Monday, January 30, 2017

FW: Music for the OSHC Service of Sunday, January 29, 2017, 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

From: Richard Thomas
Subject: Music for the OSHC Service of Sunday, January 29, 2017, 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time


Hi Choir,

                There will be an introit (I think) and also a short anthem.

                The name of the introit isn’t listed in the bulletin.

                The opening hymn is “I Sing the Mighty Power of God,” hymn no. 288.  We last sang this hymn on October 9.

                The text is by Isaac Watts.  The tune is ELLACOMBE.  ELLACOMBE is also the tune for “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna” and “The Day of Resurrection.”

                Isaac Watts wrote the words in 1715.  The tune dates from 1784.


            Published in a chapel hymnal for the Duke of Würtemberg (Gesangbuch der Herzogl, 1784), E
LLACOMBE (the name of a village in Devonshire, England) was first set to the words "Ave Maria, klarer und lichter Morgenstern." During the first half of the nineteenth century various German hymnals altered the tune.

            ELLACOMBE is a rounded bar form (AABA), rather cheerful in character, and easily sung in harmony—according to the Psalter Hymnal Handbook (by Emily Brink and Bert Polman, 1998).

Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

                Isaac Watts was born in Southampton, UK, on 17 Jul 1674, and died at Stoke Newington, UK, on 25 Nov 1748.  He wrote 750 hymns, many of which are still sung today.  His parents were not members of the Church of England, so, because of the Uniformity Act of 1662, Watts was not allowed to attend Oxford or Cambridge.

                The father of Isaac Watts was a leader of Protestant dissenters and ran a boarding school in Southampton.  He spent several periods in jail for his non-conformity.

                (The Town of Brookhaven had a “dissenting or presbyteran” minister.)

                Even before Isaac Watts could speak plainly, he loved books.  He began to learn Latin at the age of four.  He also learned Greek and studied Hebrew.  He started writing verses or poems at the age of seven or eight. As he was excluded from the colleges, in 1690, at age 16, he went to London to be educated  by the Rev. Mr. Thomas Rowe.

                In addition to being a hymn writer, Isaac Watts was a logician, you can read one of his books on that topic on Google books: 

                                The Improvement of the Mind: Or, A Supplement to the Art of Logick: Containing a Variety of Remarks and Rules for the Attainment and Communication of Useful Knowledge, in Religion, in the Sciences, and in Common Life, 2 ed., London, 1743.


                The best thing about this hymn is that we get to try to rhyme “good” with “food.”

                Here is the rock version:

                       “The Mighty Power of God” by Team Strike Force of the Mars Hill Church in Seattle.

                If you didn’t much care for the rock version, here it is sung a cappella:

       “I Sing the Mighty Power of God” sung a cappella by the Mountain Anthems

                The choir anthem, a delightful quodlibet (“What Does the Lord Require?”) with music by Jim Strathlee, will take place immediately after the Old Testament reading, Micah 6:1-8, (Micah 6:8 being the words of the anthem).

                The Old Testament reading is Micah 6:1-8.  From the New Jerusalem Bible:

. . . Yahweh has a case against his people

And he will argue it with Israel.

‘My people, what have I done to you,

how have I made you tired of me? Answer me!

For I brought you up from Egypt,

I ransomed you from the place of slave-labor

and sent Moses, Aaron and Miriam

to lead you. . . . ‘


‘With what shall I enter Yahweh’s presence

and bow down before God All-high?

Shall I enter with burnt offerings,

with calves one year old?

Will he be pleased with rams by the thousand,

with ten thousand streams of oil?

Shall I offer my eldest son for my wrong-doing,

the child of my own body for my sin?’


‘You have already been told what is right

and what Yahweh wants of you.

Only this, to do what is right,

to love loyalty

and to walk humbly with your God.’


I left out the verses about the story of Balak, the son of Zippor, king of Moab, who sent for Balaam, the son of Beor, to curse the Israelites as they approached Canaan (Micah 6:5). 

My people, recall how King Balak of Moab planned to harm you,

how Balaam son of Beor responded to him.

[Recall how you journeyed] from Shittim to Gilgal,

so you might acknowledge that the Lord has treated you fairly.

The story as told here in Micah appears to be missing some words, (the NET translation inserts “Recall how you journeyed”, the NSRV inserts “what happened”—and doesn’t even supply a footnote to warn you that those two words were “supplied” by the editors and translators), but the story can be found in Numbers 22-24, Deuteronomy 23:4, Judges 11:25, and Joshua 24:9.  [Carolyn J. Sharp, in Irony and Meaning in the Hebrew Bible (2009), p. 149, thinks the inserted words are incorrect and the editors have missed the point Micah was making.]

                The Numbers version of the story is fairly detailed and includes the fabulous bit about Balaam, an angel of God, and Balaam’s talking donkey, Numbers 22:22-35.

                   Balaam and the Ass, Rembrandt, 1626


                  Balaam and the Angel, Gustav Jaeger, 1836


                The choir will then sing the short anthem.


                The gospel reading is Matthew 5:1-12, the Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount.  (“Beatitude” is from the Latin noun beatitudo which means “happiness.”)  Jesus teaches the people that happiness cannot be achieved through the exertion of force or the demonstration of power.  Happiness comes through humility and love.  The beatitudes aren’t entirely clear about when those who meekly surrender will actually experience this happiness. 

                One verse says “your reward is in heaven,” though I suppose knowing that there will ultimately be a reward might make a person, who is confident that that is indeed the case, happy in the present.

                Friedrich Nietzsche didn’t care for the Beatitudes at all, especially  the one about “Blessed are the meek,” which he labeled a “slave morality.”

                Do the Beatitudes mean that the colonists were wrong to take up arms against their King? (Perhaps, after all, the Canadians seem to have done OK.)

                Do the Beatitudes mean that no one should have used force against Hitler and Nazism?

                The second hymn is no. 335, “Though I May Speak with Greatest Fire.”  The words are by Hal Hopson.  The choir has sung anthems by Hal Hopson (“Jesus Took the Cup” and “All Earth Rejoice with Gladsome Voice,” and others).

                The tune is the well-known O WALY WALY.

                Here is the tune played on bagpipes by the massed bands at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.  They start the tune on the smallpipes, then we hear the Great Highland Bagpipes of the massed bands. “O Waly Waly” on bagpipes at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, with band and chorus

“Waly Waly” means “wail, wail” or “woe is me.”  From Wikipedia: “The imagery of the lyrics describes the challenges of love: ‘Love is handsome, love is kind’ during the novel honeymoon phase of any relationship. However, as time progresses, ‘love grows old, and waxes cold.’ Even true love, the lyrics say, can ‘fade away like morning dew.’ "

                John and his daughter, Sharon, went to Great Britain, rented motorcycles, and rode up to Scotland to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.  I don’t know whether they heard the bands play “O Waly Waly.”


1. Waly, waly up the bank,

And waly, waly down the brae!

And waly, waly to yon burn-side,

Where me and my love wunt to gae!


2. As I lay sick, and very sick,

And sick was I, and like to die,

And Blacklaywood put in my love's ears

That he staid in bower too lang wi' me.


                John and I have actually played highland bagpipes in a military tattoo ourselves--at West Point.  On 26 Apr 1998, we participated in the West Point Pipes & Drums 19th Annual Tattoo, West Point, NY, (and I have the T-shirt to prove it).  We even played in the massed bands at the end.

                We didn’t play “O Waly Waly” though.

                (We were younger then.)

                Hal Hopson lives in Dallas, Texas.  He was born 12 Jun 1933.  This hymn sometimes goes by the title, “The Gift of Love” or “The Gifts of Love.”

                Here is “Though I May Speak with Bravest Fire” sung a cappella by the Haynes Sisters.

                       “Though I May Speak with Bravest Fire” sung by the Haynes Sisters, a women’s trio    

The sermon title is “The Blessed Ones.”

                “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind,” hymn no. 345, is the closing hymn.  (If one doesn’t like the male-oriented language, one can instead sing “Dear Lord, Creator good and kind.”)  The words are by John Greenleaf Whittier.

                If you went to a school like the one I attended, you will remember reading the poem “The Barefoot Boy” by John Greenleaf Whittier.  I think we had to memorize the beginning of it in the fourth grade:

                Blessings on thee, little man,

                Barefoot boy, with check of tan!

                With thy turned-up pantaloons,

                And thy merry whistled tunes;

                With thy red lip, redder still

                Kissed by strawberries on the hill;

                With the sunshine on thy face,

                Through thy torn brim's jaunty grace;

                From my heart I give thee joy, -

                I was once a barefoot boy!

                John Greenleaf Whittier was a Quaker who was born in the country in Massachusetts on 17 Dec 1807.  As a farm-boy, he may have once been a bare-foot boy himself.

                His first poem was published in 1826, when he was 19.  He was a strong abolitionist and wrote anti-slavery pamphlets and poems also.  He edited newspapers in Boston and Hartford and was a founding member of the American Anti-Slavery Society.  As a Quaker, he believed that slavery should be gradually abolished through political changes, which caused him to fall out with those who demanded “immediate and complete emancipation of all slaves.”  He didn’t write “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind” until 1872. His best known poem is said to be “Snow-Bound,” but I remember “The Barefoot Boy.”  He died in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, on 07 Sep 1892.  Whittier, California, is named for him.

                The words of “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind” are taken from a much longer poem, “The Brewing of Soma” beginning at the twelfth stanza.

                His poems were used for many other hymns, including “All Things Are Thine, No Gift Have We,” “O Brother Man, Fold to Thy Heart Thy Brother,” “We May Not Climb the Heavenly Steeps” ( ), “Another Hand Is Beckoning Us,”  “I Ask Not Now for Gold to Gild,” “O Lord and Master of Us All” ( ), “We Faintly Hear, We Dimly See,” “Immortal Love, Forever Full,” “O Pure Reformers, Not in Vain,” and “Shall We Grow Weary in Our Watch?”

       “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind,” by John Greenleaf Whittier; tune REST by Frederick Charles Maker

                In the U.S., the hymn is usually sung to REST by Frederick C. Maker, though if you watch it sung in Great Britain, it is almost always sung to C. Hubert H. Parry’s REPTON.

  Frederick Charles Maker (b. 16 Aug 1844, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England; d. 01 Jan 1927, Bristol) was the organist for several non-conformist churches in Bristol: the Milk Street Free Methodist Church, Redland Park Free Congregational Church, and Clifton Downs Free Congregational Church  He was also Professor of Music at Clifton College.

                Frederick C. Maker also composed the tune for “Beneath the Cross of Jesus,”  ST. CHRISTOPHER.

Instrumental Music

                The prelude, offertory, and postlude were published in 1916 in Ecclesiae Organum : a Book of Organ Music for the Church Service.  We last heard these pieces together at the service held on 19 Oct 2014.

                “Adagio Vesperale” by Arthur Page is the prelude.  Arthur Page was born in 1846 and died in 1916.  (His name may actually have been James Arthur Page.)  He was the organist at Nottingham St. Mary’s from 1867-1904.

                Here is a snippet of the piece, played by David K. Lamb:

                       Click the play icon.

                You’ll have to wait until Sunday to hear the rest.

                The offertory is “Meditation-Religieuse” by W. Schütze, which we also heard on 27 July 2014.

                In the e-mail on the music for that service, I noted that I couldn’t find this work, but I was able to find an opera by Jules Massenet called ""Thaïs” (1894) which has a part called: "Méditation religieuse"

                       "Méditation religieuse"/"Thaïs' Conversion"  which is very pretty, even if it isn’t the right piece

                The opera had an Egyptian theme and was set during the Byzantine era. In the opera, a Christian monk attempts to convert a priestess of Venus (Thais).  Wikipedia says the opera had “a sort of religious eroticism,” whatever that is, and also said the opera had “many controversial productions.”

                I’m sure that W. Schütze’s work of the same name will be free of any “religious eroticism,” though I’m not sure I’d recognize it if I heard it.

                You can hear Itzhak Perlman perform "Méditation religieuse" (not the one by W. Schütze) here:

                       Itzhak Perlman, at Lincoln Center

                I wasn’t able to find out much about W. Schütze. He seems to have been a director of church music in Alt-Döbern, Germany, in the nineteenth century.

                Henry Thomas Smart (1813-1879) composed the postlude: “Andante Grazioso.”

                Henry Smart composed the well-known tune REGENT SQUARE, which Is used with “Angels from the Realms of Glory” and with “Christ is Made the Sure Foundation.”

       Henry Thomas Smart

                From Wikipedia:

                                Henry Thomas Smart (26 October 1813 – 6 July 1879) was an English organist and composer.

                        His many compositions for the organ were described as "effective and melodious, if not strikingly original" by the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica.

                In the last fifteen years of his life Smart was practically blind. He composed by dictation, primarily to his daughter Ellen.

                I did find “Andante Grazioso.”  You can hear it be played on an organ at St. Marien, Emsdetten, Germany, here:

                       “Andante Grazioso” by Henry Smart, played by Julian Bewig

                It gets very interesting about 30 seconds into the piece.


Friday, January 27, 2017

This Week at Old South Haven Chrch

Sunday, Jan. 29         10:00am               Morning Worship
                                                                Sermon:     "The Blessed Ones"
                                                                Lessons: Micah 6: 1-8
                                                                               Matthew 5: 1-12
                                    11:15am              Annual Meeting of Congregation
                                                                       and Corporation
                                       2:00pm             South Country Peace Party
                                                                St. James Episcopal Church
Sunday, Feb. 5             10:00am            Morning Worship/ Holy Communion
                                                               Ordination/Installation of Elders and Deacon
                                                               Sermon  "Low Nielson Ratings for the Gospel"
                                                               Lessons:    Matthew 5: 13-16  I Corinthians 2: 1-11
Tuesday, Feb. 7 -                                   Pastor Tom on Vacation
Friday, Feb. 17     
Sunday, Feb. 12          10:00am            Morning Worship
                                                               Sunday School                                   
Sunday, Feb. 19,         10;00am             Morning Worship
                                                               Sermon:    "A Holy Riddle"
                                                               Lessons;    Matthew 5: 27-37
                                                                                 I Corinthians 3:10-11 , 16-23
Monday, Feb. 20           7:00pm             Session Meeting
Friday. Feb. 24                                       Alumni/ae Council Meeting
Saturday, Feb, 25                                   Union Theological Seminary
                                                                Pastor Tom attending
Sunday, Feb. 26           10:00am           Transfiguration Sunday/ Morning Worship
                                                               Sermon;   "The Mark of the Mountaintop"
                                                               Lessons:  Matthew 17: 1-9
                                                                                II Peter 1: 16-21
                                      5:00pm             Pot Luck Supper
NOTICE is hereby given for our Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation
called for Sunday, January 29 to be held at 11:15am. Annual reports will be
reviewed. Elders and Deacons nominated and elected, and such business as
has been properly presented before this meeting.
     Sean Moran, Clerk of Session                Rev. Thomas J. Philipp, Moderator                                     

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Music for the OSHC Service of Sunday, January 22, 2017, 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

From: Richard Thomas

               The introit is  "We Come before Thee" by Dr. Robert J. Hughes of Greenville, SC. He used the pseudonym “James Denton” for this work.  He also used the pseudonyms “James Moffat” and “John Johnson.”

                He was born in Canada (on 30 May 1916) and died in South Carolina.   During World War II, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and was appointed Bandmaster of the Eastern Air Command Band.

                His doctorate was from Oxford University, England.  The subject of his dissertation was “the development of a volunteer music program.”

                According to his gravestone in Greenville, SC, he was “Promoted to Glory” on 31 July 1999.  There is part of treble staff on his side of the headstone.

                The opening hymn is no. 467, “How Great Thou Art.”  The hymn is Swedish, “O Store Gud (O Mighty God),” and was authored by Carl Gustave Boberg (16 Aug 1859 – 07 Jan 1940).

Carl Gustav Boberg

                Our English translation is not, however, a translation of the original hymn in Swedish. 

                It was instead translated from a Russian version that was itself based on a German translation of the Swedish hymn.  The English translation is by Stuart K. Hine in 1949.   

                So we will be singing an English translation of a Russian translation of a German translation of a Swedish hymn.

                Boberg was a carpenter’s son.  He was a member of the Swedish Parliament from 1912 to 1931.

                The translator, Stuart K. Hine, was born in Great Britain in 1899.  He and his wife were missionaries in Western Ukraine, which was part of Russia at the time.  He died in 1989.

                The tune, O STORE GUD, is a Swedish folk melody.


                You can hear it sung in Swedish, with a blues band arrangement here:

                       “O Store Gud” performed by the Mönsterås Blues Band, Calle Engström on guitar

                A video of Elvis Presley singing the hymn is tacked onto the end of the blues band performance.  Elvis is wearing a cape, like a superhero.


                The hymn gained great popularity during the heyday of the Billy Graham crusades.  George Beverly Shea would sing it at every service.

                Here’s George Beverly Shea singing “How Great Thou Art.”

                       “How Great Thou Art,” sung by George Beverly Shea, Billy Graham Crusade, New York, 1969.

                He was still singing “How Great Thou Art” at age 103!

                George Beverly Shea was born on 01 Feb 1909.  Mr. Shea died on 16 Apr 2013 at age 104 due to complications following a stroke.   Recordings of his own singing (including “Safe in the Arms of Jesus” by Fanny Crosby) were played at his funeral.


                Here is an a cappella rendition:

                       “How Great Thou Art,” a cappella by Reprise Quartet  (beautiful voices)

After the talk with the children, the choir will sing “When the Angels’ Song is Silent” by Mary Kay Beall.

Mary Kay Beall (b. 1943) was born and raised in Akron, Ohio.  She has a B.M. degree from Ohio Wesleyan and an M.A. from the Ohio State University.  She lives in Columbus, Ohio.  She was ordained in the American Baptist Church.

                The Old Testament lesson is Psalm 27 verse 1, then verses 4 through 9. 

                It always piques me (in both senses) when the lectionary reading skips verses.  My first thought is, why are these verses being skipped?  Sometimes the reason is obvious; often it isn’t.  Here are all the verses:

Yahweh is my light and my deliverer,

     whom shall I fear?

Yahweh is the fortress of my life,

     whom should I dread?


When the wicked advance against me

     to devour me,

they—my opponents, my enemies—

     are the ones who stumble and fall.


Though an army pitch camp against me,

     my heart will not fear,

though war break out against me,

     my trust will never be shaken.


One thing I ask of Yahweh,

     one thing I seek:

to dwell in Yahweh’s house

     all the days of my life,

to gaze on the splendor of Yahweh,

    to contemplate his temple.


For he will surely give me shelter

     in the day of danger,

he will hide me in his home,

     he will place me on a rocky summit.


Now I will triumph

     over the enemies who surround me;

I will offer sacrifices in his dwelling place

     and shout for joy!


I will make music, I will sing praises to Yahweh!


Hear me, Yahweh, when I cry out!

     Have mercy on me and answer me!

Of you my heart has said,

     ‘Seek his face!’

Your face, Yahweh, I seek;

     do not turn away from me.


Do not thrust aside your servant in anger,

     without you I am helpless.

Do not abandon me, never forsake me,

     God, my Savior.

Though my father and mother forsake me,

     Yahweh will take me in.


Yahweh, teach me how you want me to live,

lead me on the path of integrity

     because of those who wait to ambush me!

Do not abandon me to the will of my foes—

for false witnesses want to destroy me,

     and testify against me.


This I believe: I shall see the goodness of Yahweh,

     in the land of the living.

Put your hope in Yahweh, be strong, let your heart be bold,

     put your hope in Yahweh.


                The gospel reading is Matthew 4:12-23.  Verses 4:15 and 16 quote Isaiah 9:1, which is read every Christmas Eve. The next verses are a different account of the calling of Andrew and his brother Simon (nicknamed “Stony”— or “Peter” in Greek or “Cephas” in Aramaic).  The calling of Andrew and his brother was read from the gospel of John last week. 

                Andrew and Simon are fisherman and Jesus says to them, “Follow me, and I will turn you into fishers of people.”  Some commentators have suggested Jesus may have said this because the work of evangelism is as difficult and as unpredictable as fishing with a net.  It requires “persistence and dedication to the task (often in spite of minimal results).”

                The second hymn is “As Deer Long for the Streams,” no. 189.

                The words are by Christopher L. Webber and are based on Psalm 42:

As a deer longs for streams of water,

so I long for you, O God!

I thirst for God,

for the living God. . . .

Christopher L. Webber (1932- )


Christopher Webber is a graduate of Princeton University and of the General Theological Seminary in NYC.  He has written a number of books, including Beyond Beowulf, Welcome to the Episcopal Church, and Re-Thinking Marriage

He now lives in Sharon, Connecticut, and  makes maple syrup every year. 


                The tune is ROCKINGHAM (Miller), an adaptation of the tune TUNEBRIDGE
                Edward Miller (1735-1807) of Norwich and Yorkshire harmonized the tune in 1790.  He named the tune for his friend, Charles Watson-Wenworth, the 2nd Marquess of Rockingham.  It is the tune to which “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” is usually sung.

                [In 1752 Rockingham was appointed Lord of the Bedchamber to George II.  Under George III, Lord Rockingham was appointed Prime Minister, but, due to dissent in the cabinet, served in that post only from 1765-1766.  He did succeed in repealing the Stamp Act, but also had a bill passed that affirmed the British Parliament had full authority to pass whatever legislation was required to govern and provide funds for protecting the colonies.]

      Charles Watson-Wentworth

      2nd Marquess of Rockingham

                I couldn’t find anyone singing “As Deer Long for the Streams.”  (I did find people singing “As the Deer Panteth for Water,” and “As the Deer Long for Flowing Streams—sung to O WALY WALY—which are other hymns based on the same psalm, but here is the choir of Kings College, Cambridge, singing “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” to the same tune at Eastertide.

        “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” Kings College, Cambridge, sung to ROCKINGHAM --- with a descant

The sermon title is “The Proximity of God.”

                The closing hymn is no. 248, “You Are Before Me, Lord.”  The words are by Ian Pitt-Watson.  He authored the hymn in 1973 and then modified the words in 1989.  It is a “versification” of Psalm 139.

                Ian Pitt-Watson was the son of the Very Reverend Professor James Pitt-Watson, who was the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and also held an royal appointment as a Queen’s Chaplain.  Ian Pitt-Watson was born in Dalmuir, Glasgow, Scotland, on 15 Oct 1923.  His father was a professor of practical theology at Trinity College, Glasgow University. 

                Ian Pitt-Watson grew up in a manse in Alloa in the Central Lowlands of Scotland on the north bank of the Firth of Forth.  He attended Dollar Academy, then majored in philosophy and moral philosophy at the University of Edinburgh.  He also attended the Royal Academy of Music in London.

                Ian Pitt-Watson was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1950.  He served at the Cathedral Church of St. Giles in Edinburgh for two years then became a chaplain at the University of Aberdeen until 1958.  He also was pastor at St. James, Forfar, and at New Kilpatrick in Bearsden in 1961. [When I was in a bagpipe band, we had our own tartan made for us by the Strathmore Woollen Company Ltd of Forfar, Scotland.]

                From 1974 until 1980, he taught at the University of Aberdeen.  In 1980, he moved to Pasadena, California, to teach at Fuller Theological Seminary where he was professor of preaching and practical theology.

                [Fuller Theological Seminary was founded by Charles E. Fuller, a radio evangelist whose program was called the Old Fashioned Revival Hour.  They had great music with a wonderful pianist.  Years ago, I purchased some of their music CDs.  “The Old Account Was Settled Long Ago” is one of my favorites:

        “The Old Account Was Settled Long Ago” sung by the Old Fashioned Revival Hour Quartet ]

                Ian Pitt-Watson was the author of  Lively Oracles: Seven Studies for Youth Fellowships on Great Themes of the Bible (1956), Preaching: A Kind of Folly (1976), and A Primer for Preachers (1986).

                Although he was a hymn writer, during his lifetime he had a worldwide reputation for his skills as a preacher.  He preached regularly on the BBC and ITV.  In 1962, he presented a radio series in Scotland called “Why I Believe.”

                A friend, the Rev. Professor Murdo Ewan Macdonald, said that Ian Pitt-Watson also had a “huge sense of humor, and a highly developed sense of the absurd.”

                Ian Pitt-Watson died on 11 Jan 1995 at St. John’s Hospice, Westminster, London.


                The words of Ian Pitt-Watson’s hymn are sung to a different tune, HIGHLAND CATHEDRAL, here:

                       “You Are Before Me, Lord,” a congregation sings verses 1, 3, and 5.

These must be the 1973 words, as “thou,” “thy,” and “thee” have been replaced with “you” and “your” in the blue Presbyterian Hymnal.


                The tune is SURSUM CORDA (Smith) by Alfred Morton Smith.

                Alfred Morton Smith was born in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, in 1879.  He received a B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1901 then attended the Philadelphia Divinity School where he obtained a B.D. (1905) and a S.T.B. (1911).  He was an Episcopalian and was ordained a priest in 1906.

                He was the minister at St. Matthias Church in Los Angeles for ten years, then a chaplain in the U. S. Army during World War I.

                After the Great War he returned to Philadelphia.  He retired in 1955 and in 1963 moved to Drium Moir, Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania.  In 1968, he moved to Brigantine New Jersey, and he died there in 1971.

                I was able to find someone singing a hymn to this tune IN FINNISH!  Here is Enne Purovaara:

                       “Kun päivä laskee Emmauksessa (When the Day Falls at Emmaus)” sung to the tune SURSUM CORDA (Smith) by a Finnish lad

                Here is a better recording by a choir (also in Finnish):

                       “Kun päivä laskee Emmauksessa (When the Day Falls at Emmaus)” sung a cappella to the tune SURSUM CORDA (Smith)

Instrumental Music

                The prelude is  "Nun lob, mein Seel’, den Herren (Now Praise, My Soul, the Lord)" by Dieterich Buxtehude.  Buxtehude’s piece by that name has four parts, BuxWV 212, 213, 214, and 215.  We will probably hear only one of them.

                       "Nun lob, mein Seel’, den Herren," BuxWV 212 by Dieterich Buxtehude

                        "Nun lob, mein Seel’, den Herren," BuxWV 213, 214, and 215 by Dieterich Buxtehude

                "Un soupir de Faust: Pensée Fugitive," Op. 252, by Jacques-Louis  Battmann (b. 25 Aug 1818, Masevaux, France; d. 07 Jul 1886, Dijon, France)  is the offertory music.

         Jacques-Louis  Battmann

                I couldn’t find a recording of “Fleeting Thoughts,” but I did find this little piece by Jacques-Louis Battman:

                       J. L. Battmann’s “Morceau No. 60,” played on a harmonium by Chris

                Here’s some other very pleasing little pieces by Battmann played on a reed organ:

                       J. L. Battmann’s “Pastorale” played on a reed organ by Chris

                       “Townsend March” by Jacques-Louis Battman played on a reed organ by Chris S.

                The postlude is  "Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu Uns Wend (Lord Jesus Christ, Turn Toward Us)," (or, “Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now”), probably by Bach, as he wrote several pieces that have that name.

                There is a chorale, BWV 333, but the postlude will probably be BWV 632 from J. S. Bach’s Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book).

                       "Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu Uns Wend (Lord Jesus Christ, Turn Toward Us)," BWV 632, by J. S. Bach, played by Mark Pace, at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, Knoxville, Tennessee

                Here it is played at a much different tempo by Keiko Utsumi, a woman in Japan:

                       "Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu Uns Wend (Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now),” BWV 632, played by Keiko Utsumi, at J. F. Oberlin University, Tokyo


Friday, January 13, 2017

This Week at Old South Haven Chrch

Saturday, Jan. 14    12:30pm             South Country Peace Group
                                                       34th Annual Membership Meeting
                                                                      The Gallery
                        3:00pm-5:00pm                 Baby Shower
                                                     Jason and Deborah have extended
                                                        an invitation to the Congregation
                                                         to join them as they await the birth
                                                            of a son due in February
                                                                 The Carriage House
Sunday, Jan. 15    10:00am                    Morning Worship
                                                        Sermon:  "Come and See"
                                                        Lessons: John 1: 29-42
                                                                        I Corinthians 1: 1-9
Monday, Jan.16                           MARTIN  LUTHER  KING  JR. DAY
Friday, Jan. 20        7:30am             Mid Suffolk Presbyterian Clergy
Sunday, Jan. 22    10: 00am                   Morning Worship
                                                     Sermon:  :The Proximity of God"
                                                     Lessons  Psalm 27: 1,4-9
                                                                     Matthew 4: 12-23
Monday, Jan. 23       7:00pm              Session Meeting
                                                     Passing of 2017 Church Budget
Saturday, Jan. 28       9:30am        Presbytery Meeting: Garden City
Sunday, Jan. 29       10:00am              Morning Worship
                                                      Sermon:  "The Blessed Ones"
                                                      Lessons: Micah 6;1-8
                                                                      Matthew 5: 1-12
                                11:30am         Annual meeting of Congregation
                                                                   and Corporation
                                  2:00pm         South Country Peace Party
                                                  St. James Episcopal Church Annex