A Legacy of Sacred Songs

In December 2019, longtime Brick Church member and historian E. Deane Turner published an anthology of Brick Church’s beloved hymns entitled A Legacy of Sacred Songs: Some Historic Favorites of the Brick Church. An anonymous donor provided the funding to have this anthology printed and mailed to the entire Brick Church membership last December. This anthology has quickly become an integral part of our worship services. In conversation with member and Ministry of Music benefactor Don Wilson, Don encouraged us to create an online audio companion for the anthology. This online audio companion available at the Brick Church website would allow for all at their convenience to enjoy these great hymns of the church. The hymns are clearly indexed and a link is provided for an audio recording of a verse of each hymn. 

We are grateful to Don and Lynn Wilson and the Wilson Family Sacred Music Fund for making the recording and online publishing of this audio companion possible. We hope that the members and friends of The Brick Church will find spiritual comfort and enjoyment in hearing and singing these time-honored hymns of the faith for years to come. 



I. The God of Creation

Page 1   Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty


Page 2   Our God, Our Help in Ages Past


Page 3   God of the Ages, Whose Almighty Hand


Page 4   Come, Thou Almighty King


Page 5   All People That on Earth Do Dwell


Page 6   A Mighty Fortress Is Our God


Page 7   Immortal, Invisible God Only Wise


Page 8   Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee


Page 9   For the Beauty of the Earth


Page 10 I Sing the Mighty Power of God


Page 11  This Is My Father’s World


Page 12  Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken



II.  Christ is Born

Page 13  O Come, O Come, Emmanuel


Page 14  Angels, From the Realms of Glory


Page 15  Away in a Manger


Page 16  Good Christian Men, Rejoice


Page 17  Hark! The Herald Angels Sing


Page 18  It Came Upon the Midnight Clear


Page 19  Joy to the World, the Lord is Come


Page 20  O Come, All Ye Faithful


Page 21  O Little Town of Bethlehem


Page 22  The First Nowell


Page 23  Silent Night, Holy Night!


Page 24  As With Gladness Men of Old


Page 25  We Three Kings of Orient Are



III.  The Easter Story

Page 26  Ride On, Ride On in Majesty!


Page 27  All Glory, Laud and Honor


Page 28  In the Cross of Christ I Glory


Page 29  Jesus Christ Is Risen Today


Page 30  The Day of Resurrection!


Page 31  Thine Is the Glory


Page 32  Crown Him with Many Crowns


Page 33  O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing



IV.  Hymns of Praise

Page 34  The King of Love My Shepherd Is


Page 35  Fairest Lord Jesus


Page 36  Praise My Soul the King of Heaven


Page 37  When Morning Gilds the Skies


Page 38  O Worship the King, All Glorious Above



V.  Hymns of Supplication

Page 39  Breathe On Me, Breath of God


Page 40  O Jesus, I Have Promised


Page 41  Eternal Father, Strong to Save


Page 42  Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah


Page 43  Christ of the Upward Way


Page 44  Dear Lord and Father of Mankind


Page 45  Now the Day Is Over


Page 46  Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing


Page 47  O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee


Page 48  Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult


Page 49  Abide with Me


VI.  The Church of Christ

Page 50  The Church’s One Foundation


Page 51   All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!


Page 52   Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!


Page 53   Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation


Page 54   God of Grace and God of Glory


Page 55   How Firm a Foundation


Page 56   We Gather Together


Page 57   Blest Be the Tie That Binds


Page 58   In Christ There Is No East or West


Page 59   Onward Christian Soldiers


Page 60   Soldiers of Christ, Arise


Page 61    Faith of Our Fathers


Page 62   Lead On, O King Eternal



VII.  The Nation

Page 63  My Country, Tis of Thee


Page 64  O Beautiful for Spacious Skies



IX.  Thanksgiving

Page 65  Come, Ye Thankful People, Come


Page 66  Now Thank We All Our God


X.  The Ancient Imperishables

Page 67  Glory Be To the Father (Gloria Patri)


Page 68  Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow (Doxology)



XI.  Supplemental – Not Included in A Legacy of Sacred Songs

1.  For All the Saints


2.  Lift High the Cross

In-Person Worship Registration

Sunday Morning Worship Task Force Announcement
In-person Worship is at 11 a.m. 
and will be livestreamed at that time.
All Other Programming Continues Virtually
On Wednesday, Sept. 2, the Board of Session approved a proposal by the Sunday Morning Worship Task Force to begin in-person worship starting on Oct. 4 in compliance with all State and local regulations. The Task Force has two primary goals: 1) the safety of our congregation during in-person worship and 2) the return, in a safe manner, to the most meaningful in-person worship experience that is possible.
In keeping with these goals, the Task Force offers the following information:
Description of Worship
Our initial return to worship in the sanctuary will be different in the following ways:
  • Masks will be required (only to be removed briefly for self-served communion);
  • Worshippers will sit over 6 feet apart, limiting attendance to approximately 100;
  • Overflow seating (non-reservation) will be in Watson Hall;
  • There will be no congregational singing;
  • There will be no choir – there will be a soloist or instrumentalist for some services;
  • All attendees will be screened at the door for COVID-19 symptoms;
  • The service is expected to last 40– 45 minutes.
Instructions for Attending
1)  Evaluate your own health – We ask people with the following conditions to consider the continuation of remote worship only at this time:
  • elderly
  • known active heart disease (esp. congestive heart failure and/or cardiomyopathy)
  • known lung disease (esp. emphysema or COPD)
  • known immune compromised state or on immune suppression drugs
  • active cancer diagnosis and/or on chemotherapy
  • active smoker or e-cigarette user
2)  Reserve your seats for worship – registration opens Sunday afternoon for the next Sunday. Go to the links at the bottom of this page or use the link in the weekly emails to reserve a seat for each guest in your party. Please indicate if you need accommodations for a wheelchair. Note: You will receive an email confirmation of your reservation.
3)  Complete the Sunday Morning Health Screen – a link to the health screen form will be emailed to you on Sunday morning prior to worship. Please complete the form, which includes a temperature screen and COVID questions, then press SUBMIT. You will receive a FASTPASS email confirmation by email that you can show to the greeters. Note: If you are unable to submit the health screen prior to worship, you may complete it at the greeting table at church. IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS, please enjoy our 11 a.m. Livestream worship.
4)  Bring your FASTPASS email confirmation to worship by phone or paper copy to bypass the greeting table. TAKE YOUR TEMPERATURE AT THE KIOSK and proceed into the Sanctuary Narthex. Note: Please arrive at Brick Church by 10:45 a.m. for our 11 a.m. service.
5)  An usher will seat you – an usher will greet you at the door to the sanctuary and take you to the next available seating for your party. Note: The Chapel simulcast will be playing for anyone who needs to exit worship for any reason and seats will be marked for social distancing.
6) Following worship – exit through the door you entered with continued 6’ social distancing. Note: Restroom facilities are available on the mezzanine. Those needing assistance will be directed to the Session Room facility. Entrance or exit through the Parish House is not permitted at this time.
Questions regarding this process may be directed to Christopher Allen. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Guest Preachers

Oct. 25, 2020 – 9 a.m.

M. Craig Barnes, President of Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.J. 

View the Oct. 25, 2020 Service of Worship HERE.



June 14, 2020 – 11 a.m.

Rev. Dr. Rodger Nishioka, Senior Associate Pastor of Prairie Village Church, Kansas City, MO

View the June 14, 2020 Service of Worship HERE.


June 7, 2020 – 11 a.m.

Dr. Thomas G. Long, Professor Emeritus of Homiletics, Candler School of Theology

View the June 7, 2020 Service of Worship HERE.




May 31, 2020 – 11 a.m.

Rev. Robert M. Pennoyer II, Assistant Head and Director of Studies at Grace Church School and Priest Associate of the Church of the Heavenly Rest. 
The Rev. Robert M. Pennoyer II is the assistant head and director of studies at Grace Church School, where he performs an eclectic array of administrative duties and teaches classes in the lower, middle, and high school divisions. An episcopal priest, he serves on Sundays at the Church of the Heavenly Rest, where he preaches regularly and teaches confirmation classes. He is a graduate of Harvard College, where he worked at the university’s Memorial Church, and of Yale Divinity School, where he was a member of the Institute of Sacred Music. Robert grew up at Brick, where he was baptized, confirmed, and served in the Order of St. Paul. He is a member of the Day School Committee. View the May 31, 2020 Service of Worship HERE.

May 17, 2020 – 11 a.m.

Rev. Margaret Fox, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Perrysburg, Ohio. Margaret is a former student minister at The Brick Church. 

View the May 17, 2020 Service of Worship HERE.


March 8, 2020 – 11 a.m.       

Rev. Dr. Theodore J. Wardlaw, President, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

All are welcome to join us for a sermon talk-back in the Chapel of the Reformed Faith immediately following worship. View guest preacher Rev. Dr. Wardlaw’s sermon from Jan. 14, 2018 at The Brick Church HERE

View the March 8, 2020 Service of Worship HERE.


March 1, 2020 – 11 a.m.       

Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Rev. Dr. Nelson will preach his sermon The Close Connection Between Piety and Greed. All are welcome to join us for a sermon talk-back in the Chapel of the Reformed Faith immediately following worship. For more information about Rev. Dr. Nelson click HERE

View the March 1, 2020 Service of Worship HERE.


Wednesday Evening Worship

From October through May, join us in the Chapel of the Reformed Faith for a 30-minute service of worship and communion on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. Each week a different minister presents a short sermon, and the Wednesday Evening Choir made up of adult and youth volunteers performs. It’s a great opportunity to give glory to God and further connect with The Brick Church community.

Special Music Events at The Brick Church

All events will take place in the Sanctuary of The Brick Presbyterian Church, which is on the corner of Park Avenue and 91st Street.

For further information, contact us at 212-289-4400, ext. 231.


The Candlelight Carol Service

Each Advent Season, candlelit elegance envelopes The Brick Church’s sanctuary for our Service of Nine Lessons and Carols featuring the professional voices of The Brick Church Choir. Organists accompany the choir on our acclaimed Coignet-Casavant Frères pipe organ. This service of traditional Advent and Christmas sacred music is a cherished Brick Church tradition and one that brings beauty, peace, and joy amidst the busy holiday season.


Maundy Thursday

Service of Holy Communion and Tenebrae

On Maundy Thursday, a service of worship is held in the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m. to mark Jesus Christ’s Last Supper with his disciples and to remember his betrayal, suffering and impending death. The service includes a sermon by one of the Brick Church pastors, the celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion, and the traditional service of Tenebrae, which uses the symbol of progressive darkness to mark the betrayal, passion and death of Jesus Christ. After each reading during the Tenebrae service, the Chancel Choir presents a choral meditation on the reading. After each choral meditation, lights are progressively extinguished in the Sanctuary. The final reading ends with complete darkness in the Sanctuary and the tolling of the bell 33 times to represent Christ’s death. Our most somber service of the year at Brick Church, this profoundly moving and beautifully service is the Holy Week equivalent to our Advent Lessons and Carols service.

Good Friday – 12:15 P.M.

“The Crucifixion” by Sir John Stainer

A Good Friday tradition at Brick Church for almost a century, Sir John Stainer’s Lenten choral meditation, “The Crucifixion”, will be performed by the professional choir of the Brick Church. Premiered in 1887, “The Crucifixion” is a fixture of the English choral scene. Musicians today still enjoy performing choruses such as “Fling Wide the Gates” and careers have been founded on The Crucifixion’s baritone and tenor solos. The chorus “God so loved the World” enjoys an independent existence as an anthem in parish choirs across the globe; a minor classic in its own right and a beautifully expressive piece of choral writing. Please join us for this 75-minute service of sacred music. A free-will offering is received. Childcare will be available upon request. For further information, call 212-289-4400, ext. 231. (Concerts can be viewed in our archives here).