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Riddle

Here's a riddle for you...

Okay, so there is no direct scriptural reference for this video, featuring Five for Fighting’s Riddle. Yet, the song is dripping with scriptural themes regarding meaning, love and freedom. Wolfie is using it this Sunday ’cause he wants to. Five for Fighting is the stage name for Jon Ondrasik, who took the name from ice hockey, as in “five minutes for fighting.” Odrasik’s degree is in applied science and mathematics and he pursued music in his spare time. Wow. In 2007 Ondrasik created the first video charity website.The website allows fans to upload videos answering the central question, “What Kind of World do You Want?” (taken from his hit song, “World“). The charities the site raises money for include Augie’s Quest, Autism SpeaksFisher House FoundationSave the Children, and Operation Homefront.

 

Riddle me this: which quality worship video is available for $15 at sacredsegues.com?

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2011 in Communion, Uncategorized

 

Bread of Life

Bread of Life

For Pentecost 7 and the Matthean story of the miracle of the loaves and fishes, Dutton’s Bread of Life. The video features a variety of bread baking traditions, from the old fashioned kitchen to Navajo fry bread. Also featured are outdoor bread bakers: Norwegians and those practicing the art of Stone Age bread. Is there any food more spiritually meaningful than bread? Simplicity and profundity: the basic ingredients of the kingdom.

 

 

 

If you are so moved to use this video for worship and would like to make a $15 payment, you can do so at sacredsegues.com.

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2011 in Matthew, Uncategorized

 

Courage

Jesus fires up the parable machine again this week, speaking of the kingdom of heaven as being like a wildly growing mustard plant, a pearl of great value, as yeast that leavens the loaf. Paul writes movingly in Romans of the persistent, extravagant commitment of God to the creation of which we are a part. Perhaps this wild weed, this catalytic yeast, this pearl of great value is the courage born of the kingdom, the courage to stand firm, the courage to resist, the courage to be. “Courage is when you’re afraid, that you keep on going anyway.” Orianthi- featuring Lacey from Flyleaf provide the musical backdrop for this video reflection for Pentecost 6A (July 24th) The song became an instant hit among American teens after it became the theme for a hit ABC Family series, the name of which escapes me. Matters not. The video lifts up examples of faith-born courage from human history and from the history of our own lives.

 

Courage for you could mean coughing up $15 if you use this for worship. Go to sacredsegues.com if you dare.

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Heart of Gold

Miners for a heart of gold

The kingdom of heaven is like…. a mustard seed, the yeast that leavens the loaf, a treasure hidden in a field, the pearl of great price. Only metaphors will do when it come to describing that for which we all search but can’t seem to find, but seems to find us even when we are not looking. For Pentecost 6A, July 24, a video to accompany Jesus’ string of kingdom metaphors with the help of Neil Young’s classic Heart of Gold. Recorded in 1972, Heart of Gold is listed at 279 of Rolling Stone Magazine’s top 500 songs of all time. Young wrote it while recovering from painful back surgery.

Bob Dylan admitted his envy of the song’s popularity: “I used to hate it when it came on the radio. I always liked Neil Young, but it bothered me every time I listened to “Heart of Gold.” I think it was up at number one for a long time, and I’d say, “Shit, that’s me. If it sounds like me, it should as well be me.” It sounds like many of us as we search for that pearl of great value and sometimes discover the gift is never very far away at.  (lyrics below)

 

If you have a heart of gold and would like to use this piece for worship and would be willing to pay $15 for it, it would touch wolfie’s heart. This you can do at sacredsegues.com.

Lyrics by Neil Young

I want to live,
I want to give
I’ve been a miner
for a heart of gold.
It’s these expressions
I never give
That keep me searching
for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old.
Keeps me searching
for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old.

I’ve been to Hollywood
I’ve been to Redwood
I crossed the ocean
for a heart of gold
I’ve been in my mind,
it’s such a fine line
That keeps me searching
for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old.
Keeps me searching
for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old.

Keep me searching
for a heart of gold
You keep me searching
for a heart of gold
And I’m growing old.
I’ve been a miner
for a heart of gold.

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2011 in Matthew

 

Amaz’n Kids, Amaz’n Staff, Amaz’n Volunteers, Amaz’n Grace

One of the better kept secrets around here is the Amazing Grace Day Camp program, operated by Lutheran Outdoor Ministries in Ohio, which today finishes up a week of camp for the kids in Ashville,Ohio. wolfie went on location to show you what it’s all about.

 

wolfie liked the “wee’in on the bus” skit the best!

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Accentuate the Positive

Smile!

If wolfie is anything it is a hard eyed realist, even accused from time to time of being one those “glass half empty” kind of guys. Jesus’ parable of the weeds in the wheat (Pentecost 5A, July 17) however leaves this Christian almost pie eyed with optimism. Perhaps its the sheer promise of it all: yeah, the weeds are in the wheat, but it all gets sorted out in the end. Don’t get me wrong though: there some pretty pessimistic stalks of wheat and some rather optimistic weeds! But in general, a grateful (positive) attitude can make a big difference. So smile. Pessimists be gone! Dr. John, (nee Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack, Jr.), hence the stage name, sings Johnny Mercer’s sugary hit Accentuate the Positive.  In describing his inspiration for the lyric, Mercer told the Pop Chronicles radio documentary “I went to hear Father Divine and he had a sermon and his subject was ‘you got to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.’ And I said ‘Wow, that’s a colorful phrase!'” So, here is my one-time-a-year concession to the power of positivity! GO AMWAY!

 

If this video so overwhelmed you with its positive vibes, you could actually buy it for $15 at sacredsegues.com. That would make wolfie a more permanently positive guy!

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2011 in Matthew, Uncategorized