The Rev. Janice Smith Ammon, guest preacher.
Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church welcomes the return of the Rev. Janice Smith Ammon to our pulpit. A former associate pastor here, Rev. Ammon is the Bryant M. Kirkland Minister of the Chapel at Princeton Theological Seminary. Members of Fifth Avenue's LGBTQ community group, The Word Is Out, will be participating in worship today as we celebrate Pride Sunday.
Sermon: "Giants and Chickens and Bears, Oh My!"
Texts: Psalm 147:1-11, 1 Samuel 17:1a, 4-11
Hallelujah! How good it is to sing praises to our God! How pleasant it is to honor God with praise!
The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem, and gathers the exiles of Israel. The Lord heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. The Lord counts the numbers of stars and calls them all by their names.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power; there is no limit to God’s wisdom. The Lord lifts up the lowly, but casts the wicked to the ground.
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make music upon the harp to our God, who covers the heavens with clouds and prepared rain for the earth, making grass to grow upon the mountains. God provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they cry.
God is not impressed by the might of a horse, and has no pleasure in the speed of a runner, but finds pleasure in those who fear the Lord, in those who await God’s steadfast love. Psalm 147: 1-11, from Evangelical Lutheran Worship Book
Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle. And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. He had a helmet of bronze on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze. He had greaves of bronze on his legs and a javelin of bronze slung between his shoulders.The shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron; and his shield-bearer went before him. He stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why have you come out to draw up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants; but if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” And the Philistine said, “Today I defy the ranks of Israel! Give me a man, that we may fight together.” When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid. Samuel 17:1a, 4-11
Symphony no. 5 in F minor: Adagio • C.M. Widor (1844–1937)
Hear My Prayer and God Is My Shepherd from Ten Biblical Songs • Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904)
I Will Sing New Songs from Ten Biblical Songs • Antonín Dvořák
Fête • Jean Langlais (1907–1991)
The solos this morning are three selections from Antonín Dvořák’s Ten Biblical Songs, composed in 1894. The song cycle is based on various psalms from the Czech-language Bible of Kralice, arranged and slightly modified by the composer for musical purposes. Each of the songs is quite short, and the entire set displays Dvořák’s eloquent and expressive mastery of smaller musical forms.