Sermon

 

 

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost – Canada Day
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Rev. Douglas duCharme
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music

 

 

Scripture Reading: Matthew 10:39-42

 

In honour of Canada Day weekend, this morning’s Prelude, O Canada, Anthems, Blessing and Postludes feature a small sampling of Canadian composers, choirs and instrumentalists.

 

Prelude Salutation of the Dawn          E. Daley (2005)
The Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto (Lydia Adams, Artistic Director)
Bach Children’s Chorus of Scarborough (Linda Beaupré, Artistic Director)
Lydia Adams – Conductor

Listen to the salutation of the dawn.
Look to this day, for it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course lie all the verities and realities of your existence.
This bliss of growth, the glory of action, the splendour of beauty.
For yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision.
But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness,
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well therefore to this day,
Such is the salutation of the dawn.
(Sanskrit, 4th century)

 

O Canada Calixa Lavallée (1842-1891)
Vancouver Children’s Choir

O Canada! Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all of us command.
Car ton bras sait porter l’épée, (With glowing hearts we see thee rise)
Il sait porter la croix! (the True North strong and free!)
Ton histoire est une épopée (from far and wide, O Canada)
Des plus brilliants exploits. (we stand on guard for thee.)
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
(French: Adolphe B. Routhier, 1880)
English: Robert Stanley Weir, 1908)

 

O Canada Orchestral version
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Peter Oundjian – Conductor

 

O Canada in 11 Different Languages
CBC Canada

 

 

Opening Hymn All Creatures of Our God and King

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 in 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 Sing Ye Praises to the Father          Ruth Watson Henderson (b. 1932)
The Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto – Lydia Adams, Conductor
Trumpet – Norman Engel, James Gardiner
Organ – Eleanor Daley

Sing ye praises to the Father,
Sing ye praises to the Son,
Sing ye praises to the Spirit,
Living and eternal One.
God has made us, God has blessed us,
God has called us to be true;
He is Lord of all creation,
Daily making all things new.

Praise God on our days of gladness
For his summons to rejoice,
Praise him in our times of sadness,
For the comfort of his voice.
God our Father, strong and loving,
Christ our Saviour, Leader, Lord,
Living God, Creator, Spirit,
Be thy holy name adored!

Join the praise of every creature,
Sing with singing birds at dawn;
When the stars shine forth at nightfall,
Hear their heavenly antiphon.
Praise him for the light of summer,
Autumn glories, winter snows,
For the coming of the springtime
And the life of all that grows.

Glory be to God the Father,
Glory be to God the Son,
Glory be to God the Spirit,
Glory to the Three in One.
From the hearts of all who love thee,
From all saints the song ascends,
And the church the strain re-echoes,
Unto earth’s remotest bounds.
(Robert B. Y. Scott, 1899-1987)

 

 

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)

 

 

Anthem Living in a Holy City         Stephen Hatfield (b. 1956)
Newfoundland Symphony Youth Choir
Susan Knight – Conductor

We come together to work so that face to face
We can instruct our hands to build a house of grace,
For ev’ry one of us here is a dwelling place
And we’re assembled for a holy city. Alleluia!

We come together to work so that hand in hand
We raise our voices up to mark the place we stand,
And ev’ry step that you take is a promised land
When you are heading for a holy city. Alleluia!

We come together to work so that voice to voice
We can command the world – everyone rejoice!
When the messenger dares you to make your choice
Say you’re preparing for a holy city. Alleluia!
(Stephen Hatfield, b. 1956)

 

 

Closing Hymn Now Thank We All Our God

Now thank we all our God,
With heart, and hands, and voices,
Who wondrous things hath done,
In whom this world rejoices,
Who from our mother’s arms
Hath blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love,
And still is ours today.

O may this gracious God
Through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts
And blessèd peace to cheer us,
Preserve us in his grace,
And guide us in distress,
And free us from all sin,
Till heaven we possess.

All praise and thanks to God
The Father now be given,
The Son, and Spirit blest,
Who reigns in highest heaven,
Eternal, Triune God,
Whom heaven and earth adore;
For thus it was, is now,
And shall be evermore.
(Martin Rinckart, 1585-1649,
trans. Catherine Winkworth, 1829-1878)

 

 

Blessing A Gaelic Grace         Mark Sirett (b. 1952)

Deep peace of the running wave to you,
Deep peace of the flowing air to you,
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you,
Deep peace of the shining stars,
Deep peace of the gentle night,
Moon and stars pour their healing light on you,
Deep peace of Christ, the light of the world to you.
(Traditional)

 

 

Postlude #1 Song for Canada         Paul Halley (b. 1952)
The Amadeus Choir (Lydia Adams, Artistic Director)
The Bach Children’s Chorus (Linda Beaupré, Artistic Director)
Conductor – Linda Beaupré
Piano – Lydia Adams

Sing! Sing a new song,
Sing loud and strong,
Sing of this land of our hopes and our dreams.
Rich harmonies of races and creeds
Join in the chorus from sea unto sea:
Where the whale’s ancient lullaby
Meets the song of the wind in the whisp’ring pines,
All our voices come together, always singing,
“Land of tomorrow, your time has come.”

Oui – qu’un nouveau chant,
Dise à présent un voeu d’accord
Qui doit remplir nos coeurs.
Peuples divers touchant les deux mers,
Heureux voisins, ne formez qu’un seul choeur
Pour mélanger tous vos accents
Aux refrains des cognées dansant sous les vents.
Que nos voix ensemble chantent et rechantent,
“Oui – bel aujourd’hui, vois mon pays.”

Sing! Sing of new birth,
Sing of the earth, sing of great mountains that reach for the sky.
Proud cities swell, vast plains do tell
Of the promise and hope for the future that lies
In the loon’s timeless melody,
In the cry of an eagle that’s soaring free.
All our voices come together, singing,
“Land of tomorrow, your time has come.”
(English words by Paul Halley,
French words by Anton Raphael Boldaire,
translated by Anne Dobbs)

 

 

Postlude #2 The Hour Has Come         Srul Irving Glick (1934-2002)
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
Toronto Symphony Orchestra

The hour has come for mankind to embrace,
for the sun blazes upon the conscience of the earth
and time is growing short and what is visible must be seen,
for the fire is intense in the consciousness of the planet
and healing is the yearning of her heart.
Our cells are life’s tissue,
our bones and marrow her rivers and narrows,
our heart pumps the cry of her heart
and our soul breathes the spirit of her song.
Where art thou, O family of man, brothers and sisters?
O family of man the time is growing short
and what is visible must be seen
for the hour has come to love.
(Carole Leckner b. 1947)

 

This morning’s anthem and postlude texts are reprinted under onelicense.net #A-717945. Living in a Holy City – words by Stephen Hatfield, © 2001 Boosey & Hawkes, Inc. The Hour Has Come – words by Carole Leckner, © 1987 Gordon V. Thompson, administrated by Warner Publications Inc. All rights reserved.

Song For Canada by Paul Halley, © 1989 by Back Alley Music (ASCAP). All rights administered by Pelagos Incorporated. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

♪ Music notes ♪

Salutation of the Dawn was commissioned in 2005 by the Amadeus Choir (Lydia Adams, Conductor and Artistic Director) in honour of the 95th birthday of the esteemed Canadian artist Doris McCarthy (1910-2010). The piece was premiered on Saturday, October 25, 2005 at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto, and was performed by The Amadeus Choir and the Bach Children’s Chorus, with Doris in attendance. The recording heard on this morning’s online service is the World Premiere performance from that concert.

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.

Calixa Lavallée (1842-1891) was a French Canadian composer, pianist, conductor, teacher, and administrator. A pioneer in music in both Canada and the USA, he is best known for composing the music for O Canada. Referred to at the time as “Canada’s national musician”, Lavallée was asked to compose the music for a poem written by Adolphe-Basile Routhier. The song was to be performed in honour of the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français (National Congress of French Canadians), on June 24, 1880, at the same time as the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day celebrations. Government officials had first thought of holding a competition for a national hymn, but by January of 1980, the committee in charge decided there was not enough time. So the Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec, the Honourable Théodore Robitaille, commissioned Judge Adolphe-Basilie Routhier to write a hymn and Lavallée to compose the music. English Canada probably first heard O Canada when schoolchildren sang it for the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall (later King George V and Queen Mary) when they toured Canada in 1901. It officially became the national anthem of Canada in 1980, after a vote in the Senate and the House of Commons. The same 1980 Act of Parliament also changed some of the English lyrics. A slight alteration to the English lyrics was made again in 2018, but the original French lyrics and melody have remained unchanged since 1880.

Ruth Watson Henderson (b. 1932) has an international reputation as a Canadian composer of choral music, and as an admired pianist and organist. She has done much to promote the artistry of children through her wealth of compositions for treble voices, using the expertise gleaned over 29 years as accompanist of the Toronto Children’s Chorus under the direction of Jean Ashworth Bartle. She has also written a wide spectrum of acclaimed works for adult choirs, beginning while accompanist of the Festival Singers under the direction of the late Dr. Elmer Iseler. Although most widely known for her prolific body of choral works, Ruth also writes for piano, organ, and other instruments. As Director of Music at Kingsway-Lampton United Church from 1996 to 2013, she also composed many pieces for congregational use. Although Ruth is no longer actively performing in public, her music is still performed around the globe, and she has often been described as a “Canadian national treasure”.

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.

Stephen Hatfield (b. 1956) is a Canadian composer, conductor, clinician, workshop leader and lecturer who specializes in choral music. He has also taught band, chorus, stage band, vocal jazz, guitar, keyboard, steel drum and music appreciation. He is particularly noted for his exciting arrangements of world music, and for his original works which weave influences from diverse cultures into a fresh and distinctive idiom. Often featured as a guest conductor and workshop leader throughout the world, his choirs have earned awards in national festivals, and he has received various awards for his work in education, music, and poetry, including the Governor General’s Gold Medal. Stephen is currently a resident of Vancouver Island.

Martin Rinckart (1586-1649) was a German Lutheran clergyman and hymnist. He is best known for the text to Now Thank We All Our God (Nun Danket Alle Gott), which was written around 1636. It was set to music by Johann Crüger in 1647, and translated into English in the 19th century by Catherine Winkworth.

Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878) was the foremost 19th century British translator of German hymns into English. Her translations were polished, and yet remained close to the original, and are still used extensively in many denominational hymnals. Educated initially by her mother, she lived with relatives in Dresden, Germany in 1845, where she acquired her knowledge and interest in German hymnody. A pioneer in promoting women’s rights, Winkworth put much of her energy into the encouragement of higher education for women.

Canadian conductor, composer, pianist and organist, Dr. Mark Sirett (b. 1952) is the founding Artistic Director of the renowned Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, Ontario. A native of Kingston, he holds both masters and doctoral degrees in choral conducting and pedagogy from the University of Iowa, and has held teaching positions at the University of Alberta, the University of Western Ontario and Queen’s University. A former organist and music director of St. George’s Cathedral, Kingston, Mark is also an award-winning composer whose works are frequently performed by some of Canada’s leading ensembles.

Paul Halley (b. 1952) is a Canadian Grammy Award-winning composer, choral conductor, and organist. He was born in Romford, England, and raised in Ottawa, where he received his early musical training as a chorister and assistant organist with The Men and Boys Choir of St. Matthew’s Anglican Church. At age sixteen, he was made an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. Awarded the organ scholarship at Trinity College, Cambridge, Halley received his M.A. with prizes in composition and performance, and was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, winning first prize in the College examinations. Following four years of post-graduate work as a church musician and teacher in Montreal, Jamaica, and Victoria, British Columbia, Halley was appointed Organist and Choirmaster at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, where he served for twelve years from 1977-1989. In 2007, Halley relocated to Halifax, Nova Scotia to become Director of Music at both the University of King’s College and St. George’s Anglican Church (to 2011), as well as University Musician at Atlantic School of Theology (to 2015). In 2015, he became Director of Music at The Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax, a position which he holds in conjunction with his work at King’s, providing many opportunities for collaboration between the two institutions. He and his wife live on the South Shore of Nova Scotia where they enjoy exploring the waters of Mahone Bay in a traditional Cape Cod catboat which rejoices in the name “Magnificat”, as well as a dinghy named “Nunc Dimittis”.

Srul Irving Glick (1934-2002) was a Canadian composer, CBC radio producer, conductor, and teacher. Born in Toronto, he received a Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music from the University of Toronto. He continued his studies in Paris, France with such masters as Darius Milhaud, Louis Saguer and Max Deutsch, and later was a teacher of theory and composition at the Royal Conservatory of Music and York University. In 1986, Glick left the CBC where he had been a producer of classical music since 1962. His involvement in the field of production, recordings and programming won him seven Grand Prix du Disque and a Juno Award. In 1993, Mr. Glick received a Governor General’s medal in honour of Canada’s 125th anniversary of Confederation “for his contribution to Canadian culture”, and in 1994 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada for his “outstanding achievement, service to Canada and to humanity at large”. Glick’s music continues to be performed regularly in Canada, in the USA and abroad. His unique integration of contemporary music and classical composition techniques form into a masterful character-filled music that is both dramatic and lyrical.

 

Music Sources:

Salutation of the Dawn E. Daley mp3
O Canada https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JXup3pbbEg
All Creatures of Our God and King https://youtu.be/QL27dgpTidY
Sing Ye Praises to the Father E. Daley mp3
O Day of God, Draw Nigh https://youtu.be/Oe1n5xSQ3Z4
Living in a Holy City https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YcGlS18u6I
Now Thank We All Our God https://youtu.be/6g0BSC7eNXQ
A Gaelic Grace http://downloads.jubilatemusic.com/previews/audio/34854.mp3
The Hour Has Come https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8wzCgA4Z7c