Let's Try This Again!
Wedding tomorrow - mixed faith, sorta. Bride's RC, but her dad and much of her extended family is Baptist. No info on the groom, but the dynamics, on the face of it. look similar to last week's ugly mess...
...except that I KNOW these folks. They sing. Dad comes to mass every Sunday, while retaining his Baptist ties. And, wisely, no communion this time.
Some extra goodies too: Bride's sister, former teen choir member, is singing a song at prelude. Mary Chapin Carpenter's version of John Lennon's "Grow Old With Me", not one we usually encourage, but it has that needed "Nod to God" in it, and Debbie has a gorgeous voice. Probably the best voice I ever had in teen choir, too bad I couldn't get her more involved.
Other extra goody: Bride's uncle is a Baptist music minister on New Jersey. He'll lead us in Amazing Grace (gathering, right after processional), and sing Joncas' On Eagle's Wings for Unity Candle. He was surprised to find this was a congregational song in the RC church - Baptists in his neck of the woods use it as a choral piece. Anyhow, nice voice and delivery.
Interestingly, the bride wanted our first-string soprano to sing too - something about "showing the family they're not the only people with talent"? Kids...
So here's the line-up:
Covenant Hymn (cooney/Daigle, arr. Petrunak)
Grow Old With Me (Lennon)
Gesu, Joy (Bach)
Amazing Grace (NEW BRITAIN)
Ps. 128, Blest Are Those Who Love You (Haugen)
Alleluia from Ps. 96, Sing a Song (Lawton)
On Eagle's Wings (Joncas)
ODE TO JOY (They liked my "tribute to Keith" approach, so we're going with that)
All piano except the Ode. I do NOT expect a repeat of that last wedding. Need to remember to remind Fr. to dump the chanted Lord's Prayer, though.