What Is This?

Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, Preacher: Rev. Douglas duCharme


Sunday, January 31, 2021
Fourth After Epiphany
Blessing of the Prayer Shawls
Rev. Douglas duCharme
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music
Lief Mosbaugh – Oboe and English Horn
Interview Series – Celebrating Eleanor Daley and Music at Fairlawn



Scripture: Mark 1:21-28
Reader: Barb Warner 


Prelude The Swan (from Carnival of the Animals)           Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)



Opening Hymn New Every Morning is the Love

New every morning is the love
Our wakening and uprising prove;
Through sleep and darkness safely brought,
Restored to life, and power and thought.

New mercies, each returning day,
Hover around us while we pray;
New perils past, new sins forgiven,
New thoughts of God, new hopes of heaven.

If on our daily course our mind
Beset to hallow all we find,
New treasures still of countless price
God will provide for sacrifice.

The trivial round, the common task,
Would furnish all we ought to ask:
Room to deny ourselves, a road
To bring us daily nearer God.

Only, O Lord, in thy dear love
Fit us for perfect rest above;
And help us, this and every day,
To live more nearly as we pray.
(John Keble, 1792-1866)


Anthem Jesus, Lord, We Look to Thee           Dan Forrest (b. 1978) 

Jesus, Lord, we look to Thee;
Let us in Thy Name agree;
Show Thyself the Prince of Peace,
Bid our strife forever cease.

By Thy reconciling love
Ev’ry stumbling block remove;
Each to each unite, endear;
Come and spread Thy banner here.

Make us of one heart and mind,
Gentle, peaceable and kind,
Lowly, meek in thought and word,
Altogether like our Lord.

Let us for each other care,
Each the other’s burdens bear;
To Thy church the pattern give,
Show how true believers live.

Free from anger and from pride;
Let us thus in God abide;
All the depths of love express,
All the heights of holiness.

Jesus, Lord, we look to Thee.
(Charles Wesley, 1749)


Duet Call at Dawn (from Shepherds of Provence)           Eugène Bozza (1905-1991)
Lief Mosbaugh – Oboe and English Horn 



Hymn O Christ, the Healer 

O Christ, the healer, we have come
To pray for health, to plead for friends.
How can we fail to be restored,
When reached by love that never ends?

From every ailment flesh endures
Our bodies clamour to be freed;
Yet in our hearts we would confess
That wholeness is our deepest need.

In conflicts that destroy our health
We recognize the world’s disease,
Our common life declares our ills;
Is there no cure, O Christ, for these?

Grant that we all, made one in faith,
In your community may find
The wholeness that, enriching us,
Shall reach and prosper humankind.
(Fred Pratt Green, 1903-2000)


Anthem Jubilate Deo           Giovanni Gabrieli (ca. 1557-1612)

Jubilate Deo omnis terra,
quia sic benedicetur homo qui timet Dominum.
Jubilate Deo omnis terra.
Deus Israel conjungat vos et ipse sit vobiscum.
Mittat vobis auxilium de sancto, et de Sion tueatur vos.
Jubilate Deo omnis terra.
Benedicat vobis Dominus ex Sion, qui fecit caelum et terram.
Jubilate Deo omnis terra.
Servite Domino in laetitia.

(O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands,
for thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord.
O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands.
May the God of Israel unite you and himself be with you.
May he send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Sion.
O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands.
The Lord that made heaven and earth give thee blessing out of Sion.
O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands,
Serve the Lord with gladness.)
(from Psalms 100, 128, Tobit 7, Psalms 20, 134)


Closing Hymn Thy Hand, O God, Has Guided

Thy hand, O God, has guided
thy flock, from age to age;
the wondrous tale is written,
full clear, on every page.
Our fathers owned thy goodness,
and we their deeds record;
and both of this bear witness;
one Church, one faith, one Lord.

Thy heralds brought glad tidings
to greatest as to least;
they bade men rise, and hasten
to share the great King’s feast;
and this was all their teaching,
in every deed and word,
to all alike proclaiming
one Church, one faith, one Lord.

Through many a day of darkness,
through many a scene of strife,
the faithful few fought bravely,
to guard the nation’s life.
Their gospel of redemption,
sin pardoned, all restored,
was all in this enfolded:
one Church, one faith, one Lord.

And we, shall we be faithless?
Shall hearts fail, hands hang down?
Shall we evade the conflict,
and cast away our crown?
Not so: in God’s deep counsels
some better thing is stored;
we will maintain, unflinching,
one Church, one faith, one Lord.

Thy mercy will not fail us,
nor leave thy work undone;
with thy right hand to help us,
the victory shall be won;
and then, by all creation,
thy name shall be adored,
and this shall be their anthem:
one Church, one faith, one Lord.
(Edward Hayes Plumptre, 1821-1891)


Postlude Allegro molto from Flute Concerto in C Major, RV 443           Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Recorder – Lucie Horsch


Fairlawn Congregant Interview Series
Celebrating Eleanor Daley and Music at Fairlawn


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Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) was a French composer, organist, conductor and pianist of the Romantic era. His best-known works include Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, the Second Piano Concerto, the First Cello Concerto, the opera Samson and Delilah, the Third Violin Concerto, the “Organ” Symphony and The Carnival of the Animals (1886). Saint-Saëns was a musical prodigy and made his concert debut at the age of ten. After studying at the Paris Conservatoire he followed a conventional career as a church organist, most notably at La Madeleine, the official church of the French Empire. After leaving the post twenty years later, he was a successful freelance pianist and composer, in demand in Europe and the Americas. Saint-Saëns held only one teaching post, at the École de Musique Classique et Religieuse in Paris, and although he remained there for less than five years, it was nevertheless important in the development of French music: his students included Gabriel Fauré, among whose own later pupils was Maurice Ravel. Both of them were strongly influenced by Saint-Saëns, whom they revered as a genius. Saint-Saëns was truly astonishing intellectually. He studied geology, archaeology, and botany, and was an expert at mathematics. He wrote scholarly articles on acoustics, occult sciences, Roman theatre decoration, and ancient instruments. He was also a member of the Astronomical Society of France; he gave lectures on mirages, had a telescope made to his own specifications, and even planned concerts to correspond to astronomical events such as solar eclipses. In recognition of Saint-Saëns’ accomplishments, the government of France awarded him the Legion of Honour.

John Keble (1792-1866) was a British Anglican priest, theologian and poet who originated and helped lead the Oxford Movement, which sought to revive in Anglicanism the High Church ideals of the later 17th-century. Home schooled by his father, he later enrolled at Oxford, where he performed exceptionally well in Latin, Mathematics and English. After his mother’s untimely death in 1823 he returned to his childhood home in Fairford, Gloucestershire, and although he was offered a teaching position at Oxford on three occasions over the next ten years, he chose not to accept, in order to stay with his family. Keble wrote throughout his life, and published several books, of which “The Christian Year” (1825) is the most widely known. It is a compilation of poems dedicated to every religious day in the Christian calendar. In 1846, he wrote a volume of poems called “Lyra Innocentium” which related the teachings of the Church with raising children (although he didn’t have any of his own.) His other gift to English literature and the Church was his collection of hymns, many of which remain popular to this day, including New Every Morning is the Love.

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.

Eugène Bozza (1905-1991) was a French composer and violinist. He remains one of the most prolific composers of chamber music for wind instruments. Bozza’s large ensemble work includes five symphonies, operas, ballets, large choral work, wind band music, concertos, and much work for large brass or woodwind ensembles. His larger works are rarely performed outside his native France.

Fred Pratt Green (1903-2000) was a British Methodist minister and hymnodist, and is one of a handful of Englishmen to be honoured as a Fellow of The Hymn Society in Canada and the United States. During his career as a minister he wrote numerous hymns and plays, but it was not until he retired that he began writing prolifically. His hymns reflect his rejection of fundamentalism and show his concern with social issues. They include many that were written to supply obvious liturgical needs of the modern church, speaking to topics or appropriate for events for which there were few traditional hymns available. In 1995, he was awarded the title of CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II, for his services to hymn writing.

Giovanni Gabrieli (ca. 1557-1612) was an Italian composer and organist. Like his uncle Andrea, Giovanni Gabrieli’s last and most important post was as organist of San Marco in his native city of Venice. Prior to this, he held a court post in Munich. Once appointed to San Marco in 1585, he composed prolifically for the lavish vocal and instrumental resources available to him there, generally dividing his forces into cori spezzati (multiple choirs spaced apart); many of his motets were written for the great festivals of church and state for which Venice was renowned. Following the death of Doge Grimani, (chief magistrate of Venice) in 1605, there were cutbacks in the musical establishment at San Marco, and Jubilate Deo, written in a fairly simple chanson- and madrigal-influenced style for single choir, would seem to belong to this post-1605 period. It did not appear in print until shortly after Gabrieli’s death, in three separate collections published in Germany – where the composer’s reputation was honoured more than in Italy. Although not typical of Gabrieli in the sense that it is not polychoral, Jubilate Deo is one of his most attractive and often-performed works. Its text is compiled mainly from the psalms, in the manner of a litany. He also composed two other settings of the same title.

Edward Plumptre (1821-1891) was an English theologian, preacher and scholar. His early education took place at home. After a brief stay at King’s College, London, he entered Oxford as a scholar of University College, Oxford, and was ordained in 1847. Plumptre published several volumes of verse, and a number of his hymns can be found in various hymnals. He wrote the text of “Your Hand, O God, Has Guided” in 1864.

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher, and Roman Catholic priest. Born in Venice, the capital of the Venetian Republic, he is regarded as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe. Vivaldi’s main teacher was probably his father, Giovanni Battista, who in 1685 was admitted as a violinist to the orchestra of the San Marco Basilica in Venice. Vivaldi composed many instrumental concertos for the violin and a variety of other musical instruments, as well as numerous sacred choral works and more than forty operas. His best-known work is a series of violin concertos known as The Four Seasons. Many of his compositions were written for the all-female music ensemble of the Ospedale della Pietà, a home for abandoned children. He worked there as a Catholic priest and teacher from 1703 to 1715 and from 1723 to 1740. Vivaldi (who earned the nickname “The Red Priest”, due to his distinctive reddish hair) also had some success with expensive stagings of his operas in Venice, Mantua and Vienna. After meeting the Emperor Charles VI, he moved to Vienna, hoping for royal support. However, the Emperor died soon after Vivaldi’s arrival, and Vivaldi himself died in poverty less than a year later.

Music Sources:

The Swan (from Carnival of the Animals) Camille Saint-Saëns
New Every Morning is the Love
Jesus, Lord, We Look to Thee Dan Forrest
Call at Dawn (from Shepherds of Provence) Eugène Bozza Lief Mosbaugh – Oboe and English Horn
O Christ, the Healer
Jubilate Deo Giovanni Gabrieli
Thy Hand, O God, Has Guided
Allegro molto from Flute Concerto in G Major, RV 443 Antonio Vivaldi

Image Sources:

Prayer Shawl photographs provided by Gary and Jan Schlee