Sermon

Tipping the Tables

Sunday, Mar. 7, 2021

 

 

 

Sunday, March 7, 2021
Third Sunday in Lent
Rev. Jean Ward
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music
Virtual Quartet 
Anne Bornath, Amy Dodington,
Lynn Featherstone, Andrea Ludwig

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scripture: John 2:13-22
Reader: Laura Ziliotto

 

Prelude Os Justi          E. Daley (1990)
Soprano 1 – Amy Dodington
Soprano 2 – Anne Bornath
Alto 1 – Andrea Ludwig
Alto 2 – Lynn Featherstone

 

 

Opening Hymn Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven;
To his feet thy tribute bring;
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
Who like thee his praise should sing?
Praise him, praise him, praise him, praise him,
Praise the everlasting King.

Praise him for his grace and favour
To our fathers in distress;
Praise him, still the same forever,
Slow to chide and swift to bless;
Praise him, praise him, praise him, praise him,
Glorious in his faithfulness.

Father-like he tends and spares us;
Well our feeble frame he knows;
In his hands he gently bears us,
Rescues us from all our foes;
Praise him, praise him, praise him, praise him,
Widely as his mercy flows.

Angels, help us to adore him,
Ye behold him face to face;
Sun and moon bow down before him:
Dwellers all in time and space,
Praise him, praise him, praise him, praise him,
Praise with us the God of grace.
(Henry Francis Lyte, 1793-1847)

 

Anthem Adoramus Te, Christe           Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
VOCES8

Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi,
Quia per sanguinem tuum pretiosum
redemisti mundum, miserere nobis.

Translation:
We adore you, Christ, and we bless you,
because with your precious blood
you have redeemed the world. Have mercy on us.

 

Hymn At the Name of Jesus

At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow,
Every tongue confess him King of glory now:
‘Tis the Father’s pleasure we should call him Lord,
Who from the beginning was the mighty Word.

In your hearts enthrone him; there let him subdue
All that is not holy, all that is not true:
Crown him as your Captain in temptation’s hour;
Let his will enfold you in its light and power.

Jesus, Lord and Saviour shall return again,
With his Father’s glory on the earth to reign;
For all wreaths of empire meet upon his brow,
And our hearts confess him King of glory now.
(Caroline Maria Noel, 1827-1877)

 

Anthem Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery          Marty Haugen (b. 1950)

Tree of Life and awesome mystery,
In your death we are reborn,
Though you die in all of history,
Still you rise with every morn,
Still you rise with every morn.

Seed that dies to rise in glory,
May we see ourselves in you,
If we learn to live your story
We may die to rise anew,
We may die to rise anew.

We remember truth once spoken,
Love passed on through act and word,
Every person lost and broken
Wears the body of our Lord,
Wears the body of our Lord.

Adoramus te, Christe. (We adore you, Christ.)

Gentle Jesus, mighty Spirit,
Come inflame our hearts anew.
We may all your joy inherit,
If we bear the cross with you,
If we bear the cross with you.

Christ, you lead and we shall follow,
Stumbling though our steps may be,
One with you in joy and sorrow,
We the river, you the sea,
We the river, you the sea.
(Marty Haugen, 1984)

 

Closing Hymn Be Thou My Vision

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that thou art –
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true Word;
I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father; I thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.

Be thou my battle shield, sword for the fight;
Be thou my dignity, thou my delight,
Thou my soul’s shelter, thou my high tower;
Raise thou me heaven-ward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine inheritance, now and always;
Thou and thou only, first in my heart.
High King of heaven, my treasure thou art.

High King of heaven, thy victory won,
May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O ruler of all.
(Trad. Irish, ca. 8th century,
Trans: Mary Elizabeth Byrne, 1905,
Versification: Eleanor Hull, 1912)

 

Choral Commissioning O Lord, Throughout This Time of Lent           E. Daley (2019)
Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir and congregation

 

 

Postlude Winter, 3rd movement (from The Four Seasons, RV 297)           Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

 

This morning’s anthem text is reprinted under onelicense.net #A-717945. Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery – words by Marty Haugen, © 1984 G.I.A. Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.

♪ Music notes ♪

Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847) was an Anglican minister, hymnodist, and poet. He was born in Scotland, of English parentage. After abandoning his intention to study medicine, he studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and with very limited training for the ministry, he took Anglican holy orders in 1815. Lyte was described as “slightly eccentric but of great personal charm, a man noted for his wit and human understanding, a born poet and an able scholar.” He was also an expert flute player and spoke Latin, Greek, and French. Lyte’s two most well known hymn texts are Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven and Abide with Me.

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) was an Italian composer, string player, choirmaster, and priest. A composer of both sacred and secular music, and a pioneer in the development of opera, he is considered a crucial transitional figure between the Renaissance and Baroque periods of music history. Much of Monteverdi’s output, including many stage works, has been lost. His surviving music includes nine books of madrigals, large and smaller scale religious works, and three complete operas. His opera L’Orfeo is the earliest of the genre still widely performed. Largely forgotten during the eighteenth and much of the nineteenth centuries, his works enjoyed a rediscovery around the beginning of the twentieth century. Monteverdi is now established as a significant influence in European musical history, and as a composer whose works are regularly performed and recorded.

Caroline Marie Noel (1817-1877) was born into an aristocratic English family. The daughter of an Anglican clergyman and hymn writer, she started to write poems at the age of 17, but then ceased to do so for many years afterwards. In the last 25 years of her life, she was struck down with a crippling illness that left her bedridden. Due to this illness, she returned to writing poems and hymns, of which the best known is “At the Name of Jesus”.

Marty Haugen (b. 1950) was raised in the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota, and is now a member the United Church of Christ. He holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Luther College and an M.A. degree in pastoral studies from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. For the past 25 years, Haugen has pursued a career as a liturgical composer of contemporary hymns and anthems. He is also a performing musician, and holds a position as composer-in-residence at Mayflower Community Congregational Church in Minneapolis.

Mary Elizabeth Byrne (1880-1931) was an Irish linguist, author, and journalist. She was educated at the Dominican Convent in Dublin, and the National University of Ireland. Her Irish name was Máiri Ní Bhroin, but she published much of her work as Mary E. Byrne. She translated the old Irish hymn Bí Thusa ‘mo Shúile into English as Be Thou My Vision in 1905. The English text was first versified in 1912 by Eleanor H. Hull (1860-1935), who was president of the Irish Literary Society at that time.

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.

Music Sources:

Os Justi E. Daley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGKtVMMga5I&t=13s
Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven https://youtu.be/sx1eMwlDFb8
Adoramus Te, Christe Claudio Monteverdi VOCES8 https://youtu.be/kugCHcu7ynI?list=RDQDghDwMhOP8
At the Name of Jesus https://youtu.be/OK8OhC6roI4
Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery Marty Haugen https://youtu.be/Z6g3W0zt77A
Be Thou My Vision https://youtu.be/KUpDGazYA4s
O Lord, Throughout This Time of Lent E. Daley Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir and congregation
Winter, 3rd movement (from The Four Seasons, RV 297) Antonio Vivaldi https://www.fairlawnchurch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Vivaldi-Winter-the-Four-Seasons-3rd-mvt.mp4

Image Sources:

Jesus and the Money Changers A Craig Myle http://www.acraigmyle.co.uk/gallery/show_picture/558
Christ Overturning the Money Changer’s Table Stanley Spencer https://www.wikiart.org/en/stanley-spencer/christ-overturning-the-money-charger-s-table-1921