Sermon

Being Known Like That

Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, Preacher: Rev. Douglas duCharme

 

Sunday, January 17, 2021
Second After Epiphany
Rev. Douglas duCharme
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music
Soprano – Meredith Hall
Guitar – Bernard Farley
FAUC Interview Series – Philip Blackford

 

 

Scripture: John 1:43-51
Reader: Sandy Giles

 

Prelude Winter, 1st movement, Allegro non molto (from The Four Seasons, RV 297)           Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

 

Opening Hymn Christ is Made the Sure Foundation           arr. John Rutter (b. 1945)

Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ the head and cornerstone,
Chosen of the Lord, and precious,
Binding all the church in one,
Holy Zion’s help forever,
And her confidence alone.

All that dedicated city,
Dearly loved of God on high,
In exultant jubilation
Pours perpetual melody,
God the One-in-Three adoring
In glad hymns eternally.

To this temple where we call thee,
Come, O Lord of hosts, today;
With thy wonted loving-kindness,
Hear thy servants as they pray;
And thy fullest benediction
Shed within its walls alway.

Here vouchsafe to all thy servants
What they ask of thee to gain,
What they gain from thee forever
With the blessèd to retain,
And hereafter in thy glory
Evermore with thee to reign.

Praise and honour to the Father,
Praise and honour to the Son,
Praise and honour to the Spirit,
Ever Three, and ever One,
Consubstantial, co-eternal,
While unending ages run. Amen.
(Latin 7th century,
Trans. John Mason Neale,
1818-1866, alt.)

 

Anthem Awake, My Soul           Elaine Hagenberg (b. 1979)

Awake, my soul,
I will awaken the dawn!
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
Let Thy glory be over all the earth.
For Thy steadfast mercy is great,
Thy faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Thy steadfast mercy is great,
Reaching to the heavens.
Awake, my soul,
I will awaken the dawn!
(based on Psalm 57:8-11)

 

Solo In the Bleak Mid-winter           Gustav Holst (1874-1934), arr. Bernard Farley
Soprano – Meredith Hall
Guitar – Bernard Farley

In the bleak mid-winter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter, long ago.

Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
But His mother only, in her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the belovèd with a kiss.

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
But what I can I give Him: give my heart.
(Christina Rossetti, 1830-1894)

 

Hymn Blessed Jesus, at Your Word

Blessed Jesus, at your word
We are gathered all to hear you.
Let our hearts and minds be stirred
Now to seek and love and fear you.
By your teachings true and holy,
Drawn from earth to love you solely.

All our knowledge, sense, and sight
Lie in deepest darkness shrouded,
Till your Spirit breaks our night
With the beams of truth unclouded.
You alone to God can win us,
You must work all good within us.

Glorious Lord, yourself impart!
Light of light, from God proceeding,
Open thou each mind and heart,
Help us by your Spirit’s leading.
Hear the cry your church now raises;
Lord, accept our prayers and praises!
(Tobias Clausnitzer, 1619-1684
Trans: Catherine Winkworth, 1827-1878)

 

Anthem Behold, How Good           Michael John Trotta (b. 1978)

Behold, how good,
Behold, how wonderful,
Behold, how pleasant to dwell in harmony.

Behold, how good,
Behold, how wonderful,
Behold, how pleasant for all of us to dwell in harmony,
Together all as one.
From one he made all nations
To live on all the earth,
In one we move and have our being,
We move and have our life, our strength.
(M. J. T., based on Psalm 133)

 

Closing Hymn Jesus, Where’er Thy People Meet

Jesus, where’er thy people meet,
There they behold thy mercy seat;
Where’er they seek thee, thou art found,
And every place is hallowed ground.

For thou, within no walls confined,
Inhabitest the humble mind;
Such ever bring thee where they come,
And going, take thee to their home.

Here may we prove the power of prayer
To strengthen faith and sweeten care,
To teach our faint desires to rise,
And bring all heaven before our eyes.

Lord, we are few, but thou art near;
Nor short thine arm, nor deaf thine ear;
O rend the heavens, come quickly down,
And make a thousand hearts thine own!
(William Cowper, 1731-1800)

 

Postlude Blessing           Paul Mealor (b. 1975)

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
May the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you,
Ever in the palm of His hand.

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
May the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand,
Until we meet again.
(Traditional Irish)

 

Fairlawn Congregant Interview Series
Philip Blackford

 

♪ Music notes ♪

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.

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.

John Mason Neale (1818-1866) was an English priest and scholar, best known as a hymn writer and translator, having enriched English hymnody with many ancient and medieval hymns translated from Latin and Greek. He studied at Cambridge, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1842. He was offered a parish, but chronic ill health, which was to continue throughout his life, prevented him from taking it. In 1854 Neale co-founded the Sisterhood of St. Margaret, an order of women in the Anglican Church dedicated to nursing the sick. Many Anglicans in his day, however, were very suspicious of anything suggestive of Roman Catholicism. Once Neale was attacked and mauled at a funeral of one of the Sisters. From time to time unruly crowds threatened to stone him or to burn his house. He received no honour or preferment in England, and his doctorate was bestowed by an American college (Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut). However, his basic goodness eventually won the confidence of many who had fiercely opposed him, and the Sisterhood of St. Margaret survived and prospered.

Elaine Hagenberg’s music “soars with eloquence and ingenuity” (American Choral Directors Association Choral Journal.) Her compositions have received many awards, and are performed by schools, churches, universities, honour choirs and choral festivals throughout the United States and abroad. Notable performances include the National Youth Choir at Carnegie Hall, the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales, the Melbourne International Choral Festival in Australia, and other international performances in South Africa, Taiwan and throughout Europe. Elaine graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and her compositions are published by many publishing houses.

Gustav Holst (1874-1934) was an English composer, arranger and teacher. Best known for his orchestral suite The Planets, he composed many other works across a range of genres, although none achieved comparable success. There were professional musicians in the previous three generations of Holst’s family, and it was clear from an early age that he would follow the same calling. He had hoped to become a pianist but was prevented by neuritis in his right arm. Despite his father’s reservations, he pursued a career as a composer, studying at the Royal College of Music under Charles Villiers Stanford. Unable to support himself by his compositions, he played the trombone professionally and later became a teacher—a great one, according to his colleague Ralph Vaughan Williams. Among other teaching activities, he built up a strong tradition of performance at Morley College, where he served as musical director from 1907 until 1924 and pioneered music education for women at St Paul’s Girls’ School, where he taught from 1905 until his death. Holst’s works were played frequently in the early years of the 20th century, but it was not until the international success of The Planets in the years immediately after the First World War that he became a well-known figure. A shy man, he did not welcome this fame and preferred to be left in peace to compose and teach. In his later years, his uncompromising, personal style of composition struck many music lovers as too austere, and his brief popularity declined. Nevertheless, he was a considerable influence on a number of younger English composers, including Benjamin Britten.

Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) was born in London, the youngest child in an extraordinarily gifted family. Her father was the Italian poet Gabriele Rossetti, and her brother Dante Gabriel Rossetti also became a poet and a painter. Rossetti’s first poems were written in 1842 and printed in her grandfather’s private press. In 1850, under the pseudonym Ellen Alleyne, she contributed seven poems to the Pre-Raphaelite journal The Germ, which had been founded by her brother William Michael and his friends. Rossetti is best known for her ballads and her mystic religious lyrics, and her poetry is marked by symbolism and intense feeling. Her collection of poetry called Goblin Market and Other Poems was published in 1862, and it established Rossetti as a significant voice in Victorian poetry.

Tobias Clausnitzer (1619-1684) was a German Lutheran pastor and hymn writer. He studied theology at the University of Leipzig, and at one point was a military chaplain for a unit of the Swedish army. He wrote theological treaties, sermons and hymn texts. “Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier” (heard in translation in this morning’s middle hymn as “Blessed Jesus, at Your Word”) is his most well known hymn.

Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878) was the foremost 19th century British translator of German hymns into English. Her translations were polished, and yet remained close to the original, and are still used extensively in many denominational hymnals. Educated initially by her mother, she lived with relatives in Dresden, Germany in 1845, where she acquired her knowledge and interest in German hymnody. A pioneer in promoting women’s rights, Winkworth put much of her energy into the encouragement of higher education for women.

Michael John Trotta (b. 1978) is an American composer, conductor and clinician. Prior to his work as a full-time composer, he taught at the elementary, secondary and university levels, and also worked as a church director of music. His compositions have been described as inspired, deeply stirring and elegant, but always singable.

William Cowper (1731-1800) was an English poet and hymnodist. One of the most popular poets of his time, he changed the direction of 18th century poetry by writing of everyday life and scenes of the English countryside. In many ways, he was one of the forerunners of Romantic poetry. Cowper’s religious sentiment and association with John Newton (who wrote the hymn Amazing Grace) led to much of the poetry for which he is remembered. The hymn Jesus, Where’er Thy People Meet was written in 1769 to celebrate the opening of a room at the Great House, Olney, Buckinghamshire, to be used as a meeting place for the local prayer group.

Paul Mealor (b. 1975) is a Welsh composer. A large proportion of his output is for chorus, both a cappella and accompanied. He came to wider notice when his motet Ubi Caritas et Amor was performed at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, and since then, he is considered one of the world’s most performed living composers. Since 2003, he has been teaching at the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland, where he is currently Professor of Composition, and has held visiting professorships in composition at institutions in Scandinavia and the United States.

Music Sources:

Winter, 1st movement, Allegro non molto (from The Four Seasons, RV 297) Antonio Vivaldi https://youtu.be/UWg5ugyMjIc
Christ is Made the Sure Foundation arr. John Rutter https://youtu.be/zhTgearjZO4
Awake, My Soul Elaine Hagenberg https://www.beckenhorstpress.com/content/mp3/BP2214-awake-my-soul.mp3
In the Bleak Mid-winter Gustav Holst (1874-1934), arr. Bernard Farley
Blessed Jesus, at Your Word https://youtu.be/IhbTXFHv5Uc?list=RDIhbTXFHv5Uc
Behold, How Good Michael John Trotta https://youtu.be/kVj7X2Qk-Ek
Jesus, Where’er Thy People Meet https://youtu.be/C6ytM9DwOWs
Blessing Paul Mealor https://youtu.be/iqjeuco6PEA