Sermon

Gathered, Scattered

Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, Preacher: Rev. Douglas duCharme

Sunday, October 3
World Communion Sunday
Rev. Douglas duCharme
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music
Solo:
Mezzo Soprano – Lynn Featherstone
Piano – Eleanor Daley
Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 3:16-18
Reader: Barb Warner

Prelude Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007                J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

 

 

Opening Hymn Praise to the Lord, the Almighty                Music: Stralsund Gesangbuch 1665
                                                                                           arr. Mack Wilberg (b. 1955)
Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation!
Join the great throng,
Psaltery, organ and song,
Sounding in glad adoration!

Praise to the Lord! Over all things he gloriously reigneth.
Borne as on eagle wings, safely his saints he sustaineth.
Hast thou not seen
How all thou needest hath been
Granted in what he ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy way and defend thee.
Surely his goodness and mercy shall ever attend thee.
Ponder anew
What the Almighty can do,
Who with his love doth befriend thee.

Praise to the Lord! Oh, let all that is in me adore him!
All that hath breath, join with Abraham’s seed to adore him!
Let the Amen
Sum all our praises again,
Now as we worship before him.
(Joachim Neander, 1640-1680,
trans. Catherine Winkworth, 1829-1878)

 

Anthem Here, O My Lord                E. Daley (1990)
Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir
Organ – Eleanor Daley

Here, O my Lord, I see Thee face to face,
Here would I touch and handle things unseen,
Here grasp with firmer hand the eternal grace,
And all my weariness upon Thee lean.

Here would I feed upon the bread of God,
Here drink with Thee the royal wine of heaven,
Here would I lay aside each earthly load,
And taste afresh the calm of sin forgiven.

This is the hour of banquet and of song,
This is the heavenly table spread for me,
Here let me feast, and feasting still prolong
The brief, bright hour of fellowship with Thee. Amen.
(Horatius Bonar, 1855)

 

Hymn Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ                Jamaican folk melody, adapted by Doreen Potter (1925-1980)
                                                                                  arr. Robert A. Hobby (b. 1962)

Let us talents and tongues employ,
Reaching out with a shout of joy;
Bread is broken, the wine is poured,
Christ is spoken and seen and heard.

Jesus lives again, earth can breathe again,
Pass the Word around: loaves abound!

Christ is able to make us one,
At the table he sets the tone,
Teaching people to live to bless,
Love in word and in deed express.

Jesus lives again, earth can breathe again,
Pass the Word around: loaves abound!

Jesus calls us in, sends us out,
Bearing fruit in a world of doubt,
Gives us love to tell, bread to share:
God (Immanuel) everywhere!

Jesus lives again, earth can breathe again,
Pass the Word around: loaves abound!
(Fred Kaan, 1975)

 

Solo He Shall Feed His Flock (from Messiah)                G. F. Handel (1685-1759)
Mezzo Soprano – Lynn Featherstone

He shall feed his flock like a shepherd,
And he shall gather the lambs with his arm:
And carry them in his bosom,
And gently lead those that are with young.
(Isaiah 40:11)

 

Closing Hymn Sent Forth By God’s Blessing                Music: Welsh folk

Sent forth by God’s blessing, our true faith confessing,
The people of God from his dwelling take leave.
God’s sacrifice ended, O now be extended,
The fruits of this Mass in all hearts who believe.
The seed of his teaching, our inner souls reaching,
Shall blossom in action for God and for all.
His grace shall incite us, his love shall unite us
To further God’s kingdom and answer his call.

With praise and thanksgiving, to God who is living,
The tasks of our ev’ry day life we embrace.
Our faith ever sharing, in love ever caring,
We claim as our neighbour all those of each race.
One bread that has fed us, one light that has led us
Unite us as one in this life that we share.
Then may all the living with praise and thanksgiving,
Give honour to Christ and his name that we bear.
(Omer Westendorf, 1964, alt.)

 

Postlude Allegro, third movement (from The Four Seasons – Autumn)                Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

 

 

This morning’s middle and closing hymn texts are reprinted under onelicense.net #A-717945. Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ – words by Fred Kaan, © 1975 Hope Publishing Company. Sent Forth By God’s Blessing – words by Omer Westendorf, © 1964 World Library Publications, a division of GIA Publications. All rights reserved.

♪ Music notes ♪

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was a German composer of the Baroque period (ca. 1600-1750). He lived in Protestant north Germany in the days when music there made up an important part of the splendour of courts, of religious observance, and the daily happiness of the people. Over the course of his life, he held numerous posts: choir-boy, violinist in the orchestra of a prince, organist of town churchs, and chief court musician. His last position was as music director at the St. Thomas Church and School in Leipzig, of which city his name is chiefly connected, since he remained there for almost the last thirty years of his life. He played many instruments, and as a clavichordist, harpsichordist, and organist, was supreme in his day. He was an extremely prolific composer and produced monumental instrumental compositions as the Art of the Fugue, the Brandenburg Concertos, and the Goldberg Variations, as well as cantatas, motets, sacred songs and arias, sonatas, concertos, suites, and an enormous amount of organ and other keyboard music. Two of Bach’s best known large choral works are the St. Matthew Passion and the Mass in B Minor, and since the 19th-century Bach revival, in no small part, thanks to Felix Mendelssohn, he is now regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. Bach was twice married, and the parent of twenty (!) children, several of whom were also musicians.

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.

Joachim Neander (1650-1680) was a German Reformed Church teacher, theologian and hymn writer whose most famous hymn, “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” was described in John Julian’s “A Dictionary of Hymnology” as a magnificent hymn of praise to God, perhaps the finest creation of its author. Due to its immense popularity it was translated several times into English, and the hymn appears in most major hymnals. Tragically, Neander died of tuberculosis at the age of 30.

Catherine Winkworth (1829-1878) 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.

Here, O My Lord was written for the Fairlawn Senior Choir, and first performed on Sunday, October 14, 1990.

Horatius Bonar (1808-1899) was a Scottish churchman, author, and poet, but is now principally remembered as a prodigious hymnodist. Many of his hymn texts (which number over 140) are known throughout the English-speaking world. Two of his most well known are Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face and I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say.

Doreen Potter (1925-1980) was born in Panama, but lived in Jamaica during her childhood. She then moved to England where she trained as a teacher of music at St. Katharine’s College in Liverpool. In 1957 she obtained a Licentiate of Music degree at Trinity College, London, where she played violin in several orchestras. She married Philip Potter, who served as general secretary of the World Council of Churches in Geneva, and through that connection she met Fred Kaan and began writing tunes for his texts. In 1975 they published a collection of hymns which included Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ to her tune “Linstead”. This hymn is now widely sung all over the world and appears in hymnals of many denominations. Tragically, Potter died of cancer at the age of 55, before many of her musical settings achieved popularity.

Robert A. Hobby (b. 1962) was drawn to music at a very early age. The son of a Lutheran pastor, he grew up in a church music environment, and began playing the organ for services at age ten at his father’s church in Columbia City, Indiana. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in church music from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and a Master of Music degree in organ performance from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, and has over 150 compositions in print from numerous publishers. He is currently the Director of Music at Trinity English Lutheran Church in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

Reverend Fred Kann (1929-2009) was the foremost of a new generation of post-second world war hymn writers expressing the dreams of an emerging new humanity. Kaan was born in Haarlem in the Netherlands, and his teenage experience of Nazi occupation never left him. His father was a member of the Dutch Resistance; his family hid a Jew and a political prisoner in their home; and three of his grandparents starved to death during this time. “Emerging from the war a committed pacifist, I became interested in the faith and began the study of theology and psychology at Utrecht University”, he is quoted as saying. The Jamaican folk melody for this morning’s second hymn was adapted by Doreen Potter, who upon first hearing it, envisioned the possibility of using it as a hymn tune. Kaan wrote the text “Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ” in 1975, and the combination of words and melody was first sung together at the 1975 World Council of Churches Assembly in Nairobi, Africa.

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.

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.

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.

 

 

Together While Apart – A World Communion Sunday Resource 2021

 

Music Sources: 
Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 J. S. Bach https://youtu.be/1prweT95Mo0
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty Music: Stralsund Gesangbuch arr. Mack Wilberg https://youtu.be/3NNatbKemz0
Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ Jamaican folk melody, adapted by Doreen Potter, arr. Robert A. Hobby (b. 1962) https://youtu.be/HVj3jBR4RYI
Sent Forth By God’s Blessing Music: Welsh folk tune https://youtu.be/PLp85eLlaIM
Allegro, third movement (from The Four Seasons – Autumn ) Antonio Vivaldi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PapzGRO9edU