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.

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Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

Today’s readings invite us to consider the nature of our varied calls from God to follow, to serve, to lead, to bear witness to Jesus Christ, the one who beckons us in grace for the sake of the world. If you are able, join the congregation with your own worship at home at 10am EST on Sunday or otherwise engage our home worship resources in ways appropriate to your circumstances.

Worship Service

A pre-recorded worship service, complete with readings, Pastor Linman's sermon, prayers, and music will broadcast at 10am EST on Sunday, January 17, on our YouTube channel and will be available below: 

Worship material for January 17, 2021

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for January 17, 2021:

Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

On this festival of the Baptism of our Lord, today’s readings invite us to see how the Spirit present at Jesus’ baptism was also active in the beginning at the creation and is with us also even today. If you are able, join the congregation with your own worship at home at 10am EST on Sunday or otherwise engage our home worship resources in ways appropriate to your circumstances.

Worship Service

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

 

Worship material for January 10, 2021

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for January 10, 2021:

Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

Today’s readings invite us to see with God’s eyes the promise of grace upon grace amidst our pervasive, all-too-human fears of scarcity. If you are able, join the congregation with your own worship at home at 10am EST on Sunday or otherwise engage our home worship resources in ways appropriate to your circumstances.

Worship Service

A pre-recorded worship service, complete with readings, Pastor Linman's sermon, prayers, and music will broadcast at 10am EST on Sunday, January 3, on our YouTube channel and will be available below:

 

Worship material for January 3, 2021

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for January 3, 2021:

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Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

Today we hear the story of Joseph and Mary’s visit to the temple where they encountered the prophetic messages of Simeon and Anna about their son, Jesus. As you will come to know through today’s readings, there are messages for us as well. If you are able, join the congregation with your own worship at home at 10am EST on Sunday or otherwise engage our home worship resources in ways appropriate to your circumstances.

Worship Service

A pre-recorded worship service, complete with readings, Pastor Linman's sermon, prayers, and music will broadcast at 10am EST on Sunday, December 27, on our YouTube channel and will be available below:

Worship material for December 27, 2020

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for December 27, 2020:

Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

Now we celebrate the Nativity of our Lord, when God’s word was made flesh to live among us full of grace and truth. Engage this resource for worship at home and accompanying videos as you desire on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day. God bless your worshipful celebrations at home.

Worship Service

A pre-recorded worship service, complete with readings, Pastor Linman's sermon, prayers, and music will broadcast at 5pm EST on Thursday, December 24, on our YouTube channel and will be available below:

 

Worship material for December 24-25, 2020

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for December 25, 2020:

  • Choir Anthem: Zebulon M. Highben, “The Lord Shall Come and Not Be Slow”
  • ELW Hymn #272, “Lo! How a Rose E’er Blooming”
  • Solo Anthem: John Jacob Niles, “What Songs Were Sung”, Thomas Mugavero, tenor
  • ELW Hymn #290, "Go Tell It on the Mountain"
  • Choir Anthem: John Huston, arr., “What Is This Fragrance?”
  • ELW Hymn #289, "Angels We Have Heard on High"
  • Solo Anthem: Robert Lehman, “I Sing of a Maiden,” Darwyn Banks, Tenor and Claire and Carole Smith, Flutes
  • Choir Anthem: Robert Lau, “Prepare the Way, O Zion”
  • ELW Hymn #267, "Joy to the World"
  • Anthem Duet: French Folk Song, “Sing, O Sing, This Blessed Morn”, Lee Ann Kostantinov, soprano and Valerie Saba, alto
  • ELW Hymn #295, "Of the Father’s Love Begotten"
  • Solo Anthem: Peter Cornelius, “The Three Kings”, Gary Roebuck, baritone, Lee Ann Kostantinov, Valerie Saba, Darwyn Banks, Tom Mugavero, Clark Person and Robert Verdile, choral ensemble
  • Pastor Linman's recorded Homily
  • ELW Hymn #283, "O Come All Ye Faithful"
  • ELW Hymn #281, "Silent Night, Holy Night"
  • Organ Postlude, Adolphus Hailstork, Toccata on “Veni, Veni Emmanuel”

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Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

Today we hear the story of the Annunciation, when the angel Gabriel announced to Mary the good news that she would give birth to the holy child through whom our salvation would come. If you are able, join the congregation with your own worship at home at 10am EST on Sunday or otherwise engage our home worship resources in ways appropriate to your circumstances.

Worship Service

A pre-recorded worship service, complete with readings, Pastor Linman's sermon, prayers, and music will broadcast at 10am EST on Sunday, December 20, on our YouTube channel and will be available below:

Worship material for December 20, 2020

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for December 20, 2020:

Advent Devotional

Click below to prayerfully read this week’s Advent devotion written by a member of Resurrection Church. There will be a written reflection and invitation to prayer for each of the four Sundays in Advent based on selected verses from each Sunday’s first reading from the lectionary. Many thanks to our members who have generously offered their time, energy and creativity to serve our communal devotions during Advent.

pdfDevotion for the Fourth Week of Advent, December 20, 2020

Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

Today’s gospel reading suggests that our waiting and watching during Advent has a quality of mystery in the unknown that calls us to still deeper faith in Christ. If you are able, join the congregation with your own worship at home at 10am EST on Sunday or otherwise engage our home worship resources in ways appropriate to your circumstance.

Worship Service

A pre-recorded worship service, complete with readings, Pastor Linman's sermon, prayers, and music will broadcast at 10am EST on Sunday, December 13, on our YouTube channel and will be available below:

 

Worship material for December 13, 2020

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for December 13, 2020:

Advent Devotional

Below is this week’s Advent devotion written by a member of Resurrection Church. There will be a written reflection and invitation to prayer for each of the four Sundays in Advent based on selected verses from each Sunday’s first reading from the lectionary. Many thanks to our members who have generously offered their time, energy and creativity to serve our communal devotions during Advent.

Reflection based on Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

Isaiah is speaking to Israel when times have been very tough, and tells of God’s promise that next year will be better, in every way.

How appropriate for Advent, the beginning of the church’s year, particularly in a year that has been so distressing. We can see that, although things are far from being back to normal, we already see signs of hope.

Through Isaiah, God tells Israel, and us, that those who persevere in following the Lord even during adversity, will be His chosen people and will be rewarded in the new year and continuing in the future. One thinks also of the parallels to the beatitudes in the 5th chapter of Matthew.

At the end, in verse 11, Isaiah likens God’s promise to a garden returning in the spring, after a bleak winter. So, too, what Isaiah calls “the year of the Lord’s favor” will return over and over.

Prayer

The prayer appointed for this Sunday in our current worship book follows the traditional “stir up” theme of Advent prayers. But Thomas Cranmer, in the 1549 Anglican Prayer Book, translated a different prayer into English from Latin that is apt for this time of long nights, when we long for the hoped-for light of Christ:

Lord, we beseech Thee, give ear to our prayers, and by thy gracious visitation lighten the darkness of our hearts, by our Lord Jesus Christ.

Amen

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Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

Today, as Advent continues, our readings proclaim comforting words of promise and feature John the Baptizer’s ministry of directing our gaze to Christ. If you are able, join the congregation with your own worship at home at 10am on Sunday or otherwise engage our home worship resources in ways appropriate to your circumstances.

Worship Service

A pre-recorded worship service, complete with readings, Pastor Linman's sermon, prayers, and music will broadcast at 10am on Sunday, December 6, on our YouTube channel and will be available below: 

Worship material for December 6, 2020

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for December 6, 2020:

Advent Devotional

Click below to prayerfully read this week’s Advent devotion written by a member of Resurrection Church. There will be a written reflection and invitation to prayer for each of the four Sundays in Advent based on selected verses from each Sunday’s first reading from the lectionary. Many thanks to our members who have generously offered their time, energy and creativity to serve our communal devotions during Advent.

pdfAdvent Two Devotion 2020

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Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

Today, as we begin a new church year on this First Sunday of Advent, our attention is turned in hopeful anticipation of our Savior’s coming even when our days are also filled with foreboding. If you are able, join the congregation with your own worship at home at 10am on Sunday or otherwise engage our home worship resources in ways appropriate to your circumstances.

Worship Service

A pre-recorded worship service, complete with readings, Pastor Linman's sermon, prayers, and music will broadcast at 10am on Sunday, November 29, on our YouTube channel and will be available below:

 

Worship material for November 29, 2020

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for November 29, 2020:

Advent Devotional

Click below to prayerfully read this week’s Advent devotion written by a member of Resurrection Church. There will be a written reflection and invitation to prayer for each of the four Sundays in Advent based on selected verses from each Sunday’s first reading from the lectionary. Many thanks to our members who have generously offered their time, energy and creativity to serve our communal devotions during Advent.

pdfAdvent One Devotion 2020

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Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

Today is Christ the King Sunday when we contemplate the nature of Christ’s rule in our lives and in the world from the throne of grace and mercy. If you are able, join the congregation with your own worship at home at 10am on Sunday or otherwise engage our home worship resources in ways appropriate to your circumstances.

Worship Service

A pre-recorded worship service, complete with readings, Pastor Linman's sermon, prayers, and music will broadcast at 10am on Sunday, November 22, on our YouTube channel and will be available below:Worship material for November 22, 2020

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for November 22, 2020:

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Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

Today, we turn our attention to Stewardship Sunday at Resurrection Lutheran Church, but more importantly, today’s readings point us yet again to Jesus Christ and the promised reign of God made manifest in Christ. If you are able, join the congregation with your own worship at home at 10am on Sunday or otherwise en- gage our home worship resources in ways appropriate to your circumstances at home.

Worship Service

A pre-recorded worship service, complete with readings, Pastor Linman's sermon, prayers, and music will broadcast at 10am on Sunday, November 15, on our YouTube channel and will be available below:

Worship material for November 15, 2020

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for November 15, 2020:

Music Notes

Hymn of the Day: “Lord Our God, With Praise We Come” ELW 730
TEXT: Petter Dass (1647-1707), Peter A. Sveggen, tr. (1881-1959)
TUNE: ROMEDAL, Norwegian traditional

The tune, ROMEDAL, is named for a village in Stange, Hedmark. The phrasing and accents of this traditional Norwegian tune match the text. The meter is the only one of its kind in this worship book. The hymn text is part of Petter Dass’s lengthy commentary on the first petition of the Lord’s Prayer.

Musical Meditation: “Let All Things Now Living,” David Cherwien

Although the tune ASH GROVE is very popular, found in many hymnals and set to many texts, the tune is most often associated with “Let All Things Now Living.” It is a Welsh harp melody made known outside Wales by a succession of harpists in the 17th-19th centuries.

David Cherwien, Artistic Director of the National Lutheran Choir, a nationally known conductor, composer, and organist. Is known for his contributions to the field of church music and liturgy, he is in demand as a clinician and hymn festival leader across the country.

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Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

Today, we turn our attention seasonal changes of various kinds and to end times along with the call to be attentive, awake and watchful. If you are able, join the congregation with your own worship at home at 10am on Sunday or otherwise en- gage our home worship resources in ways appropriate to your circumstances at home.

Worship Service

A pre-recorded worship service, complete with readings, Pastor Linman's sermon, prayers, and music will broadcast at 10am on Sunday, November 8, on our YouTube channel and will be available below:

Worship material for November 8, 2020

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for November 8, 2020:

  • Musical Meditation: “Allegro” from Trio for Flute by Laszlo Zempleni, played by Carole Smith, Suzanne Tsitsibelis and Claire Smith
  • Psalm 70: 22 ELW Tone 9, Refrain: Psalter for Worship Year A
  • Pastor Linman's recorded sermon
  • Hymn #436: “Wake, Awake, For Night is Flying”
  • Hymn #880: “O God beyond All Praising”

Music Notes

Hymn of the Day: “Wake, Awake, For Night is Flying” ELW #436
Text: Phillip Nicolai (1556-1608)
Tune: WACHET AUF, Phillip Nicolai

This hymn text was based on the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins in Matthew 25:1-13. The opening stanza calls the followers of Christ to be roused and alert for His Second Coming. Stanza 2 describes the joyous scene when the Bridegroom returns and takes His bride, the church, in to the wedding feast. Finally, the third stanza adores the Lamb of God and describes the glorious scene in heaven, as given in Revelation 19 and 21, where the saints will worship in song forever. The text contains a reverse acrostic to Nicolai’s deceased student and friend, William Ernst, with the letters beginning each of its three stanzas: WGZ, Graf zu Waldek (Count of Waldeck).

The WACHET AUF tune is usually regarded as composed by Philipp Nicolai, but he may have borrowed parts of the tune from other sources such as the melody “Silberweise” by Hans Sachs (1494-1576) or the fifth Gregorian psalm tone. It was published with this text, for which it is named, in Nicolai's Freuden-Spiegel in 1599. Like many German chorale tunes, WACHET AUF has two versions for the rhythm. The original version is called the rhythmic version, because it retains the variety of note values as the composer wrote them, while in the isorhythmic version, the notes are adjusted to a more regular rhythm, often by making all notes of equal value.

Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

Today, we celebrate All Saints and remember and give thanks for the many in our lives and in the life of the church who have gone before us, pointing us always to Christ Jesus. If you are able, join the congregation with your own worship at home at 10am on Sunday or otherwise engage our home worship resources in ways appropriate to your circumstances at home.

Worship Service

A pre-recorded worship service, complete with readings, Pastor Linman's sermon, prayers, and music will broadcast at 10am on Sunday, November 1, on our YouTube channel and will be available below:

Worship material for November 1, 2020

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for November 1, 2020:

Music Notes

Musical Meditation: Choir Anthem
“REQUIEM,” Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

Puccini wrote this short Requiem – actually the setting of the antiphon to the Introit of the Mass for the Dead – as a commission for the publisher Giulio Ricordi for the fourth anniversary of the death of Giuseppe Verdi (1905).

Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.

Hymn Of The Day: “for All The Saints” #422
Text: William W. How (1823-1897), tr. Catherine Wentworth (1827-1878)
Tune: SINE NOMINE, Ralph Vaughn Williams (1872-1958)

Ralph Vaughan Williams composed SINE NOMINE for this text and published it in the English Hymnal in 1906. Vaughan Williams wrote two harmonizations¬–one for unison stanzas and one for choral stanzas. The tune's title means "without name" and follows the Renaissance tradition of naming certain compositions "Sine Nomine" if they were not settings for preexisting tunes.

Equipped with a "walking" bass, SINE NOMINE is a glorious marching tune for this great text. Many consider this tune to be among the finest of twentieth-century hymn tunes. Allowing the "alleluia" phrase to enter before our expectation of it is a typical and very effective Vaughan Williams touch.

"For All the Saints" is considered to be William W. How's finest hymn text. Originally in eleven stanzas, it was published in Earl Nelson's Hymns for Saints' Days (1864) with the heading, "Saints' Day Hymn.

Organ Voluntary
Allegro molto from Sonata #6 in D Minor, Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

The Organ Sonata #6 in D minor (1845) demonstrates Mendelssohn’s consummate craftsmanship and mastery of organ texture in a set of variations upon the Lutheran Bach chorale Vater unser im Himmelreich (BWV416). Beginning with a five-part harmonization of the Chorale, which pervades the sonata as a whole, Mendelssohn presents four variations of increasing brilliance before a restatement of the Chorale. Today’s voluntary features the beginning chorale and fourth variation.

Mendelssohn’s Organ Sonatas revitalised the moribund European organ tradition that existed at the time, spurred English organ-builders to new heights, and, through his particular blend of chorale, counterpoint and domestic spirituality, substantially augmented the organ repertoire for the first time since Bach.

Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

As we also observe Reformation Day on this Lord’s Day, we will explore how God’s commandments can also be expressions of divine grace in addition to em- bodying the demands of the law. If you are able, join the congregation with your own worship at home at 10am on Sunday or otherwise engage our home worship resources in ways appropriate to your circumstances at home..

Worship Service

A pre-recorded worship service, complete with readings, Pastor Linman's sermon, prayers, and music will broadcast at 10am on Sunday, October 25, on our YouTube channel and will be available below:

Worship material for October 25, 2020

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for October 25, 2020:

Music Notes

Hymn of the Day: “Lord, Thee I Love With All My Heart” #750
Text: Martin Schalling (1532-1608), tr. Catherine Wentworth (1827-1878)
Tune: HERZLICH LIEB, B. Schmid, 1577

"HERZLICH LIEB HAB ICH DICH, O HERR" (From my heart I hold you dear, o Lord) is a Lutheran hymn in German by the Protestant theologian and reformer Martin Schalling, written in Amberg in 1569 and first printed in 1571. It is sung to an anonymous melody, Zahn No. 8326, which appeared in a tablature book for organ in 1577. The hymn is often used for funerals, especially the third and last stanza, "Ach Herr, laß dein lieb Engelein" (Ah Lord, let thine own angels dear). It appears in the current German Protestant hymnal.

The first theme of the hymn is the love to God and one's neighbour, following the Great Commandment. Schalling included thoughts from Psalms 18:3. The hymn is regarded as a Sterbelied (song for the dying), as Schalling expressed stations of the transition after death in the last stanza, according to Lutheran doctrine as understood in the 17th century. The soul is seen as carried by angels to Abrahams schos (Abraham's bosom), according to Luke 16:22, the body transforming in the grave, rising on the last day ("am Jüngsten Tage") to be reunited with the soul. The final line is "Ich will dich preisen ewiglich!" (I want to praise you for ever!)

Musical Meditation: IN DIR IST FREUDE, Paul Manz (1919-2009)

Paul Otto Manz was an American composer for choir and organ. As a performer, Manz was most famous for his celebrated hymn festivals. Instead of playing traditional organ recitals, Manz would generally lead a "festival" of hymns from the organ, in which he introduced each hymn with one of his famously creative organ improvisations based on the hymn tune in question. The congregation would then sing the hymn with his accompaniment. Many volumes of these neo-Baroque chorale prelude improvisations have been written out and published and are among his most famous organ works, played by church organists throughout the world. Today’s Musical Meditation is one of those improvisations.

The chorale tune, IN DIR IST FREUDE, was composed by Giovanni G. Gastoldi (1582-1609) who served as a deacon and singer in the chapel of the Gonzaga family in Mantua. Gastoldi composed a considerable body of court music, such as madrigals, and some church music, but he is best known for his Balletti, which influenced composers such as Monteverdi, Hassler, and Morley.

Choir Anthen: “ALL GLORY BE TO THEE ON HIGH,” Rachel Aarons

A native of Laramie, Wyoming, Rachel Aarons has played piano since the age of four. While in college, she studied piano, voice, and composition while pursuing a B.A. in French Language and Literature. Rachel composes for her church choir where she is happy to be a Back Row Alto.

This anthem uses the hymn tune of the same name by Nicholus Decius (1539).

All glory be to thee, Most High,
to thee all adoration;
In grace and truth thou drawest nigh
to offer us salvation;
Thou showest thy good will to men,
And peace shall reign on earth again;
We praise thy Name for ever.

O Jesus Christ, our God and Lord,
Son of the Heavenly Father,
O thou who hast our peace restored,
The straying sheep dost gather,
Thou Lamb of God, to thee on high
Out of the depths we sinners cry:
Have mercy on us, Jesus!

O Holy Ghost, thou precious gift,
Thou Comforter unfailing,
From Satan's snares our souls uplift,
And let thy power, availing,
Avert our woes and calm our dread.
For us the Savior's blo,Od was shed;
We trust in thee to save us.

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