Monthly Archives: October 2011

Blest Are They

Blest are They

For All Saints Sunday, November 6, 2011, a video reflection on the gospel for the day, Matthew 5:1-12. Robert Kochis sings David Haas’ “Blest are They,” one of wolfie’s favorites. David Haas is one of many musicians who compose contemporary Catholic music. Following the movement that began with the St. Louis Jesuits in the 1970s and 1980’s,  Haas, together with Marty Haugen (actually a Protestant Christian), became some of the most prolific composers of contemporary Catholic liturgical music during the period of rapid liturgical change following Vatican II. Their hymns, songs, and liturgy make up a good deal of the contents of the GIA Gather hymnals, and are widely published in other hymnals used by the Catholic Church in the United States.

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Posted by on October 31, 2011 in Uncategorized


Let it Be

For Reformation Sunday, October 30, 2011, a video reflection on Psalm 46. Luther’s A Mighty Fortress is paraphrase of the Psalm, which was near to the Reformer’s spiritual center. I have no idea at all if Paul McCartney had ever read Psalm 46 when he wrote the Beatle’s classic Let it Be, but the spiritual sentiments are certainly similar.

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Posted by on October 25, 2011 in Uncategorized


Be Careful What You Pray For

Wolfie went off the reservation this week choosing 1 Samuel 8 over the recommended narrative lectionary reading. It is the story of the people of Israel beseeching Samuel to “Let us have a king, just like the other nations do.” It was a disaster. Paul Kelley’s “Be Careful What You Pray For” is therefore quite apropos.

Still off in his own world, Wasted on the Way (Crosby, Still, Nash) has really little to do specifically with Lectionary 30, Pentecost 19, (Matthew 22:34-46.) Jesus is asked by a lawyer “Which is the greatest commandment?” He said to him, ” ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the greatest and first commandment.  And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” 

Everything else I guess, is a waste of time. There, I made it fit.

Videos are free to use. If however you would like to: a donation may be made to St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 99 Commerce St. Lockbourne, Ohio 43137. Tell them wolfie sent you.

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Posted by on October 20, 2011 in Uncategorized


Life and Taxes

The Narrative Lectionary takes us through the land of Moab and into Bethlehem as we hear the Bible’s most poignant story of steadfast love, the story of Ruth. At wolfie’s place we’ve be considering the question, “What does it mean to have a good life?” as we wend our way through the biblical narrative. Companionship seems to be a key ingredient to a meaningful life. A set up piece for those into curating their worship service is from the Beatles “When I’m 64.” The video begins with a clip from the popular TV program Big Bang Theory: The lonely savant Sheldon “laments” his lack of human companionship. We all know better, huh?

The RCL gospel text (Lectionary 29, Pentecost 18 (October 16, 2011) is Matthew’s account of Jesus taking on the Pharisees, Caesar and taxes. In short, Caesar might own the money, but he does not own you. The instrumental version of Pink Floyd’s classic Money sets the musical backdrop for this reflection on the mixed up madness of just who owns whom. The video begins with an old (and funny) BBC production of the life of Jesus.

Since these videos are not for sale per say, you may nevertheless want to make a donation to St. John Lutheran Church, PO Box 206 Lithopolis, Ohio 43136. Won’t our treasurer be surprised!

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Posted by on October 11, 2011 in Uncategorized


We Shall be Free (and not Lonely)

Some weeks it is a struggle to come up with a music video idea corresponding to the lessons of the day. The parable of the wedding feast (Lectionary 28 (Pentecost 17A) October 9, 2011) is a challenge to say the least. So do I choose to focus on the ungrateful invitees who turn into a murderous mob, the king who decides upon a last minute dress code for the banquet, or the poor slob who shows up underdressed and ends up weeping and gnashing his teeth? So I figured I’d look in on those who got the last minute invite, accepted gratefully and showed up the banquet dressed and ready to party: the lonely people. Jars of Clay covers the 1970’s America song Lonely People.


For the Narrative Lectionary users, the Biblical story turns to the giving of the Law in Deuteronomy and the command to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and might. Why Torah? Why law? So we can be free, free to be the human beings we were created be, a people living with and for the other in community. Garth Brooks’ “We Shall Be Free” might well have been written by a rabbi interpreting Torah, maybe even a rabbi named Jesus, who summed up the Torah, “to love the Lord your God with your heart, soul and might and your neighbor as yourself.” Therein lies freedom.

As we shall be free, so too are these videos for personal and worship use. Wolfie’s just about given up trying to sell them— just not much of a business person. So if you like the product and wish to express that in a monetary way, please make a donation to First English Lutheran Church 1015 East Main St. Columbus, Ohio 43205. Tell them wolfie sent you.

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Posted by on October 5, 2011 in Uncategorized