Sermon

What’s the Meaning of Success When Everything’s Upside Down?

Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, Preacher: Rev. Douglas duCharme

 

Sunday, August 1
Tenth After Pentecost
Rev. Douglas duCharme
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music
Mezzo Soprano – Andrea Ludwig
Piano – Eleanor Daley
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 11:23 – 12:10 (selected)
Reader: Jill Klaehn

 

Prelude Morning Has Broken           Gaelic melody

 

 

Opening Hymn Word of God, Renew Your People

Word of God, renew your people,
Make us now your living sign.
Recreate us for your purpose
In this place and in this time.

Word of hope and Word of healing,
Make us now your living sign.
Recreate us for your purpose
In this place and in this time.

Word of peace and Word of justice,
Make us now your living sign.
Recreate us for your purpose
In this place and in this time.

With your cross of love upon us,
Make us now your living sign.
Recreate us for your purpose
In this place and in this time.

To the waters lead your people,
Make us now your living sign.
Recreate us for your purpose
In this place and in this time.

Risen Saviour, with us always,
Make us now your living sign.
Recreate us for your purpose
In this place and in this time.

Holy Spirit, raise your people,
Make us now your living sign.
Recreate us for your purpose
In this place and in this time.
(Bernadette Farrell, b. 1957)

 

Solo Be Not Afraid            Craig Courtney (b. 1948)
Mezzo Soprano – Andrea Ludwig
Piano – Eleanor Daley

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 I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Come unto me and rest;
Lay down, you weary one, lay down
Your head upon my breast”.
I came to Jesus as I was,
Weary, and worn, and sad;
I found in him a resting place,
And he has made me glad.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Behold, I freely give
The living water; thirsty one,
Stoop down and drink and live”.
I came to Jesus and I drank
Of that life-giving stream;
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
And now I live in him.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“I am this dark world’s light;
Look unto me, your morn shall rise,
And all your day be bright”.
I came to Jesus and I found
In him my star, my sun;
And in that light of life I’ll walk
Till travelling days are done.
(Horatius Bonar, 1808-1899)

 

Choral Commissioning             E. Daley
Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir section leads

The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face to shine on you
And be gracious unto you.
The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you,
And give you peace. Amen.

 

Postlude La Bourée – Dances from Terpsichore             Michael Praetorius (1571-1621)

 

This morning’s opening hymn text is reprinted under onelicense.net #A-717945. Word of God, Renew Your People – words by Bernadette Farrell, © OCP. All rights reserved.

♪ Music notes ♪

Bernadette Farrell (b. 1957) is a British hymn writer and composer of Catholic liturgical music. Writing in a variety of styles, she draws inspiration from the English choral tradition as well as the melodic roots of British folk song. Farrell studied at King’s College, London, and the Guildhall School of Music, and her works have gained popularity among a variety of Christian denominations.

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.

Horatius Bonar (1808-1899) was a Scottish churchman, author, and poet, but is now principally remembered as a prodigious hymnodist. Many of his hymns (which number over 140) are known throughout the English-speaking world. “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say” is one of the most well known.

Michael Praetorius (1571-1621) was a German composer, organist and music theorist, and one of the most versatile and important composers and theorists of the late Renaissance and early 17th century, being particularly significant in the development of musical forms based on Protestant hymns. His astonishing encyclopedia of music gives us an intriguing glimpse into the instruments and performance practices of the time, and his writing covers many aspects of music. Praetorius wrote popular hymn settings, as well as large-scale compositions that borrowed elements of the polychoral Italian tradition. He was also a tune collector, just like the musicologists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries who collected songs and dances from different countries. He planned eight volumes of these secular works, but only finished one: his book of French instrumental dances “Terpsichore”, named after the muse of dance.

 

 

 

Music Sources:

Morning Has Broken Gaelic melody https://youtu.be/C42kg4NXdqY
Word of God, Renew Your People https://youtu.be/rqj_ma5HQWQ
Be Not Afraid Craig Courtney https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePd12yMoYlM
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say https://youtu.be/yiHr5bVv7ME
La Bourée – Dances from Terpsichore Michael Praetorius https://youtu.be/4JWYIY3icUg

 

Image Source:

Art in the time of Coronavirus – from the Drawing and Painting program at OCAD U

Jim Russell (fourth-year student) – The Poetics of Proximity – watercolor on paper, 11″ x 14″

“My Poetics of Proximity series was inspired by the quantity of time I must now spend in close proximity to those stuck with me in quarantine, the denial of proximity required by physical distancing in public, and how my proximity to others is redefined by technologies such as Zoom and Instagram. There is something beautiful and compelling about how I must navigate proximity differently now. I believe human emotions and desires, both good and bad are heightened by the profound changes in the ways in which we are currently forced to interact. I have chosen to express this intensified state with a celebration of color and the uniquely human action of brushwork. I use a lot of water for this type of work which can take a long time to evaporate in order create the effect I am looking for. My perception of time has been changed by how quarantine makes everything bleed into everything else. I love the idea of an image being a collection of little pools of color that in time might migrate toward one another.”