Mother’s Day

Sunday, May. 9, 2021, Preacher: Rev. Douglas duCharme


Sunday, May 9
Mother’s Day
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Rev. Douglas duCharme
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music
Anne Bornath, Amy Dodington,
Lynn Featherstone, Andrea Ludwig
Scripture: John 15:9-17
Reader: Allegra Swanson


Prelude The Blessing of a Mother’s Love           Becki Slagle Mayo (b. 1956)

A mother’s love is always near, to share my joy, to dry my tears.
Her loving care helps me to see that God will always comfort me.

I offer praise to God above for the blessing of a mother’s love.

A mother’s love and gentle smile can help me walk the longest mile,
And though the road may twist and turn, she always helps me grow and learn.

I offer praise to God above for the blessing of a mother’s love.

I pray that God will guide my way and help me ev’ry day
To show God’s love in all I do, and show that I love you.

A mother’s love is strong and sure, a love that always will endure,
A love I feel with each embrace, a love I see upon her face.

I offer praise to God above for the blessing of a mother’s love.
(Becki Slagle Mayo, inspired by Lindsey Sample)


Opening Hymn Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee



Anthem Canticle to the Spirit           E. Daley (1997)
Fairlawn Avenue Senior Women and Intermediate Choir
Piano – Lydia Adams

Holy Spirit, giving life to all life,
Root of all things, washing them clean,
Wiping out their mistakes, healing all their wounds.
You are our true life, luminous, wonderful,
Awakening the heart from its ancient sleep.
(Hildegard of Bingen, 1098-1179)


Hymn Come, Christians, Join to Sing



Anthem Prayer for Mothers           Donna Butler
Anne Bornath, Amy Dodington, Lynn Featherstone, Andrea Ludwig

God bless the mother who sings to her child,
Peaceful and calm, her words soft and mild.
God bless the mother awake in the night,
Rocking her child ‘til morning light.

Gather all mothers in tender embrace.
Grant them your courage, your wisdom and grace.
Honour their place in your sacred design,
Of healing the world one child at a time.

God bless the mother forgiving and wise,
Sharing God’s grace through the light in her eyes.
God bless the mother oppressed by her fears,
Carried by faith ‘til hope reappears.

Gather all mothers in tender embrace.
Grant them your courage, your wisdom and grace.
Honour their place in your sacred design,
Of healing the world one child at a time.
(Kathy Burdette)


Closing Hymn God, Whose Love is Reigning O’er Us

God, whose love is reigning o’er us,
Source of all, the ending true;
Hear the universal chorus
Raised in joyful praise to you:
Alleluia, alleluia,
Worship ancient, worship new.

Word of God from nature bringing
Springtime green and autumn gold;
Mountain streams like children singing,
Ocean waves like thunder bold:
Alleluia, alleluia,
As creation’s tale is told.

Lift we then our human voices
In the songs that faith would bring;
Live we then in human choices
Lives that, like our music, sing:
Alleluia, alleluia,
Joined in love our praises ring!
(William Boyd Grove, 1980)


Postlude Ode to Joy from Symphony No. 9           Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra


This morning’s prelude and anthem texts are reprinted under #A-717945. The Blessing of a Mother’s Love – words by Becki Slagle Mayo, © 2011 Choristers Guild. Prayer for Mothers – words by Kathy Burdette, © 2008 Choristers Guild.

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Becki Slagle Mayo (b. 1956) has been active as a church musician and music educator for over 25 years. Her varied experiences as a director and accompanist for choirs of all ages, elementary through college, set the stage for her career as a composer. As a composer and arranger, she has published over 100 songs, choral anthems, and piano arrangements, including her own solo piano collection. Specializing in music for young voices, Becki strives to introduce important musical, spiritual, and educational concepts to developing students.

Henry van Dyke (1852-1933) was a Dutch American author, poet, academic, clergyman and diplomat. He attended Princeton University and then Princeton Theological Seminary. It is not clear what he did following graduation from the seminary, but presumably he served as a minister in a Protestant church, most likely a Presbyterian church. We do know that van Dyke became an academic in 1899, when he was appointed to be a Professor of English Literature at Princeton University. He served in that capacity until 1923. But apparently not in a full time capacity, because during that period he accepted a United States State Department diplomatic position. In 1913, President Wilson appointed van Dyke to be the ambassador to the Netherlands and Luxembourg, and served in that capacity until 1917. He wrote at least 12 books, most of them with religious titles, over a 46 year time period, and the words for “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” were written in 1907.

Canticle to the Spirit was commissioned by music directors Bill and Eva Bettger for the Primary and Junior Choirs of Colborne Street United Church, London, Ontario.

Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was a German Benedictine abbess, writer, poet, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, visionary, and polymath. She is one of the best-known composers of the Middle Ages, as well as the most-recorded in modern history. There are more surviving chants by Hildegard than by any other composer from the entire Middle Ages, and she is one of the few known composers to have written both the music and the words. She has also been considered by many in Europe to be the founder of scientific natural history in Germany.

Christian Henry Bateman (1813-1899) was born in Wyke, Scotland. He studied in the Moravian Church, and in 1843 he became minister of Richmond Place Congregational Church in Edinburgh, Scotland. After serving at a number of parishes, he took Holy Orders in the Church of England. “Come, Christians, Join to Sing” is perhaps his most well known hymn.

Donna Butler is an American composer of choral music, and has been involved with music as long as she can remember, having been raised by two professional musicians. She composed her first song at age four and was first published at age thirteen. Donna holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree in Piano from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Master of Music degree in Theory and Composition from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. An accomplished pianist and soloist, for twenty-five years she also served as director of music for churches in Oklahoma, Dallas/Fort Worth, Kansas City, and Little Rock, Arkansas.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was a German composer and pianist. Born in Bonn, his musical talent was obvious at an early age, and he was initially taught by his father. At age 21, he moved to Vienna, where he studied composition with Haydn, and also gained a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. Around 1800, his hearing began to deteriorate, but he continued to conduct, perform, and compose. From 1810 and beyond, becoming increasingly less socially involved (he was almost completely deaf by 1814), Beethoven composed many of his most admired works, including his later symphonies, and his mature chamber music and piano sonatas. His final symphony, the Ninth – one of the finest examples of a choral symphony – was written in 1822-1824. Beethoven remains one of the most admired composers in the history of Western music, and his works, which span the transition from the classical period to the romantic era, rank among the most performed of classical music repertoire.



Scripture: John 15:9-17


Music Sources:

The Blessing of a Mother’s Love Becki Slagle Mayo
Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
Canticle to the Spirit E. Daley
Come, Christians, Join to Sing
Prayer for Mothers Donna Butler
God, Whose Love is Reigning O’er Us
Ode to Joy from Symphony No. 9 Ludwig van Beethoven