The Andover Townsman
---- — First time special musical observation of Good Friday
Experience John Stainer’s “The Crucifixion” sung by the combined choirs of three Andover churches. In their first collaboration the choirs of South Church, West Parish Church and Christ Church will sing this glorious oratorio composed by Stainer.
Laura Weiss, minister of music at South Church will be directing while Barbara Bruns, minister of music at Christ Church, will be guest organist. James Giessler, lyric tenor, and Matthew Wight, bass, will be guest soloists and will add the extra depth of their professional voices to the choirs which are already locally known for their musicality. Giessler and Wight both have extensive experience in sacred, choir and opera music performance. Throughout the service Stainer’s work will be enhanced with the use of multimedia art.
Stainer composed “The Crucifixion” in 1888 during the time that he held the prestigious position of organist at Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London. It is his most well known work and includes several hymn tunes which continue to be sung today with “God so Loved the World” likely being the most recognized, according to organizers.
The public is invited to join in this musical experience. The service will be Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m. at South Church, 41 Central St. in Andover. A voluntary goodwill offering will be accepted following the service.
Holy Week services at Faith Lutheran
On Holy Thursday, March 28, Faith Lutheran Church on South Main Street will hold a noontime worship service, followed by a light lunch. At the 7 p.m. worship service, which will feature special music from the Faith Festival Choir, the Ringers of Faith bell choir and a flute soloist, the altar will be stripped of its hangings as Jesus was deprived of honor and dignity before his crucifixion.
On Good Friday, March 29, Christ’s death will be remembered at a noontime service that will be followed by a light lunch. The seven last words of Jesus will be recalled at an evening Tenebrae service at 7 with special music from the Faith Festival Choir, the Junior Handbell Choir and a flute soloist.
On Saturday, March 30, youth director Tom Schauer will lead an Easter egg hunt from 10 a.m. to noon at the church.
Faith Lutheran Church will hold morning Easter services at 6:30 (sunrise service to be held outdoors, weather permitting), 8:15 (the Ringers of Faith handbell and children’s chime choirs will share their music ministry), 9:45 (led by the Faith Festival Choir, and flute and trumpet soloists) and 11:00 (a contemporary service led by the praise band). There will be an Easter breakfast from 7 to 8 a.m., featuring pancakes, sausage, fruit, coffee, milk and juice. The suggested donation is $5/person or $20/family.
The community is welcome to share these events. For more details, visit faith-andover.org or contact email@example.com or 978-475-4059.
Holy week at South Church
The following is the schedule for South Church, 41 Central St. in Andover, with descriptions from the church.
:Thursday, March 28: Maundy Thursday Observation. Experience moving choral music and string instrumentalists during this Maundy Thursday observation in Fellowship Hall at 6 p.m.
Friday, March 29: “The Crucifixion” by Stainer. Experience Good Friday worship through the glorious music of John Stainer’s “The Crucifixion” sung by the combined choirs South Church, West Parish Church and Christ Church with guest soloists, James Giessler and Mathew Wight, and guest organist, Barbara Bruns, at 7 p.m. The public is invited to join in this musical experience. A voluntary goodwill offering will be accepted following the service.
Sunday, March 31: Easter Sunday Service. Experience the majestic sounds of the Easter Brass players and the inspirational “Hallelujah Chorus” in celebration of the glory of the resurrection at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Good Friday Walk joins many town Christian congregations
The annual Andover Good Friday Walk will be held in Andover on Friday, March 29 at 8:30 a.m.
“This walk has been held for 20 years and invites all townspeople to join in praying for Andover,” according to organizers.
The walk will commence from St. Augustine Church on Essex Street, down the hill toward the train tracks from Memorial Hall Library. Coffee, orange juice and hot cross buns will be served starting at 8:15. The walk is about two hours long, stopping at eight prayer points.
Clergy from Andover Baptist, Ballardvale United, Christ Church, Free Christian, St. Augustine, St. Roberts and South Church will lead prayers for peace in the world, our schools, veterans, government, elderly, fire and police departments, and for the churches of the town, according to organizers.