Sermon

 

Trinity and Pride/Affirm Sunday
Sunday, June 7, 2020
Rev. Douglas duCharme, Presiding
Chris Leonard, Preaching
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music

Pride celebrates the lives and ministry of LGBTQIA+ and Two Spirit people.

 

Scripture Reading Matthew 3:13-17

 

Prelude Holy, Holy, Holy         Dan Forrest (b. 1978)

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessèd Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea,
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
Which wert, and art, and evermore shall be.

Thou art holy!

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name in earth and sky and sea;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessèd Trinity! Amen.
(Reginald Heber, 1783-1826)

 

Opening Hymn Let Us Build a House

Let us build a house where love can dwell
And all can safely live,
A place where saints and children tell
How hearts learn to forgive.
Built of hopes and dreams and visions,
Rock of faith and vault of grace;
Here the love of Christ shall end divisions:
All are welcome, all are welcome,
All are welcome in this place.

Let us build a house where prophets speak,
And words are strong and true,
Where all God’s children dare to seek
To dream God’s reign anew.
Here the cross shall stand as witness
And as symbol of God’s grace;
Here as one we claim the faith of Jesus:
All are welcome, all are welcome,
All are welcome in this place.

Let us build a house where all are named,
Their songs and visions heard
And loved and treasured, taught and claimed
As words within the Word.
Built of tears and cries and laughter,
Prayers of faith and songs of grace;
Let this house proclaim from floor to rafter:
All are welcome, all are welcome,
All are welcome in this place.
(Marty Haugen, b. 1950)

 

Anthem Prayer to the Trinity         Henry Hinnant

Creating God, author of mystery,
Sorter of stars, who set the sun aflame,
Eternal question, who answers deepest yearnings,
Bringing life from dust and making peace from pain.
Hungry, we seek your manna,
Thirsty, we crave your wine.
Shine your light upon us and free us from fear,
With word compassionate, we speak your kingdom here.

Lamb of God, shepherd of wand’ring ones,
God’s only Son, who washes our feet,
Prince of Peace, shattering foundations,
Carving out of pride, humility and faith.
Each weary load is lightened,
Each thirsty soul is bathed.
Above our din of suff’ring, we hear the shepherd’s voice,
All weeping left behind, once-broken hearts rejoice.

Breath of Life, Singer of Symphonies,
Hymn of the Ages, whose phrases fold through time.
Infinite Spirit, who waltzes through dimensions,
Reaching out a hand to come and dance along.
Grateful, we lift our voices;
Speechless, we pen our words.
Inspire our feet to follow, and bid our souls be moved,
That ev’ry breath intone our praise to you.
(Henry Hinnant)

Hymn Sing a New Church

Summoned by the God who made us
Rich in our diversity,
Gathered in the name of Jesus,
Richer still in unity.

Let us bring the gifts that differ
And, in splendid, varied ways,
Sing a new Church into being,
One in faith and love and praise.

Bring the hopes of every nation,
Bring the art of every race.
Weave a song of peace and justice;
Let it sound through time and space.

Let us bring the gifts that differ
And, in splendid, varied ways,
Sing a new Church into being,
One in faith and love and praise.

Draw together at one table
All the human family;
Shape a circle ever wider
And a people ever free.

Let us bring the gifts that differ
And, in splendid, varied ways,
Sing a new Church into being,
One in faith and love and praise.
(Delores Dufner, b. 1939)

 

Anthem We Believe         Dan Forrest (b. 1978)

We believe in God Supreme, ever present, never seen;
God most high, who reigns above; God on high, whose name is Love.
We whose prayers to God ascend, praise creation’s Source and End.

We rejoice in Jesus Christ, God’s own Son, our Sacrifice;
Very God, yet virgin born; sinless, yet for sinners torn.
We whom Jesus died to win know He lives to come again.

We adore the Spirit free, author of our unity.
Giver of the sacred Word, wellspring of the second birth.
We whom He indwells and fills, yield our hearts and minds and wills.

We, the Church, affirm our faith in the Triune God of grace;
Kingdoms fall and ages change; faithful, changeless, God remains!
One in Christ, we lift our voice! We believe, and we rejoice!
(Chris Anderson)

 

Closing Hymn Thou Whose Almighty Word

Thou whose almighty word
Chaos and darkness heard,
And took their flight,
Hear us, we humbly pray;
And where the gospel day
Sheds not its glorious ray,
Let there be light.

Thou who didst come to bring,
On thy redeeming wing,
Healing and sight,
Health to the sick in mind,
Sight to the inly blind.
O now to humankind
Let there be light.

Spirit of truth and love,
Life-giving, holy dove,
Speed forth thy flight;
Move on the water’s face,
Bearing the lamp of grace,
And in earth’s darkest place
Let there be light.

Blessèd and holy three,
Glorious trinity,
Wisdom, love, might,
Boundless as ocean’s tide
Rolling in fullest pride,
Through the earth far and wide
Let there be light.
(James Marriott, 1780-1825)

 

Postlude Sanctus (from Requiem)         Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth.
Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua.
Hosanna in excelsis. Sanctus.

(Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts.
Heaven and earth are full of thy glory, O Lord.
Hosanna in the highest. Holy.)

 

This morning’s hymn and anthem texts are reprinted under onelicense.net #A-717945. Let Us Build a House – words by Marty Haugen, © 1994 GIA Publications, Inc. Prayer to the Trinity – words by Henry Hinnant, © 2019 The Sacred Music Press, a division of the Lorenz Corporation. Sing a New Church – words by Delores Dufner, © 2003 GIA Publications, Inc. We Believe – words by Chris Anderson, © 2015 Beckenhorst Press. All rights reserved.

 

 

♪ Music notes ♪

Dan Forrest (b. 1978) has been described as having an undoubted gift for writing beautiful music that is truly magical, with works hailed as magnificent, cleverly constructed sound sculpture, and superb writing … full of spine-tingling moments. In the last decade, Dan’s music has become well established in the U.S., Canada, and abroad. The Fairlawn Senior Choir has presented the Canadian premieres of two of his critically acclaimed major works for choir and orchestra – Requiem for the Living (2014) and Jubilate Deo (2017). Jubilate Deo features the text of Psalm 100, sung in seven languages: Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Zulu, Spanish, and English. Dan holds a doctoral degree in composition from the University of Kansas, as well as a master’s degree in piano performance. He keeps a busy schedule doing commissions, workshops, recordings, adjunct professorships, and residencies with universities, churches and community choirs, teaching composition, coaching, and collaborating as an accompanist.

Reginald Heber (1783-1826) was an English Bishop, man of letters and hymn writer. The son of a rich landowner and cleric, Heber gained fame at the University of Oxford as a poet. After graduation, he embarked on an extended tour of Scandinavia, Russia and Central Europe, and was then ordained in 1807. After 16 years as a country parson, he served as Bishop of Calcutta until his death at the young age of 42. Heber’s hymn Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty was considered by Alfred, Lord Tennyson to be one of the finest hymns ever written, and remains popular to this day, especially for Trinity Sunday.

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.

Delores Dufner (b. 1939) is an American sacred music composer, librettist, and organist whose works have been included in Catholic hymnals in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. She is a nun of the Order of Saint Benedict at Saint Benedict’s Monastery in Saint Joseph, Minnesota.

James Marriott (1780-1825) was an English Anglican clergyman and poet. Although he wrote several hymns, the only one that survives is Thou Whose Almighty Word. It is thought to have been written in 1813 and was published posthumously in The Friendly Visitor in 1825 with the title Missionary Hymn.

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) was a French composer, organist, pianist, and teacher. Born into a cultured but not especially musical family, his talent became clear when he was a small boy. At the age of nine, he was sent to the École Niedermeyer music college in Paris, where he was trained to be a church organist and choirmaster. Among his teachers was Camille Saint-Saëns, who became a lifelong friend. By his last years, Fauré was recognized in France as the leading French composer of his day, and his musical style influenced many 20th-century composers. His Requiem is firmly entrenched in the core choral repertoire and is sung the world over.

Music Sources:

Holy, Holy, Holy Dan Forrest https://soundcloud.com/danforrestmusic/holy-holy-holy
Let Us Build a House https://youtu.be/gKJgcv8SdnQ
Prayer to the Trinity Henry Hinnant https://youtu.be/MKn0mrnbs7I
Sing a New Church https://youtu.be/J_WmI3WRMDI
We Believe Dan Forrest https://soundcloud.com/beckenhorst-press/06-we-believe-dan-forrest
Thou Whose Almighty Word https://youtu.be/7iUYYir9ujY
Sanctus (from Requiem) Gabriel Fauré https://youtu.be/XFLM99FprvM

 

Links for items mentioned in Douglas and Chris’ Service Video:

Church Leaders Acknowledge Racism in Their Midst
https://www.united-church.ca/news/church-leaders-acknowledge-racism-their-midst

The United Church of Canada A Song of Faith
https://www.united-church.ca/community-faith/welcome-united-church-canada/song-faith

New York Times OP-ED Rabbi Mark Sameth Is God Transgender?
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/13/opinion/is-god-transgender.html