Sermon

Honesty & Truth

Sunday, Jul. 4, 2021, Preacher: Rev. Rob Metcalf

 

Sunday, July 4
Rev. Rob Metcalf
“Indigenous Pathways Over Judean Hills – Honesty & Truth”
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music
Music Offering:
Lief Mosbaugh – Oboe and English Horn
Scripture: Mark 10:32-34
Reader: Sue Metcalf

 

Prelude Sicilienne           Maria Theresia von Paradis (1759-1824)
Pinchas Zuckerman – Violin
Bryan Wagorn – Piano

 

 

Opening Hymn Fill Thou My Life, O Lord My God
The Scottish Festival Singers

Fill thou my life, O Lord my God,
In ev’ry part with praise,
That my whole being may proclaim
Thy being and thy ways.

Not for the lip of praise alone,
Nor e’en the praising heart
I ask, but for a life made up
Of praise in every part:

Praise in the common things of life,
Its goings out and in;
Praise in each duty and each deed,
However small and mean.

Fill ev’ry part of me with praise:
Let all my being speak
Of thee, and of thy love, O Lord,
Poor though I be and weak.

So shalt thou, Lord, from me, e’en me,
Receive the glory due,
And so shall I begin on earth
The song forever new.

So shall no part of day or night
From sacredness be free,
But all my life, in ev’ry step,
Be fellowship with thee.
(Horatius Bonar, 1863)

 

Duet Beneath the Stars (from Shepherds of Provence)           Eugène Bozza (1905-1991)
Lief Mosbaugh – Oboe and English Horn

 

 

Closing Hymn Lord, You Give the Great Commission           arr. Stuart Forster (b. 1972)
The combined choirs of Christ Church, Cambridge,
and Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Lord, you give the great commission:
“Heal the sick and preach the word.”
Lest the church neglect its mission,
And the gospel go unheard,
Help us witness to your purpose
With renewed integrity;
With the Spirit’s gifts empow’r us
For the work of ministry.

Lord, you call us to your service:
“In my name baptize and teach.”
That the world may trust your promise,
Life abundant meant for each.
Give us all new fervor, draw us
Closer in community;
With the Spirit’s gifts empow’r us
For the work of ministry.

Lord, you make the common holy:
“This my body, this my blood.”
Let us all, for earth’s true glory,
Daily lift life heavenward,
Asking that the world around us
Share your children’s liberty;
With the Spirit’s gifts empow’r us
For the work of ministry.

Lord, you bless with words assuring:
“I am with you to the end.”
Faith and hope and love restoring,
May we serve as you intend,
And, amid the cares that claim us,
Hold in mind eternity;
With the Spirit’s gifts empow’r us
For the work of ministry.
(Jeffery W. Rowthorn, 1978)

 

Choral Commissioning           E. Daley
Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir Section Leads

The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face to shine on you
And be gracious unto you.
The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you,
And give you peace. Amen.

 

Postlude Hornpipe (from Water Music Suite)           G. F. Handel (1685-1759)

 

 

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Maria Theresia von Paradis (1759-1824) was a remarkable figure in music history. Despite the fact that she began losing her eyesight when she was two years old, and was totally blind by the age of five, she went on to attain significant triumphs as both a composer and performer — rare achievements for a woman living in eighteenth and nineteenth century Europe. She studied with numerous teachers, including Antonio Salieri, and by 1777 had established a career as a pianist and singer in Viennese concert halls. Moreover, she had gained respect from the most prominent composers and musicians of the day, including W. A. Mozart. By the late 1780s, Paradis devoted less time to performance, and more to composition. In 1800, she began to focus on teaching, and in 1808 founded a music school for girls in Vienna, where she taught for the last decade and a half of her life.

Horatius Bonar (1808-1889) was a Scottish churchman, author, and poet, but is now principally remembered as a prodigious hymnodist. Many of his hymns (which number over 140) are known throughout the English-speaking world. Two of his most well known are “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say”, and “Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face”.

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.

Stuart Forster (b. 1972) is the Associate for Liturgy and Music at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida. Prior to this appointment (September 1, 2020), he was for 21 years, the Director of Music and Organist at Christ Church Episcopal in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Dr. Forster has performed extensively as an organ soloist, accompanist, and conductor. As a composer, he has written congregational music, organ music, choral anthems, over 120 hymn arrangements, and numerous organ transcriptions. He holds qualifications from Trinity College of Music (London), the University of Sydney, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Yale University, and the Graduate Theological Foundation.

Jeffery W. Rowthorn (b. 1934) was born in Wales and educated at Cambridge and Oxford. He taught at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and then at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1973, he helped establish the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. His last appointment was Bishop in Charge of the Convocation of American Episcopal Churches in Europe, and his office was at the American Cathedral in Paris. He retired from this position in 2001. He has been writing hymns for three decades, and one of his most popular – “Lord, You Give the Great Commission” can be found in many hymnals.

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:

Sicilienne Maria Theresia von Paradis https://youtu.be/wwy4MLttM2E
Fill Thou My Life, O Lord My God https://youtu.be/DrCTqTK1XqM
Beneath the Stars (from Shepherds of Provence) Eugène Bozza
Lord, You Give the Great Commission arr. Stuart Forster https://youtu.be/wZU1jpAu79Y
Hornpipe (from Water Music Suite) G. F. Handel https://youtu.be/1h4mAceHmrI

 

Image Sources:

Luke Swinson https://www.instagram.com/lukeswinsonart/?hl=en