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This Sunday in Church: Trinitytide, Proper XVIII

September 2, 2010

The Old Testament Scriptures

Deuteronomy 30: 15-20in which Moses recognizes that the people of Israel are about to cross over the river Jordan, and because of his unfaithfulness in the desert, he will not get to go with them.  So, he desires to once more sum up the commandments of God for them and repeat to them what God has said so that it may go well for them in the land they are about to enter.  In many ways, this is Moses’ “father speech” before the kids go off to college and is very moving.

Psalm 1 In which the psalmist delineates between the fate of those who are wicked and those who follow God’s commandments.

The New Testament Scriptures

The Letter of Paul to Philemon In which Paul writes to his friend Philemon imploring him to release the slave Onesimus not because Paul says so, but because it is the right thing to do in Christian love.  There is no chapter and verse reference here because this is the entire letter.

Luke 14: 25-33In which Jesus asks his disciples to give up their possessions and follow him.

Special Music

Our hymns this week speak of the praise corporately about the praise that all the earth and its creatures give to God Almighty.

Lou Carol’s Organ Notes

Cantilene Nuptiale” and “Toccata”  by: Theodore Dubois

Today’s prelude by the French composer Dubois is a wedding song written for solo organ and chosen in honor of this afternoon’s wedding at St. George’s.  The left hand plays a harp-like accompaniment against the expressive lyrical melody.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Chris Butto permalink
    September 8, 2010 3:35 pm

    The teen years are so hard it’s no wonder that some teenagers look to religion or religious organizations for help or even just free pizza. Better pizza at a church youth group than a controlled substance at a frat house. The “fault” so to speak might not necessarily be with the teens themselves but with the influences of the family and peers outside church. It could also be the message from the clergy and volunteers who preside over the group. Is this just an outgrowth of the mega ministries that preach a sermon that’s more about feeling good than about God. I remember a young woman who prayed to God for money because her preacher taught the God said “Ask and it shall be given to you”. It’s not a surprise that there are teens who feel the same way.

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