Friday, October 30, 2015

November 1, 2015 | All Saints' Year B

Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9
or Isaiah 25:6-9
Psalm 24
Revelation 21:1-6a
John 11:32-44

I am amazed, every year, at the depth and breadth of songs to choose from for this day.

AND (Edited 11/1), can't believe I forgot these TWO that we offered today:

Sand and Water by Beth Nielson Chapman

Ripple by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter

Here is the playlist from 2012.

This year we will sing a long time Grace favorite, Crossing the Bar. Rani Arbo is a wonder.
I think we've been singing this song at Grace for over 15 years. So very beautiful. Happy and surprised to see SO many choral versions on the Youtube. Here's a very sweet version.

Many a Mumford and Sons song that work. Two that stand out: After the Storm and Timshel.

Lazarus this year. We've decided to sing Rise by Eddie Vedder. Another favorite, here with additional lyrics by Scott Lawrence. 

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 fill 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. 

Two of our high schoolers will sing Sia's Lullaby. More open and abstract then some of the others. I love this song.

Friday, October 16, 2015

October 25, 2015 | Pentecost 22, 25B

Track 1orTrack 2
Job 42:1-6, 10-17
Jeremiah 31:7-9
Psalm 34:1-8, (19-22)
Psalm 126 
Hebrews 7:23-28
Hebrews 7:23-28
Mark 10:46-52
Mark 10:46-52

I teach piano/music lessons. My students are, of course, my greatest teachers. One brilliant student wanted to play this song for me this week and said she'd like to sing it at Grace too. 

She's 10. 

In that moment I felt as humbled and blessed as Job.

Human by Perri and Martin Johnson, sung here by Christina Perri.

Monday, October 5, 2015

October 18, 2015 | Pentecost 21, 24B

Track 1orTrack 2
Job 38:1-7, (34-41)
Isaiah 53:4-12
Psalm 104:1-9, 25, 37b
Psalm 91:9-16
Hebrews 5:1-10
Hebrews 5:1-10
Mark 10:35-45
Mark 10:35-45

To serve.

Maybe some of these songs help us to remember. Remember how to be our best selves–in relationship to the divine and to each other.

Hands by Jewel

I Was Here 
Songwriter(s): VICTORIA SHAW / GARY BURR / HILLARY SCOTT, Sung by Beyonce

With My Own Two Hands by Ben Harper

October 11, 2015 | Pentecost 20, 23B

Track 1orTrack 2
Job 23:1-9, 16-17
Amos 5:6-7, 10-15
Psalm 22:1-15
Psalm 90:12-17
Hebrews 4:12-16
Hebrews 4:12-16
Mark 10:17-31
Mark 10:17-31

Follow by Jerry Merrick
 sung here by Richie Havens

When God Made Me by Neil Young

Imagine by John Lennon

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October 4, 2015 | Pentecost 19, 22B;

Track 1orTrack 2
Job 1:1; 2:1-10
Genesis 2:18-24
Psalm 26
Psalm 8
Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
Mark 10:2-16
Mark 10:2-16

Here are some good ones that might work for this Sunday:

Save Us All by Tracy Chapman

Have a Little Faith in Me by John Hiatt

And this song of fall and the season feels like church to me:

Pull of the Moon by Jodie Manross