CHOIR ANTHEMS and Special Music

CPCBA Chamber Choir sings November 11 anthem, "Sing A New Church," words by Delores Dufner OSB, arranged by Jeffrey Honore. Congregation joins singing verses 1 and 5. Conducted and accompanied by Music Director Timothy Heavner.

CPCBA Chancel Choir sings "Precious Lord, Take My Hand," words and music by Thomas A. Dorsey, arr. by Jack Schrader

Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, help me stand, I am tired, I am weak, I am worn; through the storm, through the night, lead me on to the light.

CPCBA Chancel Choir sings "Come, All Saints, Rejoice, Rejoice," by Robert Leaf, lyrics by Linda Johnson, and conducted and accompanied by Music Director Timothy Heavner.

Come, all saints, come, and make a joyful noise. Oh, come, all saints, rejoice, rejoice, and sing! Oh, come, as one triumphant voice.

CPCBA Choir and Congregation sing "When The Saints Go Marching In" to close All Saints Day worship, accompanied by Music Director Timothy Heavner
This hymn was composed by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette on the day of the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill (suburban Pittsburgh). The congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon (CPCBA) sang this as its closing hymn after honoring the 11 who perished in the shooting.
Director of Music Timothy Heavner plays "Prayer" during CPCBA congregation's silent memorial to those whose lives were taken in the October 27 shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue.

CPCBA Chancel Choir sings "Take My Life," arranged by Craig Courtney. Directed and accompanied by Music Director Timothy Heavner.

Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee; Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love. Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee; Take my voice and let me sing always, only, for my King. Take my silver and my gold, not a mite would I withhold; Take my moments and my days, let them flow in ceaseless praise. Take my will and make it Thine; It shall be no longer mine; Take my heart, it is Thine own; It shall be Thy royal Throne. [Frances R. Havergal, 1874]

CPCBA Chancel Choir sings "Bless the Lord, O My Soul" in its Russian form ("Благослови душе моя Господа"), from the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 37 by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov. Conducted by Music Director Timothy Heavner.

English translation: "Bless the LORD, O my soul: blessed art thou, LORD. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Blessed art thou, LORD."

CPCBA Chancel Choir sings "Lord, I Need Thee" by Berta Poorman and Sonja Poorman, accompanied and conducted by Music Director Timothy Heavner

CPCBA Chancel Choir sings "It Is Well With My Soul," arranged by David Schwoebel, conducted and accompanied by Music Director Timothy Heavner.

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul

It is well
With my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul

It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, o my soul

It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul

It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul

CPCBA Chancel Choir sings "Sheep May Safely Graze," from Cantata BWV 208, by Johann Sebastian Bach, accompanied and conducted by Music Director Timothy Heavner.

CPCBA Chancel Choir sings "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child," arranged by Jay Althouse. Solo by Annie, directed and accompanied by Music Director Timothy Heavner.

Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
A long way from home, a long way from home

Sometimes I feel like I'm almost done
Sometimes I feel like I'm almost done
Sometimes I feel like I'm almost done
And a long, long way from home, a long way from home

True believer
True believer
A long, long way from home
A long, long way from home

CPCBA chancel choir sings "Be Still, and Know That I Am God," by Gene Grier and David Lanz III, accompanied and conducted by Music Director Timothy Heavner.

Be still, and know that I am God
The God of strength, the God of truth
I am your refuge in your time of fear
And you will know that I am near

Be still, and know that I am God
The God who gave My only Son to you
You will find hope in His great sacrifice
Your faith leads to eternal life

Though waters may roar and mountains may shake
And danger fills your heart with deep despair
With faith and hope and love, you’ll find Me through your prayers
And know that I am near

Be still, and know that I am God
In times of pain, in times of war
In Me find solitude and perfect peace
With faith My wonders never cease

Be still, and know that I am God
The God of strength, the God of truth
With love I speak the perfect words to hear
So you will know that I am near
Trust in Me for I am here

Be still, and know that I am God
Be still, be still, be still

CPCBA chancel choir sings "In Christ, There Is No East or West," arr. by Dale Wood, and directed and accompanied by Music Director Timothy Heavner.

In Christ there is no east or west,
in him no south or north,
but one great fellowship of love
throughout the whole wide earth.

In Christ shall true hearts everywhere
their high communion find;
his service is the golden cord
close-binding humankind.

Join hands, disciples of the faith,
whate'er your race may be.
All children of the living God
are surely kin to me.

In Christ now meet both east and west;
in him meet south and north.
All Christly souls are one in him
throughout the whole wide earth.

Music by Stanley Fink
Women's choir sings "For the Beauty of the Earth," arranged by John Rutter and directed/accompanied by Barbara McKelway

Songs Without Words in G Minor, Opus 19 No. 6 by Felix Mendelssohn, performed by Music Director Timothy Heavner

CPCBA bell choir plays Finlandia by Jean Sibelius, arranged by Betty Lambert

John Buchanan introduces and sings the hymn, "Here I Am, Lord," accompanied by Music Director Timothy Heavner

CPCBA Chancel Choir sings "How Can I Keep from Singing," arranged by Rollo Dilworth and directed and accompanied by Music Director Timothy Heavner at the Memorial Service for David Williams, June 16, 2018

Sandy Stauffer died peacefully after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 73 and a beloved member of Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon. The CPCBA Chancel Choir sings "Fly Away Medley," arranged by Howard Helvey and accompanied by Music Director Tim Heavner
Sandy Stauffer died peacefully after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 73 and a beloved member of Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon. CPCBA Music Director Tim Heavner sings "Mary Did You Know?" as requested by Sandy.
Sandy Stauffer died peacefully after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 73 and a beloved member of Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon. The CPCBA Bell Choir plays "Rest"
CPCBA Chancel Choir sings "I'm Gonna Sing When the Spirit Says Sing," arranged by Howard Helvey and accompanied by Music Director Tim Heavner
The women's chorus of CPCBA sings "Give Thanks," words by Rhoda Newton, music by Frances Williams, featuring duet by mother/daughter Kate and Annie Colville and high-five between mother/daughter Donna and Rebecca Johnston :-)
Violin Concerto in B Minor, Op. 35, II. Andante by Oskar Rieding, performed by Lily J on violin and Music Director Tim Heavner on piano
CPCBA Chancel Choir sings "Draw Us in the Spirit's Tether" by Harold Friedell, accompanied by Music Director Tim Heavner
CPCBA Chancel Choir sings the Hallelujah Chorus by G. F. Handel from The Messiah, conducted and accompanied by Music Director Tim Heavner
CPCBA Chancel Choir sings "The Angel Roll the Stone Away," an African-American Spiritual arranged by Russell Nagy, conducted and accompanied by Music Director Tim Heavner.
CPCBA Chancel Choir sings "The Strife Is O'er" by Henry G. Ley, conducted and accompanied by Music Director Tim Heavner.
CPCBA Chancel Choir sings "Awake, Thou Wintry Earth" from Cantata No. 129 by Johann Sebastian Bach, conducted and accompanied by Music Director Tim Heavner.

CPCBA Chancel Choir sings "Ain't No Rock Gonna Shout for Me" arranged by Lloyd Larson, directed and accompanied by Music Director Tim Heavner.

CPCBA Chancel Choir sings "And No Bird Sang," by Douglas E. Wagner. Directed and accompanied by Music Director Tim Heavner.

Chancel Choir member Ross Dillon sings "They Crucified My Lord," an African American Spiritual, accompanied by CPCBA Music Director Tim Heavner.

CPCBA Chancel Choir sings "Many Waters Cannot Quench Love" by Daniel Pinkham from his Wedding Cantata, directed and accompanied by Barbara McKelway

CPCBA Bell Choir plays "Rest," arranged by David Burroughs and directed by Barbara McKelway

CPCBA Chancel Choir sings "If Ye Love Me" by Thomas Tallis, directed by guest organist Barbara McKelway.

"If ye love me, keep my commandments, and I will pray the Father and He shall give you another comforter, that He may 'bide with you forever, even the spirit of truth." John 14:15-17

(Yay! John is back, in full voice and spry step! We missed you!)

Chancel Choir sings "Grant Us Thy Peace" by Felix Mendelssohn, arranged by Walter Ehret.

"Grant us Thy peace, Almighty Lord, Thou source of ev'ry blessing!
Feeble and frail, trust we Thy word, All things in Thee possessing.
In Thee is our hope and safety."

(Welcome back, Ross! The bass section wan't the same without you!)

CPCBA Chancel Choir, accompanied by Music Director Tim Heavner, sings "Nia (Purpose)" composed by Glenn Edward Burleigh from his Nguzo Saba Suite

CPCBA Chancel Choir sings "Dry Bones," a traditional African-American Spiritual, arranged by Mark Hayes

(Welcome to the soprano section Mary Jo! It's great to have you -- and your voice -- with us!)

CPCBA Chancel choir sings Sanctus, based on "Arioso" by J. S. Bach, arranged by Tom Fettke, and accompanied by Sarah Miller on violin

Director of Music Tim Heavner plays offertory music, "Improvisations on HOUSTON."

Worship prelude "Meditation on 'How Good Lord to Be Here'"performed by Director of Music Tim Heavner. Music by J. S. Bach, setting by Donald Rottermund

CPCBA chancel choir sings On Eagles' Wings by Michael Joncas, with Ben H. accompanying on cello
CPCBA Music Director Tim Heavner plays Claude Debussy's Arabesque No. 1 as worship Prelude

For "Music and a Meal" Sunday, Music Director Tim Heavner introduces and plays on piano Claude Debussy's Preludes Book I No. 10, La Cathedrale ongloutie / The Submerged Cathedral

Music Director Tim Heavner plays Church Sonata No. 15 in C Major (K. 336) by Wolfgang Mozart, composed in 1780 at age 24

Chancel choir anthem, Ave Verum Corpus, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (K. 618), composed in 1791 at age 35. For more information on this piece, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ave_verum_corpus_(Mozart)

CPCBA Chancel Choir anthem, Hymn of Prayer, words by John Greenleaf Whittier, music by C. H. H. Parry, arranged by S. Livingston Jr.

CPCBA chancel choir sings "As I Went Down to the River to Pray," arranged by Sheldon Curry

Christmas Eve 2017 - Bell Choir - Joy to the World

Rise Up Shepherd and Follow