Monday, December 31, 2012

January 13, 2013 | Year C Baptism

Hello and welcome to the first Sunday after the Epiphany.

Isaiah 43:1-7
Psalm 29
Acts 8:14-17
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

Alternative psalm resources here.

Gathering: Take Me to the Water

Processional: Take Me to the River
The Talking Heads. Well, just because. I can't think of baptism without singing the chorus to myself--okay, out loud.

Jonathan Elias from The Prayer Cycle 
My boss gave me this CD years ago. It is extraordinary.

Offertory: Can't Be Long
This song, written by Barbara Hall and The Enablers, has been a long time Grace favorite. 

Communion: The Water Is Wide
LYRICS: Scott Lawrence

After Communion: My Father's House
By Bruce Springsteen sung here by Ben Harper
I like this pared down version. Wow.

Closer: God, Whose Almighty Word
By: John Marriott

God, whose almighty word
Chaos and darkness heard
And took their flight:
Hear us, we humble pray,
And where the Gospel day
Sheds not its glorious ray,
Let there be light!
Lord, who once came to bring,
On your redeeming wing,
Healing and sight,
Health to the sick in mind,
Sight to the inly blind:
Oh, now to humankind
Let there be light!
Spirit of truth and love,
Life giving, holy dove,
Speed forth your flight;
Move on the water’s face,
Bearing the lamp of grace,
And in earth’s darkest place
Let there be light!
Holy and blessed three,
Glorious Trinity,
Wisdom, love, might!
Boundless as ocean’s tide,
Rolling in fullest pride,
Through the earth, far and wide,
Let there be light!
Hymn # 317 from Lutheran Worship
Author: Felice de Giardini
Tune: Italian Hymn
1st Published in: 1825

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

January 6, 2013 | Year C Epiphany

Epiphany Sunday

The Readings:
Isaiah 60:1-6 
Ephesians 3:1-12 
Matthew 2:1-12 
Psalm 72:1-7,10-14

Gathering: What Light by Wilco

Opening: We Three Kings
LOVE this version by Patti Smith

Gospel: What Child Is This

Offertory: O Light Divine (Shenandoah) text by Scott Lawrence

Communion: Lighthouse Light by Redbird
Beautiful song--we do as a solo. Sweet, pure and simple. Check out this version by Redbird.

After Communion: Shine 
David Gray

Closing: This Little Light of Mine. We love Bruce, yes we do.

December 30, 2012 | Year C Christmas I

Here are some ideas for the First (and only!) Sunday after Christmas.

Isaiah 61:10-62:3 
Galatians 3:23-25;4:4-7 
John 1:1-18 
Psalm 147 or 147:13-21

We want carols! We'll likely do fewer verses.

Gathering: Infant Holy, Infant Lowly

Opening: It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

Song of Praise: Angels We Have Heard on High 

Gospel: Away in a Manger

Offertory: The Holly and the Ivy 

During Communion: See Amid the Winter's Snow

After Communion: Silent Night

Closing: Joy To the World

Sunday, December 9, 2012

December 24, 2012 Part II | Year C Christmas Eve

Hello Everybody,

Here's our Christmas Eve playlist.
Merry Christmas!

Processional: O Come All Ye Faithful

Song of Praise: Angels We Have Heard On High
THE ROCHES! Sister harmony.

Gospel: Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

Offertory: Hark the Herald Angels Sing

The First Nowell

Sanctus: Holy, Holy, Holy Steve Garnaas-Holmes

Communion: In The Bleak Midwinter

ooops, almost forgot: What Child Is This?
Check out Future of Forestry here and here

After Communion: Silent Night
Alexi Murdoch

Closing Hymn: Joy to the World

Postlude: Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
Grace traditional. 

And just because...

Friday, December 7, 2012

December 24, 2012 PART I | Year C Christmas Eve

"It's coming on Christmas
They're cutting down trees
They're putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace
Oh, I wish I had a river
I could skate away on"
Joni Mitchell

Often my theme song for Advent.

I'm not really sad, but at times a wee bit melancholy.

January marks the anniversary of the death of both my parents--many, many years ago now, but memories of quiet, illness-centered Decembers haunt me a bit.

Past sadness yields to present-moment joy.

I'm anticipating my daughter and grandson's arrival. The best Christmas present ever.

I am readying for pageant rehearsals and a glorious hour with a mess of kids tomorrow afternoon. We will sing our Christmas favorites, secular and sacred. Rudolph, with all the additional responses, is a must and Angels We Have Heard on High with the GLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORIAS makes me smile (WIDE and BIG) with every GLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

I guess this is a long way of saying I need to remind myself (often and everyday) of the great joy and privilege that is my job. AND, sometimes Christmas is a very real and true mix of many opposite emotions. And that, as my yoga teacher says all the time, "is all good!"

This post we'll just take a look at our Christmas Eve pre-service music. I'll post the Christmas Eve service in a day or so. 

The prelude music this Christmas Eve, directed/arranged by the Rev. Jim Friedrich (if we are blessed with enough voices) will include Sherburne and Milford (from The Sacred Harp), and a few other carols that do not make the regular service playlist. Here are some inspiring arrangements/performances to ponder.

Milford just gives me the shivers! LOVE it, one of my favorites.

See Amid the Winter's Snow. Annie Lennox. Nuff said.

The Wexford Carol. Yo-Yo Ma and Alison Krauss. Beauty.

The Truth from Above. We have a concertina in our group, but an accordion would be, well, FABULOUS! 
I can dream. :)