Sermon

Social Justice Sunday

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, Preacher: Rev. Rob Metcalf

 

Sunday, February 7, 2021
Fifth After Epiphany
Social Justice Sunday
Rev. Rob Metcalf
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music

 

Embrace Action Social Justice Team
Laura Schlee, Chair Embrace Action
Kathleen Magladry – Panel Moderator
Siham Abositta – Scripture
Patti Smith – Prayer

 

 

 

 

 

Scripture: James 2:1-8
Reader: Siham Abositta

 

Prelude Al Shlosha D’varim           Allan Naplan (b. 1972)
Intermediate and Senior Choirs of Fairlawn Avenue
Piano – Anne Fraser Burke

Al shlosha d’varim haolam kayam.
Al haemet v’al hadin, v’al hashalom.
(The world is sustained by three things:
by truth, by justice, and by peace.)

 

Opening Hymn Let Us Build a House           Marty Haugen (b. 1950)

Let us build a house where love can dwell
And all can safely live,
A place where saints and children tell
How hearts learn to forgive.
Built of hopes and dreams and visions,
Rock of faith and vault of grace;
Here the love of Christ shall end divisions:
All are welcome, all are welcome,
All are welcome in this place.

Let us build a house where prophets speak,
And words are strong and true,
Where all God’s children dare to seek
To dream God’s reign anew.
Here the cross shall stand as witness
And as symbol of God’s grace;
Here as one we claim the faith of Jesus:
All are welcome, all are welcome,
All are welcome in this place.

Let us build a house where love is found
In water, wine and wheat;
A banquet hall on holy ground
Where peace and justice meet.
Here the love of God, through Jesus,
Is revealed in time and space;
As we share in Christ the feast that frees us:
All are welcome, all are welcome,
All are welcome in this place.

Let us build a house where hands will reach
Beyond the wood and stone
To heal and strengthen, serve and teach
And live the Word they’ve known.
Here the outcast and the stranger
Bears the image of God’s face;
Let us bring an end to fear and danger:
All are welcome, all are welcome,
All are welcome in this place.

Let us build a house where all are named,
Their song and vision heard
And loved and treasured, taught and claimed
As words within the Word.
Built of tears and cries and laughter,
Prayers of faith and songs of grace;
Let this house proclaim from floor to rafter:
All are welcome, all are welcome,
All are welcome in this place.
(Marty Haugen, b. 1950)

 

Anthem We are Called           David Haas (b. 1957) arr. Mark Hayes (b. 1953)

Come! Live in the light!
Shine with the joy and the love of the Lord!
We are called to be light for the kingdom,
To live in the freedom of the city of God.

We are called to act with justice;
We are called to love tenderly.
We are called to serve one another,
To walk humbly with God.

Come! Open your heart!
Show your mercy to all those in fear!
We are called to be hope for the hopeless,
So hatred and violence will be no more.

We are called to act with justice;
We are called to love tenderly.
We are called to serve one another,
To walk humbly with God.

Sing! Sing a new song!
Sing of that great day when all will be one!
God will reign, and we’ll walk with each other
As sisters and brothers united in love.

We are called to act with justice;
We are called to love tenderly.
We are called to serve one another,
To walk humbly with God.

We’ll walk humbly with God!
(David Haas, based on Micah 6:8)

 

Hymn I, the Lord of Sea and Sky (Here I Am, Lord)

I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in dark or sin
My hand will save.
I, who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?

Here I am Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.

I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will tend the poor and lame,
I will set a feast for them;
My hand will save.
Finest bread I will provide
Till their hearts be satisfied.
I will give my life to them.
Whom shall I send?

Here I am Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.
(Daniel L. Schutte, 1981, alt.)

 

Solo Safe (Acoustic Version with Guitarist Favour)           ZENESOUL

 

Anthem Let Justice Roll Like a River           Marty Haugen (b. 1950)

Let justice roll like a river, and wash all oppression away;
Come, O God, and take us, move and shake us,
Come now, and make us anew, that we might live justly like you.

How long shall we wait, O God, for the day of your mercy to dawn,
The day we beat our swords into ploughs, and your peace reigns over the earth?

Let justice roll like a river, and wash all oppression away;
Come, O God, and take us, move and shake us,
Come now, and make us anew, that we might live justly like you.

Even now, return to me, let your hearts be broken and humble,
For I am gracious, gen’rous and kind; come and seek the mercies of God.

Let justice roll like a river, and wash all oppression away;
Come, O God, and take us, move and shake us,
Come now, and make us anew, that we might live justly like you.

You have been told the way of life, the way of justice and peace;
To act justly, to love gently, and walk humbly with God.

Let justice roll like a river, and wash all oppression away;
Come, O God, and take us, move and shake us,
Come now, and make us anew, that we might live justly like you.
(Marty Haugen)

 

Closing Hymn The Servant Song (We are Pilgrims)

 

Postlude A Celtic Prayer           Barry Peters (b. 1957)
Amadeus Choir
Lydia Adams – Conductor

May the Christ who walks on wounded feet
Walk with you on the road.
May the Christ who serves with wounded hands
Stretch out your hands to serve.
May the Christ who loves with a wounded heart
Open up your hearts to love.
May you see the face of Christ in everyone you meet,
And may everyone you meet see the face of Christ in you. Amen.
(Traditional Celtic text)

 

Prayers of the People A Prayer for Uncertain Times          Rev. Dr. William J Barber II
Read by: Patti Smith

 

Embrace Action Social Justice Partner Panel

 

 

This morning’s hymn and anthem texts are reprinted under onelicense.net #A-717945. Let Us Build a House – words by Marty Haugen, © 1994 GIA Publications, Inc. We are Called – words by David Haas, © 2014 GIA Publications, Inc. Let Justice Roll Like a River – words by Marty Haugen, © 1991 GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

♪ Music notes ♪

Allan Naplan (b. 1972) began his career as an opera singer and transitioned to administration as a member of the staff of Houston Grand Opera. He served as Director of Artistic Administration of Pittsburgh Opera before being appointed General Director of Madison Opera, where he transformed the company through his leadership in fundraising, audience development, and financial management as well as repertoire and productions, educational programs, and community engagement. As a published composer, Naplan’s works, which are standard repertoire for choirs, have been performed and recorded in over forty countries, and have been featured at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the White House, and aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia.

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.

David Haas (b. 1957) is an American author and composer of liturgical music, primarily for Roman Catholic congregations. He lives in Eagan, Minnesota where he is the Director of the Emmaus Center for Music, Prayer and Ministry. He is also Campus Minister and Artist in Residence at Benilde-St. Margaret’s School in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, where he teaches in the music and theology departments. Haas has produced over forty original collections and recordings of liturgical music. His music is sung throughout the world and appears in many hymnals of various denominations and languages.

Mark Hayes (b. 1953) is an internationally known award-winning concert pianist, composer, arranger, and conductor. Whether concertizing on the other side of the globe, or composing at his home in Kansas City, Missouri, Mark feels blessed to live out his mission “to create beautiful music for the world”. His compositions and arrangements, which draw from many diverse musical styles such as gospel, jazz, pop, folk and classical, can be found in the music libraries of churches and universities around the world. Mark’s 1,200+ published works include pieces for solo voice, solo piano, multiple pianos, orchestra, jazz combo, small instrumental ensembles, and choruses of all kinds. The Fairlawn Senior Choir has sung many of his anthems over the years, and has also had the privilege of presenting the Canadian premieres of two of his larger works with orchestra at past Special Music Sundays: Gloria (2010) and Magnificat (2015).

Daniel L. Schutte (b. 1947) is an American composer of Catholic liturgical music, and a contemporary Christian songwriter best known for the hymn I, the Lord of Sea and Sky (also known as Here I Am, Lord). He has composed over 150 popular hymns and Mass settings in total, and also holds two master of arts degrees – one in theology and one in liturgy from The Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. Also an alumnus of both St. Louis University and Seattle University, Schutte has received three honorary doctoral degrees for his contribution to the life of the church.

A native of Cape Breton, Barry Peters (b. 1957) received his Bachelor of Music in organ and voice at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, and continued his studies in organ and conducting at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, and in Winchester, England. He is a teacher of voice and piano, and is also the long time Organist and Choir Director at Richmond Hill United Church. Barry’s great passion is Celtic singing and performance.

Music Sources:

Al Shlosha D’varim https://www.jwpepper.com/Al-Shlosha-D%27varim/3012796.item#/
Let Us Build a House https://youtu.be/GlnVLP0qFEo
We are Called David Haas,arr. Mark Hayes https://youtu.be/cUHK40YSQyc
I, the Lord of Sea and Sky (Here I Am, Lord) https://youtu.be/-SHIrS6pMG4
Safe Zenesoul https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfkfdA2Vyik
Let Justice Roll Like a River Marty Haugen https://youtu.be/r2Ku8VfhCis
The Servant Song (We are Pilgrims) https://youtu.be/ttW9oQ-yiuU
A Celtic Prayer Barry Peters Amadeus Choir Lydia Adams – Conductor https://www.worldcat.org/title/songs-of-the-spirit/oclc/81095171