Sunday, December 29, 2013

January 5, 2014

Happy New Year!

And, it's still Christmas! Hooray!

I'd like to suggest this album:
The Sounding Joy by Elizabeth Mitchell and guests

Every song is a beauty. 

Here's a sample:

May your days be merry and bright.


Friday, December 20, 2013

December 29, 2013

Hello all.

First Sunday after Christmas/Year A

Of course more carols! Hooray.

Dusty Collings, an amazing musician in our music corner, found this cool arrangement:

Love Come Down at Christmas
Shawn Colvin 

Christmas Day 2013

Hello everyone.

We have a light dusting of snow here in the pacific northwest this morning.
Felt like a little kid this morning as I went out in the darkness to see if it had snowed in the night.
What a great feeling.

Merry Christmas!

Here are a few more beauties:
Shawn Colvin, James Taylor (singing Joni Mitchell) and The Civil Wars.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Christmas Eve 2013

Advent at Grace 2013

Hello everyone!

Eyes on Christmas Eve.

My bosses at Grace, Bill Harper and Eric Mason, are on a roll. Together we have crafted a liturgy for Advent that includes more space, more time for quiet reflection and simpler prayers. Less words. It feels really good. It feels like we need it too.

I posted this song a couple weeks ago for use in an Advent Sunday service. Bill Harper heard it and said let's start both Christmas Eve services with silence and stillness and then have a soloist sing this:

Be Still by The Fray

Then we'll launch into O Come All Ye Faithful. But not before we find some stillness and quiet. LOVE IT!

The rest of our Christmas service is pretty predictable and wonderful. Angels We Have Heard On High to Joy to the World, and everything else in between. REALLY good.

Angels We Have Heard could go this way:

We always end each Christmas Eve service with Happy Xmas (War is Over)

Merry Christmas everyone. May your days be merry and bright.