All Saints’ Sunday, November 5 at 5 pm
In 1517, Martin Luther challenged the Church’s teaching on several issues, leading to a Reformation of the Church. As the winds of change were blowing in Germany, England’s King Henry VIII liberated himself from the Roman Church, setting off a conflict that took years to resolve. In 1725, Johann Sebastian Bach wrote a Cantata for St Thomas Church in Leipzig to celebrate the German Reformation. Out of the English Reformation our Book of Common Prayer was created, which established the Anglican tradition of Choral Evensong. Come hear our Parish Choir, accompanied by a small orchestra, sing Bach’s Cantata 79 God is our sun and shield and Telemann’s setting of the hymn A mighty fortress is our God to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation as a prelude to the service of Choral Evensong in celebration of All Saint’s Sunday. The Choral Evensong will include music by Purcell, Tomkins and Ayleward. Please join us for this special offering, spread the word and invite your friends!