May 17th Sunday Service

Sunday, May 17th – 11:30 am (on Zoom)
Following the regular time slot for our 10:30 Sunday morning service, we will hold a “Joys and Sorrows” online check-in, where everyone has a chance to share our worries and sorrows, as well as our joys and sources of happiness, without questions or discussion. This will be followed by a “Coffee Hour” when we can ask questions, and delve deeper into conversation, if we choose. Join us at 11:30 am by clicking the Zoom link which was emailed to you on Friday and/or Saturday by our Fellowship Office Administrator. Instructions on how to join a Zoom gathering are available here.

“The Joy of Music”
Service Leader: Pat Lucey
Musicians: Michel Boudreau, Nick Lepan, Fran Mowbray, Katie Lunn, Pat Lucey

NOTE: Before beginning this service, you may wish to gather up your own candle to light, and select a stone, or another meaningful object, to hold as we consider our Joys and Concerns together.

“Music can name the unnameable, and communicate the unknowable.”
Leonard Bernstein (1918–90), American composer, conductor, and pianist


Prelude: Link to Video
   “Longest Time – Quarantine Edition”  performed by the Phoenix Chamber Choir of Vancouver

Welcome and Chalice Lighting 

Opening Song: Link to Video   “Gather The Spirit”  performed by the composer, Jim Scott at First Parish UU of Arlington, MA

Gather in peace, gather in thanks. Gather in sympathy now and then.
Gather in hope, compassion and strength. Gather to celebrate once again.

1. Gather the spirit, harvest the power. Our sep’rate fires will kindle one flame.
Witness the mystery of this hour. Our trials in this light appear all the same.   (Chorus)

2. Gather the spirit of heart and mind. Seeds for the sowing are laid in store.
Nurtured in love, and conscience refined, With body and spirit united once more.  (Chorus)

(Instrumental Interlude)

3. Gather the spirit growing in all, Drawn by the moon and fed by the sun.
Winter to spring, and summer to fall, The chorus of life resounding as one.  (Chorus)

Offering and Joys and Sorrows 

Moment of Musical Reflection 
   “Simple Gifts”         Yo-Yo Ma and Alison Krauss

Song For All Ages: Link to Video     “My Roots Go Down”   sung by the Ben-Hem Kindergarten

Introduction to Digital Duet 

Digital Duet
    “Blue Moon”     Katie Lunn (harmonica) and Pat Lucey (arranger & accompanist)

        “Why Can Music Make You Feel So Good?”              Pat Lucey

Let’s Talk Music With Michel               
      Michel Boudreau

The Covid Rag
                    Nick Lepan and Fran Mowbray

Play Along Rhythm (Intro)
      Nick Lepan and Fran Mowbray

Play Along Rhythm                 
   Nick Lepan and Fran Mowbray

Closing Song                   
#18   “What Wondrous Love”        Our Daily Bread

(Recorder solo)

1. What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul, what wondrous love is this, O my soul?
What wondrous love is this that brings my heart such bliss,
and takes away the pain of my soul, of my soul, and takes away the pain of my soul.

2. When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down, when I was sinking down, sinking down,
when I was sinking down beneath my sorrows ground,
friends to me gather’d round, O my soul, O my soul, friends to me gather’d round, O my soul.

3. To love and to all friends I will sing, I will sing, to love and to all friends I will sing.
To love and to all friends who pain and sorrow mend,
with thanks unto the end I will sing, I will sing, with thanks unto the end I will sing.

Entrusting the Flame and Mindfulness Bell 

Postlude: Link to Video 
      “Art Thou Troubled?”    G.F.Handel    performed by the Vancouver Youth Choir Junior and Kids

Art thou troubled? Music will calm thee. Art thou weary? Rest shall be thine.
Music, source of all gladness heals thy sadness at her shrine.
Music, music ever divine. Music, music calleth with voice divine.

When the welcome spring is smiling, all the earth with flow’rs beguiling after winter’s dreary reign,
Sweetest music doth attend her, heavenly harmonies doth lend her, chanting praises in her train.

More On Music and Happiness: The 2017 study at McGill University which was referred to above found that Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” was one of the most chill-inducing pieces of music they encountered. Perhaps you would like to listen to it and see if it gives you the chills!
Barber “Adagio for Strings”   Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Additional Resources:
Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre website