Sermon

Ascension Sunday

Sunday, May. 24, 2020

 

Ascension Sunday
Sunday, May 24, 2020
Rev. Douglas duCharme
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music

 

 

Scripture  John 14:1-14

 

Prelude O Clap Your Hands          John Rutter (b. 1945)

O clap your hands together, all ye people:
O sing unto God with the voice of melody.
For the Lord is high, and to be feared:
He is the great King upon all the earth.
He shall subdue the people under us:
And the nations under our feet.
He shall choose out a heritage for us:
Even the worship of Jacob, whom he loved.
God is gone up with a merry noise:
And the Lord with the sound of the trump.
O sing praises, sing praises unto our God:
O sing praises, sing praises unto our King.
For God is the King of all the earth:
Sing ye praises with understanding.
(Psalm 47:1-7)

 

Opening Hymn Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise

Hail the day that sees Him rise, Alleluia!
Ravished from our wistful eyes, Alleluia!
Christ, awhile to mortals given, Alleluia!
Reascends His native heaven. Alleluia!

There the glorious triumph waits: Alleluia!
Lift your heads, eternal gates, Alleluia!
Wide unfold the radiant scene, Alleluia!
Take the King of Glory in! Alleluia!

Him though highest heaven receives, Alleluia!
Still He loves the earth He leaves, Alleluia!
Though returning to His throne, Alleluia!
Still He calls us all His own. Alleluia!

See, He lifts His hands above! Alleluia!
See, He shows the prints of love! Alleluia!
Hark! His gracious lips bestow, Alleluia!
Blessings on His church below. Alleluia!

There we shall with Thee remain, Alleluia!
Partners of Thy endless reign; Alleluia!
There Thy face I’ll ever see, Alleluia!
Find our heaven of heavens in Thee! Alleluia!
(Charles Wesley, 1707-1788)

 

Anthem To the Lamb Upon the Throne          Dan Forrest (b. 1978)

Worthy the Lamb.

Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim,
And publish abroad His wonderful name;
The name all victorious of Jesus extol;
His kingdom is glorious, and rules over all.
Worthy the Lamb.

“Salvation to God, who sits on the throne!”
Let all cry aloud, and honour the Son:
The praises of Jesus the angels proclaim,
Fall down on their faces, and worship the Lamb.
Worthy the Lamb.

God rules in the height, almighty to save,
Though hid from our sight, His presence we have;
The great congregation His triumph shall sing,
Ascribing salvation to Jesus our King.
Worthy the Lamb.

Then let us adore and give Him His right,
All glory and pow’r, all wisdom and might,
All honour and blessing, with angels above,
And thanks never ceasing, and infinite love.
Worthy the Lamb!
(Charles Wesley, 1744)

 

Hymn The Head That Once was Crowned with Thorns

The head that once was crowned with thorns
Is crowned with glory now;
A royal diadem adorns
The mighty Victor’s brow.

The highest place that heaven affords
Is His, by sovereign right,
The King of kings, and Lord of lords,
He reigns in perfect light.

The joy of all who dwell above,
The joy of all below,
To whom He manifests His love,
And grants His Name to know.

To them the Cross, with all its shame,
With all its grace is given;
Their name, an everlasting name;
Their joy the joy of heaven.

They suffer with their Lord below,
They reign with Him above,
Their profit and their joy to know
The mystery of His love.

The cross He bore is life and health,
Though shame and death to Him:
His people’s hope, His people’s wealth,
Their everlasting theme.
(Thomas Kelly, 1769-1854)

 

Anthem Coronation           Craig Courtney (b. 1948)

Crown Him, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Prince of Peace.
Crown Him, the one who died and rose again to live forevermore.
Crown Him, the Bread of Life, High and holy Priest, Bright and Morning Star.
He holds the keys of death. He holds the keys of hell.
He is ruler of the kings of earth.
Crown Him, behold your King.

See Him coming with the clouds.
Ev’ry eye shall see Him whom they have pierced.
See Him who is the first and is the last, Alpha and Omega.
He is the Living One. He who is and was and who is to come.
He has loved us unto death. He has freed us by His blood.
He is the mighty Son of God. Crown Him, behold your King.
Behold Him! Behold the Lord of lords, and King of kings.
Crown Him!
(Based on texts from Isaiah, John, Hebrews and Revelation)

 

Closing Hymn Rejoice, the Lord is King          arr. John Rutter (b. 1945)

Rejoice, the Lord is King;
Your Lord and King adore;
Rejoice, give thanks and sing
And triumph evermore:
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice:
Rejoice; again I say, rejoice!

Jesus the Saviour reigns,
The God of truth and love;
When he had purged our stains,
He took his seat above:
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice:
Rejoice; again I say, rejoice!

Rejoice in glorious hope;
Our Lord and Judge shall come
And take his servants up
To their eternal home:
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice:
Rejoice; again I say, rejoice!
Amen.
(Charles Wesley, 1707-1788)

 

♪ Music notes ♪

John Rutter (b. 1945) is an English composer, conductor, editor, arranger, and record producer, mainly of choral music. He studied music at Clare College, England, and later became the College’s first full-time Director of Music in 1975, leading the Choir to international prominence. In 1981 he founded his own professional choir, the Cambridge Singers, with which he has made many recordings of the sacred choral repertoire. Rutter’s music is very well known and much beloved in choral circles, and is performed worldwide. His larger-scale works – particularly his Gloria (1974), Requiem (1985), and Magnificat (1990) are also well established in the choral repertoire, and the late Sir David Willcocks considered him to be the most gifted composer of his generation.

Charles Wesley (1707-1788) was an English leader of the Methodist movement, most widely known for writing about 6,500 hymn texts. He was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford, and after graduating with a master’s degree in classical languages and literature, Charles followed his father and brother into Anglican orders in 1735. He was a younger brother of Methodist founder John Wesley, and Anglican cleric Samuel Wesley the Younger, and also the father of musician Samuel Wesley, and the grandfather of musician Samuel Sebastian Wesley.

Dan Forrest (b. 1978) has been described as having an undoubted gift for writing beautiful music that is truly magical, with works hailed as magnificent, cleverly constructed sound sculpture, and superb writing … full of spine-tingling moments. In the last decade, Dan’s music has become well established in the U.S., Canada, and abroad. The Fairlawn Senior Choir has presented the Canadian premieres of two of his critically acclaimed major works for choir and orchestra – Requiem for the Living (2014) and Jubilate Deo (2017). Jubilate Deo features the text of Psalm 100, sung in seven languages: Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Zulu, Spanish, and English. Dan holds a doctoral degree in composition from the University of Kansas, as well as a master’s degree in piano performance. He keeps a busy schedule doing commissions, workshops, recordings, adjunct professorships, and residencies with universities, churches and community choirs, teaching composition, coaching, and collaborating as an accompanist.

Thomas Kelly (1769-1854) initially studied for the Bar at Trinity College, Dublin, but he abandoned the study of law, in favour of preaching the Gospel, and became a clergyman of the Church of Ireland in 1792. He was also a poet, musician, and linguist. His hymns can be found in all of the principal hymn books of Great Britain, Canada, and the USA.

Craig Courtney (b. 1948) is an internationally-renowned choral composer, arranger, pianist, accompanist, clinician, and choir director. A native of Indiana, he began playing the piano at the age of three and the cello at the age of eleven, and received a Bachelors and a Masters degree in piano performance at the University of Cincinnati. Following a three-year stay in Milan, Italy, where he studied the piano and worked extensively as a vocal coach, he was invited to join the music faculty of the famed Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. It was during this period, while serving in the music ministry of the Salzburg International Baptist Church, that Courtney began directing a church choir and composing sacred choral music, due to the unavailability of English language music.

Music Sources:
O Clap Your Hands John Rutter https://youtu.be/UpuWBdU6pTY
Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise https://youtu.be/alFrw5ceNkA
To the Lamb Upon the Throne https://www.beckenhorstpress.com/content/mp3/bp2075-to-the-lamb-on-the-throne.mp3
The Head That Once was Crowned with Thorns https://youtu.be/G9YkwHgW6hM
Coronation Craig Courtney https://www.beckenhorstpress.com/content/mp3/coronation.mp3
Rejoice, the Lord is King arr. John Rutter https://youtu.be/xA0jM77Qers