Sermon

Because

Sunday, Sep. 12, 2021, Preacher: Rev. Jean Ward

Sunday, September 12, 2021
Sixteenth After Pentecost
Rev. Jean Ward
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music
Music Offering:
Fairlawn Avenue United Senior Choir and Guests
Scripture: Proverbs 1:20-33 and Mark 8:27-29
Readers: Laurie and John Kimmel

 

In “normal” times, this morning would have been the first Sunday with the Senior Choir back for worship services in the sanctuary after the summer. As these days are not yet “normal”, the first anthem is a virtual recording by the Senior Choir and guests.

 

Prelude Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring)                Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

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Jesus bleibet meine Freude,
meines Herzens Trost und Saft,
Jesus wehret allem Leide,
er ist meines Lebens Kraft,
meiner Augen Lust und Sonne,
meiner Seele Schatz und Wonne;
darum lass’ ich Jesum nicht
aus dem Herzen und Gesicht.

(The following is the most commonly heard English version of the piece.
It is not a translation of the original German text.)

Jesu, joy of man’s desiring,
Holy wisdom, love most bright;
Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring
Soar to uncreated light.
Word of God, our flesh that fashioned,
With the fire of life impassioned,
Striving still to truth unknown,
Soaring, dying round Thy throne.

 

Opening Hymn All Creatures of Our God and King                arr. Mack Wilberg (b. 1955)

Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra

All creatures of our God and King,
Lift up your voice and with us sing,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Oh, praise him!
Alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
Ye clouds that sail in heav’n along,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice;
Ye light of evening, find a voice,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Oh, praise him!
Alleluia!

Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
Make music for thy Lord to hear,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou fire so masterful and bright,
That gives to man both warmth and light,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Oh, praise him!
Alleluia!

Dear mother earth, who day by day
Unfoldest blessings on our way,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
The flow’rs and fruit that in thee grow,
Let them his glory also show,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Oh, praise him!
Alleluia!
(St. Francis of Assisi, ca. 1181-1226,
Trans. William Henry Draper, 1855-1933)

 

Anthem O Be Joyful in the Lord                E. Daley (1999)
Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir and Guests
Organ – E. Daley

O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands,
Serve the Lord with gladness
And come before his presence with a song.
Be ye sure that the Lord he is God,
It is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves.
We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving,
And into his courts with praise.
Be thankful unto him, and speak good of his name.
For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting;
And his truth endureth from generation to generation.
(Psalm 100)

 

Hymn In the Cross of Christ I Glory

In the cross of Christ I glory,
Towering o’er the wrecks of time:
All the light of sacred story
Gathers round its head sublime.

When the woes of life o’ertake me,
Hopes deceive, and fears annoy,
Never shall the cross forsake me;
Lo! it glows with peace and joy.

When the sun of bliss is beaming
Light and love upon my way,
From the cross the radiance streaming
Adds more lustre to the day.

Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure,
By the cross are sanctified;
Peace is there that knows no measure,
Joys that through all time abide.

In the cross of Christ I glory,
Towering o’er the wrecks of time:
All the light of sacred story
Gathers round its head sublime.
(John Bowring, 1792-1872)

 

Anthem St. Patrick’s Hymn                Dan Forrest (b. 1978)

May the strength of God pilot us,
May the wisdom of God instruct us,
May the hand of God protect us,
May the word of God direct us.
Be always ours this day and forevermore.
(St. Patrick, 5th century)

 

Closing Hymn Great is Thy Faithfulness

 

 

Choral Commissioning                E. Daley
Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir section leads

The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face to shine on you
And be gracious unto you.
The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you,
And give you peace. Amen.

 

Postlude Vivace from Concerto for Two Violins in D minor BWV 1043                Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

 

 

♪ Music notes ♪

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was a German composer of the Baroque period (ca. 1600-1750). He lived in Protestant north Germany in the days when music there made up an important part of the splendour of courts, of religious observance, and the daily happiness of the people. Over the course of his life, he held numerous posts: choir-boy, violinist in the orchestra of a prince, organist of town churches, and chief court musician. His last position was as music director at the St. Thomas Church and School in Leipzig, of which city his name is chiefly connected, since he remained there for almost the last thirty years of his life. He played many instruments, and as a clavichordist, harpsichordist, and organist, was supreme in his day. He was an extremely prolific composer and produced monumental instrumental compositions as the Art of the Fugue, the Brandenburg Concertos, and the Goldberg Variations, as well as cantatas, motets, sacred songs and arias, sonatas, concertos, suites, and an enormous amount of organ and other keyboard music. Two of Bach’s best known large choral works are the St. Matthew Passion and the Mass in B Minor, and since the 19th-century Bach revival, in no small part, thanks to Felix Mendelssohn, he is now regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. Bach was twice married, and the parent of twenty (!) children, several of whom were also musicians.

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.

St. Francis of Assisi (ca. 1181-1226), born Giovanni di Petro di Bernardone, was an Italian Catholic friar, deacon, philosopher, mystic and preacher. He abandoned a life of luxury for a life devoted to Christianity after reportedly hearing the voice of God, who commanded him to rebuild the Christian church and live in poverty. He is the patron saint of animals and the environment.

William Henry Draper (1855-1933) was an English hymnodist and clergyman who wrote the texts for approximately sixty hymns. He is most famous for “All Creatures of Our God and King”, his translation of “Canticle of the Sun” by St. Francis of Assisi.

O Be Joyful in the Lord was commissioned by Music Plus Corporation in Kitchener, ON, for their Music Plus Church Choir Festival, and premiered at the festival on May 30, 1999.

John Bowring (1792-1872) was a British polymath, linguist, political economist, reformer, hymnist, writer and editor, Member of Parliament, and controversial Governor of Hong Kong. Among the most famous Unitarians of his time, he was also at the head of the world’s linguists, with a speaking knowledge of eight languages, reading and writing of seven, and working understanding of a further twenty-five dialects. From the 1820s onwards Bowring wrote hymns in large numbers, many of which were published. His most well known hymn, “In the Cross of Christ I Glory” is in many Christian hymnbooks in the English-speaking world.

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.

St. Patrick (ca. 386-461) is Ireland’s patron saint, known for spreading Christianity throughout the country during the 5th century. Much of his life is unknown to historians and can’t be verified, though some sources have listed his birth name as Maewyn Succat, with the name Patrick later taken on during his religious journeys. As a youth, he was captured by pirates in his native Britain and brought to Ireland. During his enslavement, he was called to Christianity and escaped his captors after six years. He returned to Ireland as a missionary, and in his teachings combined Irish pagan beliefs with Christian sacrament. Many legends have been associated with his life, including that he drove away all the snakes from Ireland, and that he introduced the Holy Trinity through the three-leaved shamrock.

Thomas O. Chisholm (1866-1960) was an American hymn writer. He was born in a log cabin in the small Kentucky town of Franklin, and his boyhood was spent on a farm. Although he lacked formal education, apart from attending a small country school, he became a teacher at age sixteen, and the associate editor of his hometown weekly newspaper at age twenty-one. In 1893 Chisholm converted to Christianity, and although he was ordained a Methodist minister in 1903, he served only a single, brief appointment, due to ill health. George Beverly Shea, the famous Canadian-born American gospel singer, introduced Chisholm’s most well-known hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness”, set to music by William Runyan (1870-1957) at a Billy Graham meeting in Great Britain in 1954. It immediately became a favourite, and has survived the test of time, being found in many hymn books to this day – including “Voices United”.

 

 

 

 

Music Sources:

Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring) Johann Sebastian Bach youtu.be/T5Df7f_BLU8
All Creatures of Our God and King arr. Mack Wilberg youtu.be/nAXv8mGM4cQ
O Be Joyful in the Lord E. Daley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjtswYEIdQw&t=3s
In the Cross of Christ I Glory https://youtu.be/hx3FN7Cg8rk
St. Patrick’s Hymn Dan Forrest https://youtu.be/jc6IvVHbI04
Great is Thy Faithfulness https://youtu.be/dTKIqmdfHSk
Vivace from Concerto for Two Violins in D minor BWV 1043 Johann Sebastian Bach https://youtu.be/ILKJcsET-NM