Jul 30, 2017 • 10:00 am
The Rev. Dr. Patricia Kitchen, preaching.
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
This morning we welcome the Rev. Dr. Pattie Kitchen to the FAPC pulpit. Dr. Kitchen is retired from full-time ministry with the Presbyterian Church (USA) after more than 20 years serving local congregations and the denomination's global ministries. She is our visiting preacher and scholar this summer.
Sermon: "Jesus, Buddha & Mary Oliver, Part 2"
Texts: Psalm 30:1-12; Matthew 5:1-12
Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me! O Lord, be my helper! You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, so that my soul may praise you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever.—Psalm 30:10-12
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."—Matthew 5:1-12
Le Tombeau de Couperin: I. Prélude • Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
Cantata, BWV 199: VIII. Aria: Wie freudig ist mein Herz (How joyful is my heart) • J.S. Bach (1685–1750)
Cantata, BWV 187: V. Gott versorget alles Leben (God takes care of every life) • J.S. Bach
Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101: II. Vivace alla marcia • L.V. Beethoven (1770–1827)
The vocal selections this morning are excerpts from two cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach, a devout Lutheran, often had to compose new music (such as cantatas) in a week’s time or less. His output is prolific, with more than 200 cantatas to his credit. One of his most famous is Ein feste burg (“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”). The excerpts this morning feature a light accompaniment, allowing more focus on the vocal soloist.