Sermon

We Need to Talk

Sunday, Sep. 6, 2020

Sunday, September 6, 2020
Rev. Douglas duCharme
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music
Mezzo Soprano – Lynn Featherstone

 

 

Scripture: Matthew 18:15-20      Reader: Jill Klaehn

 

Prelude Gymnopédie No. 1           Erik Satie (1866-1925)

 

Opening Hymn Jesus, Where’er Thy People Meet

Jesus, where’er thy people meet,
There they behold thy mercy seat;
Where’er they seek thee, thou art found,
And every place is hallowed ground.

For thou, within no walls confined,
Inhabitest the humble mind;
Such ever bring thee where they come,
And going, take thee to their home.

Here may we prove the power of prayer
To strengthen faith and sweeten care,
To teach our faint desires to rise,
And bring all heaven before our eyes.

Lord, we are few, but thou art near;
Nor short thine arm, nor deaf thine ear;
O rend the heavens, come quickly down,
And make a thousand hearts thine own!
(William Cowper, 1731-1800)

 

Anthem Where Charity and Love Prevail       Music attributed to Lucian Chapin (1769-1842) arr. William A. McNair (b. 1953)

Where charity and love prevail,
There God is ever found;
Brought here together by Christ’s love,
By love we thus are bound.

Let us recall that in our midst
Dwells Christ, God’s holy Son.
As members of each body joined,
In him we are made one.

Let strife among us be unknown;
Let all contentions cease.
Be God’s the glory that we seek;
Be his our only peace.

Let us forgive each other’s faults
As we our own confess,
That we may love each other well
In Christian gentleness.

Love can exclude no race or creed
If honoured be God’s name;
Our common life embraces all
Whose Maker is the same.

Where charity and love prevail,
There God is ever found.
(Latin 9th century,
trans. Omer Westendorf, 1916-1997)

 

Hymn O Day of God, Draw Nigh

O day of God, draw nigh
In beauty and in power;
Come with thy timeless judgement now
To match our present hour.

Bring to our troubled minds,
Uncertain and afraid,
The quiet of a steadfast faith,
Calm of a call obeyed.

Bring justice to our land,
That all may dwell secure,
And finely build for days to come
Foundations that endure.

Bring to our world of strife
Thy sovereign word of peace,
That war may haunt the earth no more,
And desolation cease.

O day of God, draw nigh,
As at creation’s birth;
Let there be light again, and set
Thy judgements in the earth.
(Robert B. Y. Scott, 1899-1987)

 

Mezzo Soprano – Lynn Featherstone –  The Gift of Love           arr. Hal Hopson (b. 1933)

 

Though I may speak with bravest fire,
And have the gift to all inspire.
And have not love, my words are vain,
As sounding brass, and hopeless gain.

Though I may give all I possess,
And striving so my love profess,
But not be given by love within,
The profit soon turns strangely thin.

Come, Spirit, come, our hearts control,
Our spirits long to be made whole.
Let inward love guide every deed;
By this we worship, and are freed. Amen.
(Hal Hopson, 1972)

 

Anthem Love Divine           Howard Goodall (b. 1958)

Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of Heaven to Earth come down,
Fix in us Thy humble dwelling,
All Thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesu, Thou art all compassion,
Pure, unbounded love Thou art;
Visit us with Thy salvation,
Enter every trembling heart.

Breathe, O breathe, Thy loving spirit
Into every troubled breast,
Let us all in Thee inherit,
Let us find that second rest.
Take away the love of sinning,
Alpha and Omega be,
End of faith, as its beginning
Sets our hearts at liberty.

Come almighty to deliver;
Let us all Thy life receive;
Suddenly return and never,
Never more Thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve Thee as Thy hosts above,
Pray, and praise Thee without ceasing,
Glory in Thy perfect love.

Finish, then, Thy new creation;
Pure and spotless let us be;
Let us see Thy great salvation
Perfectly restored in Thee.
Changed from glory into glory,
Till in Heaven we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before Thee,
Lost in wonder, love and praise.
(Charles Wesley, 1707-1788)

 

Closing Hymn Christ is Made the Sure Foundation            arr. John Rutter (b. 1945)

Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ the head and cornerstone,
Chosen of the Lord, and precious,
Binding all the church in one,
Holy Zion’s help forever,
And her confidence alone.

All that dedicated city,
Dearly loved of God on high,
In exultant jubilation
Pours perpetual melody,
God the One-in-Three adoring
In glad hymns eternally.

To this temple where we call thee,
Come, O Lord of hosts, today;
With thy wonted loving-kindness,
Hear thy servants as they pray;
And thy fullest benediction
Shed within its walls alway.

Here vouchsafe to all thy servants
What they ask of thee to gain,
What they gain from thee forever
With the blessèd to retain,
And hereafter in thy glory
Evermore with thee to reign.

Praise and honour to the Father,
Praise and honour to the Son,
Praise and honour to the Spirit,
Ever Three, and ever One,
Consubstantial, co-eternal,
While unending ages run. Amen.
(Latin 7th century,
Trans. John Mason Neale,
1818-1866, alt.)

 

 

This morning’s anthem and hymn texts are reprinted under onelicense.net #A-717945. Where Love and Charity Prevail – text 9th Latin, trans. Omer Westendorf, © 2018 Augsburg Fortress. The Gift of Love – words by Hal Hopson, © 1972 Hope Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

♪ Music notes ♪

Erik Satie (1866-1925) was a French composer and pianist. He was an influential artist in the late 19th and early 20th century Parisian avant-garde movement, and his work was a precursor to later artistic movements such as minimalism, repetitive music, and the Theatre of the Absurd. An eccentric, Satie was introduced as a “gymnopedist” in 1887, shortly before writing his most famous compositions, the Gymnopédies. Later, he also referred to himself as a “phonometrician” (meaning “someone who measures sounds”), preferring this designation to that of “musician”, after having been called a clumsy but subtle technician in a book on French composers published in 1911. In addition to his body of music, Satie left a set of writings, having contributed work for a range of publications including Vanity Fair.

William Cowper (1731-1800) was an English poet and hymnodist. One of the most popular poets of his time, he changed the direction of 18th century poetry by writing of everyday life and scenes of the English countryside. In many ways, he was one of the forerunners of Romantic poetry. Cowper’s religious sentiment and association with John Newton (who wrote the hymn Amazing Grace) led to much of the poetry for which he is remembered. The hymn Jesus, Where’er Thy People Meet was written in 1769 to celebrate the opening of a room at the Great House, Olney, Buckinghamshire, to be used as a meeting place for the local prayer group.

William McNair (b. 1953) is organist and director of handbell choirs at Shandon Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, where he has served since 2001. He has performed in many recitals, both as a soloist and as a harpsichordist and pianist in chamber music literature. McNair holds a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from the University of South Carolina, a MM in music theory from Georgia State University and a BM in piano performance from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina.

Omer Westendorf (1916-1997) was a Roman Catholic hymnist and publisher born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He started publishing music after World War II, when he brought home for his parish choir some of the Mass settings he had discovered in Holland during the war. He founded the World Library of Sacred Music, and in 1955 he published the first edition of “The People’s Hymnal”, which morphed into “The People’s Mass Book” in 1964. This was one of the first hymnals to reflect the liturgical reforms proposed by Vatican II. One of the earliest lyricists for Roman Catholic liturgical music, Westendorf wrote a number of compositions for liturgical use, and is best-known for Where Charity and Love Prevail , Sent Forth by God’s Blessing, and Gift of Finest Wheat.

Robert B. Y. Scott (1899-1987) was a minister of the United Church of Canada, and an Old Testament scholar. He was born in Toronto, the son of Presbyterian minister John McPherson Scott. He was a graduate of Knox College, University of Toronto, and the University of Toronto where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1922, a Master of Arts degree in 1924, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1928. Scott was ordained in the United Church of Canada in 1926, and started teaching at Union College of British Columbia in Vancouver in 1928. In 1931, he moved to Montreal where he was a professor of Old Testament language and literature at the United Theological College. From 1948 until 1955, he taught Old Testament at McGill University. In 1947, he became the first Dean of the Faculty of Divinity at McGill University, and was a member of the World Council of Churches from 1949 to 1955. In 1951, Scott helped recover several fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls that had found their way into the hands of private dealers in Bethlehem. In 1955, he was appointed the Danforth Professor of Religion in the new Department of Religion at Princeton University, and was chairman of the department from 1963 to 1965, as well as being President of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies from 1971 to 1972.

Hal Hopson (b. 1933) is a full time composer and church musician residing in Cedar Park, Texas. He has over 3000 published works, which comprise almost every musical form in church music, including anthems for children, youth, and adult choir, as well as compositions for organ, piano, harpsichord and handbells. He is also active as a conductor and clinician, having conducted choral festivals and workshops in the United States, Europe and Asia. Hopson’s cantata, God with Us, was one of the few compositions chosen to be placed in a capsule during the American Bicentennial in 1976. The capsule will be opened at the Tercentennial in 2076, and will be heard again as a representative piece of American choral composition of this century.

Howard Goodall (b. 1958) is one of Britain’s best-known composers of choral music, stage musicals, TV and film scores. He is also a distinguished music historian and broadcaster. His choral music has been commissioned to mark many national ceremonies and memorials; his settings of Psalm 23 (The Lord is My Shepherd) and Love Divine are among the most performed of all his sacred music, and are featured on several platinum-selling CDs. Eternal Light: A Requiem has had over 550 live performances throughout the world since its premiere in 2008, and he has also composed some of the best-known British TV theme tunes of the last 40 years, including Mr. Bean, Blackadder, and The Vicar of Dibley (Psalm 23.) The animated Mr. Bean series, for which he writes all the music, is the most followed entertainment product on earth, with over 80 million Facebook followers and 10 million YouTube subscribers. In 2011, he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to music education.

Charles Wesley (1707-1788) was an English leader of the Methodist movement, most widely known for writing about 6,500 hymn texts. He was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford, and after graduating with a master’s degree in classical languages and literature, Charles followed his father and brother into Anglican orders in 1735. He was a younger brother of Methodist founder John Wesley, and Anglican cleric Samuel Wesley the Younger, the father of musician Samuel Wesley, and the grandfather of musician Samuel Sebastian Wesley.

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.

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.

 

Music Sources:

Gymnopédie No. 1 Erik Satie https://youtu.be/IhtwWkFzO0w
Jesus, Where’er Thy People Meet https://youtu.be/C6ytM9DwOWs
Where Charity and Love Prevail Music attributed to Lucian Chapin arr. William A. McNair https://youtu.be/62G7-owG91o
O Day of God, Draw Nigh https://youtu.be/Oe1n5xSQ3Z4
Love Divine Howard Goodall https://youtu.be/Zl10mQgDJ_o
Christ is Made the Sure Foundation, arr. John Rutter https://youtu.be/zhTgearjZO4

Image Sources:

Healing Lodge Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley https://bit.ly/2ESfNz4
Drawn to the Word Paul Oman https://bit.ly/32RpOoF