Order of Worship - Old South Church



Order of Worship - Old South Church
March 17, 2013
St. Patrick’s Day
Fifth Sunday in Lent
11:00 am
Welcome! Thank you for turning off cell phones, pagers and beepers, and for refraining
from using flash photography. Please maintain a respectful and meditative quiet
throughout the service, except of course when congregational participation is invited.
Chorale Prelude on Slane
Lift High the Cross
Healey Willan
Sydney H. Nicholson
arr. Diane McAninch
Children’s Chime Choir; Katie Gerrish, Director
*HYMN 451
Be Now My Vision
Sam Ou, cello
* Indicates all who are able may stand
The Prayer of Saint Patrick
June R. Cooper
I take for my sureties:
The power of God to guide me,
The might of God to uphold me,
The wisdom of God to teach me,
The eye of God to watch over me,
The ear of God to hear me,
The word of God to give me speech,
The hand of God to protect me,
The way of God to go before me,
The shield of God to shelter me ...
Christ be with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me. Amen.
We invite you to greet those around you, wishing them
“peace” or “the peace of Christ.”
John M. Edgerton
St. Patrick’s Breastplate
Charles Villiers Stanford
I bind unto myself today the strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same, the Three in One and One in Three.
I bind this today to me forever by power of faith, Christ’s incarnation;
His baptism in Jordan river, His death on Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb, His riding up the heavenly way,
His coming at the day of doom, I bind unto myself today.
I bind unto myself the power of the great love of cherubim;
The sweet ‘Well done’ in judgment hour, the service of the seraphim,
Confessors’ faith, Apostles’ word, the Patriarchs’ prayers, the prophets’ scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord and purity of virgin souls.
I bind unto myself today the virtues of the star lit heaven,
The glorious sun’s life giving ray, the whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free, the whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea around the old eternal rocks.
I bind unto myself today the power of God to hold and lead,
God’s eye to watch, God’s might to stay, God’s ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach, God’s hand to guide, God’s shield to ward;
The word of God to give me speech, God’s heavenly host to be my guard.
Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
I bind unto myself the Name, The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same, the Three in One and One in Three.
Of Whom all nature hath creation, Eternal Creator, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation, salvation is of Christ the Lord.
—att. St. Patrick (372-466); tr. Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895)
Matthew 5:43-47
Paraphrase by Nancy Taylor
You’ve heard the saying—Love your family, your fellow Americans
and the Red Sox, but it’s okay to despise Iranians and gangbangers,
the New York Yankees and those who orchestrate Ponzi schemes.
But I’m asking you to love and pray for racists and terrorists,
for homophobes, mobsters, and misogynists.
For God’s sun shines on both the pure in heart and on the heartless.
God’s rains fall equally on the moral, the amoral
and the immoral.
Listen up! If you only love those who love you, you are vain!
Doesn’t even Whitey Bulger have people who love him:
fellow mobsters, cellmates, and his moll?
And if you only hang with people of like education, political
persuasion world-view, wealth, nationality, or language …
How does that make you different from al-Qaeda?
Don’t you see, I am asking more of you than you can even imagine.
I am asking you to love as God loves.
A reading from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.
Thanks be to God.
*HYMN 206
A Woman Came Who Did Not Count the Cost
Wexford Carol
(Children and teachers may leave for Church School classes.)
Love, at the Crossroads
Such Perfect Love My Shepherd Shows
Nancy S. Taylor
St. Columba
God be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift our hearts to God.
Let us pray. (The congregation may be seated.)
Christ Has Humbled Himself
John M. Edgerton
Harry L. Huff
The Choir will sing the antiphon once, then the congregation.
–Philippians 2:8
Christ Has Humbled Himself
Our Father, 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
forever. Amen.
The Deer’s Cry
Shaun Davey
Carrie Cheron, soloist
I arise today through the strength of heaven.
Light of sun, radiance of moon,
Splendor of fire, speed of lightning,
Swiftness of wind, depth of the sea,
Stability of earth, firmness of rock.
I arise today through God’s strength to pilot me.
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me
From all who shall wish me ill afar and near,
Alone and in a multitude.
Against every cruel merciless power
That may oppose my body and soul.
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise, Christ to shield me,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me.
I arise today.
—Shaun Davey
June R. Cooper
In thanksgiving to God and giving witness to generous hearts,
our financial gifts support ministries of mercy and justice.
You Raise Me Up
Christopher Hutchinson, soloist
When I am down and oh, my soul so weary,
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then I am still and wait here in the silence
Until You come and sit awhile with me.
Rolf Løvland
You raise me up so I can stand on mountains.
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas.
I am strong when I am on Your shoulders.
You raise me up to more than I can be.
There is no life, no life without its hunger.
Each restless heart beats so imperfectly.
But when You come and I am filled with wonder
Sometimes I think I glimpse eternity.
You raise me up so I can stand on mountains.
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas.
I am strong when I am on Your shoulders.
You raise me up to more than I can be.
—Brendan Graham
*HYMN 504
You Walk along Our Shoreline
Toccata on Slane
Salley Gardens
Nancy S. Taylor
Carson P. Cooman
Today, following the Postlude, those interested in a tour of the Sanctuary
are invited to meet docents Lucy Costa and Mary Hunter at the front of the Sanctuary.
Palm Sunday Worship
March 24, 9 am, 11 am & 6 pm
Mark Jesus' triumphant entrance into Jerusalem and the start of Holy Week
with the waving of palms and Old South's exuberant confetti processional.
Maundy Thursday Worship
March 28, 6 pm & 8 pm
Commemorate the events of the Last Supper in a service of lessons and hymns accompanied
by the encroaching darkness. The Willie Sordillo Trio will blend
rhythmic jazz with the classic harmony of the Old South Choir.
Good Friday Worship
March 29, 12 pm & 6 pm
A service of gentle song, prayer, silence and scripture
on the most somber day of the Christian calendar.
Stations of the City Walk
March 29, 3:15 pm
Join us as we walk the stations of the city with our sisters and brothers
from neighboring churches. Begins at Trinity Church.
Easter Sunday Festival Worship
March 31, 9 am & 11 am identical services
Preludes begin 25 minutes before worship time.
The triumph of the Christian story of resurrection informs a service of worship that is
characterized by thunderous celebration. Trumpet and organ, voice and timpani combine to
bring us to the tomb, to peer inside, discover it is empty and give God wild thanksgiving for
the gift of everlasting life. Both services will include an ASL Interpreter and feature
congregational singing of the “Hallelujah Chorus”. Childcare is available.
Welcome to Old South Church in Boston. Our faith is over 2000 years old, but our
thinking is not! Old South opens its doors to the city, to tourists from near and far, to the
needy, to an array of building users, and to a congregation (of members, friends, and
family—both the curious and the committed) who call this their church home. Join us
immediately following worship for fellowship and refreshments in the Gordon Chapel.
Today’s flowers are given by Elizabeth Pitcher in celebration of Betty’s birthday.
Today’s ASL Interpreter is Old South Church member Chris Breen.
Name tags facilitate community and help newcomers feel welcomed. If you don’t see a
tag with your name on it, let us know.
Sunday sermons and services are available as podcasts and text at www.oldsouth.org.
If you are interested in deepening your participation, or if you just love Old South, it’s
time to think about CONNECTIONS CLASS, scheduled next for March 23 and 25. Contact
one of the ministers: (617) 536-1970.
Audio of the service is available across the Narthex in the Gordon Chapel for those who
would like a place to take restless children.
For LARGE print bulletins or hearing assistance devices ask an Usher.
We have arrangements for discounted parking with two nearby garages for Old South worship or
church business (excluding weddings and concerts):
1. Park at the [email protected] Clarendon (behind Back Bay Station), have your ticket validated at
our Front Desk, and you pay the discounted rate of $7 for up to 3 hours. Old South bears no cost.
2. Park at the Prudential Garage for up to 3 hours, have your ticket validated at our Front Desk,
and the Prudential Garage will bill Old South (costing us $15k - $20k per year).
Old South is located a short walk from bus stops, subway and rail lines, cab stands, and walking/
cycling paths. Bike racks are available on Boylston Street. Find directions by transit from your
address to 645 Boylston Street at www.mbta.com.
To join the Old South E-mail Forum, e-mail [email protected]
“Like” us: Facebook.com/OldSouthChurch.
Since the early 17th century, March 17 has been the official feast day of St. Patrick, a
5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary, who is recognized as the “Apostle of
Ireland.” Today we honor him and Irish culture in our music. The Old South Choir will
present two very different settings of the Christian text attributed to him, “St. Patrick’s
Breastplate.” This hymn, in the form of a druidic incantation, is a powerful, medieval
traveler’s prayer for protection. Known as “Faeth Fiada,” or the “Lorica (breastplate) of St.
Patrick,” it was first edited by Petrie in his History of Tara. The Old Irish lyrics have been
translated by various poets through the ages, the most well-known being that by Cecil Frances
Alexander in 1889. It was set to two traditional Irish tunes, St. Patrick and Deirdre by Irish
composer Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1942). It is this setting that is heard today as the
first anthem.
A more modern version of the text, set to a haunting ancient-sounding original tune, will
serve as the prayer response. It is by contemporary Irish composer Shaun Davey (b. 1948).
Specially composed for Celtic vocalist Rita Connolly, “The Deer’s Cry” was first recorded in
1990 to accompany the closing sequence of the harrowing Granada TV drama documentary,
Who Bombed Birmingham. It was first sung at Old South Church by our own Carrie Cheron
for the ordination of Irish-born Ian Holland last year.
The offertory anthem, “You Raise Me Up,” is a recent popular song whose melody is based
on the most beloved Irish melody of all, Londonderry Air, familiar as the tune for the 1910
song “Danny Boy.” It was originally composed as an instrumental piece titled “Silent Story”
by the duo Secret Garden, but Rolf Løvland of the Duo soon approached Irish novelist and
songwriter Brendan Graham to write the lyrics to his melody after reading Graham’s novels.
The most famous of many covers of the song to date has been the one by Josh Groban, who
performed it at Super Bowl XXXVIII, in a special commemoration for the crew of the Space
Shuttle Columbia disaster, for Oprah Winfrey’s 50th birthday, and at the first “Idol Gives
Back Concert,” along with the African Children’s Choir. The song’s great emotional power
has made it a favorite hymn in many Christian churches. It will be sung today by the Old
South Choir’s newest tenor section leader, Christopher Hutchinson.
The hymns throughout the service are all traditional Irish melodies: Slane, Wexford Carol, St.
Columba and Salley Gardens. Besides our congregational singing of “Be Now My Vision,”
Slane will also be represented in the organ voluntaries during the prelude and postlude.
We are especially delighted to welcome to Festival Worship this morning the Children’s
Chime Choir, under the direction of Katie Gerrish.
—Harry L. Huff , Minister of Music
Fifth Sunday in Lent
Sunday, March 17
Monday, March 18
Tuesday, March 19
Wednesday, March 20
Thursday, March 21
Saturday, March 23
Palm Sunday
Sunday, March 24
Monday, March 25
9:00 am
9:45 am
10:00 am
11:00 am
12:15 pm
1:00 pm
3:00 pm
5:00 pm
6:00 pm
4:00 pm
6:00 pm
6:00 pm
6:30 pm
5:00 pm
5:30 pm
6:00 pm
7:00 pm
6:00 pm
6:30 pm
7:00 pm
7:00 pm
10:00 am
FIRST Worship, Nancy S. Taylor preaching
Old South Café in Gordon Chapel
Lenten Program, Jesus and the Disinherited
FESTIVAL Worship, Nancy S. Taylor preaching
Fellowship Hour in Gordon Chapel
Mission Trip Team Meeting
Hammond Performing Arts Series
Lenten Program, Jesus and the Disinherited
EVENING Worship, reflection by Debbie Leonard
Leadership Committee
Theological Book Group
Faith at the Crossroads Task Force
Communications Committee
Old South Ringers Rehearsal
Public Forum on Solitary Confinement
and the “Hole” in U.S. Prisons
Wednesday Prayers
JAZZ Worship, John M. Edgerton preaching
Old South Choir Rehearsal
Font and Table Class
Disciple Bible Study
Connections Class
9:00 am
9:45 am
9:45 am
11:00 am
12:15 pm
12:30 pm
6:00 pm
8:00 am
5:45 pm
6:00 pm
6:00 pm
7:00 pm
FIRST Worship, John M. Edgerton preaching
Old South Café in Gordon Chapel
All Church Breakfast
FESTIVAL Worship, John M. Edgerton preaching
Fellowship Hour in Gordon Chapel
Bagels and the Bible
EVENING Worship, reflection by Alliea Groupp
Vision Working Group
Operations Committee
Connections Class
Theological Book Group
Membership Committee
Nancy S. Taylor, Senior Minister
John M. Edgerton, Associate Minister Harry L. Huff, Minister of Music
James W. Crawford, Senior Minister Emeritus
Donald A. Wells, Theologian in Residence June Cooper, Theologian in Action
Calvin Genzel, Wedding Outreach Minister Ken Orth, Healing Worship Minister
Shawn Fiedler, Pastoral Fellow Maggie Lowe, Seminary Intern
Patricia Hazeltine, Church School Director Adrienne Kisner, Youth Leader
Carolyn Davis, Director, Old South Preschool
George Sargeant, Associate Organist & Choirmaster
Laurel Leslie, Choir Director, First Worship
Willie Sordillo, Music Coordinator, Jazz Worship
Peter Coulombe, Director, Old South Ringers Amy Budka, Children’s Music Director
Linda O’Donnell, Director, Children’s Choir Katie Gerrish, Director, Chime Choir
Mark Schueppert, Moderator Kate Silfen, Clerk David Vogan, Treasurer
Phil Stern, Chair, Board of Trustees Emily Click, Historian
Candace Kosturko, Senior Deacon Vicki A. Newman, Pledge Secretary
Helen McCrady, Senior Church Administrator
Amy Perry, Administrator & Webmaster Rosemary Clarke, Accountant
Janet Butler, Wedding Coordinator
Elias Perez, Senior Sexton Ozo Nwodo, Robert Blenman & Jahadul Islam, Sextons
Corey Spence, Rubia Reyes & Jim McDonnel, Receptionists
www.oldsouth.org (617) 536-1970
Old South Church in Boston, in the name of its host, Jesus Christ, and in the spirit of Christ’s
invitation carved into the stone of this church’s portico, “Behold I Set Before You an Open Door,”
welcomes all who seek to know God.
Following the One who we believe is Sovereign and Savior, we affirm that each individual is a child
of God, and recognize that we are called to be like one body with many members, seeking with others
of every race, ethnicity, creed, class, age, gender, marital status, physical or mental ability, sexual
orientation, gender identity, and gender expression to journey together toward the promised realm of
We invite everyone to join in the common life and mission of our reconciling community through
participation and leadership in this congregation, and by fully sharing in the worship, rites and
sacraments of this church.
As we all move forward with the work of this church, we commit ourselves to making justice and
inclusivity a reality in this congregation and in the world. On the threshold of Christ’s open door, we
rely upon the healing, unconditional nature of God’s love and grace to be our help and guide.
(617) 536-1970
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Worship services and events at Old South Church are sometimes photographed and videotaped to document the vibrant life
of our church. If you do not wish to be included in these recordings, please notify an usher.
LENTEN JOURNEY: 10 am and 5 pm. Old South has embarked upon a Lenten journey with Howard
Thurman’s treatise, Jesus and the Disinherited, as our guide. Join us for our final facilitated conversation.
HAMMOND PERFORMING ARTS SERIES: 3 pm. Hammond Residential Real Estate presents violinist
Arnaud Sussmann and pianist Orion Weiss performing selections by Brahms. Free admission.
FIRST WORSHIP: Sundays, 9 am. In the intimacy of the Gordon Chapel we turn our attention to God in an
informal service of word and sacrament. Led by Rev. John Edgerton and Seminary Intern Maggie Lowe.
FESTIVAL WORSHIP: Sundays, 11 am. Our worship is enhanced by the Old South Choir and the E.M.
Skinner organ. Led by Revs. Nancy Taylor and John Edgerton, and Minister of Music Harry Huff.
EVENING WORSHIP: Sundays, 6 pm. Be called into worship by the sounds of trickling water and the beauty of
the flute. Our worship is a blend of ancient and new, contemplative yet bold, song and story. Led by Pastoral
Fellow Shawn Fiedler and the members of Old South Church.
JAZZ WORSHIP: Thursdays, 6 pm. The Willie Sordillo Trio, Rev. John Edgerton, Pastoral Fellow Shawn
Fiedler, and the Holy Spirit are your guides as you move through a rhythm of music, silence, and spoken word that
will freshen the faith of longtime Christians and invite new ones to deeper discipleship.
HEALING WORSHIP: Sunday, April 14, 10 am. Tap into God’s healing love with a gentle service of prayers and
reflection led by Rev. Ken Orth, a pastoral counselor and spiritual director.
WEDNESDAY PRAYERS: Wednesdays, 7 pm. Join Old South Church’s Sanctuary in the City Task Force for a
time of reflection, meditation, and prayer. We will share in a simple meal together at 6 pm on March 27.
[email protected]
EASTER FLOWERS: Contributions for the display of tulips and lilies for Easter Sunday are now being accepted.
The cost is $15. Visit oldsouth.org/online-giving to submit your message and make payment. Cards are available in
your bulletin and may be returned to the attention of Helen McCrady. The deadline is next Sunday, March 24.
SUNDAY FLOWERS: The Sunday Flower Calendar for 2013 is up in the first floor elevator lobby. The cost is
$50. Put your name by the date you want and send the message you wish to appear in the bulletin to
[email protected] Please note that more than one person can sign up for any one Sunday.
PALM SUNDAY: March 24, 9 am, 11 am and 6 pm. Mark Jesus' triumphant entrance into Jerusalem and the
start of Holy Week with the waving of palms and Old South’s exuberant confetti processional.
MAUNDY THURSDAY: March 28, 6 pm and 8 pm. Commemorate the events of the Last Supper in a service of
lessons and hymns accompanied by the encroaching darkness. The Willie Sordillo Trio will blend rhythmic jazz
with the classic harmony of the Old South Choir.
GOOD FRIDAY: March 29, 12 pm and 6 pm. A service of gentle song, prayer, silence and scripture on the most
somber day of the Christian calendar.
EASTER FESTIVAL WORSHIP: March 31, 9 am and 11 am identical services. Preludes begin 25 minutes
before worship time. The triumph of the Christian story of resurrection informs a service of worship that is
characterized by thunderous celebration. Both services will include an ASL Interpreter and feature congregational
singing of the “Hallelujah Chorus”. Childcare is available.
No Will? No Way! This is a message about love: love for your family, for other special people in your life, and for
others who do great and wonderful work. If you don’t have a will or if you have a will that’s out of date, you may
not know it but you are actually putting those you love at risk. Creating a simple will can be fast and inexpensive
while the burden on your loved ones of dying intestate can be massive, involving time, expense, and uncertainty, all
at a time when they are dealing with grief from losing you. The Planned Giving Committee wants to help you by
offering a Wills Clinic on Sunday, April 7 at 9:45 am. Come and learn how easy it is to shoulder this responsibility
and make life easier for those you love.
ALL CHURCH BREAKFAST: Sunday, March 24, 9:45 - 10:45 am. On Palm Sunday, break bread together at
our traditional gathering with breakfast casseroles, bagels, muffins, and fresh fruit platters. All are welcome.
MARCH BIRTHDAYS: Sunday, March 24, 12:15 pm. Join members and friends for Old South’s monthly
celebration of birthdays during Fellowship Hour. We will celebrate all those who are March-born.
RETIRED AND READY: Wednesday, April 3, 12 pm. We will meet at the MA Historical Society for “Mourning
Lincoln: Shock, Sorrow, Anger, and Glee in the archives.” Free admission. We will then have lunch at a
neighboring restaurant. RSVP to [email protected]
CARITAS POTLUCK: Thursday, April 4, 7 pm, Back Bay. Caritas offers an opportunity to meet for a meal and
fellowship, and is a great way for people who are new to Old South to meet others in the church. To receive
directions, RSVP to [email protected]
NORTH OF 35: Friday, April 5, 6 pm. We will meet at 450 Harrison Ave to tour The South End Open Studios
together. Optional dinner to follow in the South End. Then on Saturday, April 6, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, bring the
kids for a brunch potluck in the South End. To RSVP for either event, email [email protected]
BOSTON CONSERVATORY WIND ENSEMBLE: Friday, April 5, 8 pm. A free concert featuring students
from the local school. For more information, visit bostonconservatory.edu/music/ensembles.
ROLLING FOOD DRIVE: We are collecting cereal to benefit the Allston-Brighton Food Pantry. Donation
baskets in stone entryway of the church.
MISSION TRIP FUNDRAISING: In April and June, Old South Church will send two groups of missionaries to
New Orleans to work with the St. Bernard Project on rebuilding one family’s home. This year is unique in that
Old South Church will also fund $20,000 of the material costs. To give, visit missions.oldsouth.org.
SOLITARY CONFINEMENT AND THE “HOLE” IN U.S. PRISONS: Tuesday, March 19, 6 pm. A public
forum presented by The Center for Church and Prison, Inc. and Old South Church’s Restored Vision Project.
CONNECTIONS CLASS: March 23, 10 am - 1 pm and March 25, 6 - 9 pm. Interested in becoming a member?
This class invites you to explore Christianity, the United Church of Christ (our denomination), our rich history,
and offerings, and to consider your own place at Old South Church. RSVP to [email protected]
THEOLOGICAL BOOK GROUP: Mondays, 6 pm. Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of
Revelation by Elaine Pagels. Copies are available at the Front Desk for $20. Led by Theologian in Residence
Donald Wells. [email protected]
CHILDREN AND YOUTH: The Old South Church School offers programming for children, infant through
high school. Infant, toddler, and preschool care is offered 8:30 am - 12:15 pm. Elementary aged children are
invited to a multi-age class during First Worship. Graded classes (through seventh grade) and a Confirmation Class
(for eighth through tenth graders) are offered during Festival Worship. A variety of enrichment activities are
available between services. The High School Youth Group meets at 9:45 am. [email protected]
Sunday, April 7, 10 am.
BAGELS AND THE BIBLE: Second & fourth Sundays, 12:30 pm. Join the Sanctuary in the City Task Force for
a no-commitment, homework-free discussion on that Sunday morning’s Bible passage. [email protected]