This Sunday’s Music: XXIII Sunday of Ordinary Time
The glorious three-day Labour Day weekend has passed, the kids are back at school, we are resuming our non-summer lives and next week we will welcome back officially our choirs after their summer hiatus… however, the music is always bumpin’ at SFDS. What are we singing this week?
You can check out our music on our weekly Youtube playlist below and also by visiting our growing Youtube channel (at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsDSd2zUrlJlm4W_wA5RqmQ):
LET IT RISE
In today’s Psalm, we hear: “O satisfy us early with Thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days” (Psalms 90:14). So, as we come before our God this morning, ready to worship and to learn from His Word and be filled with His wisdom, “let the glory of the LORD … [and] the praises of the King rise among us” in this praise and worship tune by Holland Davis.
All our humanly griefs and burdens are made light with trust in the LORD, for truly He has “been our dwelling place in all generations” (Psalms 90:1). Our refuge is in the wisdom that we receive in the LORD. He “teach[es] us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalms 90: 12). We cannot comprehend the depths of His love, but in Him we are made strong. Today, we use this meditative setting of Psalm 90 by Timothy Smith.
ALL IN HIS HANDS
In the spirit of today’s Scripture lessons, we must place our all in the hands of the LORD. We hear that “so the ways of them which lived on the earth were reformed, and men were taught the things that are pleasing unto Thee, and were saved through wisdom” (Wisdom 9:18). Through the grace of our loving LORD are we, the finite in knowledge and power, healed and strengthened for the journey ahead of us. Today, placing our faith in the LORD, let us sing loudly and proudly one of our favourite songs: All In His Hands.
I AM THINE
Today, we sing for the first time a classic hymn with music by William Doane and Fanny J. Crosby: I Am Thine, sometimes called also Draw Me Nearer. You probably remember the names of these famed hymnists because we also sing often Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior. We are so challenged this week in the Gospel: “[W]hosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:27). We are to give all of ourselves to the LORD without reservation, without calculation, without expectation, and in so doing, we truly follow Christ. In the refrain of this hymn, we sing: “Draw me nearer, / Nearer, blessed LORD, / To the cross where Thou hast died; / Draw me nearer, / Nearer, blessed LORD, / To Thy precious bleeding side”. Like Onesimus in today’s Second Reading from Paul’s Letter to Philemon, we seek to be reconciled with the Father. We have heard the voice of Jesus speak in the silence of our hearts, and how better can we bring this out than in the first verse?
I am Thine, O LORD;
I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me.
But I long to rise
In the arms of faith,
And be closer drawn to Thee.
SHOW YOUR GLORY
In our First Reading, we hear: “For what man is he that can know the counsel of God? or who can think what the will of the LORD is? And Thy counsel who hath known, expect Thou give wisdom, and sent Thy Holy Spirit from above?” (Wisdom 9:13, 17). We cannot know the intentions of God, we are, as verse 15 of the Scripture passage calls us, “the earthly tabernacle [that] weigheth down the mind that museth upon many things”. It is through our faith and the guidance of the Holy Ghost that we are led in the paths of truth and justice. We follow in last week’s lessons by humbling ourselves and surrendering our preoccupations to God. So, let us meditate upon this song by F. Darnell Davis and beckon the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
HOLD TO GOD’S UNCHANGING HAND
In the same lines as our Communion hymn, Jesus in today’s Gospel continues: “[W]hosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33). If we truly lay down our all for Jesus and follow Him without reservation, we can “build our hopes on things eternal” and so “seek to gain the heav’nly treasures” that “will never pass away”. We must hold to His hand, taking our cross, and in this way, we will reach the heavenly goal.