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Way of the Cross

A road less traveled

When last we left Peter he was the rock upon which the church would be built. Now he’s just a chip of the old human block. The way of the cross, it seems, has a way of getting in the way of things. Lectionary 22 (Pentecost 11) August 28, 2011 features The Way of the Cross, sung by Oklahoma’s Jami Smith. Remember too that intercessory prayer visuals are now available for each week.

 

 

 

A unique form of cross bearing would be to ante up $15 if this video is used for worship. This may be done at sacredsegues.com.

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2011 in Matthew

 

Walk on Water

For the preacher on Pentecost 8A there are two ways to approach the story of Jesus walking on water and Peter, not so much. The most common approach focuses on Peter not focusing on Jesus long or sharply enough to keep out of trouble. Our TRUST is the issue. David Lose (workingpreacher.com) suggests a road less traveled: What does Jesus do when Peter sinks like a stone: he reaches out and catches him. According to Lose, Jesus is not merely our life coach, but our savior.

The video features Walk on Water by Blue County. The song is from the Evan Almighty soundtrack, not exactly a repository of great theology for sure, but the lyrics do point to the impossibility of our walking on water even if we stared at Jesus morning, noon and night. It’s the whole ontological thing: we human types just aren’t made that way. Any way, homiletically and visually, wolfie is headed for the gospel side of the law-gospel dialectic, just for a week, just while the waves are high. The video features some worthy attempts at running on water, but never more than 20 feet.

Fortunately I do not have to walk on water to make these videos, but it does takes some time and effort, and for $15 dollars (on your honor) you can use this one for your worship service at sacredsegues.com.

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2011 in Matthew

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Trouble

Ray LaMontagne

 

In relation to the actual texts for Pentecost 3A, is the video Trouble by Ray LaMontagne. The song, corrupted by the insurance company commercial, is a wonderful ballad sung soulfully by a man who grew up knowing trouble. LaMontagne’s father was a violent man addition to being a musician) who abandoned the family when Ray was a young boy. The video  begins with a humorous scene of office stress and ends with Jesus’ evocative summons for those who are weary and carrying heavy burdens to come to him for rest.

 

 

To purchase this video for worship use please go to sacredsegues.com. It’s cheap too, only $15. How do I know if you bought it, fair and square? I don’t. BUT GOD KNOWS!

If you are just wanting something to do you can watch it for free.

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2011 in Matthew