Feb 26, 2017 • 9:30 am
The Rev. Tom Are, preaching
Feb 26, 2017 • 11:00 am
The Rev. Tom Are, preaching
Eighth Sunday after Epiphany
We welcome back to our pulpit the Rev. Tom Are, senior pastor of Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kansas.
Sermon: "We Cannot be Christian Alone"
Text: 2 Timothy 1:1-12
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, to Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.I am grateful to God—whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did—when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.
For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline. Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God, who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher, and for this reason I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him.
A Quaker Reader: IV. There is a Spirit That Delights to Do No Evil • Ned Rorem (b. 1923)
Sing joyfully • William Byrd (c. 1540–1623), Tex: Psalm 81:1–4
Praise the Lord, O My Soul • Ned Rorem, Text: Psalm 146
Grand Choeur Triomphale, op. 47, no. 2 • Alexandre Guilmant (1837–1911)
The composer of the Prelude and Offertory Anthem this morning is one of the most important living American composers: Ned Rorem. Rorem was born on Oct. 23, 1923, in Richmond, Indiana, and spent most of his youth in Chicago. He received his musical training at the American Conservatory of Music, Northwestern University, the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, andThe Juilliard School. Particularly renowned for his art songs, Rorem has also composed operas, symphonies, as well as pieces for various chamber ensembles. In 1976 Rorem received the Pulitzer Prize for Music recognizing his suite Air Music: Ten Etudes of Orchestra, which was first performed in Cincinnati in December 1975. Rorem has composed extensively for choir and written several pieces for solo organ. The various vignettes in A Quaker Reader were inspired by Rorem’s childhood growing up in a Quaker family. Praise the Lord, O My Soul is a wonderful example of Rorem’s up-tempo and rhythmic choral style – the musical language is fundamentally tonal, with punchy chromaticism that is usually playful, sometimes a bit startling, often resulting in harmonies evocative of jazz.