This week’s Lenten saintly figure is Hildegard of Bingen, a German composer (1098-1179). In her honor, all works this week are German. We don’t hear much about Hermann Schroeder over here but we should. He was a prolific and influential teacher and composer in Germany. He was especially important in bringing German Catholic church music out of heavy (dare I say, bad…not to be confused with the excellent, authentic) Romanticism (upper-case “R”) into interesting yet accessible 20th Century music. I suspect the reason the world of classical music has ignored him is that he’s part of a genre of music composition termed, “Neoclassical.” Neoclassical composers are shunned because the style in mid-20th Century music that was fashionable with those who controlled the purse strings and awards of the contemporary classical music scene were committed to dodecaphonic serialism. (My own theory as to why this was true was that that kind of music was easy to write articles about and since the primary proponents of that music were college professors it was a good fit.) Only problem was performing musicians themselves and audiences (especially) didn’t enjoy it. Fortunately, a number of composers in the 60s who came out of a genre of contemporary music of the extreme avant garde and who were proponents of the compositional ideas of John Cage revolted against the academic establishment and their style evolved into what eventually become known as minimalism. Its most stunning quality was that it was fun to play, tonal, and a pleasure to listen to! (Shocking at that time.) Surprisingly, a similar revolt was happening in eastern Europe: dramatic, very expressive music known as the “Polish School.” Those two revolts have continued to evolve and merge and together are now just known as “music.” It’s my fervent hope that this stylistic freedom will encourage a positive reassessment of neoclassicism. Maybe Schroeder and others will finally have their day.
GATHERING MUSIC: Basse et Dessus de Trompette — Clérambault
PRELUDE: Feuilles Volantes #1 – Duparc
MUSIC 1: Il Pleut Bergère — French folk song
MUSIC 2: je ne cuit pas — Machaut (1300-1377)
OFFERTORY: May We See Your Radiant Face — HKJ (USF Chamber Singers, Dr. John Richmond, dir., recorded in 1980s)
PREPARATION FOR PRAYER: Je T’appartiens — Bécaud
POSTLUDE: Prière des Orgues (from “Mass for the Poor” )— Satie
As part of this week’s Lenten series on saintly figures, this week’s features Simone Weil, most of the musical selections are French in her honor. The composer of this piece, Guillaume de Machaut, lived approximately 1300-1377 and wrote some of the earliest know true polyphony. To modern ears, his music is stark and sometimes uncompromising (often different parts of the counterpoint were in perfect relationship to a longer note melody–the cantus firmus–but not to each other). I wonder how his music sounded to ear of his time when prior to him they only knew single line music or music which paralleled a single line.
This French folk song is a tribute to Simone Weil as part of this week’s Lenten series of saintly figures.
This post includes the bulletin and music from last Sunday’s service.
GATHERING MUSIC Kyrie from “Missa de Angelis” HKJ
WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS
LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE Earl Waters, liturgist
When I walk through thy woods, may my right foot and my left foot be harmless to the little creatures that move in its grasses; as it is said by the mouth of thy prophet, They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain.
Rabbi Moshe Hakotun
PRELUDE Attende Domine from “Roma” HKJ
OPENING PRAYER St. Francis of Assisi, 1181 or 1182-1226
Most powerful, most high, most holy, most supreme Lord, you alone are good, and all goodness comes from you. May we give you all praise, all glory, all blessings and all honour. And may we offer back to you all the good things which you have granted to us. Amen.
MUSIC Salve Regina from “Roma” HKJ
Let us prepare ourselves for the word of God as it comes to us in the reading of Holy Scripture. Our hearts and minds are open.
Luke 9:1-6 (selected verses) John 17:13-23 (selected verses)
For the word of God in scripture, for the word of God among us, for the word of God within us. Thanks be to God.
MYSTIC READING Francis of Assisi
REFLECTION St. Francis of Assisi Rev. Mardie Chapman
This week we do not have a text copy of the sermon.
UNISON READING Francis of Assisi
You are holy, Lord, the only God, You do wonders. You are good, all good, the highest good, Lord, God, living and true. You are love, charity. You are wisdom, You are humility, You are patience, You are beauty, You are inner peace, You are joy. You are our hope and gladness. You are justice, You are moderation. You are all our riches; You are enough for us. You are beauty, You are meekness. You are the protector, You are our guardian and defender; You are strength, You are refreshment. You are our hope, You are our faith, You are our charity; You are our delight. You are our eternal life: The great and wonderful Lord, God Almighty, Merciful Saviour.
MUSIC Pange Lingua from “Roma” HKJ
The mission of Lakewood United Church of Christ, as part of the Church Universal is to:
- Celebrate the presence and power of God in our lives & in our world
- Offer the hospitality and inclusive love of Christ to all people.
- Work for God’s peace and justice throughout creation.
MORNING OFFERING and COMMUNION OFFERING
Morning offerings may be brought forward and placed in the plates on the altar.
Offertory Sanctus from “Missa de Angelis” HKJ
Prayer of Dedication Francis of Assisi
Almighty, eternal, just and merciful God, grant us the desire to do only what pleases you, and the strength to do only what you command. Cleanse our souls, enlighten our minds, and inflame our hearts with your Holy Spirit, that we may follow in the footsteps of your beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
MUSICAL CALL TO PRAYER Happy Are the Lowly Poor HKJ
(USF Chamber Singers recording)
COMMUNITY PRAYERS – SAVIOR’S PRAYER
Our Creator, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory for ever. Amen.
*BENEDICTION (unison) Clare of Assisi, 1194-1253, adapted
What we hold, may we always hold. What we do, may we always do and never abandon. But with swift pace, light step, and unswerving feet, may we go forward securely, joyfully, and lightly, on wisdom’s path. Believing nothing, agreeing with nothing, which would dissuade us from our resolution. Or which would place a stumbling block for us on the way. So that we may offer our promises to the Most High God, in the pursuit of the sacred goals to which the Spirit has summoned us. Amen.
*POSTLUDE Lauda Sion Salvetorem from “Roma” HKJ