Wednesday, January 29, 2014

February 16, 2014

Ecclesiasticus 15:11-20
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Matthew 5:21-24,27-30,33-37
Psalm 119:1-16 or 119:9-16

Hello everyone.

Here are some ideas for this week along with a reminder to check out "Psalms In Ordinary Voices."

From psalm 119 by Penny Gill:

...You have created us from the stuff of stars
to be your home on earth.
You write your name in our hearts.
You inscribe "Beloved" on our foreheads...

Let It Be by McCartney and Lennon

Here he was leading and singing at age 94. Tears in my eyes.

Gosh so many songs work for today—this is a beauty for any day really.
God Help Me by The Jesus and Mary Chain

Honoring Pete Seeger

Hello everyone!

Of course, we all plan. We need to plan or life would be more chaotic than we could bear. And yet for me the more flexible and open to last minute ideas I am, the more wondrous life and liturgy turn out to be.

Hearing the news of Pete Seeger's passing we've added four Seeger songs to Sunday's service. There are SO many more that are appropriate for Sunday mornings and we've definitely done so many at Grace over the years! We could honor this extraordinary man with a song per month for the rest of 2014. We may do just that.

I am also reminded of the collection of psalms called "Psalms In Ordinary Voices."
The psalm appointed for February 2 is a beauty. Psalm 15 by Jennifer Ladd includes these thoughtful lines:

...she who walks with integrity, works for justice, and speaks truthfully from her heart...she and he who do these things shall be "like trees standing by the water: They shall not be moved." 

With gratitude for a life of service and beauty, here are some Pete Seeger favorites.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

February 9, 2014

Hello and welcome to Epiphany V.

Habakkuk 3:1-6,17-19
1 Corinthians 2:1-11
Matthew 5:13-20
Psalm 27 or 27:1-7

Hide it under a bushel? NO!

This Little Light

I Saw the Light by Hank Williams

I Saw the Light by Hank Williams

My Father's House by Bruce Springsteen

What Light by Wilco

Let the Light from the Lighthouse, Shine on Me

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

February 2, 2014

Epiphany IV.

Micah 6:1-8
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Matthew 5:1-12
Psalm 15

I'm making an effort to find some new songs this week.
Here goes.

Here is a cool one by someone new to me, Birdy.
People Help the People by Simon Aldred.

A contemporary psalm for sure.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

January 26, 2014

Hello everyone.

Epiphany III

Isaiah 9:1-4
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Matthew 4:12-23
Psalm 27:1, 5-13

We are getting excited here at Grace. Pastor Steve is visiting this weekend and he's preaching on Sunday January 26th!

Do you know Steve Garnaas-Holmes? You need to be in the know! His daily blog is filled with poetic wisdom and beauty.

We are hoping to offer up our best Grace-filled selves to Pastor Steve, hopefully with mindful liturgy and meaningful music to boot.

Here it goes.

Gathering: All This Joy by John Denver.
Sweet version by The Gospel Choir of the Cascades:

Opening: Seek Ye First

Gospel: I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

This way:

Communion: O Light Divine
Text: Scott Lawrence, tune: traditional.

After Communion: O Wise Women
Text: Mark Harris, tune: NETTLETON

MLK 2014

Hello everyone.

Remembering the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this Sunday.

I Went Up to the Mountain MLK by Patty Griffin

We Shall Overcome from the gospel hymn by  Charles Albert Tindley and subsequent arrangements by Pete Seger and Bruce Springsteen.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

January 19, 2013


Isaiah 49:1-7
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
John 1:29-42
Psalm 40:1-12


I've posted quite a few songs about light. Please do a search (to the right) and you'll find all of them there.

Here's a cool song that I think if adapted/arranged could be a great chant piece.
AND, if you've not seen The Concert for George, do. It is a beautiful, loving and joyful musical tribute. Amazing really.

Inner Light by George Harrison

January 12, 2014

Hello everybody.

Happy New Year!

Isaiah 42:1-9
Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 3:13-17
Psalm 29


The Next Voice You Hear by Jackson Browne