Willcocks’ Magnificat

On Sunday morning, December 10, the Sanctuary Choir will sing the Magnificat by Jonathan Willcocks for choir, brass, percussion and organ. The text from Luke 1 is Mary’s response to the angel Gabriel’s message that she will bear a child who will be Jesus, the Son of God. This modern Magnificat is exuberant and joyful – a beautiful setting of this powerful text. The story is so familiar to us that we tend to forget how powerful it really is. Barbara Brown Taylor writes that Mary’s Magnificat is not only “for Gabriel, who first gave her the good news, but for all who will benefit from it – for the proud and powerful who will be relieved of their swelled heads, for the hungry who will be filled with good things, for the rich who will be sent away empty so that they have room in them for more than money can buy. Her song is for Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – for Sarah, Rebecca, Leah and Rachel – for every son and daughter of Israel who thought God had forgotten the promise to be with them forever, to love them forever, to give them fresh and endless life.”

Come and hear the beautiful music of hope and joy this Advent season, and bring a friend!

— Vivian

P.S. Children and youth will return their Lula Whilden World Missions Offering banks during the processional hymn.