Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
This morning our guest preacher is the best-selling author, theologian and Episcopal priest the Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor. Rev. Taylor continues the Fall Sermon Series, Matriarchs & Patriarchs: The Roots of Authentic Faith, on the ancestral stories of Genesis.
Sermon: "Jacob Wrestles"
Text: Genesis 32:22-32
The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had.
Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go, for the day is breaking.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go, unless you bless me.” So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” Then the man said, “You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. So Jacob called the place Penuel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.” The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip. Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the thigh muscle that is on the hip socket, because he struck Jacob on the hip socket at the thigh muscle.
Prelude in C minor • Louis Vierne (1870–1937)
Sing to the Lord of Harvest • Traditional, arr. Healey Willan (1880–1968)
Fight the Good Fight With All Thy Might • John Gardner (1917–2011)
Text by J.S.B. Monsell (1811–1875)
Praise the Lord, O My Soul • Ned Rorem (b. 1923), Text: Psalm 146
Symphony no. 5 in A minor, op. 47: V. Fina • Louis Vierne
The composer of the Offertory Anthem this morning is one of the most important living American composers: Ned Rorem. Rorem was born in Richmond, Indiana, on Oct. 23, 1923, 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 and the Juilliard School. Particularly renowned for his art songs, Rorem has also composed operas, symphonies and pieces for 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. 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 playful, sometimes a bit startling, often resulting in harmonies evocative of jazz.