Church of the Epiphany – Norfolk, VA
Beginning in March of 2020, I began assisting the Church of the Epiphany with the production of over 40 Sunday worship services. An especially popular series of over 20 “Midweek Music at Epiphany” videos featuring performances by Joe Ritchie and James Coaxum have been produced. In addition, an occasional “Happening at Epiphany” message from the Priest in Charge (Richard Bridgford) or a short “highlights” video is produced.
Midweek Music at Epiphany - Ombra mai fu (Largo)This week James Coaxum and Joe Ritchie perform "Ombra mai fu (Largo)" from Xerxes by G.F. Handel. This opera only lasted five performances after the premiere. This aria however became one of Handel’s best works and is traditionally sung by a soprano or countertenor, but when you're learning the Italian method, you will come across arias like these. The translation is short and sweet.
“Never was a shade of any plant dearer and more lovely or more sweet.”
Holy Eucharist, Eighth Sunday After Pentecost - July 18, 2021Welcome to the Eighth Sunday After Pentecost and Holy Eucharist with Rev. Richard Bridgford and Rev. Julia Ashby. Today's service is dedicated to the memory of David Jones and Jennifer O'Connell who were tragically killed on July 15, 2021. May they rest in peace and rise in glory.
Lector: Vaughn Coffman
Flowers: Joyce Williams
Altar: Ariel Fernandez
Acolyte: Ariel Fernandez
Usher: Kathy Moore
Music: James Coaxum
Video by Emmett Pate
Midweek Music at Epiphany - As the Deer with Fairest Lord JesusThis week Joe Ritchie performs "As the Deer with Fairest Lord Jesus", by Mark Hayes. This arrangement combines the contemporary song "As the Deer" with the cherished hymn, "Fairest Lord Jesus." The first verse of the hymn mentions that Jesus is the Ruler of all Nature which juxtaposes nicely with the contemporary song about the deer panting for water and its analogy to the human's soul longing for Jesus.
Holy Eucharist, Seventh Sunday After Pentecost - July 11, 2021Welcome to the Seventh Sunday After Pentecost and Holy Eucharist with Rev. Richard Bridgford and Rev. Julia Ashby.
Lector: John Childers
Flowers: Jim Fisher
Altar: Kevin LaPointe
Usher: Jackie Rochelle
Music: Joe Ritchie, Director of Music
Video by Emmett Pate
Midweek Music at Epiphany - Reflections III. Poignantly, with FreedomThis week, Joe Ritchie performs "Reflections III. Poignantly, with Freedom" by James Staples
This piece was written by Joe's college piano professor and he performed it on his senior piano recital. It's his favorite movement out of the entire suite and reminds him of all the wonderful moments that college gave to him.
Holy Baptism, Hazel Quinn O'Leary - July 2, 2021Welcome to the Holy Baptism of Hazel Quinn O'Leary with Rev. Richard Bridgford
First Lutheran Church – Norfolk, VA
I’ve been involved in the production of three very special services at First Lutheran Church in Norfolk, VA. Beginning with their All Saints Service in November of 2020 followed by their Christmas Eve Service including a very nice Music Preludes video.
12.24.20 Nativity of Our Lord: Christmas EveWorship bulletin: https://files.constantcontact.com/25ceff9b001/2d7056da-adbc-49dd-80be-2b2bdd4f817e.pdf
This video contains the service only. To enjoy the preludes, click here: https://youtu.be/wWOqhZb4SVE
Christmas Eve PreludesTraditionally at First Lutheran, we present a half hour of music before each service on Christmas Eve. Even though we are unable to gather for worship this year, we felt it was important to include as much music as possible. These pieces were assembled on a separate video so that you may enjoy it at other times apart from worship.
This video contains the prelude music only. To view the service, click here: https://youtu.be/N4bmHoe2JK8
Worship bulletin: https://files.constantcontact.com/25ceff9b001/2d7056da-adbc-49dd-80be-2b2bdd4f817e.pdf
11.01.20 All Saints DayWorship Bulletin: https://files.constantcontact.com/25ceff9b001/439da73c-0e82-4210-abf8-bbb7af973f62.pdf
On All Saints Day, we give thanks for all the children of God, both the famous and the forgotten, both those who lived in the past and those around us today. Come to worship, to gather at Jesus’ feet and to receive his words of blessing.
The custom of commemorating the saints of the church, especially martyrs, on a single day originated in the fourth century. By the eighth century, the festival commemorating all saints had been moved in England and Ireland to November 1 in order to Christianize the Celtic harvest festival of Samhain, which marked the beginning of winter and communal attention to the dead. In current Christian use, the day is dedicated to thanksgiving for all the unnamed who died in the Lord. In many assemblies, the names of the local dead are read aloud, a focus originally associated with All Souls Day on November 2. The conflation of the two emphases fits with the Protestant belief that the all the Christian dead are saints and none needs release from purgatory.