No show

no show no, show. presence is needed to make this worth it yet, no showing (no kidding) brings elation, even as disappointment shrouds this subtle joy, for in absence, discipline diminishes defeat lords eagerness wanes laziness paralyzes the desire to learn is for a brief time, vanquished.

Trisagion

At a conference this past week in Chicago, we sang the “Triasgion” together corporately, led by the Chicago Liturgists. I had never known of this ancient prayer, but was thankful that Fernando Ortega arranged a simple melody with the original text; it is particularly meditative, beautiful, and calls the listener to sing, participate, and worship…

Poetica, Theologia, Musicorum

Poetica, Theoligia, Musicorum, They belong together, you see, in quorum For the act of creating Brings light to questions predating The very souls we know and think of (whom we use as inspiration in love) For, experiences now are mere shadows of the creator God The One whom we must give inordinate laud So our…

Chance the Rapper

This NPR Tiny Desk concert performance by Chance the Rapper is extroindary. His poetry is beautiful and the Stevie Wonder song he sings at the end, “They Won’t Go when I Go” is breathtaking and sorrowful.

We Appeal to You

We appeal to you to be who you are and have been and will be Have regard for the covenant Will you remember us? your hand your right hand is able Remember your congregation We appeal to you Remember your congregation, which you have purchased from old…Why do you hold back your hand, your right…

You Are Good, I Know

God is known for what He has done I wish I had such triumph but I know Him and He is good to others and me, too but, I feel His goodness in so many ways except in the ways that I don’t like in death and sadness and sickness and more sickness yet even…

Lamentations

In recent weeks of grieving both the loss of my mother and the loss of our friend’s daughter to suicide, I have sought refuge in the psalms and in songs of lament. Please listen and be encouraged by these songs of lament, if you are experiencing grief of any kind. God is indeed near to…

Christians Sing: The Necessity of Thoughtful Corporate Worship

In our modern evangelical church culture, we have both an inflated view of congregational singing and a truncated view. Our liturgies are often bombarded with a liturgy of greeting, announcements, song, song, song, song, sermon, song, benediction. This repetitiveness of singing inflates the occurrence of corporate singing but often diminishes the theological depth that music…

The Invocation

O Revelator Sustaining every soul who longs to know the Father’s will O Revelator Sustaining every soul who longs to know the Father’s will Veni Sancte Spiritus Veni Sancte Spiritus Come reveal what’s in Your heart Show us who we really are Come reveal what’s in Your heart Show us who we really are More…

Jupiter from Holst’s “The Planets”

This suite movement is one of my favorite orchestral pieces. It is both out of this world sounding (hence the name “Jupiter”), but also takes on a wild-west mood that sounds almost like the soundtrack to a covered wagon excursion in the 1800’s (to my ears and imagination!). It has such familiar themes and includes the…