Following the sermon, continue worship with this musical meditation from Kerby Baier, Assistant Director of Music Ministries.
Good morning, Genesis! In lieu of corporate musical worship this morning, I offer a musical meditation for you.
Here is a link to a recording of a beautiful choral motet, “Crucem tuam adoramus, Domine” composed by Pawel Lukaszewski. The Latin text for this anthem originates from the Catholic liturgy traditionally observed on Good Friday, and is appropriate for the lenten season in which we find ourselves today. The title translates to “We adore Thy Cross, O Lord.”
Though it’s easy to listen and enjoy the music for the sound alone, I invite you to listen to this piece while reading the text/translation below.
Crucem tuam adoramus, Domine:
*Beware of the applause at the end – it may take you by surprise if you are listening at a high volume.*
Crucem tuam adoramus, Domine et sanctum resurrectionem tuam laudamus, et glorificamus ecce enim propter lignum venit gaudium in universo mundo.
We adore Thy Cross, O Lord and Thy holy Resurrection, we praise and glorify for behold by the wood of the Cross joy has come into the whole world.
When I listen to this piece, I hear waves. Waves of rich color. Waves that insistently climb in assurance, then gracefully fall in quiet submission. Waves that ebb and flow in unpredictable patterns, yet somehow sound organic.
I hear waves that perfectly reflect authentic adoration of the cross. Our worship never feels like a straight line. It feels like being carried by a wave that takes us up, down, and sideways. I invite you to listen to this piece and try to hear to these waves, noticing how they express the words. How they reflect the journey of following Christ.
It is my prayer that this music affects you in the same way it does me. It leaves me feeling that these words could never be spoken in a way that does their meaning as much justice.
I pray these waves of sound may serve as a beautiful reminder: “by the wood of the cross, joy has come into the whole world.” Our current situation is ever-changing and challenging. Let us take joy in our ability to worship, which always remains.
As your church, O Lord, we adore you. We glorify you. For behold, by the wood of the cross joy has come into the whole world.
As best you can, I pray that you can find a time to center yourself and feel the hope of God through this music today.
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” (ESV)