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Sunday, Jun. 13, 2021, Preacher: Rev. Jean Ward

Sunday, June 13
Rev. Jean Ward
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music
Music Offering:
Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir Men and Guests
Piano: Anne Fraser Burke
Scripture: Ezekiel 17:22-24 and Mark 4:26-32
Reader: June Rowe

 

 

 

Prelude Largo from Concerto for Trumpet, 2 Oboes and Continuo           Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)

 

 

Opening Hymn O Praise Ye the Lord           arr. Mack Wilberg (b. 1955)
Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra

O praise ye the Lord! Sing praise in the height;
Rejoice in his word, ye angels of light;
Ye heavens, adore him by whom ye were made,
And worship before him in brightness arrayed.

O praise ye the Lord! Sing praise upon earth,
In tuneful accord, all ye of new birth;
Praise him who hath brought you his grace from above,
Praise him who hath taught you to sing of his love.

O praise ye the Lord, all things that give sound;
Each jubilant chord re-echo around;
Loud organs, his glory forth tell in deep tone,
And sweet harp, the story of what he hath done.

O praise ye the Lord! Thanksgiving and song
To him be outpoured all ages along,
For love in creation, for heaven restored,
For grace of salvation, O praise ye the Lord! Amen.
(Henry Williams Baker, 1821-1877)

 

Anthem Rise Up, My Love           E. Daley (1988/2012)
Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir Men and Guests
Piano – Anne Fraser Burke

Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away;
For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.
The flow’rs appear on the earth,
The time of the singing of birds is come.
(Song of Solomon 2:10b-12a)

 

Hymn When Seed Falls on Good Soil

When seed falls on good soil, it’s born through quiet toil;
Where soil receives, the earth conceives
The blade, the stem, the fruit, the leaves.
Good soil, O mother earth, the womb, where seed takes birth.

God’s Word in Christ is seed; good soil its urgent need;
For it must find in humankind
The fertile soil in heart and mind.
Good soil! A human field! A hundredfold to yield.

Plough up the trodden way, and clear the stone away;
Tear out the weed, and sow the seed.
Prepare our hearts your Word to heed,
That we good soil may be. Begin, O Lord, with me!
(Norman P. Olsen, 1976)

 

Anthem Song of the Mustard Seed           Hal Hopson (b. 1933)

The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed;
For when it is sown in the earth in the spring,
It is least of all seeds in the earth.
But when it is watered, it grows,
And is the greatest herb of all.
The kingdom of God is like a seed;
A little seed, a little mustard seed.

Wherever you go, sow a seed along the way.
A seed of love, however small it be,
May one day grow into a tree.

The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed;
For when it is sown in the earth in the spring,
It is least of all seeds in the earth.
But when it is watered, it grows,
And is the greatest herb of all.
The kingdom of God is like a seed;
A little seed, a little mustard seed.

Wherever you go, sow a seed along the way.
A seed of faith, however small it be,
May one day grow into a tree.

The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed;
For when it is sown in the earth in the spring,
It is least of all seeds in the earth.
But when it is watered, it grows,
And is the greatest herb of all.
The kingdom of God is like a seed;
A little seed, a little mustard seed.
(Based on Mark 4:30-32)

 

Closing Hymn All My Hope on God is Founded

 

 

Postlude Overture from Water Music           George Frederic Handel (1685-1759) 

 

 

This morning’s hymn text is reprinted under onelicense.net #A-717945. When Seed Falls on Good Soil – words by Norman P. Olsen, © Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved.

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Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) was a German Baroque composer and multi-instrumentalist. Almost completely self-taught in music, he entered the University of Leipzig to study law, but eventually settled on a career in music, against his family’s wishes. He held important positions in a number of German cities before settling in Hamburg in 1721, where he became musical director of that city’s five main churches. One of the most prolific composers in history (at least in terms of surviving works), Telemann was considered by his contemporaries to be one of the leading German composers of the time, and was compared favourably both to his friend Johann Sebastian Bach, and to George Frederic Handel, whom he also knew personally. His music incorporates French, Italian, and German national styles, and he was at times even influenced by Polish popular music. Telemann’s enormous output, perhaps the largest of any classical composer in history, includes parts of at least 31 cantata cycles, many operas, concertos, oratorios, songs, music for civic occasions and church services, passions, orchestral suites and abundant amounts of chamber music – his music stands as an important link between the late Baroque and early Classical styles.

Mack Wilberg (b. 1955) has been the music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir since 2008. He is a former Professor of Music at Brigham Young University and is active as a composer, arranger, guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and abroad. His compositions and arrangements are performed and recorded by choral organizations throughout the world. In addition to the many compositions he has written for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, his works have also been performed by such artists as Renée Fleming, Frederica von Stade, Bryn Terfel, and the King’s Singers. Dr. Wilberg received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Southern California.

Henry Williams Baker (1821-1877) was an English hymn writer. He was born in London, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. 1844, and M.A. 1847. From 1851 until his death in 1877 he was Vicar of Monkland, Herefordshire, during which time he rendered the Church great service by editing “Hymns Ancient and Modern,” one of the most popular of modern hymn-books, to which he contributed a number of original hymns, metrical litanies, and translations. The text of this morning’s opening hymn is a paraphrase of Psalm 150.

Rise Up, My Love was composed for the wedding of Jay and Cindy Daley in 1988. Originally scored for organ and solo voice, it was transposed and revised for piano and men’s voices, and sung by the men of Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir at the wedding reception of Gary and Weili Poole in July, 2012. The piano bed track heard in this morning’s virtual musical offering is from Special Music Sunday, April 28, 2013.

Norman P. Olsen (b. 1952) is an American Lutheran pastor. He was born in New Jersey to Norwegian immigrants and later went to Minnesota to attend Concordia College, Moorhead, and Luther Seminary in St. Paul. He served in several parishes in Minnesota, and while at Grace Lutheran in Luverne, he collaborated with his choir director to write some hymns, the best known of which is “When Seed Falls on Good Soil.”

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.

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759) was born in Halle, Germany. One of the most prolific, successful and revered composers and musicians of the Baroque period, he is to this day considered to be one of the greatest composers of that era, enjoying both public favour and royal patronage during his lifetime. Despite his eagerness to become a musician, he was disallowed by his father, and so had to conduct his musical training in secret. After spending a brief spell in Italy studying law to appease his father, but at the same time expanding his musical pursuits while out of his father’s control and knowledge, Händel was appointed as Kapellmeister for Prince George of the German Hanoverian family in 1710. He moved with Prince George to London, England, where the prince was crowned King George I of Great Britain and Ireland. At this point Händel became George Frederic Handel, and in 1712 he decided to settle in England permanently, receiving an annual income of £200 from the royal family. His compositional output was immense: 42 operas, 29 oratorios (including Messiah, which has taken its rightful place as one of the most frequently performed and most beloved choral works of all time), more than 120 cantatas, duets, trios, arias, anthems, chamber music, organ works, sonatas and concertos. Three days before his death in 1759 Handel signed a codicil to his will saying he hoped he might be buried in Westminster Abbey, and desired that his executor erect a monument for him. The funeral was attended by about 3,000 people and the choirs of Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Chapel Royal sang the service. His black marble gravestone in the south transept reads: GEORGE FREDERIC HANDEL BORN YE 23 FEBRUARY 1685 DIED YE 14 OF APRIL 1759.

 

 

Music Sources:

Largo from Concerto for Trumpet, 2 Oboes and Continuo Georg Philipp Telemann https://youtu.be/yjR4g1yClcM
O Praise Ye the Lord arr. Mack Wilberg https://youtu.be/7p3fkKsLtfs
Rise Up, My Love E. Daley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwlWFiS4uW4
When Seed Falls on Good Soil https://youtu.be/Z3Yr1WfvO9U
Song of the Mustard Seed Hal Hopson https://s3.amazonaws.com/cdn.giamusic.com/mp3s/2239_2030_5db9f2b60b185.mp3
All My Hope on God is Founded https://youtu.be/W3LCGh02Vew
Overture from Water Music George Frederic Handel https://youtu.be/EaPIYpjdh6M