Tuesday, December 9, 2014

February 8, 2015 | Epiphany V Year B

Isaiah 40:21-31Psalm 147:1-12, 21c
1 Corinthians 9:16-23 
Mark 1:29-39

I Shall Not Walk Alone by Ben Harper
Healing ourself, each other and renewal.

A postscipt:

Our preacher this week is Eric Mason. Eric will be exploring ideas of releasing fear and judgment. 
We've added Be Still and Know by The Fray. A favorite. 

February 1, 2015 | Epiphany IV Year B

Deuteronomy 18:15-20 
Psalm 111
1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Mark 1:21-28 


A postscript.

Yesterday we sang Love is the Answer. It was VERY well received. It was a request from our guest preacher, The Rev. Dr. Tim Ives. We will definitely sing it again!

January 25, 2015 | Epiphany III Year B

Jonah 3:1-5, 10Psalm 62: 6-141 Corinthians 7: 29-31Mark 1:14-20

In the Presence of the Lord by Eric Clapton

January 18, 2015, Epiphany II Year B

1 Samuel 3:1-10(11-20) 
Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 
John 1:43-51 

Celebrating the life and teachings of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Up to the Mountain by Patty Griffin

MLK by U2

Shine by David Gray
I don't think I've suggested this song! How could this be...

Epiphany Sunday 2015

Isaiah 60:1-6 
Ephesians 3:1-12 
Matthew 2:1-12 
Psalm 72:1-7,10-14

We Three Kings

Star of Wonder by The Roches

Second Sunday after Christmas 2014

Jeremiah 31:7-14 
Ephesians 1:3-6,15-19a 
Matthew 2:13-15,19-23 
or Luke 2:41-52 
or Matthew 2:1-12 
Psalm 84 or 84:1-8

Green Grows the Holly performed by Calexico

Jackson Song by Patty Smith

First Sunday after Christmas 2014

Isaiah 61:10-62:3 
Galatians 3:23-25;4:4-7 
John 1:1-18 
Psalm 147 or 147:13-21

And all around the light...

Christmas Day 2014

More Christmas!

Away in a Manger by Joshua and Heather

Last Christmas by WHAM
Performed by St. Paul de Vence at The Gundersen Family Christmas Show in Seattle, 2012

Carol of the Bells by the Seattle Girls' Choir

Rufus and Martha Wainwright and The McGarrigles and... Love.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Eve 2014

A little melancholy this year. My boss, Bill Harper, is retiring in the spring. We've worked together for almost 20 years—that's a few Christmas Eve services.

Anyway, here are some beauties.

Silent Night sung by Alexi Murdoch

O Holy Night sung by Patty Smith

Happy Christmas sung by Vanessa Carlton

Christmas Song by Dave Matthews

In the Bleak MidWinter sung by Shawn Colvin

Rebel Jesus by Jackson Browne with The Chieftains

December 21, 2014 | Advent IV Year B

2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16Canticle 3 or Canticle 15 
or Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26
Romans 16: 25-27
Luke 1: 26-38

Willingness and openness and possibility...so many, here are a few.

Higher Love by Steve Winwood

James Vincent McMorrow's version here. And, wow.

Everybody by Ingrid Michaelson

Open My Heart by Ana Hernandez

Say Yes by Bob Franke

I am Willing by Holly Near
I don't know if this is appropriate for this day, but to me it sums up Mary's openness. Also speaks to being a light in the darkness.

December 14, 2014 | Advent III Year B

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Psalm 126 or Canticle 3 or Canticle 15
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8, 19-28

He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 

What Light by Jeff Tweedy (Wilco)
This sweet cover made me smile.

Blessed to Be a Witness by Ben Harper
Couple different versions here. Simplified uke version is very doable!

I Saw the Light by Hank Williams

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

November 30, 2014 | Advent I Year B

Isaiah 64:1-9
Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:24-37



Sky falling?

I Want to Be Ready by Ben Harper

Awake My Soul by Marcus Mumford
We pulled this one off and EVERYBODY sang along. It was powerful stuff.

I'm not big on apocalyptic songs, from any genre.... I don't think I'd choose any of these for Advent, but they might work with the right sort of sermon...

The Day the Whole World Went Away by Trent Reznor
A very cool pared down acoustic version of a Nine Inch Nails classic, with fabulous instrumental sections.

Skyfall by Adele and Paul Epworth
Well, if you're gonna go apocalyptic...

Sunday, November 9, 2014

November 23, 2014 | Christ the King Year A

Ezekiel 34:11-17 
1 Corinthians 15:20-28 
Matthew 25:31-46 
Psalm 95:1-7 

Wandering Shepherd by Dan Fogelberg

November 16, 2014 | Proper 28 Year A

Track 1orTrack 2
Judges 4:1-7
Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18
Psalm 123
Psalm 90:1-8, (9-11), 12
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Matthew 25:14-30
Matthew 25:14-30

Your eyes.
Reaping and sowing.

In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel

Her Hands are Leaves by Alexi Murdoch
Do you have a shruti box yet? It is a great instrument for creating a beautiful drone sound. We use our harmonium more these days as it has a keyboard. Portable. Fantastic. I went to a store with 10 harmoniums and played them all and found the one sound that seemed just right.

Orange Sky by Alexi Murdoch
Love this version.

by Foghorn String Band

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

November 9, 2014 | Proper 27A

Track 1orTrack 2
Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16or Amos 5:18-24
Psalm 78:1-7

Wisdom of Solomon 6:17-20
or Psalm 70
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13
Matthew 25:1-13

Who is wise?
What is wisdom?

Be Thou My Vision by Eleanor Hull/Traditional Music
This version by Pedro the Lion reminds me to mix up our arrangements of old favorites.

Let it Be by Lennon and McCartney
Speaking words of wisdom.
Alicia Keys and John Legend here—is that Peter Frampton?
Paul singing along too!
Another link here to better quality video.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

All Saints | November 2, 2014


What are They Doing in Heaven Today? by Washington Phillips
So many versions (Thanks Dusty!!)

Where the Soul Never Dies by William M Golden

Be Still and Know by The Fray

If I Needed You by Townes Van Zandt

I'll Remember You by Bob Dylan
This really works.

Boulder to Birmingham by Emmy Lou Harris

Dreaming With a Broken Heart by John Mayer
I think these lyrics could be tweaked slightly to make this work.

After the Storm by Mumford and Sons

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

October 26, 2104 | Year A Proper 25

Track 1orTrack 2
Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
Psalm 1
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Matthew 22:34-46
Matthew 22:34-46

Love—your neighbor as yourself, your God, yourself, each other...

Oh my goodness. Stevie Wonder. Oh my goodness.

We've posted a lot of LOVE songs here. If you search LOVE (right hand side of this page) you'll find some more.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

October 5, 2014 | Proper 22

Track 1orTrack 2
Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm 19
Psalm 80: 7-14
Philippians 3:4b-14
Philippians 3:4b-14
Matthew 21:33-46
Matthew 21:33-46

I love doing this blog because I find NEW songs all the time!! I'm going to work up this one with the kids.

Divisonary (Do the Right Thing) by Ages and Ages ]

Looking at the end of Psalm 19 here:

By the Rivers of Babylon by Brent Dowe and Trevor McNaughton

Friday, September 5, 2014

September 28, 2014 | Proper 21A

Track 1
Track 2
Exodus 17:1-7
Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32
Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16
Psalm 25: 1-8
Philippians 2:1-13
Philippians 2:1-13
Matthew 21:23-32

Matthew 21:23-32

Hello Everybody!

I was reminded about the power of music in a yoga class last month. I was lucky enough to attend the Wanderlust yoga fest in Whistler, BC at the beginning of August. Whistler is stunning. Mountains everywhere, summer sunshine, stars, bears (!), lakes, and kind (VERY) people everywhere. 

At some point during the week I started to feel kind of down. 

A little out of it, I ended up by myself and a bit outside my little group. A few of them were heading up to the top of the mountain to take a class. Woe was me. I thought I'd skip it—go get a cup of coffee instead, and maybe go brood a little bit.


I listened.

After a breathtaking (unforgettable) 30+ minute chair-lift ride, I headed to the lodge at the mountaintop for class. Led by Giselle Mari, the class was entitled: Hot, Hip and Holy. 

Oh my.

Giselle is very fun, enthusiastic and dynamic. I felt like we were in church. The church of motion, beauty, rhythm, grace and JOY! Church with a panoramic view of valleys, lakes and mountains. Ahhhh....

We danced and moved around like kids. We sang along with Jon Bon Jovi—"take my hand and we'll make it I swear...ooooooh-ohhhhhhh, livin' on a prayer..." 

"Come on people—SING it together" shouted Giselle. "You all know this!!!"

We shook it ALL, we sweated, laughed and cried. 

Giselle said,  "ALL this music is sacred." Bon Jovi or BeyoncĂ©...this is our sacred music. Along with Ave Maria and Om Namah Shivaya..."it's all sacred" she said. "This music is OUR realtime, present-day sacred mantra."

This beautiful woman was speaking my language! And it brought me to tears.

The song that really got to me (and many others) was at the end, Be Still and Know (see below). I've mentioned it here before.

"...if you forget the way to go, and you lose where you came from..." 

Line after line of truth and beauty. And we sobbed. Air-sucking, chest heaving, noise-making sobs.

What am I trying to say here?
  • Use ANY music that speaks to you and your spiritual community—whatever the genre. The sky's the limit!
  • Don't be afraid to be and have FUN.
  • Don't be afraid to cry.
  • Find inspiration everywhere!
  • AND, maybe most importantly, don't get too broody to take the chair-lift.

Be Still and Know by Isaac Slade (The Fray)

Teach Your Children by Graham Nash

Presence of the Lord by Eric Clapton

Thursday, August 28, 2014

September 21, 2014 | Proper 20 A

Track 1orTrack 2
Exodus 16:2-15
Jonah 3:10-4:11
Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45
Psalm 145:1-8
Philippians 1:21-30
Philippians 1:21-30
Matthew 20:1-16
Matthew 20:1-16

Having enough and simple praise

This could be edited and shortened. Simply beautiful.

You can substitute Hare Krishna with Hallelujah.
This video from The Concert for George. If you haven't seen this video, do it!

Great poem here about complaining, or stopping the complaining!