Home Worship

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the state of emergency in Virginia, and the ban on gatherings with ten or more people, and out of an abundance of caution, we have made the decision to cancel all activities at Resurrection for the foreseeable future. Pastors Linman and Lathrop and our interim music directory, Barbara Verdile, are recording songs and sermons and preparing worship material so that we may all continue to worship and pray together while we are apart, for each other and the needy world.

Every week, we will be posting a home worship bulletin, with songs, prayers, and readings, and providing links to our YouTube channel where you can listen to Pastor Linman's sermon and Barbara's music.

Hymn of the Day
Wondrous Love, #666
Text: Anonymous
Tune: WONDROUS LOVE, Southern Harmony

The author of the text of this hymn remains anonymous, but it’s known as a traditional American folk song, first published in 1811. The text has remained basically untouched since it was first made popular by the Sacred Harp shape singers in 1844. Some hymnals leave out the stanza: “When I was sinking down,” and others include a verse that repeats the first verse with the last two lines “That Christ should lay aside his crown for my soul –What wondrous love is this, O my soul!”

The tune WONDROUS LOVE was first set to this text in William Walker's (PsH 44) second edition of Southern Harmony (1840). Publication of the hymn in B. F. White's The Sacred Harp (1844) further promoted the combination of text and tune. The meter of "What Wondrous Love" derives from an old English ballad about the infamous pirate Captain Kidd:

My name was Robert Kidd, when I sailed, when I sailed;
My name was Robert Kidd, when I sailed;
My name was Robert Kidd, God's laws I did forbid,
So wickedly I did when I sailed, when I sailed
So wickedly I did when I sailed

Organ piece
Southwell, Colin Hand (1929-2015)

The tune, Southwell is found in many hymnals and most often paired with the text “Lord Jesus, think on me,” by Synesius of Cyrene, Bishop of Ptolemais. The tune was composed by William Daman (1540-1591), a foreign composer resident in England. There are a few conflicting reports on his origins, but contemporary London records describe him as an Italian from Lucca, Italy who arrived in England circa 1566 as a servant of Sir Thomas Sackville. In 1576 he became a recorder player at the Court of Elizabeth I.

After a proposed career in biochemistry, Colin Hand, the composer of today’s organ piece, turned to music, studying organ at Trinity College, Dublin. He has composed steadily throughout his career and spent fifteen years as a lecturer in further education and another fifteen years as an examiner for Trinity College of Music, London. His works comprise choral, orchestral and chamber music, with several pieces for teaching purposes. In the late seventies he spent time in research on Taverner and Renaissance music for a PhD.

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Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church:

Once again, worship has been cancelled at our church this coming Sunday, March 29. Because we cannot meet together face-to-face, here is a resource to help you join us all in shared prayer. Please be careful yourselves. And do pray together with all of us for our needy world.

If you wish, join in at 10AM on Sunday, March 29, praying separately in our homes, but together.

The following worship materials are available for this Sunday:

pdfHome Worship Bulletin for March 29, 2020

pdfChildren's Bulletin for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

pdfPastor Linman's Sermon for March 29, 2020

We have also published the following to YouTube, all of which are available in a YouTube playlist:

  • Barbara Verdile, Psalm 130
  • Pastor Linman's recorded sermon
  • Hymn #886, "Oh, For A Thousand Tongues To Sing"
  • Hymn #666, "What Wonderous Love Is This"
  • Organ piece, "Southwell (Lord Jesus, Think Of Me)" by Colin Hand

Music notes for the Hymn of the Day and the organ piece are available here.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Gordon Lathrop


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