Jun 17, 2018 • 10:00 am
The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston, preaching.
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
For the 11th year, Senior Pastor Scott Black Johnston delivers his end-of-year reflection as he prepares to leave for summer vacation and study leave. Scott returns to the pulpit on Homecoming Sunday, Sept. 9.
Sermon: "The View from Here, Part 11"
Text: 2 Corinthians 5:16-20
From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
Trio Sonata no. 5 in C major, BWV 529: I. Allegro • J.S. Bach (1685–1750)
Laudate Dominum from Vesperae solennes de confessore • W.A. Mozart (1756–1791)
Text: Psalm 117
Laudamus te from Mass in C minor • W.A. Mozart
Trio Sonata no. 5 in C major, BWV 529: III. Allegro • J.S. Bach
Mozart composed two settings of the Vespers: the Vesperae Solennes de Dominica, K. 321 of 1779, and the Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K. 339 of 1780. The title of the setting from which today's solo comes, Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, indicates that the work was composed to honor a saint (confessore), and that the piece is accompanied by orchestra (solennes). Historians disagree as to which saint the composition honors, but some scholars propose that the Vesperae Solennes de Confessore may have been composed for Sept. 24, the feast day of St. Rupert (660?–710), the patron saint of Salzburg, where Mozart was living and working at the time.
The Vesperae Solennes de Confessore was the last work Mozart wrote for a controlling, taskmaster employer, Archbishop Colloredo. This Vespers service stays well under the 45-minute time limit created by the Archbishop, but the music is spirited and free-flowing. It pays some homage to the original chants that would have been part of the service, but is wonderfully innovative in its interplay among chorus, soloists and accompaniment. The fifth movement, Laudate Dominum, is the most famous of the work, and is one of the most lyrical and beautiful soprano solos in all of Mozart's compositions. It is a gentle hymn of praise, with a soaring, expressive melody for the soloist, accompanied by liquid, flowing instrumental lines.