11 am Sunday Worship - Advent 3 "Justice"


Reading from Hildegard of Bingen Vision 4, Section 10 “Those who love justice keep to the right path under the threat of God’s power. And those who keep themselves free from defilement will attain holiness through good works by keeping away from evil and turning toward everything pleasing to God… The just embrace wisdom, and wisdom in in the midst of that form of reason that knows what is living and what is dead and thus learns the right path. But the blindness of heart that arises out of desire of the flesh overshadows pure knowledge. For, because of its willfulness in doing only what it pleases, this blindness of heart goes astray. Thus it will continue in its bewilderment until it perceives its own wounds and no longer has pleasure in what it is doing, and until it considers where it might be. For it has turned aside from God.” Luke 1:46–55 The Inclusive Bible Mary said: “My soul proclaims your greatness, O God, and my spirit rejoices in you, my Savior. For you have looked with favor upon your lowly servant, and from this day forward all generations will call me blessed. For you, the Almighty, have done great things for me, and holy is your Name. Your mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear you. You have shown strength with your arm; you have scattered the proud in their conceit; you have deposed the mighty from their thrones, and raised the lowly to high places. You have filled the hungry with good things, while you have sent the rich away empty. You have come to the aid of Israel your servant, mindful of your mercy-- the promise you made to our ancestors-- to Sarah and Abraham and their descendants forever.”

This Advent, our journey to Christmas will be accompanied by the words of Hildegard of Bingen. She was a Benedictine Abbess and a mystic from the Middle Ages whose books, liturgical drama, scientific texts, songs and poems, essays and letters continue to inspire. This year, Hildegard’s writings and hymns will offer us a different viewpoint of the story of Jesus’ birth. This Sunday, the third week of Advent, the focus is on Justice to inspire us to remember the true meaning of Christmas. Sunday worship on this day will include the premier performance of a performance "Visions of Hildegard" composed by A.J. Welch, Director of Music Ministry. This piece is comprised of five movements for women's trio, mixed choir, and four-hands piano. The work highlights five of Hildegard's own compositions; the three choral movements use Hildegard's text, and all five movements utilize a different melody from a Hildegard plainsong. In A.J.'s words: 'While the piece takes Hildegard's material as a starting point, the composition mixes Hildegard with more modern musical sounds to both honor her role as a visionary and to invite a different look at the original material. The effect is akin, perhaps, to taking a majestic old painting and finding it new lighting, a new frame and a different wall to hang it on. Thus, the title refers both to Hildegard's monumental, eponymous work as well as the new perspectives on Hildegard's text and melodies I hope people will gain from listening to my piece."

Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 11:00am