A Message from the Senior Warden

The Church Missionary Society began work in 1899 in the Sudan in Omdurman, and the Christian faith spread rapidly among Africans of the southern region of the country. Until 1974, the Diocese of Sudan was part of the (Anglican) Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East. The Church in the Sudan reverted to the jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Canterbury until the Episcopal Church of the Sudan, consisting of four new dioceses, was established in 1976.

In 1983 the government of Sudan was seized by Islamicists who declared sharia, requiring all Sudanese to convert to Islam on pain of death. On May 16 a small group of Anglican and Roman Catholic chiefs in southern Sudan, together with their bishops, clergy, and laity, declared that they “would not abandon God as [they] knew him”. With that declaration the second cycle of the Sudanese civil war began. (The first cycle of the civil war had started with the departure of the British from Khartoum in 1957 and ended in 1972.) Peace was finally signed on January 9, 2005, but two and a half million of the Sudanese people had been killed, most of them Christian. By the end of the civil war, two thirds of the six million people of southern Sudan were internally displaced, and another million were in exile throughout Africa and the rest of the world, including the bishops of most of the dioceses of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan.

The second century north African theologian Tertullian wrote, “semen est sanguis christianorum” (the blood of the Christians is seed), often paraphrased “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.” Christians were estimated to be only five percent of the population in southern Sudan in 1983, but today nearly ninety percent of the population is either Anglican or Roman Catholic. In the words of their bishops, the Sudanese Christians “live only on the mercy of God…whether we live or die we are the Lord’s…we have had nothing else but the grace of God and his guidance.”
adapted from the Anglican Communion website and the proposal to the 75th General Convention of The Episcopal Church

The Collect
O God, steadfast in the midst of persecution, by your providence the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church: Grant us your grace, that as the martyrs of the Sudan refused to abandon Christ even in the face of torture and death, and so by their sacrifice brought forth a plentiful harvest, we too may be steadfast in our faith in Jesus Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

I am always amazed, when I look at the church calendar, how many people have died for their faith in the name of Jesus Christ. These revelations are good reasons to help to keep me grounded when I think about pounding my chest and saying what a good person am I. It is very easy to do God’s work in a society which allows free expression of religion and the freedom to bring it to life in outreach and evangelism. The true test is how a person would react in a repressive society where your own life is at stake. People talk about WWJD (What would Jesus do) when the question I would ask myself is WWID (What would I do).

The church year is winding down and we should take an inventory of the past year. Attendance is up. A healthy Sunday school and youth group continue to flourish. The garden committee and choir, ECW, backpacks,etc. These activities only occur if people volunteer and are committed to each other and their church. For that, I give thanks to each and everyone of you in this parish who make this place the center of worship of which it has become. This summer, the church service will be dialed back a touch. The psalm will be spoken and not sung and a more simple set of service music will be used. People will be taking vacations, including our organist, so a substitute will be called on when needed. Of course, bills still need to be paid so even if you miss a Sunday or so, please try to maintain your pledge to the church. Also, there is still an opportunity to be involved with the Blessings in a Backpack. Simply put a check in the offering plate with a designation and much good will come from that. Your church is sponsoring 5 children (at this point) to go to camp this summer. At $495.00 a pop, you can see that this is not insignificant. The parish picnic will also be occurring in August. We have priests lined up through July and hopefully our opening will be filled by then or soon thereafter.

I am honored to be your Senior Warden. My life has been enriched more than I can say during these last 9 months. It is a proud moment when It is said to others that I am a member of this parish. My wish to all is to have a safe and blessed summer with all the joys which come therein.
Peace.

Faithfully,
John Worsham

Hymn Notes

May 21, 2017

To my surprise, when I prepared to write these hymn notes, I found an interesting synchronicity in three of our hymns this Sunday. There are two texts by St. Francis of Assisi and two hymn tunes by the famed British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. You may know him best as the composer of SINE NOMINE (“For All the Saints”).

“All Creatures of Our God and King” – H-400 (Lasst uns erfreuen)

The text of the opening processional hymn “All Creatures of Our God and King” (H-400) was written in 1225 by St. Francis as his “Canticle of brother sun and of all creatures.” This canticle, often referred to as the first genuine religious poem in Italian, was written a year before his death when he was blind and quite ill. It was translated into a hymn version by Anglican priest William Draper in the last part of the 19th century and set in the metre of the German tune LASST UNS ERFREUENfirst published with that tune in 1919.

The origins of that tune can be found in various snippets from the 16th and 17th centuries which inspired some Catholic musicians in Cologne to compose a new tune, LASST UNS ERFREUEN. In 1895,German musician Henrich Reimann made some rhythmic changes and other editorial adjustments and published the tune in a collection of tunes. This version was Ralph Vaughan Williams’ source for his own revisions for the tune which subsequently appeared in The English Hymnal in 1906. The popularity of this tune to this text is directly attributed to that hymnal and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ setting. It is indeed a powerful tune for a hymn of praise.

“Come Down, O Love Divine” – H-516 (Down Ampney)

This prayerful, contemplative hymn seeks to shape our response to both the Epistle and Gospel lessons. The text asks for the Holy Spirit to guide our hearts, God’s glorious light to illuminate our paths, and Love to create a place in our hearts for the dwelling of the Holy Spirit. These words are a translation in 1867 by Richard Littledale of a poem by 15th century monk Bianco of Siena.

The tune DOWN AMPNEY is another one by Ralph Vaughan Williams. It is named for Vaughan Williams’ birthplace. He composed it especially for this text and published both together in The English Hymnal in 1906. The highly respected English hymnologist, Erik Routley, has called this tune “The most beautiful hymn-tune composition since OLD 100th (The Doxology).

“Lord, Make Us Servants of Your Peace” – H-593 (Dickinson College)

Although this may seem like an unusual recessional hymn, it seems to summarize our response to the Word for Sunday. We go into the world as servants of God’s peace, sowing faith, hope, light, and joy. We seek to provide consolation, understanding hearts, unselfish love, and a forgiving spirit; and in so doing we walk as children of the light.

The source of the text of this hymn is a prayer attributed to the medieval mystic St. Francis of Assisi. This prayer appears in translation among the Prayers and Thanksgivings in the BCP (page 833, no. 62). The actual hymn text based on that prayer is by the noted Roman Catholic hymn writer and theologian Rev. James Quinn, S.J.

The tune DICKINSON COLLEGE was composed by Lee Hastings Bristol, an outstanding layman of the Episcopal Church, composer, and educator. The tune name honors Dickinson College, Pa, the composer’s alma mater.

by Joyce Crofts, Choirmaster

Episcopal Church Women

The Journey in Faith and Wellness was a great success. Thanks to the ECW, the committee members and the workshop presenters, this year’s event was brought up to an exciting new level. We appreciate all those that attended and look forward to making the 7th Annual Journey in Faith and Wellness even more successful.  A special recognition goes out to those that donated items for the silent auction at the Journey in Faith and Wellness event. A total of $802. was raised due to the generosity of the members and friends of Holy Trinity. The proceeds from the 6th annual Journey in Faith and Wellness was $1,127.00. A check for this amount was presented to Bluegrass Care Navigators formerly known as Hospice at the ECW meeting on May 2nd. Hospice of the Bluegrass has cared for thousands of families in our local communities since 1978. Over the years, they have grown and expanded their services beyond hospice care. They now provide expert care long before life’s final months. They changed their name from Hospice of the Bluegrass to Bluegrass Care Navigators to better represent all of their services. Our support helps them to continue to provide expert connected care.

New officers were elected for the Episcopal Church Women at a pot luck hosted by Jackie Hardin at her home on Tuesday, May 2nd. New officers for 2017-2018 are as follows: Jackie Hardin, President; Janet Cantrill, Vice President; Marybeth Banks, Secretary and Nancy Anderson, Treasurer. This was the last meeting of the ECW for the summer. Meetings will resume in September on the 1st Monday of each month. The ECW is open to all ladies of Holy Trinity.

The ECW spends a portion of its income on a need in the Parish. As a new project for next year, the ECW is exploring buying a defibrillator for the parish.  A defibrillator is an electronic device that applies an electric shock to restore the rhythm of a fibrillating heart. Shonda Dollarhide and Corinne Trimble has been appointed to investigate the need, cost, risks and benefits of this purchase.

 

Summer Camp at the Domain

Summer Camp Registration is Open!

Camp registration is now open for all summer camps! Early Bird pricing is currently in effect until the date two weeks prior to the start of each camp session. Check out our summer camp offerings online now (www.cathedraldomain.org) so that you can choose the perfect fit for your camper.
We are pleased to announce the following specialty camps for this summer:

Theatre Camp (July 2-8)
A unique educational theatre experience for campers to participate in theatre classes, rehearsals, and a final theatrical production. For graduates of grades 5-12.

Camp Rock (July 23-29)
A place for beginner and intermediate rock climbers learn more about climbing. For graduates of grades 7-12.

Camp Indian Summer (October 21-22)
An opportunity for grown-up kids of all ages to leave their worries and responsibilities at the foot of the mountain and spend a few days being a kid again. Ages 21+.

Learn about these camps and MANY MORE at our website! www.cathedraldomain.org
Contact: Andy Sigmon, asigmon@diolex.org

Help is Needed

Volunteer for Reading Camp
Do you want to help change the life of a child this summer? Reading Camp volunteer applications are available now!
Read more about volunteer roles here: https://www.readingcamprocks.org/volunteer/
And apply online here: https://www.readingcamprocks.org/volunteer/apply/

Contact: Sarah Harcourt Watts, info@readingcamprocks.org, 859-252-6527

 
Blessings in a Backpack

Holy Trinity has had a successful 2016-1017 with Blessings in a Backpack. Sponsors for children for the next school year is needed. If you would like to sponsor a child the cost is $100. per child. Any donation however would be appreciated. Please write your check to Holy Trinity and write Blessings in a Backpack on the memo line. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Estes-Cheatham at lhedance@aol.com.

The Amen House

The Amen House has a new list for Holy Trinity for this quarter. The list consists of 16 oz. peanut butter, dry spaghetti, spaghetti sauce and oatmeal. You may drop off your contribution at the Parish House and Deacon Linc will coordinate in getting the food items to the Amen House.

The Gathering Place
More volunteers are needed to serve the hungry at The Gathering Place Mission House. You do not need to cook the food, only order it, pick it up and help serve. Holy Trinity volunteers serve at the Gathering Place the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Please contact Deacon Linc Hartling for more information or you may contact Donna at the office.

Altar Flowers
Please check the flower schedule located in the Narthex of the church. We have several available dates in June and the following months for altar flower donations. Please help fill those vacancies in remembrance and thanksgiving of your loved ones.

A Message from the Senior Warden

April 5, 2017

Today the church honors Mary Pandita Ramabai.  Born in 1858, this was a time when women were considered slave-like and were just to bear offspring to their much older husbands because of child marriage.  It was these memories which caused her in later years to champion the fight against the caste system and the treatment of oppressed women.  She went with a benefactor to England, converted to Christianity, and dedicated her life to God by starting Christian churches in India.  Instead of the latin normally used, she translated the bible into sanscrit  which the congregations would understand.  She opened shelters for abused women, of which there were many, and spoke out about the harm of arranged childhood marriage in her native country.   She died in her beloved country in 1922.
Fr. Ron, on Sunday, asked the parish to try to bring friends and acquaintances to church for the next 2 weeks.  This is a very honorable yet daunting challenge.  However, if you are unable to find anyone, the most important thing is to bring yourself to church.  This is the most important time in the church year.  Beginning with Palm Sunday, continuing with Holy Week services on Thursday and Friday, concluding with The Sunday of the Resurrection (Easter).
My faith in the Nominating Committee is very strong, knowing they will serve in the best interests of the church which is why I am only going out until the end of May for supply priests.  However, we all know it is not the speed in which a priest is found but to find the best priest possible for our parish.  Please keep the Nominating Committee in your prayers.
A blessed Easter is my fondest wish for all of you.
John Worsham  Sr. Warden
“Almighty God, giver of every good gift;  Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a priest for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen” (page 818 in the Prayer Book)

Hymn Notes

April 2, 2017

“Humbly I Adore Thee” H-314 (Adore devote)
(Communion Hymn)

It never ceases to amaze me how hymns have lasted over 400 years and continue to speak to us today and no doubt will go on to speak to future generations of Christians. My imagination can visualize our joining with all the Christians through the ages who have sung these hymns. This beautiful communion hymn initially appeared as a poem in popular devotional collections of the Middle Ages. In the Roman Missal of 1570, Pope Pius V included the text as a poem among the Prayers of Preparation and Thanksgiving, where it has appeared ever since. For Episcopal use, it first appeared in Hymnal 1940.

The Latin text has been ascribed to Thomas Aquinas and is believed to have been written when he was preparing the Office Mass for the Festival of Corpus Christi, 1263. The Text Committee for Hymnal 1982 prepared a new translation of stanza 4 to facilitate congregational singing and to remove archaic language. You might want to spend some time with this text, reading it as a poem, to truly absorb its devotional communion message. It is a powerful meditation.

ADORO DEVOTE is the tune long associated with this text. The earliest known source of this melody is a Parisian Processional dating from 1697. Plainsong-like in nature, it is probably more recent than many of the plainsong melodies we sing. It is based on thirteenth century Benedictine plainsong, Mode V. You may notice its similarity to one of the melodies we use for chanting the Psalm on some Sundays. It’s not the one we are using during Lent, however.

“Go Forth for God; Go to the World in Peace” H-347 (Litton)
(Recessional Hymn)

This is not an easy hymn to learn, but we have been singing it a number of times in the last two years, and it’s getting stronger. Due to its strong text, it is definitely worthy of learning and keeping in our hymn repertoire; so continue your good efforts to learn it. The choir is there to lead and support the singing, not do it for us. The hymn is definitely a unified body-of-Christ proclamation.

The hymn is very fitting for a closing hymn since it is based on the Eucharistic prayer “send us now into the world in peace . . . to love and serve you” and on the dismissal “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.” Inspired by the Confirmation blessing in the 1928 Prayer Book, the text was written by British priest and poet John Raphael Peacey. The date of composition is unknown, but we know that in March 1970 Canon Peacey submitted a revision to the Hymn Society.

The tune LITTON was written especially for this text by the famed composer, hymnologist, and teacher, the Rev. Dr. Erik Routley. It was commissioned in 1982 by the Choir of Trinity Parish, Princeton, NJ, to honor its organist and choirmaster James R. Litton upon the end of his tenure there. Dr. Routley’s tune paints the mood of the text with its tone of command and action. Notice the opening phrase that rises up in strength with the word “God” at its peak and extends the words “go to the world.” It is my hope that we can sing this text with a sense of commitment and strength.

Joyce Neel Crofts
Organist/Choirmaster

A Message from our Senior Warden

March 21, 2017

Today, on the church calendar, Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr is honored. (Lots of martyrs back then) He authored the first Book of Common Prayer and wrote other services such as the Litany of which some form is still used in the church today. He was the architect of the break from Rome and establishing the Church of England which allowed Henry the VIII to marry Catherine of Aragon, the widow of his older brother. Henry’s child of this marriage was Mary (Bloody Mary) who became queen in 1553. Mary, who was raised Catholic, imprisoned many reformers of the day including Cramner. While in prison, Cramner disavowed his protestant views and pledged his loyalty to Rome and the Holy See. However, on the day he was to publicly announce this to the world, he recanted his vows to the pope, his death sentence was reinstated and was put to death by burning at the stake.

One of the beautiful things of the Episcopal Church is our Liturgy and the beautiful language within each version. Please accept what I am about to say in the spirit of which it is intended. We are all creatures of habit and when we use Rite II ten months out of the year, we get use to the responses which become ingrained in our memory. Rite I (the more formal liturgy) has completely different responses. To get the full value and meaning of the different services, I encourage the congregation to pick up the prayer book and physically follow the Rite I service to receive the full impact of its meaning. Rite II will be used for baptism this week with Mthr. Elise Johnstone officiating. We will go back to Rite I the following Sunday.

The church has hired an office administrator. This person will begin their responsibilities the second week of April. We expect this person to work 2 days a week for around 4 hours a day. This will reduce, tremendously, our reliance on the wonderful volunteers who have carried the load since last July. My undying thanks and respect for those who volunteered answering the phone, scheduled Sunday service personnel, and of course the bulletin. The office administrator’s name is Donna Whorley.

Peace to all. John Worsham Sr. Warden

HYMN NOTES

March 26, 2017

“O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”     H-493 (Azmon)

This opening processional hymn is one of the most popular hymns of praise sung today across all denominations. On this particular Sunday, we sing of our praise and belief as we reflect on both our baptism and the Gospel’s story of the blind man healed by Jesus.  Charles Wesley was inspired to write the poem after a conversation with Moravian Peter Bohler during which Wesley asked him about praising Christ.  Bohler replied, “Had I a thousand tongues, I would praise Him with them all.”

Written by Charles Wesley on the first anniversary of his conversion in 1740, the text originally contained eighteen stanzas and was titled “For the anniversary day of one’s conversion.”  It could easily reflect the praise we all feel at the moment of our declared belief and baptism.   Of the eighteen stanzas, the most common contemporary version consists of original stanzas 7-12 with stanza 1 now being our last stanza 6.

The tune AZMON was written in 1828 by German composer Carl Gotthilf Glaser.  The name assigned by Lowell Mason in a hymnal collection was the name of derived a place mentioned in the Bible (Num. 34:4-5 and Jos. 15:4).  Composed for this text, the hymn tune was first used in an Episcopal hymnal in The Second Supplement to Hymnal 1940.

“I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light”   H-490 (Houston)

(Reprinted in part from February 5, 2017)

The Sequence hymn is our response to today’s Epistle reading:  “Once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light.  Live as children of light—for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true.”

This contemporary hymn, both text and tune written by Kathleen Tomerson, began in the summer of 1966 when a heat wave and an airline strike simultaneously hit the city of St. Louis at a time when her mother was visiting her.  She decided to drive her mother back to Houston working out the harmonies in her head.  She finished the harmonization in Houston at her parents’ piano.

As you have noticed, many hymn tunes derive their names from the geographical location where they were composed.  Mrs. Tomerson honors the city of Houston, the home of her family and the location of the parish with which she has deep emotional ties and where the hymn was first sung.

 

 

“Thine Arm, O Lord, in Days of Old”    H-567 (St. Matthew)

This closing recessional hymn from the nineteenth century is rich in references to Christ’s healing ministry in both physical infirmities and spiritual healing—“. . . thy touch brought life and health. . . .”   The closing stanza begins “Be thou our great deliverer still, thou Lord of life and death” and ends with the declaration that all “praise thee evermore.”  So, as we ponder our own healing, belief, and baptism, we sing joyfully in praise.

Edward Hayes Plumtre, Oxford chaplain and biblical scholar, wrote the text to this hymn which was first published in 1864 in leaflet form as A Hymn used in the Chapel of King’s College Hospital.

The tune ST. MATTHEW has long been attributed to William Croft, although there is no solid evidence of that and no other suggestion of the composer’s identity. It was originally used with Tate & Brady’s Psalm 33, but in the next hundred years, it was used with numerous texts, none of which seemed to dominate.  There is no specific reason found for the tune’s name, although it seems that the unidentified editors of the 1708 Supplement chose names of major saints not already associated with psalm tunes and distributed them among the tunes printed in that edition.

Joyce Neel Crofts

Organist/Choirmaster

HYMN NOTES

March 19, 2017

“Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken” – H-522 (Austria)

This opening processional hymn of praise is based on a paraphrase of Isaiah 33: 20-21 and reflects the state of the redeemed in the kingdom of God.  A phrase specifically linking the “living water” theme in our lectionary this day is in the second stanza—“See! the streams of living waters, springing from eternal love, well supply thy sons and daughters. . .Grace which, like the Lord, the giver, never fails from age to age.”

The first published matching to the tune Austria was in 1889 in the Primitive Methodist Hymnal and a supplement to Hymns Ancient and Modern.  The text was written by John Newton, an ex-slaveship captain and Anglican evangelist, who was converted at sea and wrote “Amazing Grace” to describe his experience.  Newton was a prolific hymn writer, often writing one a week to correspond to his sermon.  This text first appeared in 1779 in the Olney Hymns, the result of collaboration with English poet William Cowper.

Franz Joseph Haydn composed the tune Austria in 1797 as the Austrian national anthem for the birthday of the Austrian Emperor.  In his prior visits to London he had been struck by the powerful hold that “God Save the King” had over the emotions of the British people and sought to compose such an anthem for Germany.  Haydn loved the tune so much that he used it in the second movement of String Quartet No. 3 in C.  As you know, Haydn was a prolific composer.  Haydn was a devout Christian and was grateful to God for his talent.  According to one source, the tune was the last thing he played on the piano five days before his death.

No discussion of this hymn is complete without noting its strong popularity until the beginning of World War II when its use was associated with the German oppression of the Jews.  Since then, the singing of this tune has been difficult for some people.  Of note, however, is that a number of other hymn texts have since been set to this tune, and as the years have gone by, its temporary negative association has been severely diluted.

When we as contemporary Christians sing this hymn, I believe we attach the message of the text we sing, which is praise to God for our redemption into his kingdom.  The fact that Hitler tried to co-opt the hymn for his own purposes does not take away the marvelous texts and Haydn’s beloved tune that we sang before and since WWII.  My hope is that on Sunday we will sing this hymn with the strong faith expression and dignity it requires.  As Haydn wrote at the end of every composition:  “Laus Deo”

“O Love of God, How Strong and True” H-456 (de Tar)

We first learned this contemporary hymn about 3 years ago and have been singing it ever since to two different texts, the second being “O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee” (H-659).  It is a beautiful lyrical text set to a contemporary meditative tune that is in the style of a slow rock song.  Although the style is different from the usual hymn, it helps to simply sing it with a relaxed flow, letting the organ’s accompaniment flow in and out of the singing.

The text was written by Horatius Bonar, a minister in the Free Church of Scotland and a prolific hymn writer who included this text in a hymnal in 1861.  His text was first matched with this tune in a supplement to Hymnal 1982.  The text, which consists of four phrases, each containing a separate thought, fits the four phrases of the tune, each separated by rests.

The tune de Tar was composed in 1970 by Calvin Hampton and named in honor of a supportive colleague, Dr. Vernon de Tar, Organist/Choirmaster, Church of the Ascension, New York City.  Although he was a distinguished recitalist and organist/choirmaster of Calvary Church, New York, Calvin Hampton is best known as a writer of hymn tunes—our hymnal contains five of his tunes.  Famed hymnologist Dr. Erik Routley called him “the greatest living composer of hymn tunes.”  Dr. Routley went on to say “. . .It is fair to say that nobody so far has achieved as completely as Hampton a liberated hymn writing style while at the same time insisting on providing a truly congregational tune.”

So, as we sing this sequence tune, just let it flow easily, unhurried, and allow the text of each phrase to infuse your heart and mind as it ponders the love of God in redeeming his people, even as we are reminded of this from the Epistle lesson: “God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.”

Joyce Neel Crofts

Organist/Choirmaster