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Sunday, Jun. 20, 2021, Preacher: Rev. Douglas duCharme



Sunday, June 20
Father’s Day
Rev. Douglas duCharme
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music
Scripture: Mark 4:35-41
Reader: Jim Benson


In honour of Father’s Day, this morning’s choral music, with the exception of the special photo collage virtual presentation, is sung by a variety of men’s choirs. And, in recognition of the first day of summer, the Postlude features a virtual performance of a movement of Vivaldi’s “Summer” from his famous Four Seasons.


Prelude Let All Men Sing           Keith Christopher (b. 1958)

Let all men sing! Lift ev’ry voice!
Let all men sing and rejoice!

Let all men sing and make a joyful sound.
Lift ev’ry voice, glorious praise abound.
May ev’ry people make this their creed:
To join together in word and in deed!
(Keith Christopher)


Opening Hymn All Creatures of Our God and King
Brigham Young University Men’s Chorus

All creatures of our God and King,
Lift up your voice and with us sing:
Alleluia, alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam,
Alleluia, alleluia,
Alleluia, O praise him,

Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
Make music for thy Lord to hear,
Alleluia, alleluia!
Thou fire, so masterful and bright,
That gives to man both warmth and light,
Alleluia, alleluia,
Alleluia, O praise him,

Dear mother earth, who day by day
Unfoldest blessings on our way:
Alleluia, alleluia!
The flowers and fruit that in thee grow,
Let them his glory also show:
Alleluia, alleluia,
Alleluia, O praise him,
(St. Francis of Assisi, ca. 1182-1226,
Trans. William Henry Draper, 1855-1933)


Anthem A Family of Love           Mary McDonald

Thank you, God, for family, for those we call our own,
For giving to each other a place to call our home.
For sisters and for brothers, for loved ones all alone,
We thank you, God, for family, our family of love.

We are one in God’s Son. We are one, a family of love.

We are always together whether we’re near or apart;
All united together, a family of love.

Thank you, God, for children you are trusting us to raise,
And for the ones who raised us, we give to you the praise.
Each one, part of you, Father, extensions from above.
We thank you for our family, our family of love.

We are one in God’s Son. We are one, a family of love.

We are always together whether we’re near or apart;
All united together, together in our heart.
We are joined by your Spirit, coming, or when we depart,
All of us joining together, a family of love.
(Mary McDonald)


Hymn Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
Michael Aldridge



Anthem Come to Me             Dan Forrest (b. 1978)



Closing Hymn Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Eclipse 6

Come, thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above;
Praise the mount; I’m fixed upon it, mount of thy redeeming love.

Here I raise my Ebenezer, hither by thy help I come;
And I hope, by thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God;
He to rescue me from danger interposed his precious blood.

O, to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O, take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.
(Robert Robinson, 1758)


Postlude 3rd movement of “Summer” (from The Four Seasons)           Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)



This morning’s prelude and anthem texts are reprinted under #A-717945. Let All Men Sing – words by Keith Christopher, © 1997 Hal Leonard Corporation. A Family of Love – words by Mary McDonald, © 2018 Hope Publishing Co. All rights reserved.

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Keith Christopher (b. 1958) is actively involved in music as a composer, arranger, orchestrator and producer. His musical roots go back to Wylie, Texas, where he grew up playing trumpet in band, accompanying in church, and singing in the church youth choir. He holds a Master of Music in Composition from Southern Methodist University where he was a Graduate Assistant in the music theory and choral departments. He has hundreds of musical pieces for choir, band, and orchestra in print with multiple publishers, and his music has been performed worldwide. In addition, he has produced over a thousand recordings for music publishers.

St. Francis of Assisi (ca. 1182-1226), born Giovanni di Petro di Bernardone, was an Italian Catholic friar, deacon, philosopher, mystic and preacher. He abandoned a life of luxury for a life devoted to Christianity after reportedly hearing the voice of God, who commanded him to rebuild the Christian church and live in poverty. He is the patron saint of animals and the environment.

William Henry Draper (1855-1933) was an English hymnodist and clergyman who wrote the texts for approximately sixty hymns. He is most famous for All Creatures of Our God and King, his translation of “Canticle of the Sun” by Francis of Assisi.

Mary McDonald is a multi-talented musician from Knoxville, Tennessee. In addition to her work as a composer, arranger, producer, pianist, and organist, she was a sacred choral music editor for The Lorenz Corporation for nearly twenty years, and currently serves as the organist for Central Baptist Church in Knoxville. She has more than 600 pieces in publication, including choral anthems, several Christmas and Easter cantatas, and numerous keyboard collections.

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.

Perhaps all hymns are to some extent autobiographical in that they reveal something of the author’s spiritual experience, and in some hymns, the autobiographical thread is stronger and more obvious. Such may be the case with English Baptist hymn writer Robert Robinson (1735-1790). A line in the last stanza of his hymn text Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing (“Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love,”) is thought to be referring to Robinson’s early life, when he was sent to London to be a barber’s apprentice. It was during this time, according to hymnologist Kenneth Osbeck, that “he associated with a gang of notorious hoodlums and lived a debauched life”, until he came under the spell of George Whitefield – an English Anglican cleric and evangelist who was one of the founders of Methodism and the evangelical movement. After Robinson’s conversion in 1755, he preached at a Calvinistic Methodist chapel in Suffolk, and then founded his own independent congregation in Norwich. Although lacking in formal education, he rose to great prominence as a preacher and scholar, and was the pastor of Stone Yard Baptist Church in Cambridge for nearly 30 years.

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher, and Roman Catholic priest. Born in Venice, the capital of the Venetian Republic, he is regarded as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe. Vivaldi’s main teacher was probably his father, Giovanni Battista, who in 1685 was admitted as a violinist to the orchestra of the San Marco Basilica in Venice. Vivaldi composed many instrumental concertos for the violin and a variety of other musical instruments, as well as numerous sacred choral works and more than forty operas. His best-known work is a series of violin concertos known as the Four Seasons. Many of his compositions were written for the all-female music ensemble of the Ospedale della Pietà, a home for abandoned children. He worked there as a Catholic priest and teacher from 1703 to 1715 and from 1723 to 1740. Vivaldi (who earned the nickname “The Red Priest”, due to his distinctive reddish hair) also had some success with expensive stagings of his operas in Venice, Mantua and Vienna. After meeting the Emperor Charles VI, he moved to Vienna, hoping for royal support. However, the Emperor died soon after Vivaldi’s arrival, and Vivaldi himself died in poverty less than a year later.


Music Sources:

Let All Men Sing Keith Christopher
All Creatures of Our God and King
A Family of Love Mary McDonald
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
Come to Me Dan Forrest
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Image Source:

Tempest by Kathleen Peterson