I have fallen in love with Henry Purcell

Our choir has been singin’ Purcell’s “I was glad” like it’s their job (ahem, “vocation”–and indeed, it is!).  His setting of Psalm 122 has been crawling around the corners of my mind and heart since I first heard it a few weeks ago at choir camp.

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Check out a recording here (listen to the young ladies of Trinity–and men–at the 11:15am service’s Anthem, and to the adult choir’s Anthem at Evensong from this past Sunday, the 18th).

And the psalm itself, as a meditation this cloudy Tuesday morning:

1 I was glad when they said unto me: We will go into the house of the Lord.

2 Our feet shall stand in thy gates: O Jerusalem.

3 Jerusalem is built as a city: that is at unity in itself.

4 For thither the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord: to testify unto Israel, to give thanks
unto the Name of the Lord.

5 For there is the seat of judgement: even the seat of the house of David.

6 O pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

7 Peace be within thy walls: and plenteousness within thy palaces.

8 For my brethren and companions’ sakes: I will wish thee prosperity.

9 Yea, because of the house of the Lord our God: I will seek to do thee good.

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Jesus is Our Flashlight

It’s the third day of VBS here at Trinity Cathedral, and we’re learning today about Jesus, the Light of the World. During our opening gather and worship time this morning, we sang “Walking in the Light of God,” and “Sanctuary;” I had the opportunity to talk with the group (of 200-some!!) about their theme today.

Behind the altar is this window, of Jesus and the little children:20130717-095322.jpg

What a powerful image for the VBS participants! Their faces shone in the morning sun that filtered through this window as they sat facing me; we talked about how you can stumble into things in the dark–you can stub your toes on your bed if it’s nighttime in your bedroom, or you can run into a tree if you’re playing in your backyard in the evening. One boy shouted, “Unless you have a flashlight!” (Bingo!!) Jesus is our flashlight–he helps us to see the world better. Jesus’ light helps us to not stub our toes and run into trees throughout life. We can see clearly enough to not hurt others, or to ask forgiveness when we do hurt them. Jesus-as-flashlight allows us to see where we should walk, and which path we shouldn’t take.