Jul 23, 2017 • 10:00 am
The Rev. Dr. Patricia Kitchen, preaching.
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
This morning we welcome the Rev. Dr. Pattie Kitchen to the FAPC pulpit for the first time. 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 1"
Text: Mark 2:1-12
When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them. Then some people came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts,“Why does this fellow speak in this way? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” At once Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were discussing these questions among themselves; and he said to them, “Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and take your mat and walk’? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” —he said to the paralytic— “I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home.” And he stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
Sonatine: II. Mouvement de Menuet • Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
Requiem: V. Pie Jesu • Maurice Duruflé (1902–1986)
O, Divine Redeemer! • Charles Gounod (1818–1893)
Sonata No. 59, Hob. XVI: 49: III. Minuet & Trio • F. J. Haydn (1732–1809)
Maurice Duruflé (1902–1986) was an organist, composer and pedagogue who held a prominent position as organist at Saint-Étienne-du-Mont in Paris. Duruflé was known as a perfectionist, constantly revising his works. Upon his death, only a handful of works remained, including his nine-movement choral masterwork, the Requiem. The Pie Jesu calls for a mezzo-soprano, who is supported by ethereal, impressionistic harmonies from the organist. It is a dramatic work book-ended by simple chords, but full of complex sonorities throughout its performance.
Charles Gounod (1818–1893) was a composer of hundreds of songs. "O, Divine Redeemer!" was composed in 1893. Gounod died soon after writing this song, making it his final sacred vocal work. While many composers choose previously written text for songs, Gounod had complete control of this piece: not only did he write the music, he wrote the text as well. "O, Divine Redeemer" conveys the simplicity found in many works by Gounod, but there is a spiritual and expressive depth to this song, making it one of the most highly regarded works from France during this time.