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Introducing: This Sunday in Church

August 12, 2010

I have been thinking about ways to do this for a while and I came across another church’s blog not too long ago that did this (though for the life of me I cannot find it now).  But I’ve wanted a way to promote our services and what specifically will be happening in them with regards to the scripture readings and special music, and depending on its “readiness status,” the sermon.

So I will endeavor, on Thursdays, to post a “This Sunday in Church” column.  Please do let me know if this is a helpful thing for you (or not), and why (or why not) it is (isn’t) helpful, as that will enable me to fine tune it.  So, without further ado:

This Sunday in Church

The Old Testament Scriptures

Jeremiah 23: 23-29 – In which Jeremiah gives us God’s word that He is a God who is never far off and one whose word will always have power despite the frequent and perpetual times people turn their backs on Him and listen to false prophets.

Psalm 82 – In which the psalmist entreats God to deliver justice, to raise up the poor and needy, and to rescue those in trouble.

The New Testament Scriptures

Hebrews 11: 29-12:2 – In which the epistoler discusses great heroes of the Jewish tradition who by their faith endured terrible trials and oppression and were commended for it.  They are named the “great cloud of witnesses”, the communion of the saints, whose faith can inspire us, and who, with us will have their faith perfected in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Luke 12: 49-56 – In which Jesus discusses how his coming will spark division and conflict and will set family member against family member.

Special Music

This Sunday, Pete Ricci has once again worked his magic and composed a psalm setting which he will play and sing at the 10am service.  He will also be giving the offertory anthem, a Bob Dylan favorite, “I believe in you,” being accompanied by Lou Carol Fix on the guitar.

Lou Carol’s Organ Notes on the Prelude and Postlude

“Organ Book: Prelude” and “Organ Book: Pasticcio” by: Jean Langlais

Today’s is a contemporary piece that moves chromatically, but always resolves to a major or minor chord at the ends of the phrases.  Langlais, who was blind, served as the organist at the Basilica of St. Clotilde in Paris.

Fr. Ryan+

One Comment leave one →
  1. Julie Ricci permalink*
    August 17, 2010 4:13 pm

    I think “This Sunday in Church” is a great addition to the blog. It will give everyone a heads up on what to expect and you are already thinking about the readings. I have the advantage, since I design the bulletins every week, of knowing what the readings are and I really like it. Your comments are a nice “preview” of what is to come.

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