Music for Ordination Service
Date: July 28, 2014
Tne new minister at the Episcopal church in which I serve will be ordained at the church sometime in January. This is a big event in our parish and I want the service to be rich with a variety of music. I am looking for suggestions of choral repertoire appropriate for this service. We will be inviting small area church choirs to join us with a minimal amount of rehearsal so the repertoire needs to be of an average to easy level of difficulty, with no significant divisi.
All style suggestions of repertoire from "High Church" traditional to Contemporary Christian selections are welcomed, as long as the text is appropriate for the occasion and it is straight forward to put together (in other words, EASY!). The instruments we will have available will be flute, trombone, brass and timpani, and hopefully a guest handbell choir. I also would like to involve children in the service as well.
I am especially interested in finding an anthem for the combined choirs that speaks to the theme of "A Community of Faith." The logistics of pulling this service together will be considerable so the musical selections need to be meaningful but not a huge challenge to perform.
Thanks in advance and I look forward to your suggestions!