This is a recording of the service offered at St. John's Church in Savannah on Sunday, April 19, 2020, the first Sunday after Easter. Due to health conditions, public attendance was not possible; the service was broadcast live and archived for viewing by video on the church's public Facebook page (no login necessary).
This is a recording of the service offered at St. John's Church in Savannah on Sunday, April 19, 2020, the First Sunday after Easter. Due to health conditions, public attendance was not possible. The service was broadcast live and archived for viewing at the church's Facebook site.
This is a recording of the service offered at St. John's Church in Savannah on April 12, 2020, Easter Sunday. Due to conditions of public health, no congregation was in attendance, but the service was rather broadcast via livestream on the church's Facebook page. For essays and announcements, please see the Parish Paper for this day. The Service at Home Booklet is provided for those who wish to follow along remotely. An organ voluntary precedes the service.
This is a recording of the service offered at St. John's Church in Savannah on Sunday, April 5th, 2020, at 11am, the Sunday Next Before Easter, called Palm Sunday. Due to conditions of public health, no congregation was in attendance, but the service was broadcast by livestream video on the church's Facebook page. For essay and announcements, please see the abbreviated Parish Paper for this day; those wishing to follow along as they listen may view or download the Service at Home Booklet. The text of Fr. Dunbar's sermon may be viewed or printed here.
An organ prelude precedes the service: more musical details are located in the Service at Home Booklet, above.
This is a recording of the service offered at St. John's Church in Savannah on Sunday, March 29, 2020, at 11am. Because no public gathering was possible, the service was broadcast live via our Facebook site. The ministers and staff in attendance maintained appropriate spacing for reasons of health and safety. The service begins and concludes with organ voluntaries from our organist & choirmaster, Steven Branyon (see his note on the musical choices below). You may view, print, and/or follow along with the Service at Home Booklet here; for essays, Sunday School instructions, and parish announcements, please see our Parish Paper for this day. To read, download, or print Fr. Dunbar's sermon given today, click here .
A note from our Choirmaster and Organist, Steven Branyon:
On Sunday, March 29, we will use the small two-rank organ in St. Mary’s Chapel for the livestream service. Our music for this Passion Sunday is a sampling of chorales – dignified, simple hymn-tunes that have been set and harmonized many times over the centuries. I must admit that I am sometimes amazed – but pleased – that present-day worshippers are drawn to these German chorales: most hymnals contain a small percentage of these tunes overall. Perhaps it is that master composers such as Bach, his predecessors and his contemporaries, had such creative abilities, and were able to treat these chorale melodies in such a variety of imaginative ways, using familiar forms, but developing and exploiting them to the fullest. For the opening voluntaries, I will offer three settings of two chorales (found in the volume Eighty Chorale Preludes – German Masters of the 17th and 18th Centuries):
Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein – Johann Pachelbel
(Ah God, look down from heaven and still have mercy on us.)
Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir – Samuel Scheidt & Friedrich Wilhelm Zachau
(A paraphrase of Psalm 130 – “Out of the Depths have I called to you, O Lord”)
The offering for the closing voluntary, a tune you may recognize, is:
Herzlich tut mich verlangen –(My heart is filled with longing) -- Johann Gottfried Walther
Most hymnals now use this last tune to accompany the text: “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”.
– Steven Branyon
March 22, 2020 Morning Prayer & Sermon, Service at Home (Lent 4; Refreshment Sunday; Midlent Sunday)
This is a recording of the service offered at St. John's Church in Savannah on Sunday, March 22, 2020. Due to the social distancing measures required by health conditions, no members of the congregation were permitted to attend. Instead, the service was filmed and broadcast as a live video via social media (Facebook). The musical prelude (Ron Nelson: CAUSE US O LORD) was recorded by our director, assistant organist, and a few members of the choir in spaced formation on the Wednesday prior as an offering for the coming Sunday service. To view the service booklet guide for this service, please click here. For service details, essays, and parish announcements, please see our Parish Paper for this day. A printable text transcript of Fr. Dunbar's sermon this morning may be found and downloaded here.
Late afternoon on Friday, March 13 Georgia's Governor Kemp recommended “that all faith-based organizations consider canceling public events and services”; and shortly afterward Bishop Benhase gave his judgment that congregations of the Diocese of Georgia “suspend gathering for worship for the next 14 days”, with re-assessment at that time. In view of these recommendations, albeit with a heavy heart, we have taken the decision to suspend all public worship at St. John’s until further notice. Parishioners are urged to take time on Sunday morning to worship at home.
- Some of you are familiar with using the Prayer Book and Bible and can order a service for yourselves, but for those not familiar with the Prayer Book, attached is a condensed form of Morning Prayer (Download PDF here.) on this Third Sunday in Lent for use by laity, either singly or in groups.
- The Rector’s address (Download PDF here.) supplies the absence of a sermon, and may be read after the Scripture lesson, or at the end of the service, as desired.
Next Sunday, March 22, Fourth Sunday in Lent, we will live-stream our 11 a.m. service via St John's Facebook page. All are welcome to join us online.
These are the lessons and sermon offered at St. John's Church in Savannah on March 8, 2020, the Second Sunday in Lent, for the 11am service. For service details, essays, and announcements, please view our Parish Paper and/or the Sunday Service Booklet for this day.
These are the lessons and sermon offered at St. John's Church in Savannah on March 8, 2020, the Second Sunday in Lent, for the 9am Family Service. For service details, essays, and announcements, please view our Parish Paper and/or the Sunday Service Booklet for this day.
We were very pleased to welcome William McNair as our guest organist for the Prelude to the Choral Evensong for Lent.
From Eleven Choral Preludes, Op. 122........... Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
O Sacred Head, Now Wounded (setting #1)
O Sacred Head, Now Wounded (setting #2)
O world, I must now leave thee
O man bewail thy grievous fall, BWV 622 ............ J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Elegy..............................................George Thalben-Ball (1896-1987)
William McNair retired as organist and handbell choir director at First Presbyterian Church of Savannah, GA in 2019. He is a composer/arranger specializing in sacred music, with music published by Augsburg Fortress, GIA, and MorningStar. He also curates a website -- Hymnsfororgan.org-- where you will find free downloadable hymns arrangements written for organists to use in accompanying congregational song. McNair has degrees in organ performance, music theory, and piano performance.