Sermon

Making Amends

Sunday, Sep. 13, 2020

Sunday, September 13, 2020
Rev. Douglas duCharme
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music

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”, our wonderful section leads are featured singing a virtual Prelude, and the first anthem is a recording by the full Senior Choir.

Prelude Come, I Pray Thee          W. H. Anderson (1882-1955)

 

Soprano – Anne Bornath, Amy Dodington
Alto – Lynn Featherstone, Andrea Ludwig
Tenor – Willis Bote, Phil Smith
Bass – Scot Denton, Giles Tomkins

Come, I pray Thee, Thou sweet and true joy.
Enter a soul that longs for Thee.
Enflame with Thy divine fire all my heart.
Enlighten my inmost parts with Thy radiant light.
Come, I pray Thee, Thou sweet and true joy. Amen.
(“Brother Richard’s Prayer”,
adapted from the works of Richard Rolle, ca. 1290-1349)

 

 

Scripture: Matthew 18:21-35
Reader: Amanda Hancox

 

Opening Hymn All Creatures of Our God and King          arr. John Rutter (b. 1945)

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.
O praise him, O praise him,
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
Ye clouds that sail in heaven along,
O praise him, alleluia!
Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice;
Ye lights of evening, find a voice:
O praise him, O praise him,
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
Make music for thy Lord to hear,
Alleluia, alleluia!
Thou fire so masterful and bright,
That givest all both warmth and light.
O praise him, O praise him,
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Dear mother earth, who day by day
Unfoldest blessings on our way:
O praise him, alleluia!
The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
Let them his glory also show:
O praise him, O praise him,
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship him with humbleness:
O praise him, alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, three in one:
O praise him, O praise him,
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
(St. Francis of Assisi, 1225,
trans. William Henry Draper, ca. 1919)

 

Anthem O Be Joyful in the Lord          E. Daley (1999)

Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir
Conductor – Patricia Jones
Organ – Eleanor 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 Sing a New Church

Summoned by the God who made us
Rich in our diversity,
Gathered in the name of Jesus,
Richer still in unity.

Let us bring the gifts that differ
And, in splendid, varied ways,
Sing a new Church into being,
One in faith and love and praise.

Bring the hopes of every nation,
Bring the art of every race.
Weave a song of peace and justice;
Let it sound through time and space.

Let us bring the gifts that differ
And, in splendid, varied ways,
Sing a new Church into being,
One in faith and love and praise.

Draw together at one table
All the human family;
Shape a circle ever wider
And a people ever free.

Let us bring the gifts that differ
And, in splendid, varied ways,
Sing a new Church into being,
One in faith and love and praise.
(Delores Dufner, b. 1939)

 

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 O God, Our Help in Ages Past            arr. John Rutter (b. 1945)

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.

Under the shadow of Thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone,
And our defence is sure.

Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the same.

A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone,
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.

Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
Bears all its sons away;
They fly forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the opening day.

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guard while troubles last,
And our eternal home. Amen.
(Isaac Watts, 1674-1748, alt.)

 

Postlude And Peace Shall Guard You          Michael John Trotta (b. 1978)

​Peace shall guard you.
In all things, with thanksgiving,
make your need known
and peace shall guard you.
It shall guard you,
it shall guard your hearts
and guard your minds.
For nothing be anxious,
but in all things and with thanksgiving,
make your needs known.
And peace shall guard you.
(Based on Philippians 4:6)

 

This morning’s hymn text is reprinted under onelicense.net #A-717945. Sing a New Church – words by Delores Dufner, © 2003 GIA Publications, Inc. And Peace Shall Guard You – words by Michael John Trotta, inspired by Philippians 4:6, © 2013 MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

Thank you to Ron Gorveatt – Editor and Sound Technician for his work creating the video of the Fairlawn Avenue United Church Senior Choir section leads’ presentation of Come, I Pray Thee.

♪ Music notes ♪

W. H. Anderson (1882-1955) was born in England. As a young man he studied in Italy, developing a fine tenor voice. He was the recipient of two scholarships from the London Guild Hall of Music, later becoming the tenor soloist at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. In 1910 he came to Canada and settled in Winnipeg, where he immediately became part of the musical life of the city as a concert singer, teacher, composer, and choral conductor. Anderson took a great interest in the Winnipeg Music Festival and was chairman of the vocal and choral music selection committee from the Festival’s inception until he died. He composed and arranged approximately 300 pieces – sacred and secular choral anthems, motets, solos and children’s songs – which were published in Canada, England and the United States. Anderson’s works have been performed internationally in Canada, Europe, Great Britain, Australia, the United States, South Korea, and Wales.

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.

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 was premiered on May 30, 1999. This morning’s recording, performed by the Senior Choir of Fairlawn Avenue, is from their CD Canticle to the Spirit.

Delores Dufner (b. 1939) is an American sacred music composer, librettist, and organist whose works have been included in Catholic hymnals in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. She is a nun of the Order of Saint Benedict at Saint Benedict’s Monastery in Saint Joseph, Minnesota.

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.

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.

Michael John Trotta (b. 1978) is an American composer, conductor and clinician. Prior to his work as a full-time composer, he taught at the elementary, secondary and university levels, and also worked as a church director of music. His compositions have been described as inspired, deeply stirring and elegant, but always singable.

Music Sources:

All Creatures of Our God and King  – arr. John Rutter https://youtu.be/_xXUnGhJBcA
Sing a New Church https://youtu.be/J_WmI3WRMDI
St. Patrick’s Hymn – Dan Forrest https://youtu.be/jc6IvVHbI04
O God, Our Help in Ages Past – arr. John Rutter https://youtu.be/gILcSpyOk-g
And Peace Shall Guard You – Michael John Trotta https://youtu.be/BxQ0RnKjrzY

Image Sources:

The Unforgiving Servant by James B. Janknegt www.bcartfarm.com
Fairlawn Flowers arrangement and photograph by Elaine Perkins