Third After Pentecost

Sunday, Jun. 21, 2020

Third Sunday after Pentecost  

Father’s Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Elaine Perkins – Reflection

Music Bulletin
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music

Giles Tomkins – Baritone
Kathryn Tremills – Piano


Scripture Reading: Matthew 10:26-30
Read by: John and Laurie Kimmel

In honour of Father’s Day, this morning’s Prelude, Anthems and Postlude will feature men’s voices, including a piece sung by the men of Fairlawn Senior Choir.



Prelude Let All Men Sing           Keith Christopher (b. 1958)

Let all men sing! Lift ev’ry voice!
Let all men sing and rejoice!

Let all men sing and make a joyful sound.
Lift ev’ry voice, glorious praise abound.
May ev’ry people make this their creed:
To join together in word and in deed!
(Keith Christopher)


Opening Hymn O Worship the King

O worship the King, all glorious above;
O gratefully sing his power and his love;
Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of days.
Pavilioned in splendour and girded with praise.

O tell of his might, O sing of his grace,
Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space;
His chariots of wrath the deep thunder-clouds form,
And dark is his path on the wings of the storm.

Thy bountiful care what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air, it shines in the light;
It streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,
And sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.

O measureless Might, ineffable Love,
While angels delight to hymn thee above,
Thy humble creation, though feeble their lays,
With true adoration shall sing to thy praise.
(Robert Grant, 1779-1838, based on paraphrase of Psalm 104
by William Kethe, ca. 1530-1594)


Anthem Os Justi          E. Daley (1990)
Fairlawn Senior Choir Men

Os justi meditabitur sapientiam,
Et lingua ejus loquetur judicium.
Lex Dei ejus in corde ipsius:
Et non supplantabuntur gressus ejus.

The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom,
And his tongue talketh judgment.
The law of God is in his heart;
And none of his steps shall slide.
(Psalm 37:30-31)


Hymn For the Beauty of the Earth

For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth,
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the beauty of each hour,
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower,
Sun and moon and stars of light.
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth, and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild.
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.
(Folliott Sandford Pierpoint, 1864)


Anthem Hold On To the Rock          Pepper Choplin (b. 1957)

You’ve got to hold on to the Rock of Ages,
Hold on to the Cornerstone,
Stand strong on the Sure Foundation,
Surrounded by the Fortress strong.
When all the storms of life are raging,
Hold on to the Rock.

You know that it doesn’t take a mighty earthquake
To shake the ground you stand on!
‘Cause life can change like a hurricane,
And blow all the plans you planned on.
Well, the ground is gonna shake
And the wind is gonna blow.
Now tell me, who you gonna trust
And where you gonna go?

You’ve got to hold on to the Rock of Ages,
Hold on to the Cornerstone,
Stand strong on the Sure Foundation,
Surrounded by the Fortress strong.
When all the storms of life are raging,
Hold on to the Rock.

You know sometimes when life is easy,
It’s so easy to keep the faith,
To be grateful for ev’ry blessing,
When ev’ry blessing comes our way.
But when life shakes us to our very soul,
Who you gonna trust and where you gonna go?

You’ve got to hold on to the Rock of Ages,
Hold on to the Cornerstone,
Stand strong on the Sure Foundation,
Surrounded by the Fortress strong.
When all the storms of life are raging,
Hold on to the Rock.
(Pepper Choplin)


Closing Hymn Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven to earth come down,
Fix in us thy humble dwelling,
All thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesu, thou art all compassion,
Pure, unbounded love thou art;
Visit us with thy salvation,
Enter every trembling heart.

Come, almighty to deliver,
Let us all thy life receive;
Suddenly return and never,
Never more thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve thee as thy hosts above,
Pray, and praise thee without ceasing,
Glory in thy perfect love.

Finish then thy new creation,
Pure and spotless let us be;
Let us see thy great salvation,
Perfectly restored in thee;
Changed from glory into glory,
Till in heaven we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before thee,
Lost in wonder, love and praise.
(Charles Wesley, 1707-1788)


Postlude Go in the Grace of the Lord           James Barnard

Go in the grace of the Lord.
Walk in the way of His Word.
Stand in the strength of His promises,
And believe in your heart they are true.
Sit at the feet of the Saviour.
Pray in the power of the Spirit.
Rise, and run the race with patience,
And go in the grace of the Lord.
Go in hope, God’s hope.
Go in peace, God’s peace.
Go in joy, everlasting joy
As you live in the fullness of His love.
Go in the grace of the Lord.
(James Barnard)


This morning’s Prelude, Anthem and Postlude texts are reprinted under #A-717945. Let All Men Sing – words by Keith Christopher, © 1997 Hal Leonard Corporation. Hold On To the Rock – words by Pepper Choplin, © 2019 Lorenz Corporation. Go in the Grace of the Lord – words by James Barnard, © 2011 Hal Leonard Corporation. All rights reserved.

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Keith Christopher (b. 1958) is actively involved in music as a composer, arranger, orchestrator and producer. His musical roots go back to Wylie, Texas, where he grew up playing trumpet in band, accompanying in church, and singing in the church youth choir. He holds a Master of Music in Composition from Southern Methodist University where he was a Graduate Assistant in the music theory and choral departments. He has hundreds of musical pieces for choir, band, and orchestra in print with multiple publishers, and his music has been performed worldwide. In addition, he has produced over a thousand recordings for music publishers.

Of Scottish ancestry, Sir Robert Grant (1779-1838) was born in India. He was educated at Magdalen College, Cambridge, and called to the bar in 1807. He had a distinguished career as a member of the British Parliament and later as Governor of Bombay (now known as Mumbai). As governor, Grant was a law unto himself, and under his rule a multitude of large-scale projects were pushed forward which were to transform the shape of British policy in the East. Knighted in 1834, he was also a hymnwriter of great merit. His O Worship the King, based on William Kethe’s translation of Psalm 104 is considered to be one of the greatest hymns in the English language, and is both widely sung and familiar to millions of church-goers. Some of his lesser known hymns are marked with the same graceful versification and deep feeling.

William Kethe (ca. 1530-1594) is thought to have been Scots-born, although this has never been confirmed. A Protestant, he fled to the continent during Queen Mary’s persecution in the 1550s. He lived in Geneva for some time, but travelled to Basel and Strasbourg to maintain contact with other English refugees. Kethe helped translate the Geneva Bible in 1560 and contributed twenty-five psalm versifications to the 1561 Anglo-Genevan Psalter. Only ten of these were retained in the 1562 English Psalter, while the 1564 Scottish Psalter kept all twenty-five. This morning’s Opening Hymn was originally titled My Soul, Praise the Lord, and his version of Psalm 100 (The Old Hundredth) is universally known as All People That On Earth Do Dwell.

Os Justi was originally written for the treble section leads at Fairlawn Avenue. This morning’s recording features the men of the Fairlawn Senior Choir, and can be found on the choir’s Canticle to the Spirit CD, which was released in 2000.

Folliott Sandford Pierpoint (1835-1917) was an English hymnodist and poet. Educated at Queens’ College, Cambridge, Pierpont was a classics schoolmaster and taught at Somersetshire College, spending most of his life in Bath and the south-west of England. His most famous hymn is For the Beauty of the Earth which he wrote in 1864, at the age of 29.

Pepper Choplin (b. 1957) is a full-time composer, conductor and humorist. He has gained a reputation as one of the most creative writers in church music today. With a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he went on to earn a Master of Music degree in composition from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Much of Pepper’s creative energy goes into planning creative and vibrant worship for Greystone Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC where he is Minister of Music. Many of his anthems are born out of a need at his own church. Pepper’s chief desire is “to create music that will lead people to worship in a dramatic way.”

Charles Wesley (1707-1788) was an English leader of the Methodist movement, most widely known for writing about 6,500 hymn texts. He was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford, and after graduating with a master’s degree in classical languages and literature, Charles followed his father and brother into Anglican orders in 1735. He was a younger brother of Methodist founder John Wesley, and Anglican cleric Samuel Wesley the Younger, and also the father of musician Samuel Wesley, and the grandfather of musician Samuel Sebastian Wesley.

Music Sources:

Let All Men Sing Keith Christopher
O Worship the King
Os Justi Canticle to the Spirit CD
For the Beauty of the Earth
Hold On To the Rock Pepper Choplin
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Go in the Grace of the Lord James Barnard