Sermon

Remembering our Future

Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, Preacher: Rev. Douglas duCharme

 

Remembrance Sunday
Sunday, Nov 8, 2020
Rev. Douglas duCharme
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music
Gary Poole – Trumpet
Chris Leonard – Dance

 

 

Scripture: I Corinthians 15:51-57
Reader: Carissa Urquhart

 

Poems

The Owl      Edward Thomas (1878-1917)
Reader: Mark Richardson

Easter Morning      Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965)
Reader: Amy Dodington

And Death Shall Have No Dominion      Dylan Thomas (1914-1953)
Reader: Marion Boyce

 

Prelude For the Fallen           E. Daley (1998)
Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir
Trumpet – Andras Molnar

There is music in the midst of desolation,
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

There is music in the midst of desolation,
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches on the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end they remain.

There is music in the midst of desolation,
And a glory that shines upon our tears.
(Laurence Binyon [text excerpted], 1869-1943)

 

Opening Hymn O God, Our Help in Ages Past           arr. John Rutter (b. 1945)

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.

Under the shadow of Thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone,
And our defence is sure.

Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the same.

A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone,
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.

Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
Bears all its sons away;
They fly forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the opening day.

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guard while troubles last,
And our eternal home. Amen.
(Isaac Watts, 1674-1748, alt.)

 

In Flanders Fields           E. Daley (1986)
Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir and guest choristers

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; Be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
(John McCrae, 1872-1918)
Photograph by Ron Gorveatt
Y Ravine Cemetery, grounds of Beaumont Hamel Newfoundland, town of Beaumont-Hamel

 

Last Post, Silence, Reveille
Gary Poole – Trumpet

 

O Canada           Calixa Lavallée (1842-1891)
Some current and former members of Fairlawn Avenue Intermediate Choir

O Canada! Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all of us command.
Car ton bras sait porter l’épée, (With glowing hearts we see thee rise,)
Il sait porter la croix! (the True North strong and free!)
Ton histoire est une épopée (From far and wide, O Canada)
Des plus brilliants exploits. (we stand on guard for thee.)
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
(French: Adolphe B. Routhier, 1880)
English: Robert Stanley Weir, 1908)

 

Anthem Prayer for Peace           E. Daley (2003)
Amadeus Choir – Lydia Adams, Artistic Director
Bach Children’s Chorus – Linda Beaupré, Artistic Director
Lydia Adams – Conductor
Eleanor Daley – Organ

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, let me sow pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there’s despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Dona nobis pacem. (Grant us peace.)
(St. Francis of Assisi, 1220)

 

Hymn Make Me a Channel of Your Peace

Make me a channel of your peace:
Where there is hatred, let me bring your love;
Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord,
And where there’s doubt, true faith in you:

O Master, grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console,
To be understood, as to understand,
To be loved as to love with all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace:
Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope;
Where there is darkness, only light;
And where there’s sadness, ever joy.

O Master, grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console,
To be understood, as to understand,
To be loved as to love with all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
In giving of ourselves that we receive;
And in dying that we’re born to eternal life.

O Master, grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console,
To be understood, as to understand,
To be loved as to love with all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace:
Where there is hatred, let me bring your love;
Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord,
And where there’s doubt, true faith in you.
(St. Francis of Assisi, 1220, alt.)

 

Anthem Dona Nobis Pacem (from Mass in B Minor, BWV 232)           Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Dona nobis pacem.
(Grant us peace.)

 

Closing Hymn O Day of Peace

O day of peace that dimly shines
Through all our hopes and prayers and dreams,
Guide us to justice, truth, and love,
Delivered from our selfish schemes.
May swords of hate fall from our hands,
Our hearts from envy find release,
Till by God’s grace our warring world
Shall see Christ’s promised reign of peace.

Then shall the wolf dwell with the lamb,
Nor shall the fierce devour the small;
As beasts and cattle calmly graze,
A little child shall lead them all.
Then enemies shall learn to love,
All creatures find their true accord;
The hope of peace shall be fulfilled,
For all the earth shall know the Lord.
(Carl P. Daw, Jr., 1982)

 

Postlude Nimrod (from Enigma Variations)           Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

 

We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to:

Scot Denton for his work in filming Chris Leonard’s dance, the Last Post, Silence, and Reveille and for creating this Remembrance Day service with Douglas and Eleanor

The Senior and Intermediate Choirs of Fairlawn

Gary Poole, Trumpet

Chris Leonard for their moving dance to Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre (b. 1970)

Ron Gorveatt – Audio/visual engineer and editor for In Flanders Fields and O Canada

Luke Young – Sound editor for the Last Post, Silence, and Reveille

Elaine Perkins – Video editor for Fairlawn Avenue United Church services

 

This morning’s hymn text is reprinted under onelicense.net #A-717945. O Day of Peace – words by Carl P. Daw, Jr., © 1982 Hope Publishing Co. All rights reserved.

♪ Music notes ♪

For the Fallen was written for Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir and first sung on Remembrance Day Sunday, 1998.

Laurence Binyon (1869-1943) was an English poet, dramatist, and art scholar. He wrote the poem For the Fallen in mid-September 1914, a few weeks after the outbreak of World War I, while sitting on the cliff-top looking out to sea towards the north Cornish coastline. He was too old to enlist in the military forces, and so, went to work for the Red Cross as a medical orderly in 1916. He lost several close friends and his brother-in-law in the war. In 1939, Binyon said that the lines of the fourth stanza of his poem (They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old: age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.) came to him first. These words have become familiar and famous, and are often quoted on Remembrance Day services.

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.

Isaac Watts (1674-1748) was an English Christian minister, hymn writer, theologian, and logician. He was a prolific and popular hymn writer and is credited with some 750 hymns. He is recognized as the “Godfather of English Hymnody”. Many of his hymns remain in use to this day and have been translated into numerous languages.

In Flanders Fields was written for Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir and first sung on Remembrance Day Sunday, 1986. With the exception of one year, it has been a part of Fairlawn’s Remembrance Day services ever since.

John McCrae (1872-1918) was born in Guelph, Ontario, and was a poet, doctor, and soldier who fought in WWI. It is believed that he began the draft for In Flanders Fields on the evening of May 2, 1915, during the second week of fighting the second battle of Ypres, and that the death of his friend Alexis Helmer was the inspiration. The exact details of when the first draft was written may never be known because there are varying accounts by those who were with McCrae at that time. In June of 1915, he was moved to the medical corps and stationed in Boulogne, France, where he was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel, and placed in charge of medicine at the Number 3 Canadian General Hospital. He was promoted to the acting rank of Colonel on January 13, 1918, and named Consulting Physician to the British Armies in France. However, the years of war had worn McCrae down. He contracted pneumonia that same day, and later came down with cerebral meningitis. On January 28, 1918, he died at the military hospital in Wimereux and was buried there with full military honours. His poem In Flanders Fields has attained iconic status in Canada, and is a staple of Remembrance Day ceremonies throughout Canada and abroad.

Calixa Lavallée (1842-1891) was a French Canadian composer, pianist, conductor, teacher, and administrator. A pioneer in music in both Canada and the USA, he is best known for composing the music for O Canada. Referred to at the time as “Canada’s national musician”, Lavallée was asked to compose the music for a poem written by Adolphe-Basile Routhier. The song was to be performed in honour of the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français (National Congress of French Canadians), on June 24, 1880, at the same time as the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day celebrations. Government officials had first thought of holding a competition for a national hymn, but by January of 1980, the committee in charge decided there was not enough time. So the Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec, the Honourable Théodore Robitaille, commissioned Judge Adolphe-Basilie Routhier to write a hymn and Lavallée to compose the music. English Canada probably first heard O Canada when schoolchildren sang it for the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall (later King George V and Queen Mary) when they toured Canada in 1901. It officially became the national anthem of Canada in 1980, after a vote in the Senate and the House of Commons. The same 1980 Act of Parliament also changed some of the English lyrics. A slight alteration to the English lyrics was made again in 2018, but the original French lyrics and melody have remained unchanged since 1880.

Prayer for Peace was commissioned by Jean Ashworth Bartle for the 700 singers at the Norbusang Festival in Bodø, Norway, May, 2003.

St. Francis of Assisi (ca. 1181-1226), born Giovanni di Petro di Bernardone, was an Italian Catholic friar, deacon, philosopher, mystic and preacher. He abandoned a life of luxury for a life devoted to Christianity after reportedly hearing the voice of God, who commanded him to rebuild the Christian church and live in poverty. He is the patron saint of animals and the environment.

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 churches, 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. Bach’s Mass in B Minor is one of the most profound and astounding spiritual testaments ever composed, and is the summation of a lifetime of creating music. Unlike the majority of his works, which were written for church services, he wrote it to leave a musical legacy. Composed at different stages of his life, it was only in his later life that he decided to put these parts together to create a sense of completion — of coming full circle. 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.

The Reverend Dr. Carl P. Daw, Jr. (b. 1944) is a hymn writer and former Executive Director of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Daw grew up in a succession of towns in Tennessee where his father was a Baptist pastor. He received his undergraduate education at Rice University, his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, and his M.Div. at the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. His texts appear in most denominational and ecumenical hymnals published in North America, and can also be found in hymnals in England, Scotland, and Australia. Many of his hymn texts have been translated into Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese.

Edward Elgar (1857-1943) was an English composer whose works in the orchestral idiom of late 19th-century Romanticism – characterized by bold tunes, striking colour effects, and mastery of large forms, stimulated a renaissance of English music. In fact, Elgar was the first English composer of international stature since Henry Purcell (1659-1695), and liberated his country’s music from its insularity. The son of an organist and music dealer, he left school at age 15 and worked briefly in a lawyer’s office. He was an excellent violinist, played the bassoon, and spent periods as a bandmaster and church organist, but had no formal training in composition. After working in London (1889-1891), Elgar went to Worcestershire and began to establish a reputation as a composer. One of his most popular works is his D Major Pomp and Circumstance March which contains the famous trio section that was later to become Land of Hope and Glory. Elgar appreciated its worth: he had prophesied: “I’ve got a tune that will knock ‘em flat! … a tune that comes once in a lifetime.” His Enigma Variations for orchestra are based on the countermelody of an unheard theme, which he said was a well-known tune he would not identify – hence the “enigma”. Repeated attempts to discover it have been unsuccessful. Elgar was knighted in 1904, and in 1928 he was created Knight Commander of the Victorian Order.

Music Sources:

For the Fallen E. Daley (1998)
O God, Our Help in Ages Past arr. John Rutter https://youtu.be/gILcSpyOk-g
In Flanders Fields E. Daley (1986)
O Canada Calixa Lavallée (1842-1891)
Prayer for Peace E. Daley (2003)
Make Me a Channel of Your Peace https://youtu.be/eHVz45n5a9M
Dona Nobis Pacem (from Mass in B Minor, BWV 232) Johann Sebastian Bach https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnrHhYSGzd4
O Day of Peace https://youtu.be/V6ONR20SnZY
Nimrod (from Enigma Variations) Edward Elgar https://youtu.be/NhnMd1Jl7SA