Home Worship for August 2, 2020

Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

Every Sunday is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. On this Sunday we read a passage from Isaiah that can remind us of Easter since it is read every year at the Vigil of Easter, calling us once again to feast on God’s free mercy. And then, from Matthew today, we read the story of Jesus feeding a great multitude in the wilderness. In our worldwide wilderness now, join the congregation on Sun- day, August 2, at 10am, gathering again in common prayer around the risen Jesus Christ, the great Breadgiver.

Worship Service

A pre-recorded worship service, complete with readings, Pastor Linman's sermon, prayers, and music will broadcast at 10am on Sunday, August 2, on our YouTube channel and will be available below:

Worship material for August 2, 2020

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for August 2, 2020:

Music Notes

Hymn of the Day “O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts” #658
Text: atr. Bernard of Clairvaux, (1091-11563), Ray Palmer , tr.(1808-1887)
Tune: WALTON, W. Gardiner (1770-1853)

Ray Palmer’s translation of several verses from “Jesu, dulcedo cordium” was published in 1858. In 19th century Protestant America, it was unusual to translate a Latin hymn text. He was pastor of a church in Maine and upstate New York and is probably best known for penning the verses, “My faith looks up to thee.”

William Gardiner wrote about music, composing, and editing. Having met Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven on his business travels, Gardiner then proceeded to help popularize their compositions, especially Beethoven's, in England. He recorded his memories of various musicians in Music and Friends. In the first two volumes of Sacred Melodies (1812, 1815), Gardiner turned melodies from composers such as Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven into hymn tunes in an attempt to rejuvenate the singing of psalms. WALTON, aka BEETHOVEN, may have roots somewhere in Beethoven’s music, but Gardiner could not say where. In any case, his work became an important model for American editors, and hymnbook editors often turned to Gardiner as a source of tunes derived from classical music.

Musical Meditation Prelude on “Wareham”, Healy Willan (1880-1968)

Healey Willan was an Anglo-Canadian organist and composer, best known for his church music compositions. I found this quote he used to describe himself which suggests he had quite a sense of humor: "English by birth; Canadian by adoption; Irish by extraction; Scotch by absorption." Willan was able to make his livelihood as a composer, an encouraging detail not lost on the young Canadian musicians who followed him.

This organ piece comes from Willan’s collection of Choral Preludes published in 1957 and are based on well-known hymn or choral tunes. Many have the same basic structure: a short introduction followed by the phrases of the tune alternating with interludes. All offer a richness of harmonic beauty typical of Willan’s compositions.

The Musical Reflection, "WAREHAM" is a setting of today’s second hymn, #729, “The Church of Christ, in Every Age”. The tune was composed by William Knapp and named for his birthplace. The tune is easy to sing because of its almost continuous stepwise motion and smooth melodic contour and is most of found paired with this text.