Friday, September 27, 2013

October 6, 2013 | St. Francis

Hello everybody,

We are celebrating St. Francis this day.

All Creatures arranged by David Crowder
We do this one as a solo, slower and more rubato.

With My Own Two Hands by Jack Johnson
The kids will sing this one.

September 29, 2013


Yikes. this fall has been something...I can't get my groove on.

As for this post...better late than never...?

Amos 6:1a, 4-7
Psalm 146
1 Timothy 6:6-19
Luke 16:19-31   

Our preacher this week is speaking to extremes--seeing things as black or white.

Resurrection, contentment and praise themes in the readings.

Also, we have an ongoing theme this year at Grace. "What's Your Story?" This theme has created an opportunity for our musicians to tell their story in a song or with music. Very cool.

Be Ok by Ingrid Michaelson.

Brave by Sara Bareilles
This is a great song. The lyrics are meaningful, perhaps not the best for the readings today but our preaching is linking with social justice/civil rights issues that make it pertinent for us. I'm thinking let the kids loose with this one and see how they would arrange/orchestrate it.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

September 22, 2013


Track 1orTrack 2
Jeremiah 8:18-9:1
Psalm 79:1-9
1 Timothy 2:1-7
Luke 16:1-13

Amos 8:4-7Psalm 1131 Timothy 2:1-7Luke 16:1-13

Seems like a traditional hymn kind of week.
Here are some different arrangements and sweet performances. 

Balm in Gilead always gets my attention. This version by Tori Amos is not like anything you've heard before!

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms sung by Iris Dement

I Love to Tell the Story
Our theme this year at Grace is "What's Your Story?" This is perfect.

Bright Morning Stars by The Wailin' Jennys

Come Thou Fount
The Mumford version!

Just a Closer Walk
Avett Bros.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September 15, 2013

Hello all,

Lost. Found. 

The readings this week remind me of a couple Rilke poems, from The Book of Hours, translation Barrows and Macy.

from On the Edge of Night

"And what has lost its way
will, by my vibrant sounds,
be at last brought home
and allowed to fall endlessly
into the depthless source."

I Have Hymns is one of my favorites. Several years ago I wrote a Rilke song cycle.
Here's my take, sung by Barbara Hume off her album Island in the Sound

On a personal note our priest Bill goes in for cancer related surgery early next week. Our hearts and minds are full with prayers for him and a bit of worry too. Of course, I can't help thinking about music that will soothe his heart and mind, and ours too!

In thinking about healing I remembered two great albums (does anyone still say album?) this week.

The first a tribute album to John Denver. Love him. Still

Sunshine on My Shoulders. If I had a wish...
Train's version here.

Dave Matthew's version of Take Me to Tomorrow is really something too.

The other album is Sweet Relief III.

A cohort in musical crime at Grace, the Rev. Jim Friedrich, re-wrote the last verse to If I Needed You, a spectacular song by Townes Van Zandt. Covered by Joseph Arthur (go see him live!) on the album. 

Here's a pretty version by The Sweet By & By.

Emmylou Harris made it a hit:

When the shadow falls

And the way is steep
I will fear no ill
        G           C
When grace is near

I shall not want

She will guide me home
She restores my soul
        G          C
May her praise be told
[Repeat last 2 lines twice more]

__Jim Friedrich

Don't Let Us Get Sick by Warren Zevon covered by Jackson Browne.

"Don't let us get sick
Don't let us get old
Don't let us get stupid alright.
Just make us be brave..."