The Fourth Week of Lent
First Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm: Psalm 23
Second Reading: Ephesians 5:8-14
Gospel Reading: John 9:1-41
Sermon: Eye-Opening Moments
Pastor Ken Albright
in pastures fresh you make me feed,
beside the living stream.
You bring my wand’ring spirit back
when I forsake your ways;
you lead me, for your mercy’s sake,
in paths of truth and grace.
your presence is my stay;
one word of your supporting breath
drives all my fears away.
Your hand in sight of all my foes,
does still my table spread;
my cup with Blessings overflows,
your oil anoints my head.
attend me all my days;
oh, may your house be my abode,
and all my work be praise.
Here would I find a settled rest,
while others go and come;
no more a stranger, nor a guest,
but like a child at home.
Prayers of Intercession
My fainting soul doth He restore,
And though in death’s valley my steps must wander,
Thy rod and staff are with me, and they shall comfort me.
This piece is the one that Sayume played in a recent competition in Hendersonville, despite teachers telling her that she should wait till she’s much older due to the gravitas and expression of the piece. It is the first movement of the Brahms violin concerto. There seems to me to be stormy passages, and perhaps even icy ones which in a matter of measures changes to warm, passionate, or graceful passages. “Though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” Stormy D minor and Icy A Minor change to their warmer, brighter, and related counterparts: Bright A Major, and Warm D Major.