Glory of the Lord: Enunciation of Belief

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Not a year ago, I sat down to compose a completely new mass in honor of the community that is my second home at Saint Paul Lutheran Church. That work has now become both a joy and frustration; while I originally intended to have it set to music, several attempts to collaborate with composers fell through. Nonetheless, this remains an earnest tribute to a community of people that has sustained me in good times and bad. This is dedicated to them.

It should be noted that the character of this “mass” (I use the term loosely as there is no formal liturgical structure) is a mirror of my own life and experiences. You will find the tenor brooding and dark mostly, but always redeemed in response or crescendo. This is what I have truly treasured in the people at Saint Paul–an uplifting spirit despite my tendencies toward doubt and depression.

The entire “mass” was written in seven parts, so I will post them one by one. Some of you may have already read these in earlier postings, but I felt it important to revisit them again as they remind me of where I have come and where I am going–both in community and on my personal journey of faith.

So I begin with the first of seven parts: The Enunciation of Belief. [P is preacher/presider; R is congregation]

P. Many-named Magnificent:
You are Father to us all.

R. Against the possible, I believe. I exult in the Lord my God!

P. Raised from the dust,
You hewed mankind from nascent earth.

R. Against the possible, I believe. I exult in the Lord my God!

P. And whence we came,
Again we fall: dust unto the dust.

R. Against the possible, I believe. I exult in the Lord my God!

P. Charged forth in life, gilded with sin,
To the end we ride, sailing toward death.

R. Against the possible, I believe. I exult in the Lord my God!

P. Our flesh has no glory seat; our thoughts no death lament. Even so our souls concur from beyond the grave, and rise.

R. Against the possible, I believe. I exult in the Lord my God!

P. Unto forever and for everlasting,
We shine by grace in Your dominion.

R. Against the possible, I believe. I exult in the Lord my God!

P. And unto everlasting, and for all the ages,
And the ages surpassing ages, You are God.

R. You are my salvation, God of every land. You are my foundation, Lord of Lords.

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