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April 26, 2020
Earth Day Sunday
Rev. Douglas duCharme
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music
Scripture Matthew 6:25-34
Prelude All Things New Craig Courtney (b. 1948)
Sorrow lingers in the garden, willows weeping, wet with dew.
But in the breeze a whispered promise, “I am making all things new.”
Let the gentle hand of morning brush your eyes that you may see,
Mercies new and never ceasing into all eternity. Alleluia.
As it was in the beginning, in the end so shall it be.
Through the cross a new creation; Christ has won the victory. Alleluia.
Step by faith into the promise, bow the knee with voices raised,
Singing, “Holy, holy, holy”, in an endless song of praise. Alleluia.
(Susan Bentall Boersma)
Opening Hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colours,
He made their tiny wings. R
The purple-headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset, and the morning,
That brightens up the sky. R
The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one. R
He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God almighty,
Who has made all things well. R
(Cecil Frances Alexander, 1823-1895)
Anthem Look at the World John Rutter (b. 1945)
Look at the world, ev’rything all around us:
look at the world, and marvel ev’ry day.
Look at the world: so many joys and wonders,
so many miracles along our way.
Praise to thee, O Lord, for all creation,
give us thankful hearts, that we may see:
all the gifts we share, and ev’ry blessing,
all things come of thee.
Look at the earth bringing forth fruit and flower;
look at the sky, the sunshine and the rain;
look at the hills, look at the trees and mountains,
valley and flowing river, field and plain. R
Think of the spring, think of the warmth of summer
bringing the harvest before the winter’s cold.
Ev’rything grows, ev’rything has a season,
till it is gathered to the Father’s fold. R
Ev’ry good gift, all that we need and cherish
comes from the Lord in token of his love;
we are his hands, stewards of all his bounty;
his is the earth, and his the heav’ns above. R
Hymn This is My Father’s World
This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world; I rest me in the thought –
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas, his hand the wonders wrought.
This is my Father’s world; the birds their carols raise;
The morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world: he shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear him pass, he speaks to me everywhere.
This is my Father’s world: O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world: why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King, let the heavens ring! God reigns; let the earth be glad.
(Maltbie Davenport Babcock, 1858-1901)
Anthem Earth Song Frank Ticheli (b. 1958)
Sing. Be. Live. See.
This dark stormy hour, the wind, it stirs.
The scorched Earth cries out in vain.
Oh, war and power, you blind and blur.
The torn heart cries out in pain.
But music and singing have been my refuge,
And music and singing shall be my light.
A light of song, shining strong.
Through darkness and pain and strife,
I’ll sing, I’ll be, I’ll live, see.
Closing Hymn Through All the Changing Scenes of Life (Based on Psalm 34)
Through all the changing scenes of life,
In trouble and in joy,
The praises of my God shall still
My heart and tongue employ.
Of his deliverance I will boast,
Till all that are distressed,
From my example comfort take,
And charm their griefs to rest.
O magnify the Lord with me,
With me exalt his name;
When in distress to him I called,
He to my rescue came.
Fear him, ye saints, and you will then
Have nothing else to fear;
Make you his service your delight,
Your wants shall be his care.
Postlude This is My Father’s World/Fairest Lord Jesus
This morning’s Prelude and Anthem texts are reprinted under onelicense.net #A-717945. All Things New – words by Susan Bentall Boersma, © 2014 Beckenhorst Press. Look at the World – words by John Rutter, © 1996 Hinshaw Music Inc. Earth Song – words by Frank Ticheli , licensed by Hinshaw Music Inc., © 2007 Manhattan Beach Music. All rights reserved.
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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.
Susan Bentall Boersma was born and educated in Michigan and began her study of music with her parents, both of whom were performing artists. Her piano/organ/voice studies continued while attending Hope College. She has served as accompanist for college choirs and touring groups as well as for various solo artists and community choirs; has led workshops on music and worship, and has held positions as pianist, choral director and director of music ministries at churches in Michigan, Wisconsin, Vermont and Ohio. Susan often collaborates as a lyricist with composers Craig Courtney, Lloyd Larson and Mark Hayes, to name a few – on both sacred and school repertoire.
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.
John Rutter (b. 1948) 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 choral music is very well known and much beloved in choral circles, and is performed worldwide. Look at the World was written in celebration of the 70th anniversary for the Protection of Rural England.
Maltbie Davenport Babcock (1858-1901) was a noted American clergyman. For a number of years he was the senior minister of the prestigious Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Maryland. During this time, he also led a fund-raising effort to assist Jewish refugees from Russia who were victims of an anti-Jewish pogrom. A clear thinker and a fluent speaker, he was described as having an unusually brilliant intellect and stirring oratorical powers that commanded admiration, and he was possessed of a personal magnetism which appealed to all classes of people. Babcock’s theology was broad and deep, and while he was not a published author, he wrote a number of poems and hymn texts – perhaps the best known being This is My Father’s World.
Frank Ticheli (b. 1958) is an American composer of orchestral, choral, chamber, and concert band works. He lives in Los Angeles, California, where he is a Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California. He was the Pacific Symphony’s composer-in-residence from 1991 to 1998, composing numerous works for that orchestra. Earth Song was written in 2007.
All Things New Craig Courtney https://soundcloud.com/beckenhorst-press/05-all-things-new-courtney
All Things Bright and Beautiful https://youtu.be/iZNt4avXVcI
Look at the World John Rutter https://youtu.be/otw_zbhd3gE
This is My Father’s World https://youtu.be/r-pTNK8EJmk
Earth Song Frank Ticheli https://youtu.be/-qZ4u_2ZAlc
Through All the Changing Scenes of Life https://youtu.be/ox1r0OzIwoo
This is My Father’s World/Fairest Lord Jesus https://youtu.be/kERckHcfaVU