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About Sunday’s Music – Fifth Sunday after Trinity

What is the world to me?    The Christian life is filled with trials and temptations from the world.  Today’s ENTRANCE HYMN, “What is the World to Me” (730), encourages Christians to stand firm in the face of temptation and not be enticed by the world’s vain pleasures: wealth, wanton pride, and hallow fame. Based on 1 John 2.15-17, author Georg Pfefferkorn (1645-1732) points Christians to our true Treasure, Wealth, and Rock: Jesus.

For those who bear the battle’s strain, The crown of heavenly life obtain.   The HYMN OF THE DAY, “‘Come, Follow Me’ the Savior Spake” (688) is written by Johann Scheffler (1624-1677).  He studied medicine, and simultaneously became interested in mystic theology, especially writings of the Spaniard, John ad Angelus.  In honor of Angelus and in tribute to his birthplace of Breslau, Silesia, he changed his name to Angelus Silesius.  Though he was born to Lutheran parents, he eventually was ordained a Roman priest because of his interest in mysticism.  Known as a poet, a number of his works were published in Lutheran hymnals.  “Come, Follow Me,” has an emphasis on sanctification (the Christian life).  He expresses how suffering and temptation are the crosses borne by Christians following Christ in the world.

Create in Me a Clean Heart   The CHORAL OFFERTORY is a setting of the text we sing each week, Psalm 51.10-12.  The setting is by Paul Bouman (1918-2019), who was music director at Grace—River Forest, IL, where he founded the Bach Cantata Vespers series of concerts in 1971.  His many compositions especially include music for children’s choir.  He was noted as a gifted speaker and presenter for church music conferences and workshops.

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