Sermon

Love

Sunday, Jul. 18, 2021, Preacher: Rev. Rob Metcalf

 

Sunday, July 18
Eighth After Pentecost
Rev. Rob Metcalf
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music
Musical Offering:
Mezzo Soprano – Lynn Featherstone
Piano – Eleanor Daley
Scripture: Mark 12:29-31
Reader: Sue Metcalf

 

Prelude Ubi Caritas           Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978)
VOCES8

Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.
Exsultemus et in ipso jucundemur.
Timeamus, et amemus Deum vivum.
Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.
Amen.

Translation:
Where charity and love are, God is there.
Christ’s love has gathered us into one.
Let us rejoice and be pleased in Him.
Let us fear, and let us love the living God.
And may we love each other with a sincere heart.
Amen.

 

Opening Hymn New Every Morning is the Love
Sheffield Cathedral Choir

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)

 

Solo The Gift of Love           Traditional English melody, arr. Hal Hopson (b. 1933)
Mezzo Soprano – Lynn Featherstone
Piano – Eleanor Daley

Though I may speak with bravest fire,
And have the gift to all inspire,
And have not love, my words are vain,
As sounding brass, and hopeless gain.

Though I may give all I possess,
And striving so my love profess,
But not be given by love within,
The profit soon turns strangely thin.

Come, Spirit, come, our hearts control,
Our spirits long to be made whole.
Let inward love guide every deed;
By this we worship, and are freed. Amen.
(Hal Hopson, 1972)

 

Closing Hymn Love Divine, All Loves Excelling           arr. John Rutter (b. 1945)
Cambridge Singers

Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven to earth come down,
Fix in us thy humble dwelling,
All thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesu, thou art all compassion,
Pure, unbounded love thou art;
Visit us with thy salvation,
Enter every trembling heart.

Come, almighty to deliver,
Let us all thy life receive;
Suddenly return and never,
Never more thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve thee as thy hosts above,
Pray, and praise thee without ceasing,
Glory in thy perfect love.

Finish then thy new creation,
Pure and spotless let us be;
Let us see thy great salvation,
Perfectly restored in thee;
Changed from glory into glory,
Till in heaven we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before thee,
Lost in wonder, love and praise.
(Charles Wesley, 1707-1788)

 

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 Musette (from Concerts Royaux)           François Couperin (1668-1733)

 

 

This morning’s solo text is reprinted under onelicense.net #A-717945. The Gift of Love – words by Hal Hopson, © 1972 Hope Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

♪ Music notes ♪

Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978) is a Norwegian composer, currently living in Manhattan. He began playing piano and composing when he was five years old, and learned to read music when he was seven years old. Gjeilo studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway, the Julliard School in New York City, and the Royal College of Music in London, England. He writes choral music, and has also written for piano, wind symphony, and strings. Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir presented his Sunrise Mass in the spring of 2016.

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.”

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.

John Rutter (b. 1945) is an English composer, conductor, editor, arranger, and record producer, mainly of choral music. He studied music at Clare College, England, and later became the College’s first full-time Director of Music in 1975, leading the choir to international prominence. In 1981 he founded his own professional choir, the Cambridge Singers, with which he has made many recordings of the sacred choral repertoire. Rutter’s music is very well known and much beloved in choral circles, and is performed worldwide. His larger-scale works – particularly his Gloria (1974), Requiem (1985), and Magnificat (1990) are also well established in the choral repertoire, and the late Sir David Willcocks considered him to be the most gifted composer of his generation.

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.

François Couperin (1668-1733) was a French Baroque composer, organist, and harpsichordist. He was known as Couperin le Grand (“Couperin the Great”) to distinguish him from the other members of the musically talented Couperin family. The early-music expert Jordi Savall has written that Couperin was the “poet musician par excellence”, who believed in “the ability of Music (with a capital M) to express itself in prose and poetry”, and that, “if we enter into the poetry of music, we discover that it carries grace that is more beautiful than beauty itself”.

 

 

 

 

Music Sources:

Ubi Caritas Ola Gjeilo https://youtu.be/JnfJL-fFMbU
New Every Morning is the Love https://youtu.be/wySyU7QXEEg
The Gift of Love Traditional English melody, arr. Hal Hopson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrik4TeGtyA
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling arr. John Rutter https://youtu.be/miFQoHvOTaw
Musette (from Concerts Royaux) François Couperin https://youtu.be/HOstLd2p7J4?list=PL764FC1C2B52AEC62

Images Source:

The Seven Grandfather Teachings Artist: Luke Swinson  Instagram @LukeSwinsonArt