Worship

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Dear members of the family of God at Resurrection Church,

With this Sunday we begin again to read through the Gospel according to Matthew, picking up where we left off just before Lent began. We last were reading from the first great discourse of Matthew, Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Now we start with the second great discourse: Jesus’ Mission Instructions to the disciples. Even — perhaps especially — in this shutdown time, those instructions come to us, to our church. There are many ways you can join in our church’s common prayer at home: praying these materials yourself or supporting that prayer with some or all of our videos. In whatever way you choose, try to join us at 10am on Sunday, June 14. Then be sent into your week with our common mission.

Worship Service Broadcast

A pre-recorded worship service, complete with readings, Pastor Linman's sermon, prayers, and music will broadcast at 10am on Sunday, June 14 on our YouTube channel and will be available below:

Worship material for June 14, 2020

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for June 7, 2020:

Music Notes

Hymn of the Day: “The Son of God, Our Christ”, #584
Text: Edward M. Blumenfeld (1927)
Tune: SURSUM CORDA, Alfred M. Smith, (1879-1971)

The text for this hymn was written in 1957 by Edward M. Blumenfeld in response to a search sponsored by the Hymn Society of America for hymn texts written by people under 30 years of age. He began writing verse when his Grade 3 class was directed to copy from the blackboard a poem for the Mother's Day cards the students were making; having a twin brother in the class, he wrote a verse of his own to spare his mother two identical cards. As a minister, he wrote verses to illustrate his sermons and to comprise a column in the local newspaper. Not being musical, he found the appearance of his lyrics in various hymnbooks mystifying but gratifying.

The tune, Sursum Corda, submitted anonymously for consideration to the committee that prepared The Hymnal 1940, was originally composed for the eucharistic hymn, “Lift up your hearts.” Alfred Morton Smith eventually surfaced as the composer of this tune named for the Latin of the original text, “Sursum Corda.” He is known to have contributed 2 other tunes to the hymn tune literature. “Sursum Corda” is the most popular and is now paired with a wide variety of texts.

Musical Reflection: Carlisle, Charles Callahan

The hymn tune “Carlisle” was written by Charles Lockhart (1745-1815). He was first organist of the Lock Hospital, and was for some years associated with Martin Madan in the musical arrangements there. Though blind from infancy, Lockhart had a distinct musical gift, and was especially known for training children’s choirs. He published a set of hymn tunes about 1810 of which this was one. “Carlisle” was his most popular hymn tune and it can be found in 92 hymnals.

Charles Callahan is a well-known composer, organist, choral conductor, pianist and teacher. He is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, Pa., and The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. The serene and tranquil nature found in the “Carlisle” tune pairs well with the gentle, confident lyricism of Callahan’s compositions.

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Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

This Sunday is one week after Pentecost, thus one week after the end of Easter’s 50 days. We keep this festival day, called Trinity Sunday, as a summary of all the grace, love and communion that was given to us in Lent and Easter, and we do this before we begin again to keep the series of standard Sundays through the year. We have been baptized in the rich name of the Triune God. Although we cannot meet in person now to greet each other in that name, we can greet each other from afar by praying together. If you are able, join your fellow members of the Resurrection family by using these worship materials at 10 am on Sunday, June 7.

Worship material for the Holy Trinity, June 7, 2020

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Spark Family Sunday SchoolSpark Family Sunday School has lessons for today about "Creation"

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for June 7, 2020:

Music Notes

Hymn of the Day: “Rise, Shine, You People”, #665
Text: Ronald A. Klug (1939)
Tune: WOJTKIEWIECZ, Dale Wood, (1934-2003)

Starting with this text from Isaiah 60:1: “Arise, shine for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you,” Ronald A. Klug wrote this text originally purposed for the Epiphany season. Thankfully it has come to embrace an even wider purpose to “hurl your songs and prayers against the darkness.”

In addition to consulting, conducting and writing articles, Dale Wood composed over 300 musical compositions, from hymn tunes to a music drama with orchestra. When he wrote the tune for Klug’s text he gave it his family name, Wojtkiewiecz, which was simplified when the family came to the United States.

Musical Reflection: St. Patrick’s Breastplate
Rebecca Groom Te Velde (1956)

Saint Patrick's Breastplate, a prayer of protection, also known as The Deer's Cry, The Lorica of Saint Patrick or Saint Patrick's Hymn, is a lorica. In the Christian monastic tradition, a lorica is a prayer recited for protection in which the petitioner invokes all the power of God as a safeguard against evil in its many forms. The Latin word lōrīca originally meant "armor" or "breastplate." Both meanings come together in the practice of placing verbal inscriptions on the shields or armorial trappings of knights, who might recite them before going into battle. The original Old Irish lyrics of this hymn were traditionally attributed to Saint Patrick during his Irish ministry in the 5th century. In 1889 it was adapted into the hymn I Bind Unto Myself Today.

Rebecca Groom Te Velde is a third-generation professional organist, following both parents and her grandfather. In 1991 she assumed her present position as organist of First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater, OK. She is an active performer, composer, clinician, and adjunct instructor of music at Oklahoma State University.

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Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

Easter is 50 days long and the Day of Pentecost is the 50th day. Easter has 8 Sun- days and the Day of Pentecost is the 8th Sunday, the last day of the feast. The Spirit of God, celebrated on this day, takes all the meaning of Easter, all the life and hope God gives us, the very presence of Jesus Christ alive, and pours this love into our hearts. This gift is true, even when we are sheltering at home, away from our usual gathering. The Spirit of God, the Spirit of the risen Christ, unites us. If you are able, join your fellow members of this one Body in prayer at home at 10am on May 31.

Alleluia Christ is risen!

Worship material for the Day of Pentecost, May 31, 2020

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Spark Family Sunday SchoolSpark Family Sunday School has lessons for today about "The Holy Spirit"

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for May 31, 2020:

Music Notes

Musical Reflection: Veni Creator Spiritus, James Biery (1956).

"Veni Creator Spiritus" ("Come Creator Spirit") is a hymn believed to have been written by Rabanus Maurus in the 9th century. When the original Latin text is used, it is normally sung in Gregorian chant. It has been translated into several languages, often as a hymn for Pentecost.

James Biery is an American organist, composer and conductor who is Minister of Music at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church (Presbyterian) in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, where he directs the choirs, plays the 66-rank Klais organ and oversees the music program of the church. Prior to this appointment Biery was music director for Cathedrals in St. Paul, Minnesota and Hartford, Connecticut.

Hymn of the Day: “O Spirit of Life”, #405
Text: Johann Niedling (1602-1668)
Tune: O HEILIGER GEIST, Köln (1623), rar. J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

This German text is attributed to Johann Niedling of whom little is known. It was translated by John Mattes (1876-1948) early in the 20th century. A litany-like refrain brackets all th stanzas. They begin by remembering the Spirit’s action and relationship to the Trinity, then ask for increase in faith, love and light.

The composer of the tune known as “O Heiliger Geist” is unknown. It’s first known printing was in 1623. J. S. Bach harmonized it in 1736.

Choir Anthen: The Lone Wild Bird, David N. Johnson, arr. (1922-1987)
Text: Henry Richard McFayden (1877-1964)

A little volume of David N. Johnson’s entitled Twelve Folksongs and Spirituals (1968) seems to have served several purposes in the evolution of this text. First, he rescued this little jewel from relative hymnological oblivion; second, he paired it quite successfully with the haunting tune PROSPECT from the famous American tunebook, The Sacred Harp (1844); and lastly, he made a few alternations to the text including the substitution of “bird” for “fowl” in the incipit or opening line of the poem.

The text was written for a hymn-writing contest sponsored by the Homiletic and Pastoral Review while Henry Richard McFadyen was serving the Nashville Presbytery. The hymn was published in 1927 and included in The [Presbyterian] Hymnal (1933) with the original first line, “The lone, wild fowl.”

McFadyen’s original two stanzas follow with Johnson’s alterations in brackets:

The lone, wild fowl [bird] in lofty flight
is still with thee, nor leaves thy sight.
And I am thine! I rest in thee,
Great Spirit, come and rest in me.

The ends of earth are in thy hand,
the sea's dark deep and no man's [far off] land.
And I am thine! I rest in thee,
Great Spirit, come, and rest in me.

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Dear members of God’s family at Resurrection Church,

The Seventh Sunday of Easter always invites us to read from the great prayer of Jesus in John 17, the prayer in which Jesus prays that the people of the church may be one. And this Sunday in this year also invites us to read about the disciples, men and women, being together in the house in prayer. Join the unity of the church again this Sunday as you pray in your house, if it is possible for you, at 10 am on May 24.

Alleluia Christ is risen!

Worship material for May 24, 2020

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for May 24, 2020:

Music Notes

Musical Reflection: "Gelobt sei Gott"
John Leavitt (1956)

Melchior Vulpius (1570-1615) composed this tune as a setting for Michael Weisse's text Gelobt sei Gott in höchsten Thron. In 1609 tune and text were published together in Vulpius's Ein Schon Geistlich Gesangbuch but because the text dates from the early sixteenth century, some scholars think the tune may have older roots.

In this setting by John Leavitt the excitement generated by tune and text is well portrayed with repetitive motives and ornamental figures, a recognizable element of his compositional style. A composer, performer, and clinician for church and school music literature, Leavitt continues to teach, lecture, and guest conduct numerous workshops, festivals, and symposia.

Hymn of the Day: “Rise, O Son of Righteousness”, #657
Text: Christian David, Christian Gottlob Barth, Johann Christian Nehring
Tune: SONNE DER GERECHTIGKEIT

This is a German hymn text from three authors. Stanza 1 is by Christian David (1892-1751), stanzas 2 and 4 are by Christian Gottlob Barth (1799-1862) and stanzas 3 and 5 are by Johann Christian Nehring (1671-1736). Frank Stolt translated and paraphrased it in 2002 and it was published in 2003. SONNE DER GERECHTIGKEIT is a 15th century folksong from the Bohemian Brethren tradition.

Dear members of the family of God,

On this the 40th day of Easter we read the passages in the Gospel according to Luke and in the Acts of the Apostles about Jesus’ ascension, and so we keep Ascension Day. In this time of lock- down and distance, this day can be of enormous comfort. Jesus has not gone away. He has gone to the right hand of God so that he might fill all things. He has come nearer, present for us in the scriptures he has opened and the Spirit he has poured out. If you are able, pray this prayers at 7:30pm on Thursday, May 21.

It is still Easter. Christ has risen! God is among us!

Worship material for May 21, 2020

The following have been posted to YouTube; here is the YouTube Playlist for May 21, 2020:

Music Notes

Musical Reflection: Chorale and One Variation from Sonata #6
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). Following 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. Here I am playing the 3rd variation. Mendelssohn’s Organ Sonatas revitalised the then-moribund European organ tradition, 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.

Hymn of the Day: “Thine the Amen”, #826
Text: Herbert F. Brokering (1926) Tune: THINE, Carl F. Schalk (1929)

During a 2 week retreat at Holden Village in Washington State, Herbert Brokering wrote a text daily reflecting on the morning’s Bible study, and Carl Schalk, who was the composer for Brokering’s hymns, set it to music. It was a tough schedule, as both text and music had to be at the print shop by 3PM as the new hymn was sung the following morning, reviewing the previous day’s study. THINE was the 10th hymn in the series.

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