We seek the Light of God – and listen – as our journey into the wilderness continues this First Sunday in Lent.
At 9:00, the Sanctified Art-commissioned song "Land of the Seeking" by Spencer LaJoye opens worship. The composer and lyricist shares his thoughts on its genesis:
"I became kind of enamored with the idea of a magical place called 'The Land of the Seeking,' which you can only get to via the shadow of your doubts, the moment a candle burns out, the point where you’re so lost you just keep going instead of turning around, etc. The idea that there’s an entire welcoming 'land' for us when we feel place-less and questioning and confused…that was appealing to me. I’m also so inspired by Nicodemus coming to Jesus under the cover of night. Like the 'scary' thing (nighttime, darkness, unknown) is actually a comfort for a questioning person. And the idea of there being an abundance of grace beyond the bottom of the well…that was also inspiring to me."
At 11:00, the organ offers two chorale preludes from the Lenten section of J.S. Bach's "little organ book" in "Jesus, Priceless Treasure" and "If You But Trust in God to Guide You." The Chancel Choir sings a hauntingly beautiful arrangement of the early American tune "Wondrous Love" by composer Peter Stearns.