This Sunday’s Music: XXV Sunday of Ordinary Time
Throughout the summer, we were often reminded on Sunday to focus not on the transient things of this world but on the eternal things of Heaven that we know through faith and prayer. Today seems almost a culmination of those readings as we are urged, in our Christian spirit, to focus on others.
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WALKING UP THE KING’S HIGHWAY
This is a classic hymn heard in almost every church that makes use of gospel music, and we at SFDS will sing it today for the first time. “None can walk up there but the pure in heart”, we sing. This energetic shout song reminds us that it is a high way to Heaven, but if we have the sincerity of heart, of which St. Paul and Jesus our Saviour speak, we will get there. So, let’s go, SFDS! Let’s walk up the King’s Highway! Let us share in the heavenly banquet that awaits us!
“Praise ye the LORD … [who] raiseth up the poor out of dust, and lifteth the needy from the dunghill, that He may set him with princes, even the princes of His people” (Psalms 113:1a, 7-8). In today’s readings, especially from the Book of Amos, there is a wild cry for social justice. The LORD our God is not blind to the good that we do in this lifetime toward our fellow brother and sister. Today’s reggae-inspired gospel setting of Psalm 113 by Dylan Wyka captures the bright character of praising our God for His mighty deeds in our lives, caring so much as to humble Himself from on high to make us rich in spirit.
YOU Can’t beat god giving
We sing this Doris Akers classic often at SFDS, and it seems to tie so well into several lessons. In our Second Reading, St Paul tells us: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (1 Timothy 2:5-6). He who gave Himself on the cross as ransom for our sins is the perfect offering. So, let us not squander the wealth, with which we have been blest, but let us share with all.
i surrender all
Another quote-unquote fan favourite at SFDS, I Surrender All speaks to this Sunday’s Scriptural lessons. We are told by St. Paul: “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men … For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1, 3-4). In our prayer are we made strong and mindful of the God-given goodness in our lives, and with this knowledge of the truth can we tend to the LORD’s sheep. In Luke, we hear Jesus say: “No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Luke 16:13). Serve not “mammon”, or the lusts of this world, but rather, surrender your all to God so you may be free to serve better His people.
It’s starting to feel like the Andraé Crouch fan club at SFDS, no? Well, he is widely considered the father of modern gospel music, and we know how much we love our gospel music. So, his timeless songs are good choices, no? Along with Soon and Very Soon and Take Me Back, My Tribute is most certainly one of his greatest contributions to the genre. In his Letter to Timothy, St. Paul writes: “I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting” (1 Timothy 2:8). He exhorts the faithful of his time to keep God at the centre of their daily lives through prayer, and My Tribute is just that. What more have we to offer unto the LORD our God than our very existence? “All that I am and ever hope to be — / I give it all to Thee … / Just let me live my life; / Let it be pleasing, LORD, to Thee. / And should I gain any praise, / Let it go to Calvary!” We even hear an allusion to verse 7 of today’s Psalm when Crouch exclaims: “With His pow’r He has raised me. / To God be the glory for the things He has done”.
WE ARE CALLED
In our First Reading, we hear Amos cry out against the wickedness of his time: “Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail … The LORD hath sworn by the excellency of Jacob, Surely I will never forget any of their works” (Amos 8:4, 7). In every age at every time in every place, we are called to care for the least among us. We are called to sew justice and love in humility, as exemplified by our servant Master, Jesus. Let us finish today’s Eucharistic celebration with this bright modern classic by David Haas. Let us build up the Kingdom on earth and walk with God!