November 18, 2012 | Year B Proper 28

Hi Everybody,

This week's story focuses on "Hannah's Song," and themes of forgiveness, new life, compassion and living with and from an abundant heart. Here are our selections for Sunday, November 18th.

1 Samuel 1:4-20
1 Samuel 2:1-10
Hebrews 10:11-14 (15-18) 19-25
Mark 13:1-8

Blessed God, source of all inspiration, grant us the wisdom to see your beauty in and around us; grant that we may embrace and hold fast the hope of a new life of greater care, compassion and loving-kindness. Amen.

Gathering Song: Enter in the Realm of God
Text by Lavon Bayler, music DANDANSOY

Opening Hymn:
My Soul Gives Glory to My God
Text: Miriam Therese Winter, tune: Morning Song

“My soul gives glory to my God.
My heart pours out its praise.
God lifted up my lowliness
In many marvelous ways.”

The United Methodist Hymnal, No. 198. 

My Heart is Overflowing
My heart is overflowing
with gladness and with praise.
The God who guards my going
gives meaning to my days.
Holy the Rock of Ages known in word and deed.
Giving the victory, fulfilling my every need.
     The Living God has spoken,
Earth answers with a song.
Weapons of war are broken,
the week are feeling strong.
See, we no longer hunger, crying out for bread.
Our God restores to life and raises us from the dead.
     All who are poor and lowly
will have a heavenly home.
The humble and the holy
shall surely know shalom.
God lifts the needy from the ashes of despair,
favors the outcast and the downtrodden everywhere.
     The power of compassion
can turn the world around.
The firm in faith will fashion
garlands from barren ground.
Echoes of joy are found resounding from the tomb.
Cheerful the childless woman: life stirs within her womb.
     The One who once created
and now sustains the earth,
boldly anticipated
we too would bring to birth.
Love conquers evil, setting all the captives free.
Praise God for life begetting life for eternity.    

Words and music by Miriam Therese Winter
© Medical Mission Sisters 1993, 1995

And always be ready to add a new song!
This one is being worked up by two guys with two guitars. Love it
Soul of a Man by Blind
Recorded by Blind Willie Johnson in 1930. 

Come and Find the Quiet Centre
Words: Shirley Erena Murray

In the Presence of the Lord by Eric Clapton
We do this one quite a bit. Simple and beautiful. We have a Hammond C3 and a great organist who can improvise and jam along. Serious church right here.

Love in My Soul
Prayer adapted by Kathie McCarthy, Music by Caroline R. Clucas
Caroline is a Gracie and an extraordinary composer. We do this as a choral anthem.

After Communion
Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen with additional lyrics by Scott Lawrence

When night stands still, its stony dark holds entombed your longing heart,
And peace is just in pieces all around you.
You remember time undone, when love and light were always one,
Before you lost that precious hallelujah.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

By night they stole your love away, forever lost to yesterday,
They hung the world upside down around you.
Then surprised you saw your lover’s eyes return, you recognized
The sweet enfolding, shining, hallelujah.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

Now instead of fear you feel a love that time cannot steal.
No darkness can conceal the light within you.
This loving grace, this love divine, seeking all that’s lost will find
The ever-living, singing, hallelujah.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah


Be More Quiet Now by David Crowder
We use this as a chant and don't really get wildly loud like the original version. We just repeat and repeat... building a tiny bit instrumentally and vocally.

Closing Hymn: Tell Out My Soul
Oh, you know this one!!