Lent 4 ~ Anger
March 9, 2018
The Music and Theme for Lent 4 -ANGER
This week, March 11, 2018, our music doesn’t really fit into a specific genre. Rather, the music is chosen to fit into the theme/emotion of ANGER.
As you sing the various hymns take particular note of the words. "O God, Why Are You Silent?" (MV73), is a hymn of lament and healing, sung to the well known, Passion Chorale, composed by Hassler and arranged by Bach.
"God Weeps” (MV78), is a Murray/Strathdee hymn about God weeping over the many injustices of the world.
"Jesus Christ is Waiting" (VU117), a Lenten hymn, speaks of Jesus waiting, raging, healing, dancing, and calling - calling for us to join in the journey.
The anthem, "I Choose Love", with text by Lindy Thompson and music by Mark A. Miller, is an anthem which has become a favourite for the Knox choir this year. It was an obvious choice to respond to the theme of anger. This incredible piece of music was written as a response to the tragic events at Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, in Charleston, NC. A white supremacist killed nine African Americans, on June 17, 2015, during a prayer service. It is one of the largest mass shootings in a house of worship. The music is a testament to the power of forgiveness and peace. Not specifically a sacred composition, this music is being performed by high school, college, community choirs, and church choirs alike.
Listen to a snippet of "I Choose Love"