Sermon

Suffer the Little Children

Sunday, Sep. 26, 2021, Preacher: Rev. Douglas duCharme

 

 

Sunday, September 26
Rev. Douglas duCharme
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music
Scripture: Mark 10:13-16
Reader: Derek Wishart
Land Acknowledgement: Laura Schlee

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
(formerly known as Orange Shirt Day)

 

Prelude Creator, Father                    Cheryl Bear

Creator, Father,
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Creator, Spirit,
Jesus has revealed you to us.

Creator, Jesus,
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
(Cheryl Bear)

 

Opening Hymn Seek Ye First

 

 

Anthem Grandmother Song

 

 

Closing Hymn Bring Many Names

Bring many names, beautiful and good,
Celebrate, in parable and story,
Holiness in glory, living, loving God.
Hail and hosanna! Bring many names!

Strong mother God, working night and day,
Planning all the wonders of creation,
Setting each equation, genius at play:
Hail and hosanna, strong mother God!

Warm father God, hugging every child,
Feeling all the strains of human living,
Caring and forgiving till we’re reconciled:
Hail and hosanna, warm father God!

Great, living God, never fully known,
Joyful darkness far beyond our seeing,
Closer yet than breathing, everlasting home:
Hail and hosanna, great, living God!
(Brian Wren, 1986, alt. 1993)

 

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 Honour Song
Piano and Vocals – Jeremy Dutcher

 

 

♪ Music notes ♪

Cheryl Bear, from the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation community (Bear Clan) in northern British Columbia, is well known as an important and respected voice on behalf of Canada’s Indigenous peoples, and is a speaker and teacher who has travelled to over 600 Indigenous communities in Canada and the United States sharing her songs and stories. She also visits non-Native communities (schools, government, churches, and businesses), holding workshops to raise awareness and understanding of Indigenous issues. A multi-award winning singer/songwriter who shares stories of Indigenous life through story and song, Cheryl’s albums have received three Indigenous People’s Choice music awards, two Covenant Awards and a Native American Music Award. Cheryl is a founding board member of NAIITS: an Indigenous learning community (formerly known as North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies) and is also an Associate Professor at Regent College in Vancouver, BC. As well, she holds a Doctorate from The King’s University in Los Angeles, and a Master of Divinity degree from Regent College. Her doctoral work presents an approach to First Nations ministry from the foundations of Indigenous worldview and values. She believes that leaders who are more fully informed about Indigenous worldview, culture and values will see a dramatic increase in their effectiveness in ministering to Indigenous people in North America. Cheryl is currently serving as the Director of Community Ministry at First United Church on the downtown eastside of Vancouver, BC.

Brian Wren (b. 1936) is a British hymn-poet and writer. Internationally published, his hymns appear in hymnals of all Christian traditions. Wren has been a strong proponent of the view that hymns are poetry and theology, instead of simply music. He has stated, “a hymn is a poem, and a poem is a visual art form. The act of reading a hymn aloud helps to recover its poetry and its power to move us—the power of language, image, metaphor, and faith-expression.” He also writes that the vocation of a poet in the church is not only “to write poems of faith which people will pick up and sing”, but to also “speak truth by stepping beyond the church’s limits of comfort and convention.”

Jeremy Dutcher (b. 1990) is a classically-trained Canadian Indigenous tenor, composer, musicologist, performer and activist, currently living in Toronto. He became widely known for his first album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, which won the 2018 Polaris Music Prize, and the Juno Award for Indigenous Music Album of the Year at the 2019 Juno Awards. A Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) member of the Tobique First Nation in North-West New Brunswick, Dutcher studied music and anthropology at Dalhousie University. After training as an operatic tenor in the Western classical tradition, he expanded his professional repertoire to include the traditional singing style and songs of his community. He recorded Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa following a research project on archival recordings of traditional Maliseet songs at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, many of which are no longer being passed down to contemporary Maliseet youth. Dutcher identifies as two-spirit, a modern, pan-Indian umbrella term used by some Indigenous North Americans to describe aboriginal people fulfilling a traditional third-gender (or other gender-variant) ceremonial cultural role in their community.

 

 

 

 

 

Music Sources:

Creator, Father Cheryl Bear https://youtu.be/NqNyVOmFgKU
Seek Ye First https://youtu.be/Yt8-Da6fj24
Grandmother Song https://youtu.be/xEE7k_eXAYo
Bring Many Names https://youtu.be/8C6DQ7ptp2k
Honour Song Piano – Jeremy Dutcher https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wtB- XN3pqI&list=PLijgGUw1NMMXeu7KQwIcu2hm_XK_srKgO

 

Photo Source:

Art by Carey Newman (Kwakwaka’wakw/Coast Salish)