Sermon

Doubts and Scars

Sunday, Apr. 18, 2021, Preacher: Rev. Douglas duCharme

Sunday, April 18
Third Sunday of Easter
Rev. Douglas duCharme
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music
Meredith Hall – Soprano
Bernard Farley – Guitar
Laurie Kimmel – Scripture Reader
Patti Smith – FAUC Interview Series

 

Prelude While Christ Lay Dead           E. Daley (1989) 
Fairlawn Avenue Chamber Choir

While Christ lay dead the widowed world
Wore willow green for hope undone;
Till when bright Easter dews impearled
The chilly burial earth,
All north and south, all east and west,
Flushed rosy in the arising sun;
Hope laughed, and Faith resumed her rest,
And Love remembered mirth.
(Christina Rossetti, 1830-1894)

 

 

Opening Hymn That Eastertide with Joy was Bright 
Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir and congregation

That Eastertide with joy was bright,
The sun shone out with fairer light,
Sing praises, hallelujah!
When to their longing eyes restored,
The apostles saw their risen Lord,
Sing praises, sing praises,
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

He bade them see his hands, his side,
Where yet the glorious wounds abide;
Sing praises, hallelujah!
The tokens true which made it plain
Their Lord indeed was risen again.
Sing praises, sing praises,
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

Jesus, the King of gentleness,
Do thou thyself our hearts possess,
Sing praises, hallelujah!
That we may give thee all our days
The tribute of our grateful praise.
Sing praises, sing praises,
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

From every weapon death can wield
Thine own redeemed for ever shield:
Sing praises, hallelujah!
O Lord of all, with us abide,
In this our joyful Eastertide.
Sing praises, sing praises,
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!
(from the Latin ca. 7th century,
trans. John Mason Neale, 1818-1866)

 

 

Solo Now the Green Blade Riseth           15th century French melody, arr. Bernard Farley
Soprano – Meredith Hall
Guitar – Bernard Farley

Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain,
Wheat that in dark earth many days has lain;
Love lives again, that with the dead has been:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.

In the grave they laid him, Love whom men had slain,
Thinking that never he would wake again,
Laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.

Forth he came at Easter, like the risen grain,
He that for three days in the grave had lain,
Quick from the dead my risen Lord is seen:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.

When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,
Thy touch can call us back to life again,
Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.
(John M. C. Crum, 1872-1958)

 

 

Hymn Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Dwelling Place 
Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir and congregation

Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place
Through all the ages of our race;
Before the mountains had their birth,
Or ever thou hadst formed the earth,
From everlasting thou art God,
To everlasting our abode.

O teach thou us to count our days,
And set our hearts on wisdom’s ways;
Turn, Lord, to us in our distress,
In pity now thy servants bless;
Let mercy’s dawn dispel our night,
And all our day with joy be bright.

O send the day of joy and light,
For long has been our sorrow’s night;
Afflicted through the weary years,
We wait until thy help appears;
From age to age with us abide;
In us let God be glorified.

So let there be on us bestowed
The beauty of the Lord our God;
The work accomplished by our hand
Establish thou, and make it stand.
Yea, let our hopeful labour be
Established evermore by thee.
(J. G. Wagner, 1742)

 

 

Anthem On the Journey to Emmaus           Marty Haugen (b. 1950) 

On the journey to Emmaus with our hearts cold as stone –
the One who would save us had left us alone.
Then a stranger walks with us, and to our surprise,
he opens our stories and he opens our eyes.

And our hearts burned within us as we talked on the way,
how all that was promised was ours on that day.
So we begged him, “Stay with us and grant us your word.”
We welcomed the stranger and we welcomed the Lord.

And that evening at the table as he blessed and broke bread,
we saw it was Jesus aris’n from the dead;
Though he vanished before us we knew he was near –
the life in our dying and the hope in our fear.

On our journey to Emmaus, in our stories and feast,
with Jesus we claim that the greatest is least:
and his words burn within us – let none be ignored –
who welcomes the stranger shall welcome the Lord.
(Marty Haugen)

 

 

Closing Hymn Praise the Lord, His Glories Show 

Praise the Lord, His glories show: alleluia!
Saints within His courts below, alleluia!
Angels round His throne above, alleluia!
All that see and share His love, alleluia!

Earth to heaven and heaven to earth: alleluia!
Tell His wonders, sing His worth, alleluia!
Age to age, and shore to shore, alleluia!
Praise Him, praise Him, evermore, alleluia!

Praise the Lord, His mercies trace: alleluia!
Praise His providence and grace, alleluia!
All that He for us hath done, alleluia!
All He sends us through His Son, alleluia!

Strings and voices, hands and hearts: alleluia!
In the concert bear your parts, alleluia!
All that breathe, your Lord adore, alleluia!
Praise Him, praise Him, evermore, alleluia! Amen.
(Henry Francis Lyte, 1793-1847)

 

 

Postlude The Lord Bless You and Keep You           John Rutter (b. 1945), arr. and sung by Bobby Goulder 

The Lord bless you and keep you:
The Lord make His face to shine upon you,
and be gracious unto you.
The Lord lift up the light of His countenance upon you,
And give you peace. Amen.
(Numbers 6:24-26)

 

The texts to this morning’s solo and anthem are reprinted under onelicense.net #A-717945. Now the Green Blade Riseth – words by John M. C. Crum, © 1928 Oxford University Press. On the Journey to Emmaus – words by Marty Haugen, © 1995 GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.

♪ Music notes ♪

While Christ Lay Dead was written for Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir and first performed on Easter Sunday, 1989. The recording heard this morning is from their CD titled Canticle to the Spirit.

Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) was born in London, the youngest child in an extraordinarily gifted family. Her father was the Italian poet Gabriele Rossetti, and her brother Dante Gabriel Rossetti also became a poet and a painter. Rossetti’s first poems were written in 1842 and printed in her grandfather’s private press. In 1850, under the pseudonym Ellen Alleyne, she contributed seven poems to the Pre-Raphaelite journal The Germ, which had been founded by her brother William Michael and his friends. Rossetti is best known for her ballads and her mystic religious lyrics, and her poetry is marked by symbolism and intense feeling. Her collection of poetry called Goblin Market and Other Poems was published in 1862, and it established Rossetti as a significant voice in Victorian poetry.

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.

John M. C. Crum (1872-1958) was an English Anglican theologian and poet. In 1900, Crum was ordained a priest, and from 1928 to 1943, he was the Canon of Canterbury Cathedral. His most famous hymn text is “Now the Green Blade Riseth”.

Marty Haugen (b. 1950) was raised in the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota, and is now a member the United Church of Christ. He holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Luther College and an M.A. degree in pastoral studies from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. For the past 25 years, Haugen has pursued a career as a liturgical composer of contemporary hymns and anthems. He is also a performing musician, and holds a position as composer-in-residence at Mayflower Community Congregational Church in Minneapolis.

Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847) was an Anglican minister, hymnodist, and poet. He was born in Scotland, of English parentage. After abandoning his intention to study medicine, he studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and with very limited training for the ministry, he took Anglican holy orders in 1815. Lyte was described as “slightly eccentric but of great personal charm, a man noted for his wit and human understanding, a born poet and an able scholar.” He was also an expert flute player and spoke Latin, Greek, and French.

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.

 

 

Scripture: Luke 24:33-48
Reader: Laurie Kimmel

 

FAUC Interview Series: Patti Smith