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Lent Week #4 :: Music Monday(ish)


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Well, Lent is supposed to remind you that you’re a dirtbag right? [ from dust we have come, right…] Or least it’s supposed to remind you of your humanity and need for Christ. I’m reminded of that every time I think about my blog, or more accurately, my non-blog. I would love to blog more but I just don’t make the time for it. I have pages of blog ideas but haven’t taken the time to flesh them out. Someday I hope to blog once a week, for now… it will be what it will be.

Anyway, here is another addition of my Lenten music playlist. If you want to just get direct access to this, follow the playlist on Spotify. I’ll be adding to the same playlist every week.

This week I’m adding a little All Sons and Daughters action. Great stuff…
and this week as week focus on being aware of God, even in the midst of our lenten deserts, I would recommend their songs Christ  Be All Around Me and God With Us as well.

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Lent Week #3 :: Music Monday


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Continuing the theme of temptation this week as we read about Jesus being temp tempted by the evil one.

And here is another song from the 1st Enter the Worship Circle album. An oldie but a goodie! and there are a few great songs on this album that would be good to listen to this Lent.

Save Me | Enter the Worship Circle

and check out the whole album as well.

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Lent Week 2 :: Music Monday


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For week #2  of Lent we lean into temptation and our constant need for Jesus to lead us through, as only he can.

 

This bonus song has been on my mind since lent begun and I thought I would share.
Lent is all about rending your heart and not your garment! (Joel 2:13)
Remember that as you practice your lenten disciplines.

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Lent Week 1 :: Music Monday


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I posted this on Facebook from forgot to post it here… sorry about that!
I messed up already this Lent! Just factoring in failure my friends.

Grace and peace

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Christmastide | 12 Days of living Into Joy


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(this is coming a bit early [usually I do this on Monday] but I want you to be able to enjoy all 12 days!)

Nativity Cosmic IconCollect (Prayer)
The Nativity of Our Lord: Christmas Day December 25

O God, you make us glad by the yearly festival of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that we, who joyfully receive him as our Redeemer, may with sure confidence behold him when he comes to be our Judge; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

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Almighty God, you have given your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and to be born [this day] of a pure virgin: Grant that we, who have been born again and made your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom with you and the same Spirit be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

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The Songs
12 Song, plus a bonus track for dancing purposes!

The Scripture
A Chronological Reading of the Christmas Story
Matt 1:18aLuke 1:26-40Luke 1:56Matt 1:18b Luke 2:1-38Matt 2:1-23Luke 2:39-40

 

Some More Advent and Christmas music for your listening pleasure.
And I’d love for you to add your favorite Christmas song to the list! Let me know if you do!

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ADVENT WEEK #4 | Leaping with excitement & magnifying the Lord


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Collect (Prayer)
Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

The Song

The Scripture | Read It

Luke 1:39-55

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”

[And Mary said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;

for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.

His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.

He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.

He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;

he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.

He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,

according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”]

 

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Advent Week #1 | The Darkness is in Trouble


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My hope is to post a little Advent ditty every Monday (I’m already late). This monk seminary life has proven to make blogging even more challenging than it usually is for me. But I’ll do it!
And the plan is to give the week a theme and to post a collect (a prayer), a song, and a scripture for the week!

Advent is upon!
May we wait, watch, and long for the salvation born unto us, flesh and blood, water and bone—Jesus, the infant King!

ADVENT WEEK #1 | The Darkness is in Trouble

The Collect (PRAYER) 
Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 10.30.12 AMAlmighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

The Song | Watch it

 

The Scripture | Read it
Jesus said, “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

“Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

 

 

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DEEP FOCUS // Music Monday


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Well, it’s Memorial Day and I’m at Starbucks reading. Bummer I know but they call it seminary. And man, I’ve got A LOT of reading to do.

But since it is Monday I thought I would share this Spotify playlist I am have been listening to.

The title is DEEP FOCUS (which I need) and it’s brilliant!

Enjoy!

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FOLLOW // Music Monday


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Over on the Ordinary Time Web Guide we’re looking at the idea of “FOLLOW” all week. After all, one of the most ordinary parts of being a Christian is following Jesus. With that in might I spent a couple hours scrolling through my iTunes library and scrolling through Spotify to find some classic song with the work “follow” in their title. Some of these are Christian some are not, but they are all great songs!

I hope you enjoy! I sure had fun finding them.

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The Welcome Wagon // Music Monday


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Over on my the Ordinary Web Guide I posted a song entitle O Christ, Our Hope by The Welcome Wagon. I haven’t listened to The Welcome Wagon in awhile but I really do like them.

Welcome_to_The_Welcome_Wagon_(album)_cover_artFolksy, singer song writer, husband & wife duo. GOOD STUFF!

I’m listening to their more recent album on Spotify right now it’s pretty good but not NEARLY as good as their first album. I might be partial to it since it was produced by Sufjan Stevens. Yea, it’s really good!

Here are a couple cool video’s of them but make sure to check them out today!

 

 

And here is a link to a video that shares a bit of their story
ENJOY

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