Sermon

Truth and Reconciliation

Sunday, Apr. 25, 2021

Sunday, April 25
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Rev. Jean Ward
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music
Quartet:
Anne Bornath, Amy Dodington, 
Lynn Featherstone, Andrea Ludwig 
Scripture Reader – Jan Schlee

Truth and Reconciliation Ministry 
Philip Blackford
Kathryn Cullen
Derek Wishart

Embrace Action Fund interview by John Cowan with Jane Harrison,
front-line worker with Anishnawbe Health Toronto

 

Prelude Mi’kmaq Song           arr. Lydia Adams (b. 1953) 

 

 

Opening Hymn The Lord’s My Shepherd 

The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want:
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; he leadeth me
The quiet waters by.

My soul he doth restore again,
And me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness,
Even for his own name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through death’s dark vale,
Yet will I fear none ill;
For thou art with me, and thy rod
And staff me comfort still.

My table thou hast furnishèd
In presence of my foes;
My head thou dost with oil anoint,
And my cup overflows.

Goodness and mercy all my life
Shall surely follow me,
And in God’s house for evermore
My dwelling-place shall be.
(Scottish Psalter 1650)

 

Introit Many and Great, O God, Are Thy Works 

 

 

Quartet Rise Up, My Love           E. Daley (1990) 
Soprano 1 – Amy Dodington
Soprano 2 – Anne Bornath
Alto 1 – Andrea Ludwig
Alto 2 – Lynn Featherstone

Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away;
For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear upon the earth;
The time of the singing of birds is come.
Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
(Song of Solomon 2:10b-12a)

 

Hymn Bring Many Names 

Bring many names, beautiful and good,
Celebrate, in parable and story,
Holiness in glory, living, loving God.
Hail and hosanna! Bring many names!

Strong mother God, working night and day,
Planning all the wonders of creation,
Setting each equation, genius at play:
Hail and hosanna, strong mother God!

Warm father God, hugging every child,
Feeling all the strains of human living,
Caring and forgiving till we’re reconciled:
Hail and hosanna, warm father God!

Great, living God, never fully known,
Joyful darkness far beyond our seeing,
Closer yet than breathing, everlasting home:
Hail and hosanna, great, living God!
(Brian Wren 1986, alt. 1993)

 

Anthem The Honour Song of the Mi’kmaq           George Paul

 

 

Closing Hymn O Day of Peace 

O day of peace that dimly shines
Through all our hopes and prayers and dreams,
Guide us to justice, truth, and love,
Delivered from our selfish schemes.
May swords of hate fall from our hands,
Our hearts from envy find release,
Till by God’s grace our warring world
Shall see Christ’s promised reign of peace.

Then shall the wolf dwell with the lamb,
Nor shall the fierce devour the small;
As beasts and cattle calmly graze,
A little child shall lead them all.
Then enemies shall learn to love,
All creatures find their true accord;
The hope of peace shall be fulfilled,
For all the earth shall know the Lord.
(Carl P. Daw, Jr., 1982)

 

Postlude Mehcinut           Jeremy Dutcher (b. 1990) 

 

 

The texts to this morning’s hymns are reprinted under onelicense.net #A-717945. Bring Many Names – words by Brian Wren, © 1989 Hope Publishing Company. O Day of Peace – words by Carl P. Daw, Jr., © 1982 Hope Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

♪ Music notes ♪

Mi’kmaq Song is based on a well-known Mi’kmaq Gathering Song.

Joseph R. Renville (1779–1846) was an interpreter, translator, Canadian soldier in the War of 1812, and founder of the Columbia Fur Company. An important figure in dealings between white men and Dakota Native Americans, he contributed to the translation of Christian religious texts into the Dakota language. Renville’s father, also named Joseph, was a French Canadian fur trader, and his mother, Miniyuhe, was a Dakota, possibly a daughter of Mdewakaton-Dakota chief Big Thunder.

Rise Up, My Love was composed for 4 Fairlawn treble section leads – affectionately known as “El’s Angels”.

Brian Wren (b. 1936) is a British hymn-poet and writer. Internationally published, his hymns appear in hymnals of all Christian traditions. Wren has been a strong proponent of the view that hymns are poetry and theology, instead of simply music. He has stated, “a hymn is a poem, and a poem is a visual art form. The act of reading a hymn aloud helps to recover its poetry and its power to move us—the power of language, image, metaphor, and faith-expression.” He also writes that the vocation of a poet in the church is not only “to write poems of faith which people will pick up and sing”, but to also “speak truth by stepping beyond the church’s limits of comfort and convention.”

Born on the Red Bank Indian Reservation along the Miramichi River in New Brunswick, George Paul has been involved with the Aboriginal traditional movement in reviving Mi’kmaq songs, chants, and ceremonies for more than 30 years. He’s known in his community of Metepenagiag, New Brunswick, as well as throughout the Maritimes for being an important voice on Indigenous issues, and he often collaborates with various schools, universities, and government agencies. In 2001, George Paul and the Red Ochre Band won the Indigenous Artist of the Year award from the East Coast Music Association.

The Reverend Dr. Carl P. Daw, Jr. (b. 1944) is a hymn writer and former Executive Director of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Daw grew up in a succession of towns in Tennessee where his father was a Baptist pastor. He received his undergraduate education at Rice University, his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, and his M.Div. at the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. His texts appear in most denominational and ecumenical hymnals published in North America, and can also be found in hymnals in England, Scotland, and Australia. Many of his hymn texts have been translated into Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese.

Jeremy Dutcher (b. 1990) is a classically-trained Canadian Indigenous tenor, composer, musicologist, performer and activist, currently living in Toronto. He became widely known for his first album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, which won the 2018 Polaris Music Prize, and the Juno Award for Indigenous Music Album of the Year at the 2019 Juno Awards. A Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) member of the Tobique First Nation in North-West New Brunswick, Dutcher studied music and anthropology at Dalhousie University. After training as an operatic tenor in the Western classical tradition, he expanded his professional repertoire to include the traditional singing style and songs of his community. He recorded Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa following a research project on archival recordings of traditional Maliseet songs at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, many of which are no longer being passed down to contemporary Maliseet youth. Dutcher identifies as two-spirit, a modern, pan-Indian umbrella term used by some Indigenous North Americans to describe Aboriginal people fulfilling a traditional third-gender (or other gender-variant) ceremonial cultural role in their community.

Mehcinut by Jeremy Dutcher incorporates an Indigenous dance troupe and a 110+ year old recording of a Wolastoqiyik elder. Choreographed by two-spirit Indigenous dancer and artist Brian Solomon, it also features a special guest dance performance by prolific award winning actress Tantoo Cardinal.

 

 

Music Sources:

Mi’kmaq Song arr. Lydia Adams https://youtu.be/IHI199d-UFw
The Lord’s My Shepherd https://youtu.be/mBTVU7OsyjE
Many and Great, O God, Are Thy Works https://youtu.be/L_8ljw22HMI
Rise Up, My Love E. Daley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt0sCji0rHY
Bring Many Names https://youtu.be/8C6DQ7ptp2k
The Honour Song of the Mi’kmaq George Paul https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNf1FLW7D0U
O Day of Peace https://youtu.be/V6ONR20SnZY
Mehcinut Jeremy Dutcher https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pDRpDjrBZE