Wednesday, February 20, 2013

March 17, 2013

Lent V

Isaiah 43:16-21Psalm 126Philippians 3:4b-14John 12:1-8

This psalm, from Psalms in Ordinary Voices is one of my favs.

Psalm 126
by Ivan Anderson, student

The only way to get something for nothing is to be lucky.
It's easy to be thankful when you're lucky.
Everyone wants to be lucky.

If I can't be lucky
       I'll just have to be ready.

Gathering: People Get Ready by Curtis Mayfield

This song was popularized by Dar Williams.

My favorite version by Antony from the I'm Your Man dvd.

Communion: Instrumental

After Communion: Dona Nobis Pacem Domine 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

March 10, 2013

Hello Everybody,

Lent IV
Joshua 5:9-12Psalm 322 Corinthians 5:16-21Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

The Prodigal

Oh such a good story to connect with music. Here we go.

Gathering: Prayer of Peace by David Haas

Opening: Prodigal Daughter by Pearl and The Beard
Sweet new find.

Gospel: Home by Dave Grohl
Love this one. We've done it once before--solo with piano accompaniment. Simple and beautiful.

Offertory: The Prodigal Son by Rev. Wilkins
And as these things go--when one of our guitarists (we are lucky enough to have at least 5 guitarists on any given Sunday) asked me if Prodigal Son (the Rev. Wilkins/Rolling Stones version) would work on a Sunday morning, as he's been messing around with it, I say YES it will and come to find out it that the Luke reading is right around the corner. Serendipity! Great things can happen when you say yes.

Communion: Instrumental

After Communion: Coming Home To Me by Patty Griffin
Can you tell I'm a Patty Griffin fan?

Closer: Amazing Grace
All star version from 1976. So good. Willie is in FINE voice.

Monday, February 18, 2013

March 3, 2013

Hello Everybody,

Here we are, Lent III.

This is a special Sunday as the kids will lead several portions of the service--OT reading, the psalm and our version of the Prayers of the People.

We will use this adapted version of the psalm led (unbolded font) by one of the kids with the responses (bolded) spoken by the congregation.

Psalm 63 by Kizzi Buchmelter, mother and teacher

Ahh, Love. You are the true God I eagerly seek. Your powers can soothe a burning soul and mend a breaking heart. You are always there, yet not always seen.

I look for You, Love, in my family and in myself.

Your positive presence is far better than any of life's materialistic treasures. You are forever cherished by me.
I will honor You and protect Your name for as long as I am able.

I see You, Love, as I watch my beautiful children learn and grow, loving themselves and others. I can sense Your calming presence each time I smile at an angry face.

You gave me a caring hand to make sure I would not slip between the cracks of Hate. You stand a great mirror in front of me whenever I am selfish or pessimistic.

Love, you blessed me with my brothers and sisters--all of whom helped shape the thoughtful, beautiful, loving person I am today. 

Accept Love into your life. Learn to love yourself and others, helping to shape this world into a more trusting, beautiful place for all. Amen.

Exodus 3:1-15
Psalm 63:1-8
Luke 13:1-9

Moses and more Moses.

Opening: The Israelites by Desmond Dekker and Leslie Kong
Okay, we can't really pull this off, but we'll keep trying.

Gospel: Go Down Moses

This one doesn't really speak about Moses, but it has a ton of biblical imagery and the right feeling. 

Communion: Instrumental

Closer: Mary Don't You Weep 

The kids LOVE this one. They will lead the verses and we'll all sing the chorus.  A la Bruce Springsteen.
Not quite the right Moses story (smote the water with a two by four) but it is SO good we've go to do it again!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

February 24, 2013

Hello Everybody,

Lent II

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
Psalm 27
Philippians 3:17-4:1
Luke 13:31-35 

Gathering: The Lord is My Light 

Opening: Be Thou My Vision

Gospel: God Said No by Dan Bern

Offertory: Shelter by Ray Lamontagne
Been trying to find a Ray song that works--these readings seem to invite this one.

Communion: The Call by Regina Spektor

After Communion: What Wondrous Love by Ann Strickland

Closer: I Want Jesus To Walk With Me
Traditional spiritual

February 17, 2013/Lent I

Hello Everybody,

Lent is here.

Feels like a good time to open our hearts, yes? We begin the long journey to spring and renewal. Leading from the heart feels like a good idea. Here are some heart opening songs to take the first step.

Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16
Romans 10:8b-13
Luke 4:1-13

Gathering: Open My Heart by Ana Hernandez

This song can be simple or many layered--beautiful every way.

Gospel: I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got by SinĂ©ad O'Connor
 We sing a shortened version (less verses) of the originial. This a cappella by Bettye Lavette is a stunner.

Some of our high school musicians have led this song in the past, adding a few of our additional verses. It is a great response to the epistle.

Communion: Knockin' On Heaven't Door by Bob Dylan
Antony is one of my favorite performers. His original music is incredible and his covers help me hear the oldies in a new way. 

After Communion: Give Peace to Every Heart

BONUS: A little church with Ben Harper