Sermon

The Butterfly Can’t Go Back in the Cocoon

Sunday, Jul. 25, 2021, Preacher: Rev. Douglas duCharme

 

Sunday, July 25
Ninth After Pentecost
Rev. Douglas duCharme
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music
Double Quartet:
Soprano – Anne Bornath, Amy Dodington
Alto – Lynn Featherstone, Andrea Ludwig
Tenor – Willis Bote, Phil Smith
Bass – Scot Denton, Giles Tomkins
Scripture: Acts 1:12-26
Reader: Jan Schlee

 

Prelude Rondeau             Jean-Joseph Mouret (1682-1738)

 

 

Opening Hymn Ye Servants of God

 

 

Anthem O Lord, Support Us            E. Daley (1988)
Soprano – Anne Bornath, Amy Dodington
Alto – Lynn Featherstone, Andrea Ludwig
Tenor – Willis Bote, Phil Smith
Bass – Scot Denton, Giles Tomkins

O Lord, support us all the day long,
‘til the shadows lengthen, and evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over,
and our work is done.
Then in thy great mercy grant us safe lodging,
and holy rest, and peace at the last;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Book of Common Prayer)

 

Closing Hymn I, the Lord of Sea and Sky (Here I Am, Lord)

I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in dark or sin
My hand will save.
I, who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?

Here I am Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.

I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will tend the poor and lame,
I will set a feast for them;
My hand will save.
Finest bread I will provide
Till their hearts be satisfied.
I will give my life to them.
Whom shall I send?

Here I am Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.
(Daniel L. Schutte, 1981, alt.)

 

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 Allegro from Concerto in A Minor for Two Violins RV 522             Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

 

 

This morning’s closing hymn text is reprinted under onelicense.net #A-717945. I, the Lord of Sea and Sky – words by Daniel L. Schutte, © 1981 New Dawn Music. All rights reserved.

♪ Music notes ♪

Jean-Joseph Mouret (1682-1738) was a French composer whose dramatic works made him one of the leading exponents of Baroque music in his country. Even though most of his compositions are no longer performed, Mouret’s name survives today thanks to the popularity of the Rondeau from his first Suite of Symphonies, which has been adopted as the signature theme of the drama television series “Masterpiece” (formerly known as “Masterpiece Theatre”). It is also a popular musical choice at weddings.

Charles Wesley (1707-1788) was an English leader of the Methodist movement, most widely known for writing about 6,500 hymn texts, including this morning’s opening hymn “Ye Servants of God”. 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.

Daniel L. Schutte (b. 1947) is an American composer of Catholic liturgical music, and a contemporary Christian songwriter best known for the hymn “I, the Lord of Sea and Sky”, (also known as “Here I Am, Lord”). He has composed over 150 popular hymns and Mass settings in total, and also holds two master of arts degrees – one in theology and one in liturgy from The Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. Also an alumnus of both St. Louis University and Seattle University, Schutte has received three honorary doctoral degrees for his contribution to the life of the church.

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.

 

 

Music Sources:

Rondeau Jean-Joseph Mouret https://youtu.be/sEJ47qgSxEA
Ye Servants of God https://youtu.be/wZ9j3e8_yQc
O Lord, Support Us E. Daley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgGndBW8Jdk
I, the Lord of Sea and Sky (Here I Am, Lord) https://youtu.be/-SHIrS6pMG4
Allegro from Concerto in A Minor for Two Violins RV 522 Antonio Vivaldi https://youtu.be/hgYl4eE3WJA

 

Images Source:

COVID-XIX bby Zequrja Rexhepi https://visualarts.ns.ca/tag/painting/