Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
In the 1989, I found the Band Iona after reading a sketchy review of their first project in Charisma Magazine. I was on the heels of a time when the Contemporary Christian Music scene was awash with dreck. Many (Though certainly not all) of the acts out there were merely "sanctified alternatives" to the acts playing the FM top 40 formats. This was perfect for those who dug the sounds on the top 40 charts, but were being brow-beaten by the supersaints who demonstrated their disdain at any turn. Of course too, were the uber-sanctified supersaints who lumped Steve Camp in with the likes of Ozzy, Ratt and Sheena Easton. But then there was Iona.
Sincere worship seemed to course through Celtic strains as old as Eden. They didn't entertain as much as their music took you to that place of peace where the children could commune with their Father. A place to think and meditate... A place of adoration.
A spoiler by the name of Tropical Storm Danny has organized itself out of its former tropical wave and now may have plans for our weekend. Unless it takes a left turn, it should only be a rain event in Suburbia Majora. GFS and Ensemble meteorological modeling applications are placing Danny with a potential landfall between Sandy Hook, NY and central/eastern Long Island, NY. I know that Long Island has taken it on the chin in the past but I'm not sure about the "Five Boroughs". This will be one to watch as we slide towards Friday and beyond.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
I love the Book of Common Prayer and the focus it provides for worship. Today's collect places our focus on unity within God's Holy Church. Consider the thought rolled up within this prayer... Our Lord's Holy Church, speaking in one voice, praying as one body and worshipping as one heart, that they would become a conduit and channel for the Spirit of God to become manifest within our world. BOO-Ya!!!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
O Gracious Light Phos hilaron
O gracious light,
pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven,
O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!
Now as we come to the setting of the sun,
and our eyes behold the vesper light,
we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices,
O Son of God, O Giver of Life,
and to be glorified through all the worlds.
Lord, you are high and exalted, and in you there is no shadow and no guile. Forgive us in those places where we've failed you today. Blot out those moments where we've placed ourselves ahead of others, and where our desires displaced your Holy will.
Grant us, through your Son Christ Jesus, divine rest according to the promise of your servant David. For those whom you love, you grant rest. Remind us too that though we make our beds in the depths, you are with us. Your mighty hand protects us and your Holy Spirit encircles us.
Be glorified in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen
Sleep well Saints
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Its time to hit pike, departing sultry Fort Lauderdale and return to Suburbia Majora. One thing that struck me almost immediately was the absence of the coconut palms I knew as a kid down here. I learned that they were knocked out but a blight carried by pigeons. Heck of a thing.
Two great tunes to roll through 'yer coconut at the end of a full week. I had discovered Nik Kershaw while living in Germany back in the mid-eighties. Chris Rea is a Brit with the gift of smooth jazz who has been by an large, under appreciated. His tune, On the Beach, kinda feels like Ft Lauderdale on a sultry summer evening.
Friday, August 07, 2009
Grant, O God, that in all time of our testing we may know your presence and obey your will; that, following the example of your servant John Mason Neale, we may with integrity and courage accomplish what you give us to do, and endure what you give us to bear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Pray for Peace, Stay Awake, Stay Frosty...
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
There is absolutely nothing that compares to a cool, ethereal, angelic, and above all Celtic voice to drive off the oppressive steam and brass skies of a Virginia August. One stanza and you can almost feel the mists of wafting up the face of the Cliffs of Moher.