Tuesday, July 30, 2013

August 11, 2013

Hello everybody,

Going to focus on the light this week. Keep those lamps burning!

Her Hands are Leaves by Alexi Murdoch
All around, the light.

Shadows and Light by Joni Mitchell

This Little Light of Mine 
Sing it Brother Bruce.

My Father's House by Bruce Springsteen

Put Your Lights On by Everlast (Erik Schrody) with Carlos Santana
We haven't done this one, but I love it. Maybe a few lyric tweaks...

Something Beautiful by Alexi Murdoch

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

August 4, 2013


Hope summer is treating you a-ok.

Here are some ideas for August 4th.

You gotta have faith.


God Is Real by India.Arie

Laughing With by Regina Spektor

Tears of God by Los Lobos (David Hidalgo/Louie Perez)

Jesus Is Waiting by Al Green
I miss Soul Train. We've not pulled this one off...yet!

Have a Little Faith in Me by John Hiatt
Here's a cover by Jewel

Rise by Eddie Vedder
...just where to put all your faith, and how does it grow...

In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel

Friday, July 19, 2013

July 28, 2013

Hello everybody!

Track 1orTrack 2
Hosea 1:2-10
Psalm 85
Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19)
Luke 11:1-13

Genesis 18:20-32
Psalm 138
Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19)Luke 11:1-13

I love this alt. version of the Lord's Prayer by Brian McLaren:

Jesus Is On the Mainline
I love this version by Krishna Das. We've done this one with the kids leading and the congregation/choir responding. SO GOOD!

Knockin' On Heaven's Door by Bob Dylan
Well, we've used this-changing up the lyrics and mixing it up with Seek Ye First...BE CREATIVE!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

July 21, 2013


I'm thinking...devotion, sisters, higher love.

Higher Love by Stevie Winwood, of course.
I love this cover my James Vincent McMorrow

Sister by Dave Matthews

Stand By Me by Ben E. King

Nearer My God To Thee  Al Green:

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

July 14, 2013

Hello everybody!

This week is our first Sunday with Grace's new associate priest, Eric Mason.
I've asked Eric about his musical favorites and they include Mumford and Sons, Bon Iver, Head and the Heart, U2 and REM--The Beatles and CSN&Y too. Ooooooh. Lots to work with!

We've got The Good Samaritan, mercy, compassion and perhaps some hope and truth thrown in for good measure. 

Gathering: Christ Before Me

Here's a beautiful arrangement by John Rutter.

Gospel: Redemption 1 by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver)

Offertory: Everybody Hurts by REM

Communion: Sigh No More by Mumford and Sons

After Communion: One by U2

Closer: All You Need Is Love by Lennon and McCartney
Cool cover by The Flaming Lips

And  because we didn't include any CSN&Y here's a great cover by The Gundersen Family right here at St. Mark's in Seattle:

Monday, July 1, 2013

July 7, 2013

Hello everybody,

Sorry I'm behind schedule here. Been traveling and took some time away from the screen.

Some themes and images this week: Rivers, flow, love and support for each other, caring for each other, perseverance. Gosh there are so many choices!

Track 1orTrack 2
2 Kings 5:1-14
Psalm 30
Galatians 6:(1-6), 7-16
Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

Isaiah 66:10-14Psalm 66:1-8
Galatians 6:(1-6), 7-16
Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

Don't Give Up by Peter Gabriel with Kate Bush

Love Reign O'er Me by Pete Townshend
Of course this song is so GIANT but  maybe this is done like a chant--kind of quiet and just repeat the one main part of the melody. Pearl Jam version here:

The River Is Flowing trad.
We use this song quite often. I have a notated version if you need it.
This version here is slightly different but you'll get the idea.

Lean On Me by Bill Withers

River Flows In You by Yiruma
This has been a big hit with my piano students. Would be great for a student to play during communion.

The Gundersen Family-SO BEAUTIFUL. My boss just  reminded me about these beauties.
This one filmed at our cathedral in Seattle: