Enhancing the Music Ministry at St. Mark's, Berkeley
From the Director of Music
Music is an important and vital aspect of our ministry at St. Mark’s, and our parish is very much in a position to broaden and expand our musical gifts to the city of Berkeley and the greater Bay Area. With the support of the interim rector, the worship committee, and the choir, we have decided to embark on a Choral Mass Project. On the second Sunday of each month, the choir will offer a choral mass setting of the Ordinary of the Eucharist at the 10:00 a.m. liturgy.
Many seekers come through church doors desiring mystery, awe, and an authentic connection with the Divine. Music is one way to support and cultivate this need and desire. Offering such services will continue to build our musical and liturgical traditions, as well as to speak to the present as well as to the future. I am very excited about this new opportunity, and I look forward to exploring how these services will continue to shape, form, and inform.
Upcoming Musical Highlights, 2016
Sunday, September 11, 2016, Herbert Howells: Collegium Regale
Sunday, October 9, 2016, Hans Leo Hassler: Missa Secunda
Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 7:30 p.m. All Souls’ Day Choral Eucharist: Fauré Requiem
Sunday, November 13, 2016, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Missa Brevis
Sunday, December 11, 2016, George Oldroyd: The Mass of the Quiet Hour
Sunday, December 18, 2016, 4:30 p.m. A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Saturday, December 24, 2016, 10:30 p.m. George Malcolm: Missa ad Praesepe (Mass at the Crib)
Sunday, January 8, 2017, George Oldroyd: The Mass of the Quiet Hour
Sunday, February 12, 2017, Orlando di Lasso: Missa Entre Vous Filles
The work in the Worship Committee is to prayerfully consider ways not only of enhancing and expanding the worship of our existing members, but also of finding ways to bring people outside of our wonderful congregation through our doors. The monthly Choral Mass Project is an exciting initiative for community-building. As with the many other gifts of St. Mark’s ministry—such as the offerings of our talented Spoken Word Committee—we can spread the Good News through sharing these gifts.