Sermon

Camp Scugog Sunday

Sunday, May. 2, 2021

Sunday, May 2
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Rev. Rob Metcalf
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music
Willis Bote, Tenor and Ukulele

Camp Scugog Team
Patti Smith
Sandy Giles Byrne
Kathryn Cullen
Marlene Jones

Scripture: John 15:1-8
Reader: Peter Heinz

 

Prelude The Light of God’s Love           Mark Burrows (b. 1971)

Look into my heart, what do you see?
God’s light shining in me.
Look into my heart, what do you see?
God’s light shining in me.
And I can reflect God’s image,
Shine so bright, it will chase away the darkest night.
It’s a light that’s brighter than a thousand stars above,
The light of God’s love.

Deep down in your heart, you’ve got it too,
God’s light shining in you.
Deep down in your heart, you’ve got it too,
God’s light shining in you.
And you can reflect God’s image,
Shine so bright, it will chase away the darkest night.
It’s a light that’s brighter than a thousand stars above,
The light of God’s love.

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

And we can reflect God’s image,
Shine so bright, it will chase away the darkest night.
It’s a light that’s brighter than a thousand stars above,
The light of God’s love.
(Mark Burrows)

 

Opening Hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful           arr. Mack Wilberg (b. 1955)
Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small.
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colours,
He made their tiny wings. R

The purple-headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset, and the morning,
That brightens up the sky. R

The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one. R

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God almighty,
Who has made all things well. R
(Cecil Frances Alexander, 1823-1895)

 

Solo He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands
Willis Bote – Tenor and Ukulele

He’s got the whole world in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands.

He’s got the sun and the rain in His hands,
He’s got the moon and the stars in His hands,
He’s got the wind and the clouds in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands.

He’s got the little tiny baby in His hands,
He’s got the little tiny baby in His hands,
He’s got the little tiny baby in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands.

He’s got the rivers and the mountains in His hands,
He’s got the oceans and the seas in His hands,
He’s got the whole wide world in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands.

He’s got the whole world in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands.
(Traditional African-American)

 

Hymn Pass It On

It only takes a spark
to get a fire going,
and soon, all those around
will warm up to its glowing.
That’s how it is with God’s love,
once you’ve experienced it,
you spread his love to everyone,
you want to pass it on.

What a wondrous time in spring,
when all the trees are budding,
the birds begin to sing,
the flowers start their blooming.
That’s how it is with God’s love,
once you’ve experienced it,
you want to sing, “it’s fresh like spring”,
you want to pass it on.

I wish for you, my friend,
this happiness that I’ve found,
you can depend on him,
it matters not where you’re bound.
I’ll shout it from the mountain top,
I want the world to know
the Lord above has shown me love,
I want to pass it on.

Pass it on.

That’s how it is with God’s love,
once you’ve experienced it,
you spread his love to everyone,
you want to pass it on.
(Kurt Kaiser, 1933-2018)

 

Anthem Look at the World           John Rutter (b. 1945)
The Cambridge Singers
City of London Sinfonia

Look at the world, ev’rything all around us:
look at the world, and marvel ev’ry day.
Look at the world: so many joys and wonders,
so many miracles along our way.

Praise to thee, O Lord, for all creation,
give us thankful hearts, that we may see:
all the gifts we share, and ev’ry blessing,
all things come of thee.

Look at the earth bringing forth fruit and flower;
look at the sky, the sunshine and the rain;
look at the hills, look at the trees and mountains,
valley and flowing river, field and plain. R

Think of the spring, think of the warmth of summer
bringing the harvest before the winter’s cold.
Ev’rything grows, ev’rything has a season,
till it is gathered to the Father’s fold. R

Ev’ry good gift, all that we need and cherish
comes from the Lord in token of his love;
we are his hands, stewards of all his bounty;
his is the earth, and his the heav’ns above. R
(John Rutter)

 

Closing Hymn For the Beauty of the Earth           arr. Mack Wilberg (b. 1955)
Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra

For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth,
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the beauty of each hour,
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower,
Sun and moon and stars of light.
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth, and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild.
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.
Amen.
(Folliott Sandford Pierpoint, 1864)

 

Postlude This Little Light of Mine

 

 

This morning’s prelude and anthem texts are reprinted under onelicense.net #A-717945. The Light of God’s Love – words by Mark Burrows, © 2016 Choristers Guild. Look at the World – words by John Rutter, © 1996 Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.

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Mark Burrows (b. 1971) received his undergraduate degree in music education from Southern Methodist University and his graduate degree in conducting from Texas Christian University. Mark is currently the Director of Fine Arts at First United Methodist Church – Fort Worth. He directs choral ensembles of all ages and oversees programs in visual arts and theater. Mark also writes extensively for video, television and the stage. Known to many little listeners as “Mister Mark,” he tours nationally, presenting high-energy family concerts. Mark’s CDs have won several awards for children’s music.

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.

Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895) was an Anglo-Irish hymnodist and poet. “All Things Bright and Beautiful”, “There Is a Green Hill Far Away”, and the Christmas carol “Once in Royal David’s City” are three of her most well known hymn texts.

American composer and arranger Kurt Kaiser (1933-2018) studied at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and earned two degrees from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. For over forty years, he influenced modern day church music and helped usher in a new era in Christian music. Crossing denominational boundaries, his compositions found their way into many church hymnals. He also arranged and produced albums for many national and international artists, including Kathleen Battle and George Beverly Shea.

John Rutter (b. 1945) 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 choral music is very well known and much beloved in choral circles, and is performed worldwide. Look at the World was written in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Council for the Protection of Rural England.

Folliott Sandford Pierpoint (1835-1917) was an English hymnodist and poet. Educated at Queens’ College, Cambridge, Pierpont was a classics schoolmaster and taught at Somersetshire College, spending most of his life in Bath and the south-west of England. His most famous hymn is “For the Beauty of the Earth” which he wrote in 1864, at the age of 29.

 

Music Sources:

The Light of God’s Love Mark Burrows http://www.choristersguild.org/audio/cga1496.mp3
All Things Bright and Beautiful arr. Mack Wilberg https://youtu.be/iZNt4avXVcI
He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands Traditional African-American https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgHB_LeJzYk
Pass It On https://youtu.be/g-KLF1Oke2M
Look at the World John Rutter https://youtu.be/otw_zbhd3gE
For the Beauty of the Earth arr. Mack Wilberg https://youtu.be/XbXvCZfiOVM
This Little Light of Mine https://www.fairlawnchurch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/This-Little-Light-of-Mine-with-lyrics.mp4