Home Worship for August 23, 2020

Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

For the next four Sundays we read from the Gospel according Matthew about the church, about its foundation and its way of life. Though it may be hard for us to see during this pandemic, we are indeed the church, founded on the mercy of God in Christ, rightly waiting until we can visibly gather again as a body. This Sunday, if you can, join the gathering in your heart, by reading and praying together at 10 am.

Worship Service

A pre-recorded worship service, complete with readings, Pastor Linman's sermon, prayers, and music will broadcast at 10am on Sunday, August 23, on our YouTube channel and will be available below:

Worship material for August 23, 2020

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for August 23, 2020:

Music Notes

Hymn of the Day: “Built on a Rock” #652
Text: Nicolai F. S. Grundtvig, 1783-1872; tr. Carl Doving, 1867-1937, adapt
Tune: KIRIEN DEN ER ET GAMMELT HUS, Ludvig M. Lindeman, 1812-1887

Nikolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig most often referred to as N. F. S. Grundtvig, was a Danish pastor, author, poet, philosopher, historian, teacher and politician. He was one of the most influential people in Danish history, as his philosophy gave rise to a new form of nationalism in the last half of the 19th century. It was steeped in the national literature and supported by deep spirituality. The hymn text “Built on a Rock” is well known throughout Scandinavia and beyond and is sometimes viewed as second only to Luther’s “A mighty Fortress.” Carl Doving translated it into English in 1913.

Ludvig M. Lindeman was a Norwegian composer and organist. He is perhaps best known for his arrangements of Norwegian folk tales; over the course of his life he collected over 3000 folk melodies and tunes. Composed for this text, KIRKEN is among the first tunes he wrote. A bar form (AAB) tune in the Dorian mode, it is a suitably rugged, folk-like tune for this text. What it may lack rhythmically, it makes up harmonically. It is a compelling and sturdy tune “built on a rock”.

Musical Meditation: “Adagio” from Sonata #2 in C Minor by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy born and widely known as Felix Mendelssohn was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor. As a composer he was one of the most influential of the German Romantic period. As an organist, Mendelssohn was well known and respected for his diversified organ improvisations with seemingly endless varieties of new ideas, and this added new dimensions to what one normally heard played on the organ at the time. As one might expect, these qualities are evident in the organ sonatas, which were commissioned in1844 as a set of voluntaries, or preludes, and published in 1845. In fact, all of the music in these Sonatas was composed between August,1844, and January,1845, so it is not surprising to find certain general characteristics appearing, almost like a recurring theme, throughout all six sonatas, which unifies the whole collection