Saturday, September 21 at 7pm in the Foundry Theater, 920 Corry St., Yellow Springs
Sunday, September 22 at 3pm at the High Street Methodist Church, 230 East High St., Springfield
This year we are honored to be part of the Levitt Pavilion lineup. The concert, Our Planet—Our Lives, coincides with the UN’s Climate Justice for Peace Day (September 21).
Paul Winter’s Missa Gaia is a 40-minute contemporary work that is derived from a traditional religious form meant to move listeners to reflect on the interconnectedness and sanctity of all life on earth. It weaves the recorded calls of wolf, whale, and harp seal together with choral voices, soloists and a small ensemble of instrumentalists. Textured throughout in this lyrical environmental liturgy are rhythms from Africa, Brazil and the American gospel tradition. The voices of the animals are more than mere sound as they inspire the meaning and shape the form of each musical movement
In addition to our performance of Missa Gaia, we have commissioned two African American composers, Ayanna Woods and Norman Whiteside, to write short original works for us that address climate justice. Not only that, we will be joined by invited guests from the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company for several of the movements of the Missa Gaia.
Admission is free, donations are welcome.
To My High Street Family,
I can hardly believe that I have completed my first month here at the church. I have had the pleasure of meeting with members in small groups and that has been most helpful for me to “put names and faces together.” There are two more scheduled, September 4, 2019, and September 15, 2019. If you have not attended one, you still have an opportunity to do so. Sign up sheets are located in the Commons Hallway. Psalm 139:14 tells us that we are, “…fearfully and wonderfully made…” I have met so many gifted and talented persons here at High Street. I am excited for this church and Springfield as we come together and use our time, talents and treasure in ministry. Pastor Heather and I are in prayer as to ways that Covenant and High Street can partner together to form new and lasting relationships. The needs of Springfield are many. I would ask that each of you would join us in prayer how we might work together in this vineyard. I have scheduled a vacation (September 5 thru September 11). Upon my return, I will begin teaching two Bible Study classes. One during the day and one in the evening. It is my hope that as many of you as possible will plan to attend. We stand ever ready to witness God’s great gifts for the Salvation of Springfield and of the World if we just stand together!
Your Friend in God’s Glory,
Pastor Cynthia Atwater
High Street United Methodist Church is located in Springfield, OH.