Sermon

Making Our Way

Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020

Advent 1 – Special Music Sunday 
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Rev. Douglas duCharme
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music

Special Music Sunday
Featuring Gloria by Mark Hayes
Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir and Chamber Orchestra
Canadian Premiere ~ Recorded Live ~ November 28, 2010

 

 

Scripture:  Mark 1:1-8
Reader: Chris Leonard 

 

Prelude O Come, O Come, Emmanuel           arr. Helen Marple-Horvat
Capriccio String Quartet

 

Opening Hymn There’s a Voice in the Wilderness
Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir and congregation

There’s a voice in the wilderness crying,
A call from the ways untrod:
Prepare in the desert a highway,
A highway for our God!
The valleys shall be exalted,
The lofty hills brought low;
Make straight all the crooked places
Where God, our God may go!

O Zion, that bringest good tidings,
Get thee up to the heights and sing!
Proclaim to a desolate people
The coming of their King.
Like the flowers of the field they perish,
Like grass our works decay;
The power and pomp of nations
Shall pass, like a dream, away.

But the word of our God endureth,
Whose arm is ever strong;
God stands in the midst of nations,
And soon will right the wrong.
God shall feed the flock like a shepherd,
The lambs so gently hold;
To pastures of peace will lead them,
And bring them safe to fold.

There’s a voice in the wilderness crying,
A call from the ways untrod:
Prepare in the desert a highway,
A highway for our God!
The valleys shall be exalted,
The lofty hills brought low;
Make straight all the crooked places
Where God, our God may go!
(James Lewis Milligan, 1876-1961)

 

Introit O Wisdom           E. Daley (2019)
Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir

O Wisdom, O Leader, come.
O Root of Jesse’s stem, come.
O Key of David, come.
O Radiant Dawn,
O King of all nations,
O Emmanuel, we wait for you.
(from the Latin “O” Antiphons for Advent, 9th century,
trans: John Mason Neale, 1818-1866, adapted, E. D.)

 

Lighting of the First Advent Candle – Peace
The Shah Knights Family

 

Come, Light of Lights           E. Daley (2018)
Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir and congregation

 

Gloria           Mark Hayes (b. 1953)
Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir and Chamber Orchestra
(Please see music notes for choristers and instrumentalists)

1. Gloria in excelsis Deo

Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Glory to God in the highest.
Et in terra pax
hominibus bonae voluntatis.
And on the earth peace
to all those of good will.
Laudamus te. Benedicimus te.
Adoramus te. Glorificamus te.
We praise Thee. We bless Thee.
We worship Thee. We glorify Thee.
We give thanks to thee according to thy great glory!
Gloria in excelsis Deo!

 

2. Domine Deus, Rex coelestis
(Alto – Lynn Featherstone, Tenor – Matt Gaskin)

Domine Deus, Rex coelestis,
Deus Pater omnipotens.
Domine Fili unigenite, Jesu Christe.
Dominus Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris.
Lord, Sovereign of heaven,
God, Creator almighty.
Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son.
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Creator.
Qui tollis peccata mundi,
miserere nobis.
Qui tollis peccata mundi,
suscipe deprecationem nostram.
Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris,
Miserere nobis.
Thou who takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Thou who takest away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer.
Thou who sittest at the right hand of the Creator,
have mercy on us.

 

3. Quoniam tu solus sanctus

Quoniam tu solus sanctus.
Tu solus Dominus.
Tu solus altissimus, Jesu Christe.
For Thou alone art holy.
Thou alone art the Lord.
Thou alone art the most high, Jesu Christe.
Cum Sancto Spiritu in gloria Dei Patris.
Amen.

 

Closing Hymn On Jordan’s Bank

On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
Announces that the Lord is nigh;
Come then and hearken, for he brings
Glad tidings of the King of kings.

Then cleansed be every Christian breast,
And furnished for so great a guest!
Yea, let us each our hearts prepare
For Christ to come and enter there.

For thou art our salvation, Lord,
Our refuge and our great reward;
Without thy grace our souls must fade,
And wither like a flower decayed.

Stretch forth thine hand, to heal our sore,
And make us rise to fall no more;
Once more upon thy people shine,
And fill the world with love divine.

All praise, eternal Son, to thee,
Whose Advent sets thy people free,
Whom, with the Father, we adore,
And Spirit blest, for evermore.
(Charles Coffin, 1676-1749,
Trans. John Chandler, 1806-1876)

 

Choral Commissioning           E. Daley (2019)
Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir and congregation

(Georg Weissel, 1590-1635,
Trans. Catherine Winkworth, 1855, alt.)

 

Postlude Overture from Messiah G. F. Handel (1685-1759)

 

♪ Music notes ♪

Choristers for Hayes Gloria:

Soprano: Sharon Barrett-Ewing, Martha Cooper, Rosalie Cowan, Shirley Joyce, Carrie Loring*, Andrea Ludwig*, Lynda MacKenzie, Xandi Neville, Caitlin Roberts, Kathy Salisbury, Frances Welsh, Rebecca Whelan*, Laura Ziliotto

Alto: Paula Blaser, Martha Boyce, Shirley Chykaliuk, Wendy Hedderwick White, Patricia Jones*, Bonita Kersey, Ida Martin, Lynn Featherstone*, Anne Pyper, Valerie Scovill, Esther Steen, Patti Vipond*, Esther Welsh

Tenor: Eugene Burke*, Andrew Dunsmore*, Matt Gaskin*, Geoffrey Horning, Michael Mead, Ed Oikawa, Phil Smith*, Ralf Staebler

Bass: Jim Benson, Philip Blackford, Bill Briggs, Scot Denton*, Michael Downie*, Morrey Ewing, Robert Fraser Burke, Doug Knights, Gary Poole, Giles Tomkins*

*Chamber Choir, 1st and 2nd movements

The Chamber Orchestra heard in the Hayes Gloria is comprised of musicians from some of Toronto’s finest orchestras, including the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, the National Ballet Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. All of the players have collaborated with the choirs of Fairlawn Avenue on numerous occasions in the past, and hope to do so again in the future, at such time as everyone is once again able to gather safely!

Violin 1: Sonia Vizante**, Parmela Attariwala
Violin 2: Sergei Nikonov, Rebecca van der Post
Viola: Anna Barycz, Elizabeth Morris
Cello: Marianne Pack
Bass: Sherri Preuss
Flute/Piccolo: Maria Pelletier
Oboe/English Horn: Karen Rotenberg
Clarinet: Colin Savage
Bassoon: Jerry Robinson
French Horn: Derek Conrod
Trumpet: Michael Fedyshyn
Harp: Julia Seager-Scott
Percussion: Andy Morris
** Concertmaster

James Lewis Milligan (1876-1961) was born in Liverpool, England into a family of 9 children. The son of Anglican parents, he received an early education in Anglican schools, but left school at 12 to work in the building trades. As a teen, he began contributing verse to local newspapers, and in 1910 had a collection of his poetry published. With his family, he emigrated to Canada in 1911. They settled in Hastings County, Ontario, where Milligan became a Methodist pastor. Milligan spent 2 years as a lay minister for the Methodist Church; then became an editor for the Peterborough Review in 1913, and a military correspondent (and later editorial writer) for the Toronto Star in 1914. In 1922 he left to do public relations for the Church Union movement and later was involved with public relations for the Ontario provincial department of mines. He ended his career as editor of the Stratford Beacon-Herald, from which he retired in 1937. 

John Mason Neale (1818-1866) was an English priest and scholar, best known as a hymn writer and translator, having enriched English hymnody with many ancient and medieval hymns translated from Latin and Greek. He studied at Cambridge, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1842. He was offered a parish, but chronic ill health, which was to continue throughout his life, prevented him from taking it. In 1854 Neale co-founded the Sisterhood of St. Margaret, an order of women in the Anglican Church dedicated to nursing the sick. Many Anglicans in his day, however, were very suspicious of anything suggestive of Roman Catholicism. Once Neale was attacked and mauled at a funeral of one of the Sisters. From time to time unruly crowds threatened to stone him or to burn his house. He received no honour or preferment in England, and his doctorate was bestowed by an American college (Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut). However, his basic goodness eventually won the confidence of many who had fiercely opposed him, and the Sisterhood of St. Margaret survived and prospered.

Mark Hayes (b. 1953) is an internationally known award-winning concert pianist, composer, arranger, and conductor. Whether concertizing on the other side of the globe, or composing at his home in Kansas City, Missouri, Mark feels blessed to live out his mission “to create beautiful music for the world”. His compositions and arrangements, which draw from many diverse musical styles such as gospel, jazz, pop, folk and classical, can be found in the music libraries of churches and universities around the world. Mark’s 1,200+ published works include pieces for solo voice, solo piano, multiple pianos, orchestra, jazz combo, small instrumental ensembles, and choruses of all kinds. The Fairlawn Senior Choir has sung many of his anthems over the years, and has also had the privilege of presenting the Canadian premieres of two of his larger works with orchestra at past Special Music Sundays: Gloria (2010) – heard this morning for our online Special Music service, and featured on the choir’s CD titled “Gloria”, and Magnificat (2015).

Charles Coffin (1676-1749) was born in Buzancy, Ardennes in the Duchy of Rheim, and educated at College du Plessis. In 1701, he was appointed chief assistant to Charles Rollin, principal of the Collège de Beauvais, and succeeded Rollin as principal in 1712. That same year he was entrusted with the funeral oration for Louis, Duke of Burgundy, the father of Louis XV. In 1718 Coffin became rector of the University of Paris, a post which he held until his death. His publication “The Hymni Sacri” included a poem adapted from the original chant Jordanis oras praevia, which John Chandler later translated to the hymn On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry, which is sung in churches of many denominations during the season of Advent.

John Chandler (1806-1876) was an English writer, translator and minister. Son of the vicar of Witley, Chandler was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford (BA 1827, MA 1830). He took Holy Orders in 1831, and became vicar of Witley in 1837. One of the earliest and most successful translators of Latin hymns, his translations arose out of a desire to see the ancient prayers of the Anglican liturgy accompanied by hymns of a corresponding date of composition. Two of Chandler’s most well known translations are On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry and The Advent of Our God.

Georg Weissel (1590-1635) was a Prussian pastor who served a church in Königsberg for most of his career. One of the most important of the earliest hymn writers of Prussia, he wrote Macht hoch die Tür (Lift Up Your Heads) for the first Sunday of Advent. This morning’s choral commissioning is the text of the third verse, translated into English by Catherine Winkworth. Although Weissel wrote some 20 hymn texts in total, this hymn is the only one to endure.

Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878) was the foremost 19th century British translator of German hymns into English. Her translations were polished, and yet remained close to the original, and are still used extensively in many denominational hymnals. Educated initially by her mother, she lived with relatives in Dresden, Germany in 1845, where she acquired her knowledge and interest in German hymnody. A pioneer in promoting women’s rights, Winkworth put much of her energy into the encouragement of higher education for women.

Various legends, registering differing degrees of reality and truth, inevitably surround such a famous and long-lived composition as Messiah by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). It is known that he wrote most of the work in an astonishingly short three weeks time, beginning on August 22, 1741. Another legend attached to the work relates to his inspiration, which casts the frenzied composition as a sort of divine dictation. Handel is said to have emerged at some point (usually, it is noted, after finishing the “Hallelujah Chorus”,) and proclaimed: “I did think I did see all Heaven before me, and the great God himself!” The first performance of Messiah took place in Dublin, on April 13, 1742. Handel gave the London premiere less than a year later at Covent Garden, and in the almost 300 years since then, Messiah has taken its rightful place as one of the most frequently performed and most beloved choral works of all time.

 

Music Sources:

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel arr. Helen Marple-Horvat Capriccio String Quartet https://youtu.be/0qPdBFtww0Y
There’s a Voice in the Wilderness Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir and congregation
O Wisdom E. Daley Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir
Gloria Mark Hayes Canadian Premiere ~ Recorded Live ~ November 28, 2010
On Jordan’s Bank https://youtu.be/qVCv6vSVxEc
Overture from Messiah G. F. Handel https://youtu.be/b4tS3UQ082Q