Sermon

A Necessary Condition

Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, Preacher: Rev. Jean Ward

 

Sunday, January 24, 2021
Third After Epiphany
Rev. Jean Ward
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music
Baritone & Guitar – Doug MacNaughton
FAUC Interview Series – Bob Stobie

 

 

Scripture: Mark 1:14-20
Reader: Sheila Corkill

 

Prelude Winter, 2nd movement, Largo (from The Four Seasons RV 297)           Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

 

 

Opening Hymn Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways;
Re-clothe us in our rightful mind;
In purer lives thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise.

In simple trust like theirs who heard,
Beside the Syrian sea,
The gracious calling of the Lord,
Let us, like them, without a word
Rise up, and follow thee.

O Sabbath rest by Galilee!
O calm of hills above,
Where Jesus knelt to share with thee
The silence of eternity,
Interpreted by love!

Drop thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of thy peace.

Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire:
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still small voice of calm!
(John Greenleaf Whittier, 1807-1892)

 

Anthem Here I Am, Lord           Daniel Schutte (b. 1947), arr. Craig Courtney (b. 1948)

I, the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in darkest 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 snow and rain, I have borne my people’s pain,
I have wept for love of them; they turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone, give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak my word 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 Schutte, 1981)

 

Solo Song for a Winter’s Night           Gordon Lightfoot (b. 1938), arr. Doug MacNaughton
Baritone and guitar – Doug MacNaughton

The lamp is burning low upon my table top
The snow is softly falling
The air is still in the silence of my room
I hear your voice softly calling

If I could only have you near
To breathe a sigh or two
I would be happy just to hold the hands I love
On this winter night with you

The smoke is rising in the shadows overhead
My glass is almost empty
I read again between the lines upon the page
The words of love you sent me

If I could know within my heart
That you were lonely too
I would be happy just to hold the hands I love
On this winter night with you

The fire is dying now, my lamp is growing dim
The shades of night are lifting
The morning light steals across my window pane
Where webs of snow are drifting

If I could only have you near
To breathe a sigh or two
I would be happy just to hold the hands I love
And to be once again with you
To be once again with you
(Gordon Lightfoot)

 

Hymn Jesus Calls Us

Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult
Of our life’s wild restless sea.
Day by day his sweet voice soundeth,
Saying, “Christian, follow me.”

As of old Saint Andrew heard it
By the Galilean lake,
Turned from home and toil and kindred,
Leaving all for his dear sake.

Jesus calls us from the worship
Of the vain world’s golden store,
From each idol that would keep us,
Saying, “Christian, love me more.”

In our joys and in our sorrows,
Days of toil and hours of ease,
Still he calls, in cares and pleasures,
“Christian, love me more than these.”

Jesus calls us: by thy mercies,
Saviour, make us hear thy call,
Give our hearts to thine obedience,
Serve and love thee best of all.
(Cecil Frances Alexander, 1823-1895)

 

Anthem Sing Joyfully Unto God           William Byrd (ca. 1540/1542-1623)

Sing joyfully unto God our strength.
Sing loud unto the God of Jacob.
Take the song and bring forth the timbrel,
The pleasant harp and the viol.
Blow the trumpet in the new moon,
Even in the time appointed and at our feast day.
For this is a statute for Israel,
And a law of the God of Jacob.
(from Psalm 81)

 

Closing Hymn Now That the Daylight Fills the Sky

Now that the daylight fills the sky,
We lift our hearts to God on high,
That He, in all we do or say,
Would keep us free from harm today:

Would guard our hearts and tongues from strife,
From anger’s din would hide our life,
From all ill sights would turn our eyes,
Would close our ears from vanities:

Would keep our inmost conscience pure,
Our souls from folly would secure,
Would bid us check the pride of sense
With due and holy abstinence.

So we, when this new day is gone
And night in turn is drawing on,
With conscience by the world unstained,
Shall praise His Name for victory gained.

O God, the God of earth, to thee
Let everlasting glory be,
And glory to thine only Son
With God the Spirit ever one. Amen.
(from the Latin, ca. 7th or 8th century,
Trans. John Mason Neale, 1818-1866)

 

Postlude Allegro from Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047           J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

 

 

Fairlawn Congregant Interview Series
Bob Stobie

 

♪ 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 Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892) was an American poet and editor who, in the latter part of his life, shared with the great poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow the distinction of being a household name in both England and the United States. A Quaker devoted to social causes and reform, Whittier worked passionately for a number of abolitionist newspapers and magazines. He founded the antislavery Liberal party in 1840, and ran for Congress in 1842. While his critics never considered him to be a great poet, they thought him a noble and kind man whose verse gave unique expression to ideas they valued. From 1865 until his death, Whittier wrote of religion, nature, and rural life.

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.

Craig Courtney (b. 1948) is an internationally-renowned choral composer, arranger, pianist, accompanist, clinician, and choir director. A native of Indiana, he began playing the piano at the age of three and the cello at the age of eleven, and received a Bachelors and a Masters degree in piano performance at the University of Cincinnati. Following a three-year stay in Milan, Italy, where he studied the piano and worked extensively as a vocal coach, he was invited to join the music faculty of the famed Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. It was during this period, while serving in the music ministry of the Salzburg International Baptist Church, that Courtney began directing a church choir and composing sacred choral music, due to the unavailability of English language music.

Gordon Lightfoot (b.1938) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist who achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music. He is credited with helping to define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. Born and raised in Orillia, Ontario, Lightfoot is often referred to as Canada’s greatest songwriter, and is known internationally as a folk-rock legend. He was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 1998, and in May 2003 he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour.

Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895) was an Anglo-Irish hymnodist and poet. “All Things Bright and Beautiful”, “There Is a Green Hill Far Away”, and the Christmas carol “Once in Royal David’s City” are three of her most well known hymn texts.

William Byrd (ca. 1540/42-1623) was an English composer, keyboard player and teacher. Widely considered to be one of the greatest composers of the Renaissance, and one of the greatest of all British composers, he had a huge influence on composers both from his native England and those on the continent. He wrote in many of the forms current in England at the time, including various types of sacred and secular polyphony, keyboard, and consort music. Although he produced sacred music for Anglican services, sometime during the 1570s he became a Roman Catholic and wrote Catholic sacred music later in his life. Byrd’s exceptionally long lifespan meant that he lived into an age in which many of the forms of vocal and instrumental music which he had made his own were beginning to lose their appeal to most musicians. The native tradition of Latin music which Byrd had done so much to keep alive more or less died with him, while consort music (instrumental ensembles) underwent a huge change of character at the hands of a brilliant new generation of musicians.

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.

J. S. 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:

Winter, 2nd movement, Largo (from The Four Seasons RV 297) Antonio Vivaldi https://youtu.be/ZPdk5GaIDjo
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind https://youtu.be/Bk7SX3r59sc
Here I Am, Lord Daniel Schutte, arr. Craig Courtney https://beckenhorstpress.com/content/mp3/here-i-am-lord-courtney.mp3
Song for a Winter’s Night Gordon Lightfoot, arr. Doug MacNaughton
Jesus Calls Us https://youtu.be/3ute4k_vMfs
Sing Joyfully Unto God William Byrd https://youtu.be/e6JfcFhs9Y8
Now That the Daylight Fills the Sky https://youtu.be/jLRGVo0wwfc
Allegro from Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047 J. S. Bach https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdfI8NOZvmY

Image Sources:

Calling The Disciples SadoWatanabe https://www.sacredartpilgrim.com