when my love for christ grows weak
When my love to Christ grows weak
When my love to Christ grows weak,
when for deeper faith I seek,
then in thought I go to thee,
garden of Gethsemane.
There I walk amid the shades
while the lingering twilight fades,
see that suffering, friendless one
weeping, praying there alone.
When my love for man grows weak,
when for stronger faith I seek,
hill of Calvary, I go
to thy scenes of fear and woe,
there behold his agony,
suffered on the bitter tree:
see his anguish, see his faith,
love triumphant still in death.
Then to life I turn again,
learning all the worth of pain,
learning all the might that lies
in a full self-sacrifice.
And I praise with firmer faith
Christ who vanquished pain and death,
and to Christ enthroned above
raise my song of selfless love.
John Reynell Wreford
Melody and bass by
The Garden of Gethsemane
We are looking forward to welcoming back St Paul's Chapel Choir on Sunday. This Sunday the MAG (mixed age group) Choir of young people will be with us. These young people are in years 4, 5 and 6 at John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School. They study and sing together. As well as being with us at St Paul's on the first three Sundays of each month in term time, they also visit other parishes and offer their beautiful music on the fourth Sunday of each month.We are blessed to have these beautiful young musicans, under their Musical Director, Jamil Osman, and with School Organist, Jonathan Bradley, leading our music in our beautiful church. If you live in Perth or are visiting, why not join us for our 9.30am Sung Eucharist - traditional Anglican liturgy with stunning music.
In term time, on the first three Sundays of each month, the singing at St Paul's is led by the St Paul's Chapel Choir. These singers comprise young choristers from years 4 to 6, singers from the secondary school and from the wider community. They lead not just in the hymn singing, but provide musical settings from some of the greatest composers of church music.
If you go to St Paul's Choir you can click on the links and hear some of their beautiful music.
But better still, why not join us at St Paul's for the 9.30 Sung Eucharist when the choir is present (see list of dates on the left) and appreciate the beauty they bring to our worship.
At our 9.30am Sung Eucharist each Sunday, our music is supported by the superb von Beckerath Pipe Organ which was installed by John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School in the church in 2011.
To read about this beautiful organ, have a look at The Tartan, the school magazine, to read about the installation process, the first concert, and the music department at JSR school.
During term time, when the St Paul's Choir is with the congregation, the organ is played by the School Chapel Organist, Jonathan Bradley. On the fourth Sundays, and during school holidays, Gabrielle Mercer, our Parish Organist provides the music for our Eucharist. Gabrielle has recently moved to Perth after serving as Organist at New Norcia for several years.
Other highly renowned organists who have led the music in our worship include Andrew Brown and John Beaverstock.
As well as our highly accomplished organists, School/Chapel organist Jonathan Bradley and parish Gabrielle Mercer, we are very fortunate to have other renowned Perth organists available on special Feast Days to play for us when Jonathan and Gabrielle are not available.
At Midnight Mass at Christmas in 2015, Andrew Brown, a fine young organist, who plays at many of the main churches in Perth, was able to join us. His postlude (recessional) was Carillon-Sortie by Henri Mulet (1878 - 1967) and providing a fitting climax to the beautiful music we were privileged to enjoy throughout the service.
Over three weeks of holidays, John Beaverstock, a very renowned Perth organist, will be offering his musical gifts at St Paul's. (December 27, January 3 and January 10 2016)