Sermon

The Rest of the Story

Sunday, Mar. 14, 2021

 

Sunday, March 14, 2021
Fourth Sunday in Lent
Rev. Douglas duCharme
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music
Interview Series – Sylvia Dixon
Fairlawn’s 106th Anniversary

 

 

Scripture: John 3:14-21
Reader: Morrey Ewing

 

Prelude O How Amiable           E. Daley (1989)
Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir

O how amiable are thy dwellings, O Lord of hosts;
my soul hath a desire and longing to enter the courts of the Lord.
My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God,
my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.
Blessèd are they who dwell in thy house, O Lord,
ever singing thy praise.
Let the favour of the Lord our God be upon us,
and establish thou the work of our hands upon us;
from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
(excerpted from Psalms 84 and 90)

 

Opening Hymn All Creatures of Our God and King           arr. John Rutter (b. 1945)

All creatures of our God and King,
Lift up your voice and with us sing:
Alleluia, alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam,
O praise him, O praise him,
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
Ye clouds that sail in heaven along,
O praise him, alleluia!
Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice;
Ye lights of evening, find a voice:
O praise him, O praise him,
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
Make music for thy Lord to hear,
Alleluia, alleluia!
Thou fire so masterful and bright,
That givest all both warmth and light,
O praise him, O praise him,
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Dear mother earth, who day by day
Unfoldest blessings on our way:
O praise him, alleluia!
The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
Let them his glory also show:
O praise him, O praise him,
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship him with humbleness:
O praise him, alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, three in one:
O praise him, O praise him,
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
(St. Francis of Assisi, 1225,
trans. William Henry Draper, ca. 1919)

 

Introit Eternal Light           E. Daley (2000)
Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir

Eternal light, shine in our heart,
Eternal hope, lift up our eyes,
Eternal pow’r, be our support,
Eternal wisdom, make us wise.
(Christopher Idle, ca. 1982,
used with permission)

 

Anthem The Church’s One Foundation           E. Daley (2015)
verse 4 melody: Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)
Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir and congregation

The Trillium Brass Quintet:
Trumpets – Andre Dubelsten, Scott Harrison
French Horn – Mikhailo Babiak
Trombone – Cathy Stone
Tuba – Jonathan Rowsell
Organ – Christopher Dawes
Timpani – Edward Reifel

The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord;
She is his new creation by water and the Word;
From heaven he came and sought her to be his holy bride;
With his own blood he bought her, and for her life he died.

Elect from every nation, yet one o’er all the earth;
Her charter of salvation: one Lord, one faith, one birth;
One holy name she blesses; partakes one holy food,
And to one hope she presses, with every grace endued.

‘Mid toil and tribulation, and tumult of her war,
She waits the consummation of peace for evermore,
Till with the vision glorious her longing eyes are blest,
And the great church victorious shall be the church at rest.

Yet she on earth hath union with God the three in one,
And mystic sweet communion with those whose rest is won.
O happy ones and holy! Lord, give us grace that we,
Like them, the meek and lowly, on high may dwell with thee. Amen.
(Samuel John Stone, 1866)

 

Hymn Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, brothers and sisters draw near;
Praise Him in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen all that His people hath been
Granted in what He ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee;
Ponder anew all the Almighty can do,
He, who with love doth befriend thee.

Praise to the Lord! Oh, let all that is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him!
Let the Amen sound from His people again:
Gladly for aye we adore Him.
(Joachim Neander, 1640-1680,
trans. Catherine Winkworth, 1829-1878)

 

Anthem I Was Glad           Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918)

I was glad when they said unto me,
We will go into the house of the Lord.
Our feet shall stand in thy gates, O Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is buildèd as a city, that is at unity in itself.
O pray for the peace of Jerusalem,
They shall prosper that love thee.
Peace be within thy walls,
and plenteousness within thy palaces.
(Psalm 122:1-3, 6-7, paraphrased from
the King James Bible and the 1662 Book of Common Prayer)

 

Closing 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.)

 

Benediction We Will Meet When the Danger is Over           John L Bell (C) Wild Goose Resource Group, The Iona Community
Solo – Alison Adam, Piano

 

 

Postlude “Little” Fugue in G Minor BWV 578           Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Canadian Brass

 

Fairlawn Interview Series – Sylvia Dixon

 

♪ Music notes ♪

O How Amiable was composed for the amalgamation service of Armour Heights United and Fairlawn United, Sunday, June 25, 1989. It was also sung at the amalgamation service of Fairlawn Heights United and St. James-Bond United on Sunday, May 15, 2005.

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.

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.

William Henry Draper (1855-1933) was an English hymnodist and clergyman who wrote the texts for approximately sixty hymns. He is most famous for the hymn text “All Creatures of Our God and King”, his translation of “Canticle of the Sun” by St. Francis of Assisi.

Eternal Light was composed for Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir in observance of the millennium, and first sung on Sunday, January 9, 2000. It was also sung at Fairlawn’s 100th anniversary service on Sunday, October 25, 2015.

Christopher Idle (b. 1938) is a British hymnodist and has written over 300 hymn texts. He was educated at Ethan College, St. Peter’s College, Oxford, and Clifton Theological College in Bristol, and was ordained in the Church of England in 1968. He has served various parishes in rural areas, but now resides in inner London, where he is involved in various hymn projects. Idle has served on several hymnal committees, and spoken and written widely on hymnody, including presentations to both the British and North American Hymn Societies.

The Church’s One Foundation was composed for the 100th anniversary of Fairlawn, and first performed on Sunday, October 25, 2015. The recording heard this morning is from that service.

Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876), in part named after Johann Sebastian Bach, was the son of prolific English composer and keyboardist Samuel Wesley, and the great-nephew of John Wesley, founder of the Methodist church. While his compositional output was modest compared to that of his father, he is considered by many as the greatest figure in English cathedral music between the death of Henry Purcell and the advent of Charles Villiers Stanford. A master organist and improviser, Wesley began his career as a choirboy at the Chapel Royal at St. James’ Palace, and in 1832 he accepted his first post as organist at Hereford Cathedral. However, this job was short lived, as he eloped with the cathedral dean’s sister in 1835. Over the next 30 years, he held a number of posts at various cathedrals and colleges, most of which ultimately led to either termination or resignation, due to his apparent bad temper and propensity to argue with his employers! In 1847, Wesley fell and broke his right leg after a fishing trip; the injury never fully healed and inhibited his pedaling at the organ. Nevertheless, he remained famous as an improviser throughout his life. Three years before his death, on the recommendation of British Prime Minister William Gladstone, Queen Victoria conferred on him a pension of one hundred pounds per annum (he was given the choice of this or a knighthood

Samuel John Stone (1839-1900) was an English poet, hymnodist, and a priest in the Church of England. He published several poetic volumes, and was the author of many original hymns and translations, which are hopeful in spirit and skillfully constructed. He is now chiefly remembered for his hymn text “The Church’s One Foundation”.

Joachim Neander (1650-1680) was a German Reformed Church teacher, theologian and hymn writer whose most famous hymn, Praise to the Lord, the Almighty was described in John Julian’s “A Dictionary of Hymnology” as a magnificent hymn of praise to God, perhaps the finest creation of its author. Due to its immense popularity it was translated several times into English, and the hymn appears in most major hymnals. Tragically, Neander died of tuberculosis at the age of 30.

Catherine Winkworth (1829-1878) 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.

Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918) was an English composer, teacher, and historian of music. As a composer, he is best known for the choral song Jerusalem, and his 1902 setting for the coronation anthem I Was Glad. He also composed the music for Ode to Newfoundland, the provincial anthem for Newfoundland and Labrador. Among those who studied under Parry at the Royal College of Music were Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, and John Ireland. Some of his contemporaries rated him as the finest English composer since Purcell, and his influence on later composers is widely recognized.

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.

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. Two of Bach’s best known large choral works are the St. Matthew Passion and the Mass in B Minor, and 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.

Music Sources:

O How Amiable E. Daley
All Creatures of Our God and King arr. John Rutter https://youtu.be/_xXUnGhJBcA
Eternal Light E. Daley
The Church’s One Foundation E. Daley, verse 4 melody: Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty https://youtu.be/0JvCmvlm-Qg?list=RD0JvCmvlm-Qg
I Was Glad Charles Hubert Hastings Parry https://youtu.be/Z9eWQW1-jso
Christ is Made the Sure Foundation arr. John Rutter https://youtu.be/zhTgearjZO4
“Little” Fugue in G Minor BWV 578 Johann Sebastian Bach https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2p7I3zmcfc&list=RDE2p7I3zmcfc&start_radio=1