Friday, March 20, 2015

April 26, 2015 | Easter 4B

Acts 4:5-12
Psalm 23
1 John 3:16-24
John 10:11-18

I don't really know where to begin. This day we say goodbye to Bill Harper, Grace founding rector.

We will do many of his and our Grace favorites and tie all those into the themes of the good shepherd.

Here are two we'll do for sure:

Can't Be Long by Barbara Hall
We'll sing this in place of the psalm

Orange Sky by Alexi Murdoch

April 19, 2015 | Easter 3B

Acts 3:12-19
Psalm 4
1 John 3:1-7
Luke 24:36b-48


Here are two.
Also, please search "forgiveness" in the sidebar on the right. Several others there too.

Timshel by Mumford and Sons

Pray for Forgiveness by Alicia Keys and Linda Perry

April 12, 2105 | Easter 2B

Acts 4:32-35
Psalm 133
1 John 1:1-2:2
John 20:19-31

We've faith and doubt this week.

I Know It's True by Gordon Gano (Violent Femmes)

Laughing With by Regina Spektor

Jesus Jesus by Noah Gunderson

Let the Mystery Be by Iris Dement

Friday, March 13, 2015

Easter 2015

Feeling wistful this year. Bill Harper, Grace Rector (for over 20 years) and my boss (for close to 20) is retiring at the end of April. So many seasons shared. So many resurrections.

Hannah K., a getting ready to graduate senior in high school, will sing this one this year.

Share With Me the Sun by Portugal. The Man

...there was nothing left to do...

Here and here are links to other Easter posts. 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Maundy Thursday & Good Friday 2015

You Call That Church Music?: Maundy Thursday & Good Friday 2014

You Call That Church Music?: March 28, 2013 / Maundy Thursday

You Call That Church Music?: March 29, 2013 / Good Friday

Hello everybody,

I am feeling that feeling settle in. That almost to Holy Week feeling.

We are having extraordinarily gorgeous weather here in the PNW this winter. I feel guilty about it as I know so many are dealing with treacherous and relentless snow.

Spring has sprung here, and truth be told I'm already at resurrection. Already there. It's hard not to be.

Today, there is no part of me that wants to sit with grief, torture and the worst of our humanity.

Yet here we are.

So many of the songs listed in these posts help me deal with that part of my humanity—the part that hurts others, even myself, and most often those I love. Many of these songs remind me that there is another way to be. Another way to be.

Other ways to love, forgive, save and also reflect on injustice and injury

Let me know if you'll be trying any of these this songs this year. I'd love to hear from you.

In peace,


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March 29, 2015 | Palm Sunday

Two additions this year:

One Day by Matisyahu 
Some of our younger singers will sing this one.

Comes and Goes in Waves by Greg Laswell
Perhaps a solo, slower, mellower version.

Hello and welcome to Holy Week.

Overall keeping a quiet, contemplative tone for Palm Sunday.

Over the years many of the Grace folk, regular musicians and otherwise, have written songs—lyrics, music or both. I am including some of these chants/songs here.  Caroline Clucas and Scott Lawrence are both huge contributors to our Grace music circle. Their music and poetry is thoughtful and very moving. Feel free to use these songs in your services with credits listed below.

Open My Heart to Your Light and Truth by Ruth Cunningham from Music By Heart

Kyrie by Paul Merritt

This one was written during our Lenten evening program last year-- a group effort, mostly kids!
Written by Grace Episcopal Church Lenten Program 2012

Comes Jesus to Jerusalem
Music: Jesu dulcis memoria, plainsong, Mode 2 from Hymnal 1982 (#134)
Text: Scott Lawrence

Much Abides from Tennyson, music by Ann Strickland

Chords: NC (pick up notes), A, C3m/G#, F#m, D
second line: A, F#m, D E, A

What Wondrous Love/Chant by Ann Strickland. Inspired by the American folk hymn.
When Jesus Entered Jerusalem
Music: Traditional; Lyric: Scott Lawrence

Desert Winds by Caroline R. Clucas
Not quite for Palm Sunday, but a great Lenten piece.

ONE more. Last year we ended with a beautiful solo a capella version of
Winter Sky by Billy Edd Wheeler. The congregation then exited in silence. Powerful.

Judy Collins - Winter Sky from drakemerchant on Vimeo.

Credit Grace work as follows:

Music and lyrics copyright Caroline R Clucas, Grace Episcopal Church, Bainbridge Island
Lyrics copyright Scott Lawrence, Grace Episcopal Church, Bainbridge Island
Music and lyrics copyright Ann Strickland, Grace Episcopal Church, Bainbridge Island.
Written by Grace Episcopal Church Lenten Program 2012, Grace Episcopal Church, Bainbridge Island


March 22, 2015 | Lent V Year B

Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 51:1-13 or Psalm 119:9-16
Hebrews 5:5-10
John 12:20-33

I'm Not Afraid to Die by Gillian Welch

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Easter Vigil 2015

Thinking about Holy Week.

Here is a wonderful page full of helpful links from St. Phillip Church, Victoria, British Columbia.

Chants for Holy Week:

Be More Quiet Now by David Crowder
The River is Flowing—unknown author, folksong
What Wondrous Love by Ann Strickland

Here are some ideas for the Easter Vigil as created by and with liturgist, musician, writer, priest Jim Friedrich. 

Fire, story, drama, song and prayer.

Some music we'll do for the vigil:

Row On Row On

Roll Away the Waters by Bob Franke

Story of Isaac by Leonard Cohen (additional lyrics below by Jim Friedrich)

I offered no resistance
My hands were bound in silence
I waited for the end.
As I lay upon that altar
my father’s hand was trembling
when he slowly raised his knife.
The sun stood still above us
the desert air was soundless
no one shouted no.
A terrible purgation
with nothing left to save us
nor anything held back.
But if the child dies,
the child who is the promise
how can the story live?
Who’s really being tested:
is it Abraham or Isaac
or maybe even God?
Just when the shadow deepens
when life betrays its future
the sacrifice defers:
the knife becomes an angel
the lamb cries from the thicket
the hand of God provides.
Was it all about surrender
the pain of dispossession
the test of what we love?
Can we lay it on the altar
our ego and attachment
and live in naked trust?
Or is the price too high:
to burn our dreams to ashes
and let the laughter die?
Must we always pass this way
the valley of the shadow
the awful time of trial?

Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen with supplemental lyrics by Scott Lawrence
I so love Rufus Wainwright. Have seen him in live performance several times. He does not disappoint. Ah. For this service two high school singers will sing the verses and the congregation will sing the chorus.

When night stands still, its stony dark holds entombed your longing heart,
And peace is just in pieces all around you.
You remember time undone, when love and light were always one,
Before you lost that precious hallelujah.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

By night they stole your love away, forever lost to yesterday,
They hung the world upside down around you.
Then surprised you saw your lover’s eyes return, you recognized
The sweet enfolding, shining, hallelujah.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

Now instead of fear you feel a love that time cannot steal.
No darkness can conceal the light within you.
This loving grace, this love divine, seeking all that’s lost will find
The ever-living, singing, hallelujah.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

All Shall Be Well  by Cynthia Bourgeault
Well, check this out—have not heard this one before and NOT the one we are using, but, well, kind of great.
Pete Townshend—come on.

Healing River of the Spirit by Ruth Duck sung to CHARTRES

Rise by Eddie Vedder with additional lyrics by Scott Lawrence
A Grace Easter standard.

Such is the way of the world, can never know
Just where to put all your faith, and how will it grow.
Gonna rise up, burning black holes in dark memories.
Gonna rise up, turning mistakes into gold.

Such is the passage of time, too fast to fold.
Suddenly swallowed by signs, lo and behold.
Gonna rise up and find my direction magnetically.
Gonna rise up and throw down my ace in the hole.

Such are the stories we bring, telling the toll.
Laughter and tears full the sky, echo below.
Gonna rise up and stand in the light that I cannot see.
Gonna rise up and live all the stories I know.

Such are the songs that we sing, fears to unfold.
Music, like water, wells up, unbending our soul.
Gonna rise up and fly from the tomb that’s been holding me.
Gonna rise up and sing myself a new home.

AND Song After Communion: Imagine by John Lennon