Wednesday, November 28, 2012

December 23, 2012 | Year C Advent IV

Advent IV


Reflective reading: We would know more of you. Brueggemann again.

Gathering Song: The last of the chants inspired by Anis Mojgani.
Walk Through This With Me

Processional: Creator of the Stars of Night

Verse 1 Creator of the stars of night, your people’s everlasting light;
O God deliverer of us all, we pray you hear us when we call.

Verse 2 When this old world drew on toward night, you gave us stars in 
splendor bright; 
The moon to guide our pilgrim way, and bring us to your glorious day.

Verse 3 Deep in the darkness we begin, the dark outside the deep within.
So now ignite a single flame, the shadows form, let light remain.

Verse 4 O breath of life, eternal fire, present now in us and inspire;
O boundless faith and courage clear, we shine your light to banish fear.

Verse 5 Your wisdom with full promise burns, we give our promise in return
Compassion’s warmth your love reveals, we give to others and are healed.

Verse 6 O come our root, the light, our key, the wisdom for us all to see.
All heaven rings to wake the earth, as angels sing love comes to birth.

Music: Conditor alme siderum, plainsong, Mode 4. 
Text: Latin, 9th c., new verses by Scott Lawrence and Ann Strickland

Gospel: River
Joni Mitchell
Wow, this cover by Angus Stone is beautiful

Offertory: The Trumpet Child
Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler
An Advent must.

Communion: Instrumental

After Communion: My Soul in Stillness Waits
A beauty by Marty Haugen.

Closer: Love Came Down at Christmas
A music director can dream...

December 16, 2012 | Year C Advent III

Welcome to Pageant Sunday!

Discovery, third principle of faith.

Our service will begin with some stillness and another reflective reading from Walter Brueggemann, With or without you. Now this begs for some U2.

Gathering: You Are Quite the Beauty
Another chant inspired by Anis Mojgani. 

This music sends me.

The pageant replaces the Gospel reading. This year the pageant is an original play written by a musician in our music circle, Kelly Hume. Kelly is a multi talented songwriter, graphic artist and writer. The pageant is all about angels so the music is of course ALL ANGEL!
One of my students, aged 8 or 9, will be accompanying Hark the Herald, Angels We Have Heard on High and The First Nowell. I will accompany Calling All Angels (Jane Siberry) and Angels Watchin' Over Me.  We usually do one verse of each carol. 

The Offertory: One Wing 
Not sure we can pull this off, but some of the high-schoolers are giving it a go.
The pageant story involves a one-winged angel or two so this song is perfect.

Communion: Instrumental again. This week a freshman high school student, and tremdendous pianist, will be improvising something quiet and meditative.

After Communion: With Or Without You by U2 
Gotta do it!
WOW the Scala Choir! Just found this arrangement--watch this, worth it for the conducting alone.

December 9, 2012 | Year C Advent II

Here we are--Advent II

Our second principle of faith: service.

At Grace, over the years, Advent liturgy has evolved into a more spacious, quiet reflective experience.
This year at the liturgy of the word we will first offer a reflective reading (a different poem each week by Walter Brueggemann) and the Gospel. That's it. With a space for silence and stillness in between the reflective reading/poem and the gospel hymn.

This week's reflective reading is: You are known in hiddenness

The Gospel: Luke 3: 1-6

Our Gathering Song will be a chant-like piece I have composed to text inspired by Anis Mojgani's poem Closer.

You Make the Lord Happy

Opening Processional: Prepare the Way O Zion

Offertory: Guadalupe/Tom Russell
This one is being worked up with concertina, guitar, fiddle and voices arranged by our own Rev. Jim Friedrich--resident creative liturgical wizard. Honoring Guadalupe today!

Communion: All during Advent, instrumental offerings. More space, less words.

OK, you may think this is corny and dated and way too 70's but it turns out it is just perfect with piano accompaniment and maybe starting with a single child's voice and then building and adding instruments and voices. 

Closer: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Tune: Hyfrydol

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

December 2, 2012 | Year C Advent I

Hello everybody.

Here at Grace our mission statement includes four principles of faith: inclusion, service, discovery and gratitude.

To put a finer point on our theme of the year, Come Closer, we will highlight one of our principles of faith each week during Advent.

This week: inclusion.

During the Advent season we read one contemporary reading, usually a poem, and the gospel, creating a feeling of spaciousness at the beginning of the service. This week our reflective reading is Against Your Absence

Gathering Song: One Love/People Get Ready ( Bob Marley/Curtis Mayfield)
Our kids will play piano, guitar and organ and vocally lead this congregational song.

Opening Processional: Sing Out Earth and Skies by Marty Haugen

Gospel: O Come, O Come Emmanuel Verses 1-2

Offertory: People Look East, text: Farjeon, tune: BESANCON

Communion: True Colors by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly
Our kids will accompany and lead this one.

After Communion: Be More Quiet Now by David Crowder Band

Closing Hymn: Something Beautiful by Alexi Murdoch
purchase this man's music