Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars! Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds! Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth! Young men and women alike, old and young together! (Ps 148:7-11)
Such powerful words ring throughout this psalm, a resounding song of praise.
TiS has no responsive settings but includes two paraphrases, the familiar tune AUSTRIA by Haydn (96) and a nice one by John Bell (97), and several referential hymns later. However, there are many other good songs available. (We shall be away visiting Yarralumla this week so may not sing the psalm.)
After a meaningful and enjoyable Christmas Day service we roll on, buoyed by the harmonies of our own and guest cantors, Libby and Alia visiting from Zürich, still ringing in our inner ears. Warm thanks to all singers.
Singers are needed to open the New Year in fine voice on 4 January 2015. New voices welcomed.
We shall be singing Psalm 72 in which, out of left field, the kings of Tarshish and the isles, of Sheba (or Arabia, as in William Byrd’s setting Reges Tharsis et Insulae) and Seba get a mention. Find out why next week; Arto will explain all.