Saturday, January 9, 2016

January 17, 2016 | Second Sunday after Epiphany Year C

Getting back on track—Epiphany continues.

Reminds me of this Mark Strand poem. One of my favorites.
The Coming of Light.

Isaiah 62:1-5Psalm 36:5-101 Corinthians 12:1-11John 2:1-11

We celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. this day and will read this excerpt from one of his sermons in place of the epistle.

This is the power that God gives you. He doesn't say that you're going to escape tension; he doesn't say that you're going to escape disappointment; he doesn't say that you’re going to escape trials and tribulations. But what religion does say is this: that if you have faith in God, that God has the power to give you a kind of inner equilibrium through your pain. So let not your heart be troubled. "If ye believe in God, ye believe also in me." Another voice rings out, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden." As if to say, "Come unto me, all ye that are burdened down. Come unto me, all ye that are frustrated. Come unto me, all ye with clouds of anxiety floating in your mental skies. Come unto me, all ye that are broke down. Come unto me, all ye that are heartbroken. Come unto me, all ye that are laden with heavy ladens, and I will give you rest." And the rest that God gives is the rest that passeth all understanding. The world doesn't understand that kind of rest, because it’s a rest that makes it possible for you to stand up amid outer storms, and yet you maintain inner calm. If the church is true to its guidelines, it heals the broken-hearted.

 —from the Guidelines for a Constructive Church sermon by MLK, June 5, 1966

Dream by Priscilla Ahn

Human by Christina Perri

Epiphany Sunday, January 10, 2016 | Year C

We are celebrating The Epiphany this Sunday.

All about the LIGHT!

O Light Divine
This song kind of opens my heart in a way that I can't really explain. PLEASE TRY it!
Our beloved Scott Lawrence wrote the lyrics to the sweet Shenandoah tune.

Thought I Saw the Light Shine by Alexi Murdoch.
Have you tried this one yet? LOVE it so much.

January 3, 2016 | Second Sunday after Christmas Year C

Again, sorry I forgot to post this one.

Jeremiah 31:7-14
Sirach 24:1-12
Psalm 147:12-20
Wisdom of Solomon 10:15-21
Ephesians 1:3-14John 1:(1-9), 10-18

Tough readings.

This song helped.

Winter Song by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson
Just fabulous. 

Here's a snippet from our version at Grace.

Christmas Eve 2015

So sorry, I forgot to post this!

We did this FABULOUS song on Christmas Eve, at both services.

Jesus What a Wonderful Child. IT WAS amazing.

Try it next year. It was our gathering song and it set the tone. You know the tone of JOY, LOVE and LIGHT!