Month: December 2010

i really do love liturgy…

ancient prayers, responsive readings, those things that bring the ancient into the modern. i’m always trying to find ways to weave those moments into services.

i picked up Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals  yesterday.

it’s one of those books you know will be precious to you as you hold the texture of the linen cover in your hand. 

each morning prayer starts with

O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you

as the day rises to meet the sun.

I wanted to share 3 passages from the prayers for today.

“As we–by our prayers– vanquish all the demons that stir up war, and lead to the violation of oaths, and disturb the peace, we in this service are much more helpful to the kings than those who go into the field to fight for them.  None fight better for the king than we do.  We do not indeed fight under him, although he demands it; but we fight on his behalf, forming a special army of piety by offering our prayers to God.” Origen of Alexandria


Lord, what you call compassion, others call weakness.  What you call conviction, others call dissidence.  What you call love, others call mixing with sinners.  We pray that we too might be found weak, dissident and in bad company, especially if it means we are closer to you.  Amen


May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you: wherever he may send  you; may he guide you through the wilderness: protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing: at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

One of the highlights….

of the Sing Off for me was this performance.  now i definitely think that Committed deserved to win and i loved every performance they had.  they were amazing singers, arrangers and their musicality and range was huge.

that being said, i connected on an artistic level with Street Corner Symphony.  i loved all of their songs choices (i even enjoyed the performance of “Hey Soul Sister” one of my most hated songs ever)  but this, this proved that these guys are amazing artists.

Groove for Thought….

should not have gone home on The Sing Off last night.  They were quite possibly the most musical and technically gifted singers on the show, but because they weren’t cute college boys (i.e. On the Rocks) they were sent packing.  Luckily Streetcorner Symphony and Committed are still in the hunt.  i have to say i was a little disappointed that the judges let G4T go.  of course if they let America vote now, it would be between the Backbeats and On The Rocks which doesn’t do anything to further artistry from the “four on the floor 3 note melody trash” that is currently the popular music trend.  hopefully the boys from Oregon will go home tomorrow night and let the big boys hammer it out.

speaking of Ben Folds…

my two favorite performances from the Sing-Off this past Monday had to be Streetcorner Symphony(an homage to Rob Thomas perhaps)  and Committed.  This show was pretty good last season, but the groups this season are more diverse and in my opinion better overall.