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9:30 a.m.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Prelude Praise to the Lord
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation! O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation! All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near; Praise Him in glad adoration.

Morning Sing

Jamie McLemore, organist arr. F.M. Christiansen

Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee; Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee; Ponder anew what the Almighty can do, If with His love He befriend thee.


Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him! All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him; Let the Amen sound from His people again, Gladly for aye we adore Him.


Christ, whose glory fills the skies RATISBONE


Philip L. Copeland Associate Professor and Conductor, A Cappella Choir

Psalm 96
Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary.
Ascribe to the Lord, O families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth.

Say among the nations, The Lord reigns. The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity. Chantez Dieu
Chantez Dieu chanson nouvelle, Chantez, terre universelle, Chantez, et son Nom bnissez. Et de jour en jour annoncez sa dlivrance solennelle

Jan Pieters Sweelinck

Sing to the Lord a new song; Sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name; Proclaim his salvation day after day.


Hymn 74

O God, Our Help in Ages Past


Gospel Lesson: John 1:1-5, 10-14, 3:16 (KJV) Found in The Baptist Hymnal, 75 The Word was God
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made that have been made. Nothing was made, He has not made.

Rosephanye Powell
b. 1954

Psalm 84

How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty!

My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young A place near your altar, Lord Almighty, my King and my God.

Blessed are those who dwell in your house; They are ever praising you.
Hear my prayer, Lord God almighty; Listen to me, God of Jacob.

Look on our shield, O God; Look with favor on your anointed one.

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere;

I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; No good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.
Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.

Deep River Melissa Carson, mezzo-soprano

Deep river, my home is over Jordan. Deep River, Lord. I want to cross over into campground. Oh, dont you want to go, to the gospel feast; That Promised Land, where all is peace? Deep river, my home is over Jordan. Deep River, Lord. I want to cross over into campground.

arr. Norman Luboff


Hymn 523 The Road Home Leah Doss, soprano

Tell me, where is the road I can call my own, That I left, that I lost so long ago? All these years I have wandered, oh when will I know Theres a way, theres a road that will lead me home?

How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place


Stephen Paulus
b. 1949
After wind, after rain, when the dark is done, As I wake from a dream in the gold of day, Through the air theres a calling from far away, Theres a voice I can hear That will lead me home.

Rise up, follow me, come away is the call, With the love in your hear as the only song; There is no such beauty as where you belong; Rise up, follow me, I will lead you home.

Samford A Cappella: More Than a Choir Beautiful Savior

Fair are the meadows, Fair are the woodlands, Robed in the flowers of blooming spring; Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer, He makes our sorrowing spirit sing.

F. Melius Christiansen
b. 1949
Beautiful Savior, Lord of the nations, Son of God and Son of Man! Glory and honor, Praise, adoration Now and forevermore be Thine!


Sisters and brothers, let us claim the freedom Christ gives us By his self-giving on the cross.

May he enable us to continue serving and singing together In faith, hope, and love.
Go in peace and serve the Lord. Amen.

The Lord Bless You and Keep You Organ Fugue

Peter Lutkin

J. S. Bach, arr. Ward Swingle


Samford A Cappella Choir Samford Universitys A Cappella Choir was first founded at Howard College in 1939, ten years before a music degree existed at what is now Samford University. There have been six directors since its founding: Kathleen Martinson, George Koski, Gene Black, Milburn Price, Timothy Banks, and now Philip Copeland. The choir is founded in the rich tradition of St. Olaf College; it retains some of the early influence of Dr. Koski and his experiences under F. Melius Christiansen. In May of this year, the Samford A Cappella choir competed in its first international choral competition, the Florilge Vocal de Tours International Choral Song Competition. The choir competed against other top choral ensembles from other countries and was adjudicated by an international jury of choral professionals. The choir did extremely well in the contest, winning first place in Category IV and third place in Category I. A small ensemble of Samford singers shared first prize in the Renaissance competition and captured the Ronsard Prize, a special award for performance of a Renaissance work that set the poetry of Pierre de Ronsard. Now in its seventy-third year, the Fall 2012 choir is made up of fifty-nine singers. 2012-2013 A Cappella Choir
Soprano 1 Abi Benke Leah Doss Holly Harrington Joylyn Rushing Sharon Mays Hannah Muse Madilyn Muse Caroline Ridings Tenor 1 Russell Blackburn Sitao Chen Daniel Fox Layton Jackson Franklin Lowe Goodson McLemore Soprano 2 Mandy Arnette Victoria Batson Collin Chunn Tori Head Rachel Munn Cara Thomas Christy Vest Despina Wilson Jenna Zimmerman Tenor 2 Chase Cunningham Grant Frederick Charles Henry Kyle Moore Michael Taylor Alto 1 Sarah Beatty Ashley Blankenship Chelsea Dorer Amy Hammer Ellen Mitchell Rebecca Rafla Rachel Smith Eleanor Stenner Katie Vest Bass 1 Brian Anderson Christopher Barbee John Hunsicker Taylor Stricklin Matt Taylor Byron Turk Caleb Wilemon Alto 2 Melissa Carson Kelli Crawford Emily Elder Tabitha Ivey Hope Nolen Bethany Orick Emily Smith Shantel Waters Bass 2 Thomas Espy Connor Ford Brooks Hanrahan Caleb Harper Josh Harper Jeremy Moore Matthew Robertson

Philip L. Copeland, conductor Philip L. Copeland, director of the A Cappella Choir, is in his third year as Director of Choral Activities at Samford University. Choirs under his direction have distinguished themselves on the national and international stage, winning significant awards in four international competitions and performing in feature concerts of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Collegiate Choral Organization. In Birmingham, he prepares choral masters works for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra as the director the Alabama Symphony Orchestra Chorus. He is Director of Music Ministry at South Highland Presbyterian Church where he has served for the past ten years. He is father to triplet nine-year old daughters: Catherine, Caroline, and Claire.