "prayer for peace and understanding throughout the world."
Photos by Ron Hoekman.
The Volume 2015, #1 issue of Chimes is now available. In this issue:
- The Changing Chimes
- Grace and Peace
- Worship Schedule
- The People at Worship
- We Just Can't Keep from Singing
- Much more!
The December issue of Chimes is now available. In this month's issue:
- Gifts in the Darkness and in the Light - Advent 2014
- Christmas Joy Offering
- Bringing in the Light
- Music at Westminster
- Much more!
Our new hymnals have arrived—all 950 of them!
As we introduce the new hymnal, we are asking for your support in helping to pay the cost for this vital component of our worship experience—and it’s a wonderful opportunity to honor the memory of someone you love.
Hymnals can be donated in honor or in memory of someone. You may choose to donate however many hymnals you would like. Bonus! If you purchase a new hymnal, you will get to take an old hymnal home with you.
The price for each hymnal is $25. Donations should be made by Sunday, February 9. To donate a hymnal, please fill out the form below.
Glory to God! is the name of the new hymnal of the Presbyterian Church (USA), which will make its debut at Westminster this month, replacing the previous hymnal, which dates from 1990.
Last year, Helen Hofmeister, minister for music, and Bruce Klein-Wassink, outgoing elder for music, attended a national workshop on the new hymnal, which explained the process through which the new hymnal was created as well as the reason why its hymns were selected.
Following from that workship, Helen and Bruce present a list of commonly asked questions and answers about Glory to God:
What about my favorite hymn?
Chances are pretty good it’s still in there. The new hymnal retained 65% of the hymns in the old one.
Why do we need a new one? I like the one we have.
A hymnal is like a family album. You keep adding to it over the years. We also don’t want to miss any good music that has been composed in the last 25 years.
Were there any young people on the hymnal selection committee? We want them to be involved.
There were 15 people on the selection committee, and two of those were under the age of 25.
How did they choose the hymns that are in the hymnal?
That’s a long answer. You’ll need to come to the presentation between services on February 9 to learn more. However, they committee went through 10,000 hymns before they decided on 853 of them.
What are the new hymns like?
There is a variety of styles. Some are global; some are very old hymns which have been re-introduced, and some are new hymns in a traditional style. There is both new poetry to old hymns and new poetry to new hymns.
Are there any of the new hymns that we would sing at Westminster?
After a quick first look at Glory to God, Helen found 50- 75 new hymns not in the 1990 hymnal which we could use at Westminster. After looking at it more carefully with Chandler and Sherrill, we found many more!
When we will get them?
They will be in the pews on February 9.
How much do they cost and how will we pay for them?
$25 per hymnal, which is quite a bargain considering how much music is in them. If you wish to donate a hymnal in memory or in honor of someone, that information will be printed on a plate which will be affixed to the hymnal. You may donate as many as you wish!
How many hymnals are we getting?
We are buying 950 hymnals: 750 for Westminster, and 200 for Camp Henry. We are also purchasing hymnal companions, accompaniment editions for Westminster and Camp Henry, and an online resource edition for the worship planners.
What will happen to our old hymnals?
If you donate a new one, you can take an old one home!
These new hymnals are for the use of Westminster Presbyterian Church and Camp Henry. If you would like a personal copy, you may order one at presbyterianhymnal.org.
This hymnal will help us as a congregation grow in our worship of God.
Rev. Chandler Stokes
A sermon by Rev. Chandler Stokes on Psalms 46 and 90:1–6 and A Mighty Fortress is Our God and Our God, Our Help in Ages Past. This week begins a new series looking at the hymns of our faith alongside Scripture. Winter tends to be an introspective time, and so our worship in January and February has become a time when we focus on “basics”—the core of our tradition. The hymns in the series are those that this congregation has sung consistently for at least the last decade. We want to point out what the hymns say about God and about us—even us specifically at Westminster. In this series, we both celebrate “old standard” hymns as well as introduce a new hymnal.
This week we begin a new series looking at the hymns of our faith alongside Scripture.
Winter tends to be an introspective time, and so our worship in January and February has become a time when we focus on “basics”—the core of our tradition.
The hymns in the series are those that this congregation has sung consistently for at least the last decade. We want to point out what the hymns say about God and about us—even us specifically at Westminster. In this series, we both celebrate “old standard” hymns as well as introduce a new hymnal.
Join us this Sunday at 8:30a and 11:00a as we sing, pray, worship, and learn together.
Sunday at 7:00p: Christmas concert
Join us for the annual Westminster Christmas concert this Sunday, December 8, at 7:00p. The Sanctuary Choir, Kirk Singers, and orchestra will perform selections from Handel’s Messiah and African-American spirituals, together with our new harpsichord, as well as a sing-along of traditional carols by the congregation. A freewill offering will be collected, and nursery care will be provided.
Wednesday: WOW! family movie night
This Wednesday, December 4, bring the family and come for dinner at 5:30p followed by The Muppet Christmas Carol at 6:00p; the movie runs about 80 minutes long and is appropriate for ages 5–6+.
Conversation about suicide
Two weeks ago in worship, Rev. Stokes addressed questions related to suicide, and offered a time when we might gather to talk openly about a very difficult and taboo subject. It is a subject that needs light. This Wednesday, December 4, at 6:00p, two therapists from our congregation will lead a conversation about how suicide has touched our lives. Please join us.
Huge savings on Camp Henry registration!
Are you as excited as these guys for summer camp? Westminster members who register by Friday (December 6) will save $80 for week long camps or $40 for day or mini camps. Think of it as a Cyber Monday sale for your summer plans! Even if you’re unsure of your summer schedule, register anyway to take advantage of this significant discount: View the 2014 camp sessions and register online!