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,

We continue to pray in our homes, but pray together. In these final Sundays of Easter, we hear from the “Farewell Discourse” in chapters 14-17 of the Gospel according to John. That discourse is the unique way the Fourth Gospel tells the meaning of the death and resurrection of Jesus. And that meaning reaches out to us today, into our homes, making us together into God’s people, God’s witnesses. If you are able, read these scriptures and pray these prayers together with your fellow members at Resurrection church at 10am on Sunday, May 10.

Christ is risen! Alleluia! 

Worship material for May 10, 2020

And don't forget:

Spark Family Sunday SchoolSpark Family Sunday School has lessons for today about "God's House"

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for May 10, 2020:


Music Notes

Musical Reflection
Gaudeamus Paritur, Robert Buckley Farlee (1950)

So, the postlude, set by Robert Buckley Farlee, is based on the hymn tune Gaudeamus Paritur, by Johann Roh (1487-1547), and here we speak of pseudonyms. Johann Roh was a native of Bohemia. Roh was his name in Bohemian, but when he wrote in Latin he called himself Cornu, and in German, Horn.

Robert Buckley Farlee, who has not altered or changed his name, is Associate Pastor and Director of Music at Christ Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. He was deeply involved in the publication of Evangelical Lutheran Worship.

Hymn of the Day: “Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing”, #389
Text: Brian Wren (1936) Tune: TRURO

TRURO is an anonymous tune, first published in Thomas Williams's Psalmodia Evangelica, (1789) as a setting for Isaac Watts' "Now to the Lord a noble song." Virtually nothing is known about this eighteenth-century British editor of the two-volume Psalmodia Evangelica, a collection of three-part psalm and hymn tunes for "Churches, Chapels, and Dissenting Meetings in England, Scotland, and Ireland." The tune is named for an ancient city in Cornwall, England, famous for its cathedral and for its pottery.

Brian A. Wren wrote the text during April of 1968. Wren writes:

It was written for Easter Sunday, two weeks after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I could not let Easter go by without speaking of this tragic event which was on all our minds. . . . The hymn tries to see God's love winning over tragedy and suffering in the world. . . . There is tension and tragedy in these words, not just Easter rejoicing.”

"Christ Is Alive" is a joyful celebration of Christ's resurrection (st. 1) and of his personal rule in a human world in which pain, war, and injustice abound (st. 2-4). Christ’s transcendent and immanent reign is empowered by the Holy Spirit and will ultimately bring about a new creation (st. 5).

First published in the British supplement New Church Praise (1975), the text was revised by Wren several times - in 1978, 1989 and 1993. The text found in the ELW is the most recent version.

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Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

Unlike the community in our First Reading today, we cannot share direct fellowship nor the “breaking of bread” this Sunday. But we can share the “apostles’ teaching”—which is the scripture—and we can share the prayers! If you are able, do read and pray these materials together with our whole community on Sunday, May 3, at 10am. If you wish, Pastor Linman’s sermon is available to be read or to be watched. Music from Barbara Verdile is also available to listen to, to pray by, or to help you sing. All of these can be found on the church website, in the RELC news email you received, or on the YouTube channel you can access through any of those means. Some of you receive these materials by post. If you do not but would like to so receive them, do contact our church administrator, Monika Carney, at the church office. Easter continues. Christ is risen. Alleluia!


Worship material for May 3, 2020

And don't forget:

Spark Family Sunday SchoolSpark Family Sunday School has lessons for today about "Early Believers"

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for May 3, 2020:

  • Barbara Verdile: Psalm 23:1-6
  • Pastor Linman's recorded sermon
  • Hymn #782, "My Shepherd, You Supply My Need"
  • Choral Piece, "Loving Shepherd" with Elizabeth Schoen and Barbara Verdile (flutes) and Lee Ann Konstantinov (soprano)
  • Hymn #780, "Shepherd Me, O God"
  • Organ Piece, "The King of Love My Shepherd Is" from St. Columba by Kenneth Leighton

Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

Again this Sunday we are at home, sequestered away from others, not only that we might be safe but especially that other vulnerable people might be protected. But the Gospel for this day tells of Christ coming to such a home and being recognized there as risen. If you are able, join with all of us of Resurrection Church by pray- ing together with these materials and with the sermon and the music available on- line. We can do so in common at 10 am on Sunday, April 26.


Worship material for April 26, 2020

And don't forget:

Spark Family Sunday SchoolSpark Family Sunday School has lessons for today about "The Road to Emmaus"

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for April 26, 2020:

Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

Easter now continues for 50 days—for seven more Sundays. Still, we mostly r main at home. But Christ is risen! And, by the Spirit, Christ holds us together as one and turns us toward our neighbors. If you are able, join other members of the congregation in reading the scripture, praying, listening to our pastor, and singing with Barbara at 10am on Sunday. Make your gift to the church by US Mail or by the link on the website home page. And look for yet other ways that you can help in this painful time, if only by the depth of your prayer. Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!


Worship material for April 19, 2020

pdfHome Worship Bulletin for April 19, 2020

pdfChildren's Bulletin for April 19, 2020

pdfPastor Linman's Sermon for April 19, 2020

And don't forget:

Spark Family Sunday SchoolSpark Family Sunday School has lessons for today about "Doubting Thomas"

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for Easter Sunday:


Musical Reflection
Sarabande for an Easter Morning, Herbert Howells

Sarabande for an Easter Morning was composed during May 1940. It was issued in 1953 as the second number in ‘Six Pieces for Organ’. The entire volume was dedicated to the organist and composer Herbert Sumsion. Howells wrote that “In 1940, after a severe illness, I found a new way of making use of convalescence. In those days and in that time, in sheer affection and admiration of Dr. Herbert Sumsion of Gloucester, I wrote this set of six pieces.” The Sarabande for an Easter Morning is written in the form of a Baroque stylized sarabande. All the ancient dance’s characteristics are present, including the slow majestic triple meter, accented first and second beats, regular four bar phrases and a melody characterized by considerable written out ornamentation. The chords are dense, giving the work a power and strength. Enjoy!


Hymn Of The Day
"I Know That My Redeemer Lives!" #619
Text: Samuel Medley (1738-1799) Tune: Duke Street, attr. John Hatton (1710-1793)

First published anonymously in Henry Boyd's Select Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes in 1793, DUKE STREET was credited to John Hatton in William Dixon's Euphonia (1805). Virtually nothing is known about Hatton, its composer, other than that he lived on Duke Street in St. Helen's and that his funeral was conducted at the Presbyterian chapel there. A sturdy and much loved tune, DUKE STREET has a generic resemblance to TRURO and to the African American gospel-style doxology.

Samuel Medley's hymn texts have been very popular in his own Baptist denomination, particularly among the more Calvinistic churches. Their charm consists less in their poetry than in the warmth and occasional pathos with which they give expression to Christian experience. This text is found in G. Whitefield's Psalms & Hymns 1775, in 9 stanzas of 4 lines, and in De Courcy's Collection, 1793, but in each case without signature. Medley included it in the London edition of his Hymns, 1800. In an abbreviated form it is in somewhat extensive use, and is easily known by the frequent repetition of the words "He lives!" The cento, "The Saviour lives, no more to die," is also popular; but that in the American Baptist Praise Book, 1871, "He lives, my kind, wise, heavenly Friend," is limited in use. Both forms of the text are in common use in Great Britain and America.

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Musical Reflection
Rockingham (When I Survey the Wondrous Cross)
Rosalie Bonighton (1946-2011)

Edward Miller (1735-1807) composed the tune, ROCKINGHAM, adapting it from an earlier tune published in 1780. ROCKINGHAM has long associations in Great Britain and North America with Isaac Watts' "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” The tune title refers to a friend and patron of Edward Miller, the Marquis of Rockingham, who served twice as Great Britain's prime minister. Miller was active in the musical life of the Doncaster region and composed keyboard sonatas and church music. ROCKINGHAM (or ROCKINGHAM OLD) is one of the finest long-meter tunes in the history of church music and is much loved by those who sing in harmony.

Born in Ballarat, Australia, Rosalie Bonighton was raised among organs as her parents ran an organ technician business. Bonighton's compositions consistently display a strong academic foundation and dedicated craftsmanship. Her musical style shows influences of plainchant modes, British and Celtic folk song, the richness and complexity of late German Romanticism, and more recently, the harmonies and rhythms of jazz.


Hymn of the Day
“There in God’s Garden”, #342
Text: Pécseli Király Imre, Translator: Eric Routley (1917-1982) Tune: Shades Mountain, K. Lee Scott (1950)

“There in God’s Garden stands the tree of Wisdom, whose leaves hold forth the healing of the nations.” Kiraly Imre von Pecselyi wrote these words sometime in the early 1600’s. Erik Routley translated them into English in 1976, and in 1987 K. Lee Scott put them to music in hymn #342. In this brief sentence we are taken from the Garden of Eden through the entire Bible to the book of Revelations. The tree of Wisdom which was temptation to Adam and Eve has been transformed by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus into life and healing for all nations. The story of God with us is full of grace from the beginning into eternity.

K. Lee Scott is an internationally known teacher, musician, conductor and composer of sacred music, choral music and hymns, and resides in Birmingham, Alabama. Scott has been recognized, during the past twenty plus years, as one of America's foremost composers of music for the church. His hymns are published in eight hymnals. He has published over 300 compositions including anthems, hymns, works for solo voice, organ, brass, and major works.

Erik Reginald Routley was an English Congregational minister, composer and musicologist. He was educated at Lancing College and Magdalen and Mansfield Colleges in Oxford. He held positions in England as chaplain and minister before becoming Professor of Church Music at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey in 1975.

His publications include critical and historical works on hymnody, church music and carols. Routley also wrote hymn texts, including the translation "There in God's garden stands the Tree of Wisdom” from the Hungarian hymn ‘Paradicsomnak te szép élö Fája’ (‘You beautiful living tree of Paradise’) by Pécselyi Király Imre (c.1585-c.1641). It was at that time, in Routley’s own words, ‘just about all that is yet available from Hungarian Protestantism’ (A Panorama of Christian Hymnody, 1979, p. 216). Routley translated this hymn, which is entitled ‘The Tree of Life’ as part of his editorial work on Cantate Domino, the World Council of Churches’ hymnal.

Organ Piece
"Calvary" (from Seven Reflections on African American Spirituals), Richard Billingham

Often sung as a somber processional for the Good Friday Service, the hymn “Calvary“ is effective in helping sustain a reflective meditative mood. That is, unless, you are hearing today’s organ setting with its slightly jazzy overtones.

Richard Billington (1934) worked for many years as Associate Professor of Music at the University of Illinois and Organist at the First Methodist Church, Chicago.

HYMN OF THE DAY Great God, Your Love Has Called Us #358
Text: Brian Wren (1936) Tune: Ryburn, Norman Cocker (1889-1953)

Brian Wren has been a strong proponent of the view that hymns are poetry and theology, instead of simply music. He has stated, "a hymn is a poem, and a poem is a visual art form. The act of reading a hymn aloud helps to recover its poetry and its power to move us—the power of language, image, metaphor, and faith-expression.” It is through this power that he defined theology, in his book Praying Twice: The Music and Words of Congregational Song, as "done when anyone attempts, by artistic skill and creativity, the interplay of intellect and imagination, and/or the methods of reasoned enquiry, to grasp, know and understand the meaning of God’s creating, self-disclosing and liberating activity centered and uniquely focused in Jesus Christ.” A major part of Wren's work has been with inclusive language as well. In 1978, he began to look more closely at "he-man language" and began using language inclusive of women and oppressed or subordinate groups in his hymns. He has since sought to challenge the church to adopt this inclusive mindset. He writes that the vocation of a poet in the church is to not only "to write poems of faith which people will pick up and sing," but to also "speak truth by stepping beyond the church's limits of comfort and convention".

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Palm Sunday through Easter—enjoy the show!

Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

This is a difficult Easter, perhaps the most difficult in modern memory. Many people throughout the world are suffering and dying, and the very best way most of us can help is by “social distancing.” We cannot be together in church. But the resurrection of Jesus Christ also holds our hard times. You will notice that some of these prayers and songs are marked by lament; others by profound thanksgiving. And at 10 am on Easter Sunday morning we can read and hear the scriptures and we can pray and sing these hymns together. Against all sorrow and fear, Christ is risen. Alleluia!


Worship material for Easter Sunday:

pdfHome Worship Bulletin for Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020

pdfChildren's Bulletin for Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020

pdfPastor Linman's Sermon for Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020

 The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for Easter Sunday:

Dear members of the family of God at Resurrection Church,

The following enclosed items are resources for you and those with whom you live to use for praying together on the three central days of the Christian year. While Easter is every Sunday, these Three Days are like one great annual Sunday. But because of the pandemic, we cannot do these important services together in church. While Easter is a joyful festival, we keep it now in a time of difficulty and world-wide sorrow. Still, we believe that Christ is with us in his word, by his Spirit drawing us together as one before God. And we believe that the gospel of Christ gives us strength amid distress and comfort in the face of our sufferings.

These three services are really one event, stretched over three days. As a sign of our unity you might consider using these three resources for prayer on each of the three nights at 7:30pm, the very time at which we would have gathered in our church building.

On each occasion you will need to set out one or more physical symbols: first, a bowl of water and a clean towel; then a cross or crucifix; and finally a bowl of water and a candle.

Sometime in the course of the Three Days, take the opportunity to send your support to Resurrection Church, using the “Donate Now” function at the top of the first page at www.relcarlington.org or using the US Mail. And sometime during the Three Days, consider how you can connect with and help other people in need.

After the last prayers on Saturday evening, do celebrate. It is Easter. Have at least one piece of chocolate or something else you love.

Christ is risen!

Pastor Gordon Lathrop


Worship materials for Maundry Thursday:

pdfHome Worship Bulletin for Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020

pdfPastor Linman's Sermon for Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for Maundy Thursday:


Worship materials for Good Friday:

pdfHome Worship Bulletin for Good Friday, April 10, 2020

pdfPastor Linman's Sermon for Good Friday, April 10, 2020

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for Good Friday:


Worship materials for the Easter Vigil:

pdfHome Worship Bulletin for the Easter Vigil, April 11, 2020

pdfPastor Linman's Sermon for the Easter Vigil, April 11, 2020

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for the Easter Vigil:

Stuck at home? Why not take a

Journey through Holy Week. 

Come on, Let’s GO!


Grab your family and then your children’s bible or even a bible your parents might use. Each day you will find a short story to read that will take you on a Journey through Holy Week. After your reading, there is a fun activity just waiting for you to further explore Holy Week. Many thanks to my friends from the Birthing Cross+Gen Community with your GR8 ideas!

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Hymn of the Day #351, "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded"
Tune: Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612)
Text: Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676), based on Arnuf of Louvain

Originally from a Latin poem beginning "Salve mundi salutare" and attributed to either Bernard of Clairvaux (twelfth century) or Arnulf von Loewen (thirteenth century), "O Sacred Head" is one of seven sections to be used for meditation during Holy Week. Each section focuses on one aspect of Christ's dying body. Paul Gerhardt translated "Salve caput cruentatum," the seventh section of the Latin poem "Salve mundi salutare," into German as "O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden." James W. Alexander then translated the German into the English "O Sacred Head Now Wounded.” Deeply devotional, the text makes a very personal application of Christ's atoning death and confesses our gratitude and commitment to Christ.

This tune was originally a court song by the great Renaissance composer Hans Leo Hassler. The isorhythmic (all equal rhythms) setting was adapted from one of the harmonizations composed by Johann S. Bach for his St. Matthew Passion (1729). Many composers have written organ music based on this tune; various melodic and rhythmic versions exist. "O Sacred Head" has enjoyed great popularity since 1656; the hymn appears in all modern hymnals, in many languages and translations, and with various numbers of stanzas.

Introduction to Hymn #351
Taken from Chorale Prelude on O Sacred Head Sore Wounded, Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933)

Sigfrid Karg-Elert was a German composer who enjoyed considerable fame in the early 20th century. He is best known for his compositions for organ and harmonium.

The chromaticism in Karg-Elert’s compositions displays his profound knowledge of music theory which allowed him to stretch the limits of traditional harmony without losing tonal coherence. Listen for the intricate 3-part imitation of the tune, beginning with the first note in the pedal and continuing in the uppermost and finally middle voices.

Notable composers who influenced Karg-Elert’s work include Johann Sebastian Bach, Edvard Grieg (a personal friend and mentor), Claude Debussy, Alexander Scriabin and Arnold Schoenberg.

Organ piece
Ride On, King Jesus, Robert Greenlee

Because of their often brutal treatment, the slaves easily identified with Jesus’ suffering in a very personal way. Jesus was the Savior and a friend, human-and-yet-divine and yet the Son of God. While this spiritual has limited use in hymnals in comparison to others in the evolving canon of African American Spirituals, it has become well known through concertized arrangements, both for solo voice and for choir. Though the spiritual appears in several African American hymnals in the United States, there is no standard version. In her book In Their Own Words: Slave Life and the Power of Spirituals (St Louis: MorningStar Music Publishers, 2016) Eileen Guenther offers this narrative:

… sometimes they would let you come in the evenings to church and then you would take the front seats, with the padderollers [slave patrollers] behind, so that if the preacher said something he shouldn’t say, they would stop him. One time when they were singing, ‘Ride on King Jesus, No man can hinder Thee,’ the padderollers told them to stop or they would show him whether they could be hindered or not.

Robert Greenlee has a varied career as organist, accompanist, singer, teacher and director. His articles on singing have been published in Early Music and other journals, and his award-winning compositions are published by the Hinshaw, Warren, and Bock publishing houses. He teaches courses in choral and instrumental conducting, choral literature, music theory and history, and in addition to choral music he performs drumming and vocal music of Africa, Latin America, and West Asia. He believes that music has the potential to serve as a common language for the world, bringing diverse and seemingly antagonistic cultures and personalities into communion.

Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church:

To our considerable sorrow, worship remains cancelled at our church, even for this Holy Week. It is extremely important, in caring for our larger community, that we continue to observe a total absence of gathered assembly. Because we cannot meet together face-to-face, here is a resource to help us join nonetheless in shared prayer. If you wish, use these materials at 10am on Sunday along with everyone else who can do so. In the next days, do watch for resources to help in our common observance of Holy Week in our homes.

Yours in Christ, Pastor Gordon Lathrop

The following worship materials are available for this Sunday:

pdfHome Worship Bulletin for Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020

pdfSunday of the Passion Children's Bulletin

pdfPastor Linman's Sermon for Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020

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

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

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Gordon Lathrop


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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