“River of God” by Christian McIvor

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“River of God” by Christian McIvor (click link to listen) The choruses of this song (text displayed in bold font in the video) are intended to be sung congregationally, so please feel free to sing along once you’ve learned the melody. Verse 1 (Gen. 1:1-2; Gen. 1:20; Gen. 2:10a) In the beginning, with the heavens […]

Lessons & Carols 7 – John 1:1-5; “Wait for It”

Posted by on Dec 23, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

The Seventh Lesson: John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and […]

Lessons & Carols 6 – Luke 2:6-18; “Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow”

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The Sixth Lesson: Luke 2:8-16 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for […]

Lessons & Carols 5 – Luke 2:1-7; “O Little Town of Bethlehem”

Posted by on Dec 16, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

The Fifth Lesson: Luke 2:1-7 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee […]

Lessons & Carols 4 – Luke 1:26-38; “One Tough Mother”

Posted by on Dec 13, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

The Fourth Lesson: Luke 1:26-38 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is […]

Lessons & Carols 3 – Isaiah 11:1-9; “Away in a Manger”

Posted by on Dec 9, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

The Third Lesson: Isaiah 11:1-9 A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse,    and a branch shall grow out of his roots.The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,    the spirit of wisdom and understanding,    the spirit of counsel and might,    the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. […]

Lessons & Carols 2 – Isaiah 9:2, 6-7; “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

Posted by on Dec 7, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

The Second Lesson: Isaiah 9:2, 6-7 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined. For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, […]

Lessons & Carols 1 – Genesis 1:1-5; “Once in Royal David’s City”

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The First Lesson: Genesis 1: 1-5 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And […]

In Light & Darkness

Posted by on Nov 24, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

In preparing for our Advent theme, In Light & Darkness, I’ve been spending a lot of time considering the ways in which many of us often perceive our lived experience in terms of dualities.  As far back as opening words to Genesis 1, people of our Judeo-Christian faith have been concerned with the separateness of […]

“Secular” Music as Worship

Posted by on Nov 19, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being…” (Jn 1:1-3, NRSV).  The logos, the Word of God, can be thought of as the primordial sounding, […]

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