December 5, 2019

Baby Trump Old Fashioned ImPeachMEnt Cocktail


Baby Trump Old Fashioned ImPeachMEnt Cocktail


INGREDIENTS

  • 2 oz McConnell Kentucky bourbon
  • 1/2 oz imPEACHment schnapps
  • 3 dashes orange (-one is) bitters
  • 1 tsp baby (Trump) food peach puree
  • 1 tsp simple syrup
  • 1 peach wedge for garnish
  • 1 orange rind garnish for you-know-who
  • 1 Luxardo cherry-on-top for garnish optimism 
 
 
DIRECTIONS

  1. Add ingredients into a bar glass with ice
  2. Stir quickly, but slowly enough for every one who doesn't get it yet to catch up.
  3. Strain into an old fashioned glass with ice.
  4. Garnish with peach wedge and orange rind.
  5. Garnish on top with Luxardo cherry if optimistic Senate will convict.
  6. Sip and repeat until the 2020 election.

November 5, 2019

salvation in a jazz club


beautiful as heartache
dissonant like unexpected joy
a voice crying in the wilderness
of downtown streetscapes
pulling me in like
a river maelstrom

if you play
that seven-note chord again
with fingers singing I
might quiver and die and be 
reborn right here in my
Old Fashioned right now in 
a holy chromatic kiss

I might long for your lyrics's
love I might believe in your
tune's hopeful move toward
resolution even though it fades
before reaching harmonic home
which I too like a wayward
melody have never reached

October 16, 2019

Tiny Desk Sermon: Lectionary 29 C, Luke 18:1-8


September 28, 2019

Rhythms of Life in God: A Percussion Eucharistic Liturgy


Music is a universal human experience. It has a deep resonance in the human spirit, connecting individuals and communities to mystery, holiness, beauty, joy, sorrow, and the divine. The earliest forms of music were most likely percussion, and even in our world of sophisticated musical developments, drums and percussion stir us in ways we cannot fully explain.

Christian worship is almost always a musical experience. Great liturgies tend to do two things at once: Unite the individual worshipper with God and form a community united with God as one. This communal and individual experience of God is what makes worship such a profound human activity. For Christians, this unity with God and one another comes through the grace of Christ by the power of the Spirit. Christian worship, therefore, creates a community through the good news of Jesus Christ. Worship almost always includes Scripture, preaching, prayer, and sacraments, but without music to convey and support these great things of worship, the power and depth of experience is often not there.

I created this percussion liturgy with the notion that comes from many African cultures: music is a communal experience, and communal experiences are musical. In particular, drumming, percussion, and rhythm create a unique opportunity to experience community. One drummer’s rhythm will play on some beats and leave spaces on others. Those spaces are where others add their rhythms. The whole created by these layerings of rhythms express this wonderfully complex understanding that community creates space for each person, and each person participates in and experiences something greater than any individual.

This eucharistic liturgy invites communal participation through drums and other percussion, hand clapping, foot tapping, singing, and dancing. Whether you are a professional musician, a hobbyist like me, or someone who enjoys music but you’re not sure you have rhythm or tonality, this liturgy invites you to participate, find joy in community and in God by sharing in the rhythms of life, knowing there is space for you here.

The score for this liturgy will be available soon. A video of each part of the liturgy can be seen here. These are from the premiere of the liturgy at First English Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas, on September 24, 2019

Kyrie

 Gloria



Alleluia


Prayer


Holy

Lamb of God


Fed and Loved
 

September 25, 2019

Eucharistic Prayer for Percussion Liturgy

In 2019 I wrote Rhythms of Life in God: A Percussion Eucharistic Liturgy. I wrote this prayer for use with the liturgy.


Holy and mysterious God,
in the beginning you created light
pulsing with all the colors of the universe.
You moved Miriam to dance in your liberation
and Moses to sing with your justice.
Through the prophets you reminded your people
to welcome the immigrant,
care for women and children,
and include everyone in your music of mercy.

Through Jesus you reached out to all peoples
and invited them into your way.
He walked the earth
to the beat of your drums of equity and grace.
He lifted up the poor with cadences of hope.
He invited everyone to celebrate the rhythms of life in you.
Facing those who rejected your radical inclusion,
he gave his life
so that all have a place at the table.

In the night in which he was betrayed,
our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;
broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.
Do this for the remembrance of me.


Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,
and gave it for all to drink, saying:
This cup is the new covenant in my blood,
shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.
Do this for the remembrance of me.

Let us proclaim the paschal mystery of life:
Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Send your dynamic Spirit upon us
to make our hearts pulse with your life.
Compose us with rhythms of justice and mercy.
Bless this bread and wine with Jesus’ presence now
and make this table a welcoming place for all gathered here.
With bodies and minds, voices and instruments,
we give you all praise and thanks
creative and wonderful God,
in Christ Jesus,
by the Spirit’s stirring,
until all things are united
in your eternal circle of love.
Amen.

June 20, 2019

Eucharistic Prayer for Pride Sunday

I wrote this for the church to use when celebrating Pride Sundays. May be used freely in any church. I appreciate receiving notice that you are using it.

With thanks to Bryan Rust for guidance and inspiration.
 

Eucharistic Prayer for Pride Sunday

Holy God of wonder,
you created light that shines
through clouds with every color.
Through Noah you made your promise
to love all humanity no matter what
by revealing your expansive rainbow.
Through your people
you revealed your will
that loving you alone
leads us to love our neighbors.
When some of our neighbors were
rejected and neglected
you sent prophets to call us back
to full inclusion of all persons
at blessed tables of bread, wine, and friendship.

You revealed the fullness of your love
in Jesus of Nazareth,
who loved all persons in their human dignity,
who forgave us for our failure to see your image
in all genders, all sexualities, all colors,
who suffered in solidarity with all the rejected,
who inspires us now to celebrate love
in all its wonderful forms,
who fills us with pride and gratitude
for being born this way,
and for being made new in endless grace.

In the night in which he was betrayed,
our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;
broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.
Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,
and gave it for all to drink, saying:
This cup is the new covenant in my blood,
shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.
Do this for the remembrance of me.
As one body of many beautiful ones,
we proclaim the mystery of faith:
Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Send now your life-giving Spirit
upon this gathering of queer and straight,
wondering and wonderful.
Let the fire of your love reveal once again
your rainbow of love in our lives.
Bless this bread and wine
so that as we are loved in Christ here and now,
we have courage and strength
to embrace those feeling unloved,
to advocate for those still facing rejection,
seeking justice, reconciliation, and healing
in families, in churches, in societies, in governments.
Unite us at this table of grace,
so that each of us knows we are cherished by you,
and we love each of your beloved.

God of stunning diversity,
receive our thanksgiving
as Jesus receives each of us in his embrace.
Feed us with hope now
so that we may continue our journey
of loving who we love
and seeking your just society
until all creation shines with your praise,
O God, through Christ, by your Spirit,
in the beloved community
now and forever.
Amen.

June 3, 2019

New Song: Christ Is Love in Word and Deed

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America held a song writing contest for its annual "God's Work. Our Hands." Sunday, a day of service in the community. I wrote this song for the contest. Mine was not selected, so now I can share it with the church.

If you would like to use this in worship, please contact me for permission and for proper attribution. I have a high quality tiff file I can send you for printing.

You can listen to a MIDI version of the song here.

Bonus prize if you can spot the Easter egg in the song.

Christ Is Love in Word and Deed 


Refrain:
Christ is love that loves to serve,
serves to live, lives to love.
Christ is love in word and deed.

God's grace is in our muscles,
hammers sounding out a call,
rakes and gloves reveal it now for all.
Refrain

Work is our gift and burden:
mend and fix, restore and heal,
kneading, cooking, sharing in a meal.
Refrain

Our lives are lived in wonder,
knowing we are loved and named,
laboring because in Christ we're claimed.
Refrain

Hands strive for Jesus' justice:
health and home for ev'ry one,
neighbors loved, the reign of Christ begun.
Refrain