Fifth Sunday in Lent
The Lenten Sermon Series, That Love May Overflow: Sifting the Real from the Fake in Life and Faith, continues.
Sermon: "What Do We Know... About Happiness?"
Text: Ecclesiastes 3:9-22
What gain have the workers from their toil? I have seen the business that God has given to everyone to be busy with.
He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I know that there is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live; moreover, it is God’s gift that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil. I know that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it; God has done this, so that all should stand in awe before him. That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already is; and God seeks out what has gone by.
Moreover I saw under the sun that in the place of justice, wickedness was there, and in the place of righteousness, wickedness was there as well. I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for he has appointed a time for every matter, and for every work. I said in my heart with regard to human beings that God is testing them to show that they are but animals. For the fate of humans and the fate of animals is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and humans have no advantage over the animals; for all is vanity. All go to one place; all are from the dust, and all turn to dust again. Who knows whether the human spirit goes upward and the spirit of animals goes downward to the earth? So I saw that there is nothing better than that all should enjoy their work, for that is their lot; who can bring them to see what will be after them?
Suite, Op. 5: Sicilienne • Maurice Duruflé (1901–1986)
Homeward Bound • Marta Keen (b. 1953), arr. Jay Althouse (b. 1951)
We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace • Traditional Spiritual, arr. Moses Hogan (1957–2003)
Hold On! • Traditional Spiritual, arr. Moses Hogan (1957–2003)
Sonata: III. Toccata • Robert Elmore (1913–1985)
Moses Hogan’s inimitable settings are sung and beloved by choristers and audiences throughout the world. They are particularly remarkable for bridging the gap between traditional spirituals and classical choral ensembles. Although Hogan was only 45 when he passed away from a brain tumor in 2003, his legacy lives on through his many compositions and arrangements as one of the most creative and influential figures in 20th-century American choral music.