Sermon

Talents and Toolbox

Monday, Nov. 9, 2020

 

Sunday, Nov 15, 2020
Rev. Rob Metcalf
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music
Julia Seager-Scott – Harp

 

 

Scripture: Matthew 25:14-30
Reader: Sue Metcalf

 

Prelude Badinerie from Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor           J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

 

Opening Hymn The Church’s One Foundation

The church’s one foundation
Is Jesus Christ her Lord;
She is his new creation
By water and the word:
From heaven he came and sought her
To be his holy bride;
With his own blood he bought her,
And for her life he died.

Elect from every nation,
Yet one o’er all the earth,
Her charter of salvation
One Lord, one faith, one birth,
One holy name she blesses,
Partakes one holy food,
And to one hope she presses
With every grace endued.

Yet she on earth hath union
With God the Three in One,
And mystic sweet communion
With those whose rest is won.
O happy ones and holy!
Lord, give us grace that we,
Like them, the meek and lowly,
On high may dwell with thee.
(Samuel John Stone, 1830-1900)

 

Anthem God Gives Us a Future with Hope           Pepper Choplin (b. 1957)

Surely I know the plans I have for you,
Plans for your welfare and not for harm.
Surely I know the plans I have for you,
Plans for a future that’s full of hope.

Our God lives, our God loves,
And gives us a future with hope.
Our God hears, our God cares,
And gives us a future with hope.

Surely I know the plans I have for you,
Plans for your welfare and not for harm.
Surely I know the plans I have for you,
Plans for a future that’s full of hope.

Our God lives, our God loves,
And gives us a future with hope.
Our God hears, our God cares,
And gives us a future with hope.

If you call me, I will answer,
If you pray to me, I will hear.
When you search for me, I will be there,
When you seek me with all your heart,
You’ll find me. You will find me.

We know our God lives, our God loves,
And gives us a future with hope.
Our God hears, our God cares,
And gives us a future with hope.

So, look to the future, and praise the future,
God gives a future, God gives us hope.
(Pepper Choplin, based on Jeremiah 29:11-14)

 

Solo First Arabesque           Claude Debussy (1862-1918), arr. Carlos Salzedo (1885-1961)
Harp – Julia Seager-Scott

 

Hymn When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died.
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast
Save in the death of Christ, my God:
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his blood.

See from his head, his hands, his feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

His dying crimson, like a robe,
Spreads o’er his body on the tree;
Then I am dead to all the globe,
And all the globe is dead to me.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small:
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
(Isaac Watts, 1674-1748)

 

Anthem Be Not Afraid           Craig Courtney (b. 1948)

Be not afraid: for I have redeemed you;
Be not afraid: I have called you by name.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
When you pass through the floods, they will not sweep o’er you;
When you walk through the fire, you will not be consumed;
You are mine, you are precious in my sight.

My love for you is everlasting,
My love for you shall have no end.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
When you pass through the floods, they will not sweep o’er you;
When you walk through the fire, you will not be consumed;
You are mine, you are precious in my sight.
(Based on Isaiah 43:1-4)

 

Closing Hymn The Servant Song (We Are Pilgrims)

 

Postlude Until We Meet Again           Michael John Trotta (b.1978)

Until we meet again,
May the roads rise up to meet you,
May the winds be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
Until we meet again.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
(Traditional Irish blessing)

 

This morning’s anthem texts are reprinted under onelicense.net #A-717945. God Gives Us a Future with Hope – words by Pepper Choplin, based on Jeremiah 29:11-14, © 2013 Lorenz Publishing Company. Be Not Afraid – words by Craig Courtney, based on Isaiah 43:1-4, © 1992 Beckenhorst Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

♪ Music notes ♪

J. S. Bach (1685-1750) was a German composer of the Baroque period (ca. 1600-1750). He lived in Protestant north Germany in the days when music there made up an important part of the splendour of courts, of religious observance, and the daily happiness of the people. Over the course of his life, he held numerous posts: choir-boy, violinist in the orchestra of a prince, organist of town churches, and chief court musician. His last position was as music director at the St. Thomas Church and School in Leipzig, of which city his name is chiefly connected, since he remained there for almost the last thirty years of his life. He played many instruments, and as a clavichordist, harpsichordist, and organist, was supreme in his day. He was an extremely prolific composer and produced monumental instrumental compositions as the Art of the Fugue, the Brandenburg Concertos, and the Goldberg Variations, as well as cantatas, motets, sacred songs and arias, sonatas, concertos, suites, and an enormous amount of organ and other keyboard music. Two of Bach’s best known large choral works are the St. Matthew Passion and the Mass in B Minor, and since the 19th-century Bach revival, in no small part, thanks to Felix Mendelssohn, he is now regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. Bach was twice married, and the parent of twenty (!) children, several of whom were also musicians.

Samuel John Stone (1839-1900) was an English poet, hymnodist, and a priest in the Church of England. He published several poetic volumes, and was the author of many original hymns and translations, which are hopeful in spirit and skillfully constructed. He is now chiefly remembered for his hymn text The Church’s One Foundation.

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.”

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) was a French composer, sometimes called the first Impressionist composer, although he vigorously rejected the term. Born of a modest means and little cultural exposure, he showed enough musical talent to be admitted at the age of ten to France’s leading music college – the Conservatoire de Paris. He originally studied the piano, but found his vocation in innovative composition, despite the disapproval of the Conservatoire’s conservative professors. He took many years to develop his mature style, and was nearly 40 when he achieved international fame in 1902 with the only opera he completed, Pelléaset Mélisande. With early influences including Russian and Far Eastern music, Debussy developed his own style of harmony and orchestral colouring, derided – and unsuccessfully resisted – by much of the musical establishment of the day. His works strongly influenced a wide range of composers, including the French organist and composer, Olivier Messiaen. Debussy died of cancer at his home in Paris at the age of 55, after a composing career of a little more than 30 years.

Carlos Salzedo (1885-1961) was a French harpist, pianist, composer, and conductor. He started studying at the Conservatoire de Paris at age nine, and began his solo recital career at age eighteen. He moved to the United States in 1909 to play harp at the Metropolitan Opera under the baton of Arturo Toscanini. A man of prodigious talent, he went on to radically change the image of the harp, and its capabilities. His compositions and arrangements for the instrument have become standards of the repertoire. Also a renowned teacher, he started the harp department at the Curtis Institute of Music in 1924 and taught at the Julliard School of Music until 1937. His many students went on to principal positions in leading orchestras, and to teach at universities, colleges and conservatories.

Isaac Watts (1674-1748) was an English minister, hymn writer, theologian, and logician. He was a prolific and popular hymn writer and is credited with some 750 hymns. He is recognized as the “Godfather of English Hymnody”; many of his hymns remain in use today and have been translated into numerous languages.

Craig Courtney 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.

Michael John Trotta (b. 1978) is an American composer, conductor and clinician. Prior to his work as a full-time composer, he taught at the elementary, secondary and university levels, and also worked as a church director of music. His compositions have been described as inspired, deeply stirring and elegant, but always singable.

Music Sources:

Badinerie from Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor J. S. Bach https://youtu.be/XUMdXAygbYg
The Church’s One Foundation https://youtu.be/FHCqXL3mCwU
God Gives Us a Future with Hope Pepper Choplin https://www.jwpepper.com/
The Servant Song (We Are Pilgrims) https://youtu.be/ttW9oQ-yiuU
Until We Meet Again Michael John Trotta https://youtu.be/DNLd9vvDhCw