January 20, 2013 | Year C Epiphany II

Good day everybody.

Here we are, Epiphany II.

Interesting and rich readings and images this week. Unity. Individual gifts connected through the source. Miracles. Faith. Light.

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

Gathering: With My Own Two Hands by Ben Harper
 Sweet version here by Jack Johnson and Ben Harper. Our kids choir has led this one.

Opening: Save Us All by Tracy Chapman
Goodness here.
The kids group learned this one a while back. Time to do it again!

Offertory: One by U2. GREAT version with Mary J. Blige. Yes.
Communion: Orange Sky by Alexi Murdoch
My salvation lies in your love.

After Communion:
Have a Little Faith In Me by John Hiatt

Closer: Imagine by John Lennon
I just read that over 600 guitarists/singers in Darjeeling dedicated this song to the young woman who was brutally killed in India. Still powerful and offers a challenge to us after all these years. This version is amazing. Herbie Hancock and Co. We've made this song our own in many different ways at Grace --as a solo, instrumental and congregational hymn.

Bonus song--these Hancock Imagine sessions are inspiring.
Here's their take on the Peter Gabriel song Don't Give Up