What We’re Singing: Easter Sunday

What we’re singing at First Baptist Church of Berkeley this Sunday

Easter Sunday – “Christ is risen, Christ is risen, indeed!”

The service begins with recorded music and words for contemplation, the Matthew 28 telling of the resurrection story.

Hymns of Rejoicing:

“Christ is Risen! Shout Hosanna!”                                                                       (words: Brian Wren, 1986; tune: hymn to joy, Ludwig van Beethoven, 1824)

Stanza 1:                                                                                                                           Christ is risen! Shout Hosanna! Celebrate this day of days!                                    Christ is risen! Hush in wonder! All creation is amazed.                                         In the desert all-surrounding, see, a spreading tree has grown.                  Healing leaves of grace abounding bring a taste of love unknown.

“Good Christians All, Rejoice and Sing!”                                                            (words: Cyril Alington, 1931 tune: gelobt sei gott, Melchior Vulpius, 1609)

Psalm 100 responsive reading, with sung response:                                         Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.                                                       (words and music by Rawn Harbor, 2006)

Scripture Reading: Luke 24:1–12 (Luke’s version of the resurrection story)

Hymn: “Because You Live, O Christ”                                                                             (words: Shirley Erena Murray, 1987; tune: vruechten, Dutch melody, 17th century)

Stanza 1:                                                                                                                              Because you live, O Christ, the garden of the world has come to flower;          the darkness of the tomb is flooded with your resurrection power.                 The stone has rolled away and death cannot imprison!                                           O sing this Easter Day, for Jesus Christ has risen!

Scripture Reading: John 20:1-18 (the Good News as recorded by John)

Hymn: “Woman, Weeping in the Garden”                                                          (words: Dan Damon, 1991; tune: kingdom, V. Earl Copes, 1959)

  1. Woman, weeping in the garden, who has pushed the stone aside?           Who has taken Jesus’ body; Jesus Christ, the crucified?
  1. Woman, waiting in the garden, after men have come and gone;                after angels give their witness, silently you watch the dawn.
  1. Woman, walking in the garden, Jesus takes you by surprise;                    when the gardener calls you, “Mary!” faith and joy meet in your eyes.
  1. Woman weeping in the garden, weep for joy, for you have seen              Jesus Christ, Messiah, risen; Christ, of whom the prophets dream.
  1. Woman, dancing from the garden, find the others and proclaim                Christ is risen as he promised; tell the world he knew your name!

Message – “An Easter People (Minister Sharon Allen, preaching)

Hymn: “I Know that My Redeemer Lives”                                                               (words: Samuel Medley, 1775; tune: duke street, attrib. John Hatton, 1793)

Time of Sharing and Prayer

Time of Offering

Hymn of Dedication: “He Lives”                                                                                        (words and music: Alfred H. Ackley, 1933)

Call to Communion: Mark 16:1-7 (the resurrection story as told by Mark)

Sharing the Bread and Cup

Hymn of Joy: “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today”                                                        (words: Charles Wesley, 1739; tune easter hymns, Lyra Davidica 1708)

Stanza 4:                                                                                                                                     Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!                                                         Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!                                                                                Made like Christ, like Christ we rise, Alleluia!                                                                 Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Easter Blessing:

Pastor: Behold, I tell you a mystery! We shall not all die, but we shall all be changed, for the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised. For, like Christ, our earthly bodies shall put on immortality and the saying shall be fulfilled:

People: “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O grave is your sting?”

Pastor: Thanks be to you, O God, who gives us the victory through Jesus the Christ. And as we say “Amen,” Eternal One, we proclaim for all time:

People: I know that my redeemer lives!

Pastor: Christ is risen!

ALL: Christ is risen, indeed! Amen!

 

FBC Berkeley worships at 10:00 am every Sunday in Crouch Classroom, Hobart Hall, on the ABSW campus. Rev. Dr. Nancy E. Hall (ABSW faculty) is the pastor. Come sing with us! We are a Welcoming and Affirming congregation for the LGBTQ community (www.fbcberkeley.org).

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What We’re Singing: Fourth Sunday of Lent

What we’re singing at First Baptist Church of Berkeley this Sunday
Fourth Sunday in the Season of Lent (theme for Lent: “Lifting Up Our Souls”)

 Opening Hymn: “How Deep the Silence of the Soul”
(words: Sylvia Dunstan, 1989; tune: resignation, traditional American tune)

How deep the silence of the soul that lives within your grace.
How full the gratitude of heart in your abiding place.
What rich serenity is found, what courage and release
when wisdom teaches us to seek the gentle path to peace.

Following the Prayer of invocation and Confession, we sing these Words of Assurance (Taíze chant):

In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful, in the Lord I will rejoice.
Look to God, do not be afraid, lift up your voices – the Lord is near.

Psalm of the Day: No. 107 (selected verses)

Sung Response: “Give Thanks unto Our Gracious Lord” (stanza 1)
(words: The Scottish Psalter, 1929; tune: ellacombe)

Give thanks unto our gracious God, who loves us faithfully,
whose tender mercy shall endure through all eternity.
Let God’s redeemed proclaim these words and give God thanks and praise,
who rescued them from danger’s hands, preserved them all their days.

Hebrew Scripture Reading: Numbers 21:4–9 (“Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?”)

Sung Response: “Give Thanks unto Our Gracious Lord” (stanza 2)

God gathered them from distant lands, from north, south, east, and west.
They strayed in desert pathless ways, no city found to rest.
Their weary souls within them faint when thirst and hunger press;
in trouble, then, they cried to God; who saved them from distress.

Gospel text, John 3:14–21 (“And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up.”)

Sung Response: “Give Thanks unto Our Gracious Lord” (stanza 3)

God made the way before us straight, and God became our guide,
that we would find a lasting home, and there we might abide.
Let all the children of our God sing praises for this grace,
and for the works of wonder done in every time and place!

Hymn in response to the preached message: “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”(words: Isaac Watts, 1707; tune: hamburg, Lowell Mason, 1825)

Stanza 3:

See, from his head, his hands, his feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Hymn of Dedication: “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”

Stanza 4:

Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were a present far too small.
Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.

Hymn for the Lenten Journey: “Go Walk with God in All You Do”
(words: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, 2004; tune tallis canon, Thomas Tallis, c. 1567)

Go walk with God in all you do, and may God’s love bring joy to you.
May gifts of peace fill all your days, and may God’s truth guide you always.

FBC Berkeley worships at 10:00 am every Sunday in Crouch Classroom, Hobart Hall, on the ABSW campus. Rev. Dr. Nancy E. Hall (ABSW faculty) is the pastor. Our preacher this Sunday is Dr. Norman Gottwald. Come sing with us! We are a Welcoming and Affirming congregation for the LGBTQ community (www.fbcberkeley.org).

What We’re Singing: Second Sunday of Lent

What we’re singing at First Baptist Church of Berkeley this Sunday
Second Sunday in the Season of Lent (theme for Lent: “Lifting Up Our Souls”)

Opening Hymn: “How Deep the Silence of the Soul”
(words: Sylvia Dunstan, 1989; tune: resignation, traditional American tune)

How deep the silence of the soul that lives within your grace.
How full the gratitude of heart in your abiding place.
What rich serenity is found, what courage and release
when wisdom teaches us to seek the gentle path to peace.

Following the Prayer of invocation and Confession, we sing these Words of Assurance (by James E. Moore, Jr.):

Taste and see, taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Psalm of the Day: No. 22:23-31, with sung response “Taste and see …”

Gospel text, Mark 8:31–38 (”All who want to come after me must take up their cross and follow me.”)

Hymn in response to the preached message: “You Call Us, Lord”
(words: Jane Marshall, 1992; tune: rhosymedre, John David Edwards, 1840)

Stanzas 1 and 3:

You call us, Lord, to be a people set apart,
to feel with thoughtful mind and think with tender heart.
Thus chosen, now, O Lord, we ask for faith in your unfailing grace
to make us equal to the task.

You call us, Lord, to be good stewards of the earth;
to tend it as a place of blessedness and worth.
Thus chosen, now, O Lord, we ask for faith in your unfailing grace
to make us equal to the task.

Hymn of Dedication: “Friends in Faith”
(words: Delores Dufner, 1993; tune: restoration, Southern Harmony, 1835)

Friends in faith who follow Jesus, hear the message of the cross:
Worldly wisdom now is folly; worldly riches count as loss.

Call to Communion: “Taste and See”

Hymn for the Lenten Journey: “Go Walk with God in All You Do”
(words: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, 2004; tune tallis canon, Thomas Tallis, c. 1567)

Go walk with God in all you do, and may God’s love bring joy to you.
May gifts of peace fill all your days, and may God’s truth guide you always.

FBC Berkeley worships at 10:00 am every Sunday in Crouch Classroom, Hobart Hall, on the ABSW campus. Rev. Dr. Nancy E. Hall (ABSW faculty) is the pastor. Our preacher this Sunday is Minister Sharon Allen. Come sing with us! We are a Welcoming and Affirming congregation for the LGBTQ community.

What we’re singing at First Baptist Church of Berkeley this Sunday

Dr. Nancy Hall serves as a professor at ABSW and as pastor of First Baptist Church of Berkeley, CA. The congregation is resident at the seminary. Each week Dr. Hall shares the musical selections the congregation will offer in worship. We hope you enjoy the ongoing series. 

 

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany and Annual Meeting Sunday

Hymn of Praise: “Praise my Soul, the God of Heaven”
(words: Henry F. Lyte, 1834; tune: lauda anima, John Goss, 1869)

Hebrew Scripture Reading: Isaiah 40:21-31

Related stanza from previous hymn:
Frail as summer’s flower we flourish; blows the wind and it is gone.
But, while mortals rise and perish, God’s compassion still lives on.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise the high eternal One!

Gospel text, Mark 1:29-39 (Jesus heals Simon’s mother-in-law; heals townfolk of diseases and demons)

Hymn in response to the text:
“O Christ, Your Heart Compassionate” (stanzas 1–2)
(words: Herman G. Stuempfle, Jr. 2006; tune: ellacombe, Gesangbuch der H. W. k. Hofkapelle, 1784)

Hymn in response to the preached message: same as above (stanzas 3-4)

Sample stanza:
O Christ, create new hearts in us that beat in time with yours,
That, joined by faith with your great heart, become Love’s open doors.
We are your body, risen Christ; our hearts, our hands, we yield
That through our life and ministry your love may be revealed.

Sung Prayer Response: “I Know the Lord’s Laid His Hands On Me”
(words and music: African American spiritual)

Hymn of Dedication: “God of Aims and God of Ends”
(words: John A Dalles, 1992; tune: boundless mercy, Union Harmony, 1837)

Sample stanza:
God of aims and God of ends, grace us now and ever,
Pastor, people, family, friends, in each grand endeavor!
Give us joy this gladsome day, peace in joys and sorrows,
Grant your deep abiding way, blessing our tomorrows.

Song of Commitment: “We Are Marching in the Light of God”
This lively Zulu/Zhosa freedom song originated in South Africa and has gone on to be sung around the globe (translation of words: Gracia Grindal, 1984; tune: siyahamba)

FBC Berkeley worships at 10:00 am every Sunday in Crouch Classroom, Hobart Hall, on the ABSW campus. Rev. Dr. Nancy E. Hall (ABSW faculty) is the pastor. Our preacher this Sunday is Pastor Hall. Come sing with us! We are a Welcoming and Affirming congregation (www.fbc-berkeley.org).

Songs for First Baptist: February 1

Dr. Nancy Hall serves as a professor at ABSW and as pastor of First Baptist Church of Berkeley, CA. The congregation is resident at the seminary. Each week Dr. Hall shares the musical selections the congregation will offer in worship. We hope you enjoy the ongoing series. 

FEBRUARY 1, 2015

What we’re singing at First Baptist Church of Berkeley this Sunday

Hymn of Praise: “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
(words: Thomas O. Chisholm, 1923; tune: faithfulness, William M. Runyan, 1923)

Psalm 111, with congregational sung response (refrain from previous hymn)

Gospel text, Mark 1:21-28 (Jesus casts a demon from a man in the synagogue at Capernaum) Chant in response to the text:

“Our darkness is never darkness in your sight: the deepest night is clear as the daylight.” (words and music – Taizé Community/Jacques Berthier, 1981)

Hymn in response to the preached message: “O God of Life, Your Healing Touch”
(words: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, 1991; tune  st. columba, ancient Irish melody)

Sample stanzas:

1. O God of life, your healing touch brings wholeness and salvation!
In you, this world you love so much becomes a new creation.

2. Through Jesus Christ you blessed the poor, unleashed your gifts of healing.
You gave new sight, new strength, new life — to all, your love revealing.

© 2004 The Center for Christian Ethics, Baylor Univ., Waco, Texas, Used with permission

Hymn of Dedication: “Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness”
(words: Rusty Edwards; music: nettleton, John Wyeth, 1813)

Sample stanzas:

1. Praise the one who breaks the darkness with a liberating light.
Praise the one who frees the prisoners, turning blindness into sight.
Praise the one who preached the Gospel, healing every dread disease,
calming storms and feeding thousands with the very bread of peace.

2. Praise the one who blessed the children with a strong yet gentle word.
Praise the one who drove out demons with a piercing two-edged sword.
Praise the one who brings cool water to the desert’s burning sand.
From this well comes living water, quenching thirst in every land.
Words © 1987 by Hope Publishing Co. (OneLicense #A-716222)

Song of Commitment: “We Are Marching in the Light of God”

This lively Zulu/Zhosa freedom song originated in South Africa and has gone on to be sung around the globe (translation of words: Gracia Grindal, 1984; tune: siyahamba)

FBC Berkeley worships at 10:00 am every Sunday in Crouch Classroom, Hobart Hall, on the ABSW campus. Rev. Dr. Nancy E. Hall (ABSW faculty) is the pastor. Our preacher this Sunday is Associate Minister Sharon Allen. Come sing with us! We are a Welcoming and Affirming congregation.

Words That Matter

The planning of worship always deserves our best efforts. When it comes to congregational music, we are blessed with an overwhelming abundance of hymns and songs for our people to sing. Lifting our voices together is one of most amazing and unifying activities in which we engage. Yet, too often, we choose from a very small pool of music for Sunday worship and miss the riches that are available.

As a pastor and worship planner, it may surprise you that I spend just as much time each week choosing what the congregation will sing as I do in researching and writing my sermon. The congregation’s song and voice are that important! While I’m blessed to have an excellent personal library of hymnals and songbooks, there are wonderful and comprehensive resources online that anyone can consult. For instance, www.hymnary.org is available to all of us and is a treasure trove of information about hymns and congregational song. Check it out!

In this blog posting I want to share a superb hymn text from one of our newer hymn writers. I’ve mentioned Jacque B. Jones before – she is currently the president of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada (www.thehymnsociety.org). Her first book of hymn texts was published just this year, and debuted at the Hymn Society’s annual conference this past July, in Columbus, Ohio. Songs Unchanged, Yet Ever-Changing (GIA Publications, 2014) includes fifty texts on a variety of subjects, some of which have few (if any) previous hymns written about them: adult baptism, exploring our faith by asking questions, the story of Ruth and Naomi, how we regard our enemies, Mary Magdalene, and affordable housing, just to name a few.

So, one of my favorite hymns by Jacque (which convicts me every time I sing it) is “Hear This from a Homeless Stranger.” My congregation, First Baptist Church of Berkeley, meets at ABSW, right across the street from People’s Park, where several dozen homeless and marginalized people gather daily. It’s impossible to read these words or sing this hymn without picturing our neighbors. As you read this hymn, I invite you to be in prayer for all those who struggle to find warmth and shelter, who simply wish to be noticed by those who pass by.

Hear this from a homeless stranger, nameless face in shadowed crowd,
makeshift bed and scant possessions, nothing here to make me proud.
It’s so easy to ignore me, hasten steps and hurry by:
better not to glimpse my struggle, better not to hear my sigh.

There are times you pass my pallet on your way to sing and pray.
In the church you join with others thanking God for each fine day.
I can hear your joyful music from my joyless hiding place.
I am thankful just for shelter, gentle word, or knowing face.

I hear God deplores injustice, calls for change in thought and deed.
I thought Jesus lived compassion: reaching first to those in need.
Seeing me, you all fall silent, you who worship, pray, and sing.
You have vision. You have voices. You have influence to bring.

But you’ve places you must go to, you have people you must see;
busy lives and tending families, giving little thought to me.
Yet I wonder what would happen if our roles should rearrange:
you’d be sleeping on this threshold, I would be a voice for change.

 

Jacque B. Jones, 2005; © 2011, 2014 GIA Publications Inc.
Printed by permission, OneLicense #A-716222
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Yes, we can sing about the homeless when we worship. We should! When we sing we embody our calling, our mission, and our values. Friends, let’s be singing about things that matter.

I invite you to contact me or to offer a comment here about expanding the congregation’s song.

 

Rev. Dr. Nancy E. Hall is Associate Professor of Ministry and Congregational Music and Director of Contextual Education at American Baptist Seminary of the West.

ABSW CONTEXTUAL EDUCATION

Celebrating our 2012-13 ABSW Student Interns

Beginning with summer 2012 and through the fall and spring semesters, Director of Contextual Education and Associate Professor of Ministry, Dr. Nancy Hall, has worked with ten student ministry interns during this academic year. Some have already completed their work; others will wrap up their assignments this month. These are students in both the Masters in Community Leadership and the Master of Divinity degree programs. All have done outstanding work in a wide variety of ministry sites, typical of ABSW’s commitment to diversity both in contextual education and throughout our curriculum.

IMG_3175 Nancy, Clanci, AntonClanci Cochran completed her two–semester MCL internship last August at City Year Sacramento, working as Regional Admissions Manager West Coast under the supervision of Anton Taylor, Regional Director, Diversity Recruitment West Coast. City Year, a nation-wide program, is an education-focused, nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of fulltime service to keep students in school and on track to graduation. [www.cityyear.org/sacramento.aspx ](Photo: Dr. Nancy Hall, Clanci, and Anton).

 

anitalatinAnita Latin focused her two-semester internship on the founding and building of her own non-profit organization in San Francisco, OVL Foundation. Initially, OVL will be reaching out via Abba House, providing transitional housing for single mothers ages 18 to 20. Other programs will be developed in the future. Anita’s internship supervisor was Rev. Dr. Brenda Goudeaux, co-founding pastor of Calvary Christian Center, Sacramento. Anita began her ABSW Doctor of Ministry program this past January. [www.ovlfoundation.org]

 

BHLeeByung-Hwoon Lee arrived from Korea in 2011 and completed his MCL internship in December 2012, serving at Oakland Korean United Methodist Church. He ministered to the young adult group and also worked on writing a centennial history of the congregation. Rev. Kang−Won Lee is the senior pastor of the church and served as Hwoon’s supervisor. Hwoon began ABSW Doctor of Ministry degree coursework this January.

 

paulettePaulette Anthony undertook an extended unit of Clinical Pastoral Education from October to February at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco for her MCL internship. She provided spiritual care to families, patients, and staff in adult intensive care, oncology, and general medicine. Her ACPE Associate Supervisor was Allison Kestenbaum.

 

 

 
Ron ColeRon Cole served during the fall semester with Dr. Ronald Burris, pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Richmond. He has continued his MCL internship year this spring by ministering with the visitation team to sick and shut-ins at Allen Temple Baptist Church, working with supervisors Rev. Olu Bereola and Rev. Jessie Land.

 

 
sanol leeSandol Lee serves as an associate minister at Contra Costa Korean Presbyterian Church, conducting weekday early morning services, leading the singles ministry, and working with the praise band. He will complete his MCL internship this spring, under the supervision of Rev. Jason Jeon, senior pastor of the church.

 

Eun-Jeong LeeEun–Jeong Lee is enjoying the first semester of her MCL internship at Logos Church in Fremont by leading the music program and starting prayer groups. Her supervising pastor is Rev. Seung Ku Jung.

 

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Three Master of Divinity students will complete their Middler Colloquium coursework and internships this month.
Photo: Elder Virgil Childs and ABSW Students Elder Loretta Belton (front), Rev. John Adams and Rev. Yvonne Adcock (back)

John Adams is the Supply Pastor at Elmhurst Presbyterian Church in Oakland, carrying out a full range of ministerial duties during his internship year. He is being supervised by Rev. Sonia Coleman (MDiv 2009).  As John began his pastorate he was also mentored by the late Rev. Dr. R. Thomas Coleman, who passed away in October.

Yvonne Adcock’s internship site has been Balsam House in Oakland, a non–profit residential home for women in transition that Yvonne founded and runs. Her supervisor this year has been Ms. Barbara McDavid of Parks Chapel AME, Oakland.

Loretta Belton, an elder in the Seventh Day Adventist Church, has served her internship this year at Market Street SDA Church in Oakland. Her supervisor is the pastor of the church, Elder Virgil Childs, who also serves as Coordinator of African American Ministries for the Northern California Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists.

Contextual education is at the heart of ABSW’s innovative curriculum. As one group of students completes their year of supervised internship, junior year students at ABSW are working with Dr. Hall this spring to finalize their MDiv and MCL placements for 2013–14.