Jan Charney

Sermon by Canon Clifford Carr
At the private requiem liturgy and committal for the family
Trinity Easton, April 2, 2017

[A memorial and celebration of Jan's life, open to the community, will be held at Trinity Easton on Saturday, April 22 at 2:00 p.m.]

 

And so through all the length of days thy goodness faileth never:
Good Shepherd may I sing thy praise within thy house for ever.

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They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water....."

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She was nourished with your body and blood,
grant her a place at the table in your heavenly kingdom.  

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The hour is coming and now is,
when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.

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   These words of scripture, hymn and prayer are words of promise and hope .... words of homecoming and welcome. At a time of death and sadness they speak to us of the hope that is ours as the People of God. They assure us that we have a share in the eternal life of God, in that place where the shepherd knows us by name and where we will join with the angels & archangels and all the company of heaven to sing the praises of God.

   We hear, sing and pray words like this at the time of death because we Christians believe that life is not ended in death. We believe that Jan's life continues in a new form in a new place, for although the body has died, her spirit has been born again into a glorious and wonderful life - a life that we will share with her one day, for not even death can separate us from the love of God in Christ.

   The Prayer Book is quite clear in saying that what we do here this afternoon is an Easter liturgy. We wear white vestments, the Easter candle, which is lit at every baptism, burns now to symbolize the Risen Christ who scatters the darkness of sin and death. When Janet was baptized, the life of the Risen Christ was poured into her soul, she was anointed by the Holy Spirit and filled with the Spirit's gifts which would help and guide her throughout her earthly journey. From that moment, she belonged to Christ. And now she has traveled long and well through this part of her life and she has been raised up to her eternal home.  

   "We are an Easter People, and Alleluia is our song!" There's no doubt that Jan lived an "Easter Life" - she knew a lot about death, resurrection and new life, after having been in recovery for almost 37 years.... as someone passionate about gardening, she had faith that those dead bulbs and bare branches, those seeds sown, would come to life with the returning spring.

"Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain,
wheat that in dark earth many days has lain;
love lives again, that with the dead has been:     
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green."

   Those words of an English poet set to the music of a 15th century French carol were favorites of Jan, and yet one more way she shared her Easter Faith with us. For her the mature grain in the sheaf of wheat was a direct symbol of the Resurrection: the life beyond the grave, the fulfillment of the baptismal promise.

   In our youth, Jan, Dan & I were formed and nurtured in our faith by the hymns of the Hymnal 1940, and I remember one hymn which was always sung at funerals, but which did not make it into the current hymnal. "Ten Thousand Times Ten Thousand." -- the third verse began with these words which have stayed with me for more than 60 years: "O then what raptured greetings on Canaan's happy shore, what knitting severed friendships up, where partings are no more...." I'm looking forward to that - and of course I also expect rare roast beef & good scotch along with a grand organ of many ranks! Just think of the noisy reunion there has been with Jan and all those who have gone before her as she now takes her place in the heavenly choir.

   The question, of course is, will she sing alto or tenor?

   At any rate, she will celebrate the Easter feast at a different table and on a distant shore in a place prepared for her from the moment of her baptism. In baptism we are marked and sealed as Christ's own forever - that's a long time. ... far longer than 78 years. Eternity is a reality - God delivers - it's letting go at this end that's tough - the rest is a snap!

   On an occasion such as this, I once heard her say that there are people who "stand on the God-ward side" of us ... People who help us see what God's love is all about. ... That God's love is for everyone. That's God's love is to be celebrated – that God's love is about being an "Alleluia people" – that God's love is about living life to the fullest – enjoying the gifts of God: Good music, good food, good works ... good giving & living.

   Jan was one of those people for many of us.

   Dan, Beth, Kira & David – you and those close to you will hear many things about this special woman in the days and weeks to come – things that you know and things that are perhaps a surprise. In the hearing and telling of these stories you will be reminded that she was someone who lived out her love for God and for you as best as she was able. In all of this you will not only remember her, but you will also learn something of the power, grace, hospitality and generosity of God. It is Jan's continuing gift to you.  

   May she Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory!


JUBILATE (A) for Advent 2016 - Epiphany 2017

 

The primary theme of Advent is “expectation.” Blue, the English royal color is increasingly used as the color of Advent to distinguish the mood of this season from that of Lent. The Gloria is omitted, to be resumed with greater joy on Christmas Eve. Eucharistic Prayer B is especially appropriate because of its emphasis on the Incarnation.   During the Advent season the Penitential Order or the Great Litany may be used to begin the liturgy. The Great Litany (S-67) ends with the Kyrie, and the Eucharist begins with the salutation of the Collect of the Day. The Prayers of the People following the Creed may be omitted when the Litany is used. When an Advent wreath is used in the church, no special prayers or ceremonial elaboration beyond what is described on page 143 of the Prayer Book is desirable. At morning services the appropriate number of candles is lighted before the service begins. (See BOS, p. 30)

[hymns marked (*) are appropriate for use

between the epistle and gospel]

 

The First Sunday of Advent   [Year A]                                                         11/27/16

11                Awake, my soul, and with the sun

53               Once he came in blessing

58*             Lo! he comes with clouds descending

61*              “Sleepers wake!” A voice astounds us

68               Rejoice! rejoice, believers

70               Herald, sound the note of judgment

71               Hark! the glad sound! the Savior comes

73*             The King shall come when morning dawns

462             The Lord will come and not be slow

615             “Thy kingdom come!” on bended knee the passing ages pray

WLP                                             Levas II

721       Signs of ending all around us            6       Christ is coming: Prepare the way

749       The tree of life my soul hath seen    11       Prepare ye the way of the Lord

The Second Sunday of Advent                                               12/04/16

59*             Hark! A thrilling voice is sounding

65*             Prepare the way, O Zion

67*             Comfort, comfort ye my people

76*             On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry

332             O God, unseen yet ever near

540             Awake, thou Spirit of the watchmen

542             Christ is the world’s true Light

601             O day of God, draw night

616             Hail to the Lord’s Anointed

640             Watchman, tell us of the night

WLP                                             Levas II

724       People, look East                            2     Oh, thou that tellest good tidings

 

 

The Third Sunday of Advent                                                        12/11/16

66               Come, thou long expected Jesus

79*             Herald, sound the note of judgment

74               Blest be the King whose coming

76*             On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry

365             Come, thou Almighty King

444*           Blessed be the God of Israel

462             The Lord will come and not be slow

539             O Zion haste, thy mission high fulfilling

597             O day of peace that dimly shines

679             Surely it is God who saves me

WLP                                                                           LEVAS II

722             The desert shall rejoice                              7     I want to be ready

723             Isaiah the prophet has written of old           121     Baptized in water

The Fourth Sunday of Advent                                                       12/18/16

53               Once he came in blessing

56               O come, O come, Emmanuel

66*             Come, thou long expected Jesus

73               The King shall come when morning dawns

264*           The Word whom earth and sea and sky

265*           The Angel Gabriel from heaven came

324*           Let all mortal flesh keep silence

436             Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates

437*           Tell out my soul, the greatness of the Lord

497             How bright appears the Morning Star

WLP                                             LEVAS II

724             People, look East                      13      My Lord, what a morning

  • Salamu Maria

 

 

Having prepared faithfully during the season of Advent, we should celebrate with joy the full twelve days of Christmas. Christmas hymns and carols should be sung throughout this period. The Gloria is resumed, and Eucharistic Prayer B with its emphasis on the Incarnation should be used throughout the Christmas and Epiphany seasons. The Book of Occasional Services provides two forms for a seasonal blessing on page 21, and also suggests an outline for a Vigil for Christmas Eve as a preface to a midnight Eucharist. On pages 34 and 35 there are prayers for a station at a Christmas crèche. Also provided is a form for a Christmas Festival of Lessons and Music which may be celebrated during the twelve days of Christmas.

 

 

Christmas Eve/Day

79               O little town of Bethlehem

80               From heaven above to earth I come

81               Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming

82*             Of the Father’s love begotten

83               O come, all ye faithful

87               Hark! the herald angels sing

93               Angels from the realms of glory

94*             While shepherds watched their flocks by night

96*             Angels we have heard on high

102             Once in royal David’s city

111              Silent night, holy night

115              What child is this, who, laid to rest

WLP                                                        LEVAS II

726       Where is this stupendous stranger?             21   Go, tell it on the mountain

748       From the dawning of creation                    23   Jesus came to earth from glory

The Holy Name                                                                      01/01/17

93               Angels from the realms of glory

91               Break forth, O beauteous heavenly light

98               Unto us a boy is born

105             God rest you merry, gentlemen

107             Good Christian friends, rejoice

110              The snow lay on the ground

248*           To the Name of our salvation

435             At the Name of Jesus

451*            All hail the power of Jesus' Name!

644             How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds

 

WLP                                             LEVAS II

725       Shengye quing, shengye jing             23     Jesus came to earth in glory

794         Muchos resplandores             24     There’s a star in the east on Christmas morn

Christmas 2 (NOT USED IN 2017)                                                            

93               Angels from the realms of glory

98               Unto us a boy is born

107             Good Christian friends, rejoice

112              In the bleak mid winter

124             What star is this with beams so bright

421*            All glory be to God on high

439             What wondrous love is this

496/97*       How bright appears the morning star

517*            How lovely is thy dwelling place

587             Our Father by whose Name

690             Guide me, O thou great Jehovah

WLP                                             Levas II

748       From the dawning of creation                 27      Away in a manger

749       The tree of life my soul hath seen          

 

 

 

The Epiphany                                                                          01/06/17

7                Christ, whose glory fills the skies

117*            Brightest and best of the stars

119              As with gladness

124*            What star is this, with beams so bright

127             Earth has many a noble city

128*            We three kings of Orient are

475             God himself is with us

496             How bright appears the Morning Star

543             O Zion, tune thy voice

544             Jesus shall reign where’er the sun

WLP                                                    Levas II

726       Where is this stupendous stranger?       87     More love to thee, O Christ

 

 

 

 

The Baptism of Christ [Epiphany 1]                                                                                                                                                                                          01/08/17

         If it is not possible to have baptisms on this day, provisions should be made for the renewal of Baptismal Vows during the liturgy. After the sermon the Celebrant and servers should go in procession to the font as a focal point for the renewal - (see hymn list for suggested hymns).   At the font the Celebrant leads in the renewal of vows as on page 292ff.   The following may replace the Easter Vigil introductory address to this rite:

         Dear People of God: through our Baptism into the death and resurrection

            of Jesus Christ, we have been reborn into new life in him. I call upon you,

            therefore, as we celebrate his Baptism, to renew the solemn promises and

            vows of Holy Baptism, by which we once renounced Satan and all his works,

            and promised to serve God faithfully in his holy Catholic Church.

                 

If desired, water may be poured into the font and blessed using the form on pp. 306-307. The people may be sprinkled with water as a further reminder of their baptism, using an evergreen branch.

                  Note: Holy Baptism may be celebrated at other times during the

                           Epiphany season, but once Lent begins, all baptisms should be

                           “saved up” for the Great Vigil of Easter.

76               On Jordan’s bank

120*            The sinless one to Jordan came

121*            Christ, when for us you were baptized

135*            Songs of thankfulness and praise

370             I bind unto myself today

403             Let all the world in every corner sing

448             O love how deep, how broad, how high

508*           Breathe on me, breath of God

569             God, the Omnipotent (RCL)

616*            Hail to the Lord’s Anointed

WLP                                             Levas II

766       You’re called by name                     134       Take me to the water

770       O God of gentle strength               141        Shall we gather at the river

 

 

Epiphany 2-A                                                                       01/15/17

5                O splendor of God’s glory bright

7                Christ, whose glory fills the skies

126*            The people who in darkness walked

135*            Songs of thankfulness and praise

439             What wondrous love is this

448             O love, how deep, how broad, how high

518             Christ is made the sure foundation

525             The Church’s one foundation

542             Christ is the world’s true Light

656             Blest are the pure in heart

WLP                                             LEVAS II

734    You laid aside your rightful reputation         166       Grant me a blessing

749    The tree of life my soul hath seen

Epiphany 3-A                                                                       01/22/17

126             The people who in darkness walked

304             I come with joy to meet my Lord

530*           Spread, O spread, thou mighty word

546             Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve

550*           Jesus calls us o’er the tumult

551             Rise up, ye saints of God

554             Tis the gift to be simple

556             Rejoice, ye pure in heart

652             Dear Lord and Father of mankind

661*            They cast their nets in Galilee

WLP                                                     Levas II

757       Will you come and follow me                     151        One bread, one body

807       Put down your nets and follow me             181        Amazing grace!

Epiphany 4-A                                                                       01/29/17

7                Christ, whose glory fills the skis

437             Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!

441             In the cross of Christ, I glory

471             We sing the praise of him who died

477             All praise to thee, for thou, O King divine

542*           Christ is the world's true Light

554*           "Tis the gift to be simple

593*           Lord, make us servants of your peace

616             Hail to the Lord's Anointed

656*           Blest are the pure in heart

The Presentation (Candlemas)                                                    02/02/17

25* (vv1&3)   O gracious Light

257*           O Zion, open wide thy gates

259*           Hail to the Lord who comes

436             Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates

437             Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!

489             The great Creator of the worlds

496/97        How bright appears the Morning Star

499*           Lord God, you now have set your servant free

517             How lovely is thy dwelling place

542             Christ is the world's true Light

Epiphany 5-A                                                                       02/05/17

3                Now that daylight fills the sky

126             The people who in darkness walked

304*           I come with joy to meet my Lord

381*            Thy strong word did cleave the darkness

419             Lord of all being, throned afar

477             All praise to thee, for thou, O King divine

488*           Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart

593             Lord, make us servants of your peace

616             Hail to the Lord's Anointed

656             Blest are the pure in heart

Epiphany 6-A                                                                       02/12/17

440*           Blessed Jesus, at thy word

521             Put forth, O God, thy Spirit's might

524             I love thy Kingdom, Lord

530*           Spread, O spread, thou mighty word

537             Christ, for the world we sing

544             Jesus shall reign where'er the sun

546             Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve

635*           If thou but trust in God to guide thee

637             How firm a foundation

652             Dear Lord and Father of mankind

Epiphany 7-A                                                                       02/19/17

11                Awake, my soul, and with the sun

375             Give praise and glory unto God

388             O worship the King

516*            Come down, O Love divine

525             The Church's one foundation

595             God of grace and God of glory

602*           Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love

609             Where cross the crowded ways of life

613             Thy kingdom come, O God!

656             Blest are the pure in heart

Last Epiphany-A                                                                  02/26/17

122*            Alleluia, song of gladness

129             Christ upon the mountain peak  

137*            O wondrous type! O vision fair                                  “Farewell

390             Praise to the Lord!                                                       to

403             Let all the world in every corner sing                         Alleluia”

427             When morning gilds the skies

460             Alleluia! sing to Jesus!

477             All praise to thee, for thou, O King divine

618             Ye watchers and ye holy ones

619             Sing alleluia forth in duteous praise

WLP                                                    Levas II

777       Sing alleluia forth in duteous praise           58      The Lord is my light

809       We adore you, Lord we love you                   75       Jesu, Joy of our desiring

 


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