Reformation Hymn Festival
Combined choirs of Tenth Church and the Westminster Brass will be performing hymns and songs related the the Reformation.
We welcome all men 15 or older to join Tenth Men's Choir, our male choir made up of 35-45 men from the Tenth congregation. Participating in Men's Choir, you'll have the opportunity to sing during morning worship services about once a month. You do not need choral or singing experience to join.
St. John Passion by Bob Chilcott
William Gorton, tenor
Steven Condy, baritone
Tenth Church Choir
Colin Howland, music director
Free and open to the public.
Please follow all special event parking guidelines and display a 2018 parking placard in the front windshield of your vehicle. Street parking for the concert is available from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM.
Due to copyright contraints, this service will not be available by livestream.
This year’s Spring Choral Service is taking place during the evening service on May 20. The children’s and adult choirs will join to sing movements from several different oratorios including Haydn’s Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and St. Paul, and The Apostles by Edward Elgar. The goal of such a service is not to parade our choirs before you, but for us all to come together to praise God through his Word.
To encourage us toward that end, here are some of the texts which will be sung:
O rest in the Lord, wait patiently for Him, and He will give thee thy heart’s desires. Commit thy way unto Him and trust in Him, and fret not thyself because of evil-doers (from Psalm 37:7).
From The Apostles
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor: He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord (from Isaiah 61:1).
From St. Paul
O great is the depth of the riches of wisdom and knowledge of our God! How deep and unerring is He in His judgments! His ways are past our understanding. Sing His glory forevermore. Amen (from Romans 11:33).
“Comfort and Joy” The Lessons and Carols Services at Tenth Church celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ through Scripture readings, joyful carol singing, and a homily by Dr. Liam Goligher. The Tenth Church Choir and Westminster Brass will provide festive musical accompaniments and anthems heralding Christ’s coming.
Doors open at 6:30 PM.
This year, Tenth's annual Reformation Service concludes a month-long sermon series entitled "Ethnicity, Arrogance and the Call of Christ." Following the Reformers' slogan of Sola Scriptura, we trust that God's Word is the only source which can both expose and heal the racial divide which exists in our culture and in our own hearts.
Dr. Sean Lucas from Independent Presbyterian Church in Memphis will challenge us with a message from God's Word. Westminster Brass will lead us in joyful congregational singing, and the Tenth Choir will offer several anthems appropriate to the occasion, including Mendelssohn's "Hear My Prayer" and the beautiful spiritual "There Is a Balm in Gilead."
The Tenth Church Choir and soloists will be joined by tenor Gary Seydell and chamber orchestra in the performance of three baroque masterworks. The first is an energetic setting of the Nicene Creed by Antonio Vivaldi, his Credo, RV 591. This will be followed by a rare performance of Johann Christian Hertel’s Sinfonia in D for 3 Trumpets. The program will conclude with Johann Sebastian Bach’s sublime Cantata 21: Ich Hatte Viel Bekummernis (I have much distress). The text of this beautiful cantata carries on a dialogue between the grieving soul and the loving Savior. The Lord Jesus, who bore our griefs and sorrows on the cross is the Lamb who is worthy to receive all glory and blessing.
Westminster Brass, in celebration of their 43rd anniversary and the retirement of the original quintet and name, will present a Concert of Thanksgiving in praise of God and in appreciation for the support of His people.