Monday, March 24, 2014

April 13, 2014 | Palm Sunday

The Liturgy of the Palms

Matthew 21:1-11 
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 

The Liturgy of the Word

Isaiah 50:4-9a 
Philippians 2:5-11 
Matthew 26:14- 27:66 or
Matthew 27-11-54 

Psalm 31:9-16 

Hello everybody.

I must admit, I'm not really sure what's happening yet for Palm Sunday.
Big liturgy meeting with the priests tomorrow.

That said, we are working on one song, written by Kelly Hume:
Two Marys

Two hearts full of sorrow, two stories to tell,

they walked hand in hand up Calvary hill

Two Marys, two Marys

One spoke of swaddling a child so sweet

One spoke of shadows on Galilee streets

Two Marys, two Marys

The sun grew cold this darkest day,

the path stained red on Jerusalem clay

Each Mary heard the Saviour’s plea

Eloi lama sabachthani

Two Marys, two Marys

And one last word he cried in pain

Each Mary heard Him call her name

Two hearts full of sorrow, two stories to tell

They walked hand in hand down Calvary hill

Two Marys, two Marys

More soon.

March 23, 2014 TAKE TWO

Hello everybody,

Exodus 17:1-7
Romans 5:1-11 
John 4:5-42
Psalm 95

I need to do a little update here.
Yesterday we honored our beautiful office administrator, Candee, who is retiring this week.
We will miss her SO much.

Yesterday, she and her family attended our main service. The poetry and music and prayers, each in their way, acknowledged her service and ministry. So much love and compassion.

Here are a few of the songs we added, some at the last moment, to the service.
I really try to stay open to new ideas.

A parishioner mentioned this first song at the Wednesday morning service, Bill, our priest, emailed me a link to this video on Wednesday afternoon, and one of our music folks chorded it up for Wednesday night's rehearsal—then we sang it on Sunday, with a fine soloist leading the way. It was a HUGE hit. We reprised at the end of the service and a whole mess of singers and listeners gathered round to join in the fun.

Jesus Met the Woman at the Well (Traditional)
Peter, Paul and Mary's version here. Mary Travers is, to say the least, BEAUTIFUL.

I asked Candee if she had an requests.
They were Let It Be and Imagine.

3 high school girls sang and played Imagine as the first song during communion. It was sung with great care and sweetness.  Gorgeous. Then the littler kids sang a very sweet version of True Colors. Let It Be, the song after communion.

We ended with Thank You For Hearing Me by SinĂ©ad O'Connor.

Stay open—amazing grace happens, again and again.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

April 6, 2014 | Lent V

Lent V

Ezekiel 37:1-14 
Romans 8:6-11 
John 11:1-45 
Psalm 130 

Wake Up Lazarus by Kelly Hume
A GREAT song by a Grace Music Circle musician. Love it!

March 30, 2014 | Lent IV

Hello everybody.

Some weeks are SO full of inspiration.

1 Samuel 16:1-13 
Ephesians 5:8-14 
John 9:1-41 
Psalm 23 

Oh, I keep saying this, but have you checked out Psalms in Ordinary Voices?
Look here for the 23rd Psalm.

Opening: Can't Be Long by Barbara Hall
An old Grace favorite.

Gospel: Amazing Grace
We often sing this version:

Offertory: Level Up by Vienna Tang
We are saving this one for Easter, but it really works this week too.
Check out the lyrics. Incredible song and video.
Read along with the lyrics, you won't want to miss a word.

Communion: 23rd Psalm by Bobby McFerrin
An old favorite at Grace. Buy the SATB arrangement and give it a go—good anytime!

After Communion: Love Rescue Me by U2 and Bob Dylan
This live version with BB King is a beauty.

Closer: Light from the Lighthouse Shine On Me
I know, it's Lent, and it seems like a good one ANY day.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

March 16, 2014 | Lent II

Hello everyone.

Genesis 12:1-4a
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
John 3:1-17 
Psalm 121 

Jesus, Jesus

by Noah Gundersen

I've heard this live and it is jaw dropping good. The lyrics, the simplicity of the music and the spaces between.

A few curses.

March 9, 2014 | Lent I

Hello everybody.

Lent begins. 
The desert and a way to balance the looming darkness with blessing and grace.

Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11Psalm 32

A GREAT new, to me, song for Lent:
For Joy by Aaron Strumpel

We will close with this song every Sunday during Lent.

We will also sing 

Sung here by Betty LaVette.