Since Epiphany, we have focused on The Great Ends of the Church. Each week the music has reflected the great end discussed in worship. Today Pastor Mike will speak on the fifth great end, “The Promotion of Social Righteousness.” The organ prelude is adapted from Aaron Copland’s opera “The Tender Land.” The text, written by Copland’s partner Erik Johns (Horace Everett) captivates social righteousness in lyric beauty:
The promise of living with hope and thanksgiving
is born of our loving our friends and our labor.
The promise of growing with faith and with knowing
is born of our sharing our love with our neighbor.
The promise of living, the promise of growing
is born of our singing in joy and thanksgiving.
The promise of ending in right understanding
is peace in our own hearts and peace with our neighbor.
The promise of living, the promise of growing,
the promise of ending is labor and sharing and loving.
Hear the song.
– written by Scott Ziegler, FPC organist