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This Sunday we will have a guest organist, as Adam and I will both be away. He is a dear friend from The Presbyterian Church in Morristown (a congregant), who is a very talented organist. I am very happy that he was willing to fill in, and I hope everybody welcomes Joel Ramseyer warmly!

I asked him to send me his prelude and postlude for the service, and his prelude will be Edward Elgar’s “For the Fallen”, a piece that I did not previously know. Upon seeing the title, I immediately thought, what a perfect selection for this Sunday, as it is Memorial Day, but I still didn’t know much about it, so I did a little research, and thought I’d share the background information I found.

This piece is based on a poem by Laurence Binyon, an English poet, who wrote the poem in 1914 after the British Expeditionary Forces suffered a great number of casualties. Today, the third and fourth verses of the poem stand as a tribute to all casualties of war, regardless of nation.


They went with songs to the battle, they were young.

Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.

They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,

They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;

They sit no more at familiar tables of home;

They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;

They sleep beyond England’s foam.


Elgar set the poem in his last major orchestral/choral work, and this organ arrangement is from that work. So if you are in church on Sunday, may you listen to the prelude in remembrance and with gratitude to those who have served and fallen for our own country. And if you can’t be there on Sunday, you should look up the piece, as it is indeed a beautiful tribute to ALL casualties of war.

-Charity Wicks, Director of Music Ministries





Central Presbyterian Church

70 Maple Street, Summit NJ  07901

Our Mission Statement

By God’s grace and the leading of the Holy Spirit, Central Presbyterian Church seeks to

Engage one another in a transforming and worshipful relationship with Jesus Christ;

Equip disciples for Christian fellowship, growth, and service;

Extend Christ’s love to the world!