Wednesday, May 29, 2013

June 16, 2013

Hi everybody,
Here is Proper 6, Year C

Track 1
orTrack 2
1 Kings 21:1-10, (11-14), 15-21a2 Samuel 11:26-12:10, 13-15
Psalm 5:1-8Psalm 32
Galatians 2:15-21Galatians 2:15-21
Luke 7:36-8:3Luke 7:36-8:3

Lots of sinning women this week.

Decided to step outside the box and do some traditional and simple hymns this week. I'll be on holiday this Sunday and one of our very capable and talented high schoolers, Hannah is subbing. THANKS Hannah.

The playlist will be:

Gathering: All Shall Be Well by Cynthia Bourgeault
Opening: Come Thou Fount 
Robert Robinson/NETTLETON

Gospel: Rise by Eddie Vedder
Offertory:Come Host of Heaven's High Dwelling Place
Communion: Come and Fill Our Hearts (Taize)
AFter Communion: Give Peace to Every Heart (Taize)
Closer: Seek Ye First

June 9, 2013


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1 Kings 17:8-16 (17-24)1 Kings 17:17-24
Psalm 146Psalm 30
Galatians 1:11-24Galatians 1:11-24
Luke 7:11-17Luke 7:11-17

All about RESURRECTION this week.

Here are some of the best LIFE AFFIRMING songs in our repertoire:

New Soul by Yael Naim 

The Rising by Bruce Springsteen

Rise by Eddie Vedder

If I Rise by A. R. Rahman, Dido and Rollo Armstrong

Will the Circle Be Unbroken  Ada R. Habershon with music by Charles H. Gabriel.
Mavis Staples and Bonnie Raitt!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

June 2, 2013

Hello Everybody,

Well this day is a biggie!

Confirmation, our Bishop, Greg Rickel, is in the house, we are saying farewell to our beloved children's ministry coordinator Debbie Rimkus and we are honoring our Godly Play volunteers.

HOW do we possibly sum ALL that up?

One word: Kindness.

Well, maybe two--Grace and Kindness.
That sums it all up I think.

The KINDNESS theme is inspired by the gospel reading this week.
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1 Kings 18:20-21, (22-29), 30-391 Kings 8:22-23, 41-43
Psalm 96Psalm 96:1-9
Galatians 1:1-12Galatians 1:1-12
Luke 7:1-10Luke 7:1-10

Overtly, the gospel reading seems to be about healing and faith but after re-reading it I felt this undertone of kindness and humility. That seemed like a great thread for our day today too. The kindness and humility required of servant leadership--from the Diocesean example right on down to all of us at Grace, particularly Debbie. And looking at the lineup today I am humbled and so grateful.  SO MANY people participating and contributing to make the music happen this day--from our Kids Sing group of elementary school singers, to the Gracettes, our middle and high school-age musicians, to several solo offerings from our adult musicians.

Here's the playlist:

Gathering: We All Need More Kindness in this World by Guy Davis
Imagine a UKELELE orchestra (YES!) for accompaniment here with the littlest of kids leading the singing. It is really good.

Opening: Amazing Grace
One of my piano students will accompany this one. 

Gospel: Kindness by Ryan Adams
Again imagine two 10 year olds--piano and vocals. Hard to beat.

Offertory: Piano solo blues--Connie will offer a piano solo of a favorite hymn.

Communion: Spiegel Im Spiegel by Arvo Part
Piano and cello. Beautiful simplicity presented by Darden and Tom. 

After Communion: True Colors by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly.
OH MY look and listen to this version:

Closer: Thought I Saw the Light Shine by Alexi Murdoch
Kind of a theme song at Grace and most definitely with many of the kids.
Layers and layers of goodness.

BONUS: She's Got a Way by Billy Joel
Now, I'm sure you're thinking--WHA???
One of our high school musicians suggested this one to say goodbye to Debbie and with a couple small lyric tweaks it is really PERFECT.
Hannah will sing this as a farewell and a thank you to Debbie--at the close of service.

Monday, May 6, 2013

May 26, 2013 / Trinity Sunday

Hello Everybody,

Ordinary days.

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
Psalm 8 or Canticle 2 or 13
Romans 5:1-5
John 16:12-15

Gathering: Amazing Grace
My favorite version--we do this one often.

Gospel: I Love You But I Don't Know What To Say by Ryan Adams

Offertory:The Scientist by Coldplay
Great cover here by Aimee Mann
Last year a high school student sang this one.

Communion: Bridge Over Troubled WaterBridge Over Troubled Water by Paul Simon
This song is incredible. We've sung as a solo and as a little trio of singers harmonizing. Good--really good--all the time.

Closer: Under the Sun, Moon and Stars by Jimmy Cliff
I must admit--I just found this one--it is AWESOME and goes right along with the readings this week.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May 19, 2013 / The Day of Pentecost

Hello Everybody,

Here are some ideas for Pentecost.

Acts 2:1-21 or Genesis 11:1-9
Psalm 104:25-35, 37
Romans 8:14-17 or Acts 2:1-21
John 14:8-17, (25-27)

Gathering: Heavenly Day by Patty Griffin
We've done this one a few times.

Opening: Spirit In the Dark by Aretha Franklin
NOW, if we could pull this off I would cry with joy!
Video with TOM JONES!

Sweet version here and this one has been on my list for a long time.

Communion: The Wind by Cat Stevens (Yusaf Islam)
Wow, this man shaped my musical self. So beautiful and I think perfect for the day.

After Communion: Give Peace a Chance by John Lennon
Start kind of soft and build.

Closer: Sing a Song by Maurice White and Al McKay
EARTH, WIND AND FIRE on Pentecost? Come on!