Sermon

In Memory & In Hope

Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, Preacher: Rev. Douglas duCharme

All Saints Day Communion Service
Sunday, Nov 1, 2020
Rev. Douglas duCharme
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music
Double Quartet:
Soprano – Anne Bornath, Amy Dodington
Alto – Lynn Featherstone, Andrea Ludwig
Tenor – Willis Bote, Phil Smith
Bass – Scot Denton, Giles Tomkins

 

 

Scripture: Revelation 21:1-6    Reader: June Rowe

 

The Sacrament of Communion – The Bread and Wine of Remembrance

Online version  -> Communion All Saints Day

Printable version  -> Communion All Saints Day

 

Prelude And God Shall Wipe Away All Tears (from Requiem)           E. Daley (1993)
Amadeus Choir – Lydia Adams, Artistic Director
Conductor – Lydia Adams
Soprano – Rebecca Whelan

I heard a voice out of heaven saying,
“Behold, the dwelling of God is with all people,
And God shall dwell with them,
And they shall be God’s people.
God shall be with them,
And the voice of weeping shall no more be heard;
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes,
And there shall be no more death,
Neither sorrow, nor crying,
Neither shall there be any more pain,
For the former things are passed away.”
(Revelation 21:3,4)

Lux aeterna luceat eis, Domine.
(Light eternal shine upon them, Lord.)

“I am the resurrection and the life,” saith the Lord:
“He that believeth in me, though he were dead,
Yet shall he live:
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me,
Shall never die.”
(From Missa pro defunctis and
The Burial Service, 1662 Book of Common Prayer)

 

Opening Hymn For All the Saints

For all the saints who from their labours rest,
All who by faith before the world confessed,
Your name, O Jesus, be forever blest.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

You were their rock, their fortress, and their might;
You, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;
You in the darkness drear their one true light.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

O may your soldiers, faithful, true, and bold,
Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,
And win with them the victor’s crown of gold.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

O blest communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
Yet all are one in thee, for it is thine.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long,
Steals on the ear the distant triumph-song,
And hearts are brave again, and arms are strong.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

The golden evening brightens in the west;
Soon, soon to faithful warriors comes their rest;
Sweet is the calm of Paradise the blest.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

But then, there breaks a yet more glorious day –
The saints triumphant rise in bright array:
The King of glory passes on his way.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,
Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Amen.
(William Walsham How, 1823-1897)

 

Anthem Give Us the Wings of Faith to Rise           Howard Helvey (b. 1968)

Give us the wings of faith to rise
Within the veil, and see
The saints above, how great their joys,
How bright their glories be.

We ask them, whence their victory came:
They, with united breath
Ascribe their conquest to the Lamb,
Their triumph to his death.

They marked the footsteps that he trod –
His zeal inspired their breast –
And, following their incarnate God,
Possess the promised rest.

Give us the wings of faith to rise.
(Isaac Watts, 1674-1748)

 

Hymn Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones

Ye watchers and ye holy ones,
Bright seraphs, cherubim and thrones,
Raise the glad strain: alleluia!
Cry out, dominions, princedoms, powers,
Virtues, archangels, angels’ choirs:
Alleluia, alleluia,
Alleluia, alleluia,
Alleluia!

O higher than the cherubim,
More glorious than the seraphim,
Lead their praises: alleluia!
Thou bearer of th’eternal word,
Most gracious, magnify the Lord:
Alleluia, alleluia,
Alleluia, alleluia,
Alleluia!

Respond, ye souls in endless rest,
Ye patriarchs and prophets blest:
Alleluia, alleluia!
Ye holy twelve, ye martyrs strong,
All saints triumphant, raise the song:
Alleluia, alleluia,
Alleluia, alleluia,
Alleluia!

O friends, in gladness let us sing,
Supernal anthems echoing:
Alleluia, alleluia!
To God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Spirit, Three in One,
Alleluia, alleluia,
Alleluia, alleluia,
Alleluia!
(Athelstan Riley, 1858-1945)

 

Double Quartet O Lord, Support Us           E. Daley (1988)
Soprano – Anne Bornath, Amy Dodington
Alto – Lynn Featherstone, Andrea Ludwig
Tenor – Willis Bote, Phil Smith
Bass – Scot Denton, Giles Tomkins

O Lord, support us all the day long,
‘til the shadows lengthen, and evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over,
and our work is done.
Then in thy great mercy grant us safe lodging,
and holy rest, and peace at the last;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(from the Book of Common Prayer)

 

Anthem Let Peace Then Still the Strife           Mack Wilberg (b. 1955)

Let peace then still the strife, the loneliness and grief,
Come heal the piercing silence of passing.
And sweet familiar strains, the voices lost in death,
Arise in songs of hope everlasting.
Then let the voices roll, as waves upon the sea;
Come forth and break upon us, refreshing.

And barren coves be filled – o’erflow with reverie!
Let mem’ry salve as Gilead’s caressing.
And though the balm be spread, let tender rifts remain
That breaking hearts not yield to forgetting.
For hearts rent wide at death, unfolded to our dead,
Hear singing from beyond sunlight’s setting.

Then sing, belovèd ones, reach o’er the summer sea.
Pour forth thy boundless love for us living!
Sweep into ev’ry soul, make music of our tears,
Turn all our songs to joy and thanksgiving!
And when we silent pass, from far across the sea
Let praises ring for life’s wond’rous blessing.

Then sing ye living souls! Sing generations past,
Swell high the tide of life, us refreshing!
Sing forth as with one voice, bear silent grief away,
Resound with peace and hope everlasting!
And all who wait and sing, sing on from earth and heav’n
And make our crossing forth joyful passing!
O make our crossing forth joyful passing! Amen.
(David Warner)

 

Closing Hymn O Lord of Life
Sung by the choir and congregation of Fairlawn Avenue

O Lord of life, where’er they be,
Safe in thine own eternity,
Our dead are living unto thee.
God is with us, now and ever.
Thanks be to God.

All souls are thine, and here or there
They rest within thy sheltering care;
One providence alike they share.
God is with us, now and ever.
Thanks be to God.

Thy word is true, thy ways are just;
Above the requiem, ‘Dust to dust’,
Shall rise our psalm of grateful trust:
God is with us, now and ever.
Thanks be to God.

O happy they in God who rest,
No more by doubt and fear oppressed;
Living or dying, they are blest.
God is with us, now and ever.
Thanks be to God.
(Frederick Lucian Hosmer, 1840-1929,
adapted, E. D.)

 

Postlude In Paradisum (from Requiem)           E. Daley (1993)
Amadeus Choir – Lydia Adams, Artistic Director
Conductor – Lydia Adams
Soprano – Rebecca Whelan

Go forth upon Thy journey from this world, O Christian soul,
in the name of God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit,
in company with the blessèd angels and archangels,
and all the heavenly host.
May Thy portion this day be in peace,
And Thy dwelling place in Jerusalem.*

In paradisum deducant angeli,
in tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres,
et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Jerusalem.
Chorus angelorum te suscipiat,
et cum Lazaro quondam paupere,
aeternam habeas requiem.
(May the angels receive Thee in paradise,
at Thy coming may the martyrs receive Thee
and bring Thee into the Holy City Jerusalem.
May the choir of angels receive Thee,
and with Lazarus, once a beggar,
may Thou have eternal rest.)

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine,
dona eis sempiternam requiem.
(Grant them eternal rest, Lord our God,
we pray to Thee, grant them everlasting rest.)**

*from A Russian Benediction
** from Missa pro defunctis

 

Fairlawn Remembers

As we are not able to gather and pay tribute with words, remembrance, and song, we are sharing a special place for the family and friends of the departed to tell their stories.

Please visit our In Memoriam page here to read personal stories and tributes.

 

The text for this morning’s anthem is reprinted under onelicense.net #A-717945. Let Peace Then Still the Strife, words by David Warner, © 2008 Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.

 

♪ Music notes ♪

Requiem was commissioned in 1993 by Jake Neely for the Elmer Iseler Singers, and the world premiere performance was given at the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, ON., July 1993. Requiem received the award for “Outstanding Choral Composition of the Year” from Choral Canada in 1994. The recordings heard on this morning’s service are from the Amadeus Choir’s CD titled Songs of the Spirit, conducted by Lydia Adams and recorded in 2000. Songs of the Spirit received the award for “Outstanding Choral Recording of the Year” from Choral Canada in 2002.

William Walsham How (1823-1897) studied at Wadham College, Oxford, and Durham University, and was ordained into the Church of England in 1847. He served various congregations and became the Bishop of Wakefield in 1888. Called both the “poor man’s bishop” and “the children’s bishop”, he was known for his work among the destitute in the London slums, and among the factory workers in west Yorkshire. For All the Saints is considered to be How’s finest hymn text. It was sung to the melody Sarum, by the Victorian composer Joseph Barnby, until the publication of the English Hymnal in 1906. This hymnal used a new setting by Ralph Vaughan Williams which he called Sine Nomine (literally, “without name”) in reference to its use on the Feast of All Saints, November 1st (or the first Sunday in November – All Saints Sunday). Like How’s text, Vaughan Williams’ hymn tune has been described as one of the finest of the 20th century.

Howard Helvey (b. 1968) resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he is active as a composer, arranger and pianist, and serves as organist & choirmaster at the historic Calvary Episcopal Church. Nationally and internationally he is in frequent demand as a composer, conductor, and speaker. Known particularly for his choral music, his hundreds of compositions and arrangements have been featured on numerous recordings, national television and radio broadcasts, in such eminent venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Walt Disney Concert Hall (LA), Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, the White House, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and many locations throughout Europe and Asia. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in composition from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master of Music degree in composition and piano performance from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.

Isaac Watts (1674-1748) was an English Christian minister, hymn writer, theologian, and logician. He was a prolific and popular hymn writer and is credited with some 750 hymns. He is recognized as the “Godfather of English Hymnody”. Many of his hymns remain in use to this day and have been translated into numerous languages.

Athelstan Riley (1858-1945) was an English hymn writer and translator. He was born in London, and attended Eton College and Pembroke College, Oxford. Active in the Anglo-Catholic wing of the Church of England, he helped edit The English Hymnal in 1906, and the 1911 revision of the Prayer Book. He was living on the island of Jersey when it was invaded in World War II, and spent the rest of his life there. Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones is his best known hymn.

O Lord, Support Us was written for the Senior Choir of Fairlawn Avenue United Church in 1988.

Mack Wilberg (b. 1955) has been the music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir since 2008. He is a former Professor of Music at Brigham Young University and is active as a composer, arranger, guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and abroad. His compositions and arrangements are performed and recorded by choral organizations throughout the world. In addition to the many compositions he has written for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, his works have also been performed by such artists as Renée Fleming, Frederica von Stade, Bryn Terfel, and the King’s Singers. Dr. Wilberg received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Southern California.

Frederick Lucian Hosmer (1840-1929) was an American Unitarian minister who served congregations in Massachusetts, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, and California. He graduated from Harvard College in 1862, and from Harvard Divinity School in 1869. Beginning in 1875 and continuing for nearly four decades, he and his friend William Channing Gannett worked together, making a contribution to hymnody comparable to that of “the two Sams”, Samuel Longfellow and Samuel Johnson, a generation earlier.

Music Sources:

And God Shall Wipe Away All Tears (from Requiem) E. Daley
For All the Saints https://youtu.be/WbPshOGxpew
Give Us the Wings of Faith to Rise Howard Helvey https://beckenhorstpress.com/content/mp3/bp2090-give-us-the-wings-of-faith-to-rise-helvey.mp3
Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones https://youtu.be/_mZT59b3Kaw
O Lord, Support Us E. Daley
Let Peace Then Still the Strife Mack Wilberg https://youtu.be/LOSgDchheFE
In Paradisum (from Requiem) E. Daley

Image Sources:

Radiant Light by Elizabeth Wang https://radiantlight.org.uk/
Fairlawn Service photo by Elaine Perkins