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This Sunday in Church: Trinitytide, Proper XX

September 16, 2010

The Old Testament Scriptures

Amos 8: 4-7 – In which the prophet decries the deceitful business practices of the Israelites, who value making money over ensuring that the poor, the widowed, and the orphan are cared for.

Psalm 113 – In which the psalmist praises God who, in His great mercy, levels the playing field between the haves and the have-nots.

The New Testament Scriptures

1 Timothy 2: 1-7 –  In which St. Paul urges Timothy to instruct that prayers be offered for everyone but especially for political rulers, that peace may reign in the land.  He declares that this would be good in the sight of God, who himself was once man, in Jesus Christ and that just as there is one God, there is also one mediator between God and man, Jesus Christ.

Luke 16: 1-13 –  The Parable of the Unjust Steward.  An exceedingly difficult parable of Jesus to understand and/or apply in which a dishonest manager is extolled for his shrewdness and the friendship of the shrewd and dishonest people is commended to the followers of Jesus.

Special Music

You may have noticed the brand new “Music for the Mass” booklets in your pews last Sunday!  This was an idea I got from another church in our deanery that helps make it easier to find the Mass settings.  These include the Gloria, the Doxology, the Sanctus and Benedictus, the Great Amen, and the Fraction Anthem.  Sometimes these short pieces of music sneak up on you in church and by the time you locate them in the hymnal, they have passed!  Hopefully these music booklets will make it so that does not happen.

You may also have noticed how on the front of the booklet it gives a set time for those particular settings.  As the liturgical seasons change, some Mass settings will also change to signal the difference in tone for the different seasons. This may or may not be an idea with which you are familiar, and some of you may indeed be wondering why we are singing new pieces of music and not the ones we’ve always sung.  Just as the creation changes temperatures, colors, and light to signal the changing of the seasons, so too does the service music help to signal the changing of the liturgical seasons.  As you experience this in worship, I invite you to reflect on the texts and the tunes of these pieces of music.  What do they say to you about the tone of worship?  Do they signify praise and adoration, or perhaps penitential reverence, or maybe expectation?  If you are unfamiliar with a tune, I invite you to try this:  listen to it only for a Sunday rather than sing it.  Close your eyes and let the music wash over you and fill you.  Then, next week, give it a try. Take note of how it makes you feel and how it enhances your worship experience.

Offertory Anthem“Thy Perfect Love”   –  John Rutter

Communion Anthem –  “Kyrie from Mass for Four Voices, William Byrd

Lou Carol’s Organ Notes

“Trumpet Tune on ‘Westminster Abbey'” and “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus” by: Mark Sedio

Today’s prelude includes a trumpet tune setting of the hymn tune Westminster Abbey by the American composer Mark Sedio.  The dotted rhythms add a touch of ceremony and pompousness to this contemporary piece.

Sermon Theme: Forgiveness.

Fr. Ryan+

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