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The Lenten Journey Continues

Two more Lenten offerings, the first for Lent 4 (March 18), relating to the John 3 Gospel passage, The Canadian Royal Scots Dragoon performs Amazing Grace. 

And for Lent 5 (March 25) relating to Psalm 51. Create in Me by John Michael Talbot.

Videos are free for worship use. A donation may be to St. John Lutheran Church, PO Box 206 Lithopolis, Ohio 43136.

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Covenant 3: Do the Right Thing

For Lent 3, March 11, the covenant at Sinai aka The Ten Commandments. The video features Do the Right Thing by blue grass performer Steve Ivey. The video attempts to portray the commandments as God’s great gift for human community.

Videos are free for use in worship. A donation may be made, however to First English Lutheran Church 94 Long St. Ashville, Ohio 43137. Tell them wolfie sent you.

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Covenant Two: We are One

God said to Abraham: “I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.” Genesis 17:7 For Lent 2 (March 4) We Are, sung by Sweet Honey in the Rock. An all-woman, African-American a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock is a Grammy Award-winning (and many times nominated) troupe who express their history as women of color through song, dance, and sign language. They have together worked from four women to the difficult five-part harmony with a sixth member translating with sign language. Although the members have changed over 3 decades, they continue to sing and have helped to produce several children’s records as well as those intended for adults.

Video are free for use in worship. A donation may be made to St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 99 Commerce St. Lockbourne, Ohio 43147. Tell them wolfie sent you.

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Covenant One: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

The Old Testament lessons in Lent review, compare and contrast the covenants God has made with the human family in general, Israel in particular. For the Second Sunday in Lent (March 4) The first covenant, with Noah and “all flesh on earth,” has a rainbow as God’s pledge never to destroy the earth and its living beings. Even now the rainbow continues to serve as a symbol of hope, imagination and great dreams. Somewhere Over the Rainbow, sung by Israel “IZ” Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole 

He became famous outside Hawaii when his album Facing Future was released in 1993. His medley of “Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World” was subsequently featured in several films, television programs, and television advertisement commercials.

Through his ukulele playing and incorporation of other genres (such as jazz and reggae), Kamakawiwoʻole remains a very large influence in Hawaiian music. Throughout his life, Kamakawiwoʻole was obese and at one point weighed 757 pounds. He endured several hospitalizations because of problems caused by his weight. Beset with respiratory and other medical problems, he died in Queen’s Medical Center at  on June 26, 1997.

According to our covenant, videos are free for use in worship. A donation may be made however, to St. John Lutheran Church, PO Box 206 Lithopolis, OHio 43136. Tell them wolfie sent you.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Please note: A Praying Varmit

A pair of videos for February 19, which some congregations will observe as Transfiguration Sunday and others as Epiphany 7. For the tranfigurites (not a heretical sect by any means)  we have Light in Your Eyes, by Sheryl Crow. The videos focuses on the practice of prayer. Don’t miss the image of the praying varmit (not sure which rodent it is) holding a carrot in a posture of prayerfulness, the likes of which never before seen in the animal kingdom. In woflies’ opinion, it the makes the whole thing work. Others differ.

For those sticking with Epiphany 7, linked to the second lesson from 1st Corinthians, a nice rendition of Great is Thy Faithfulness, sung by Chris Rice. Thomas O. Chisolm wrote the poem in 1923 about God’s faithfulness over his lifetime. Chisolm sent the song to William Runyan in Kansas to be set to song and published that same year. Chris Rice is an American songwriter who works in the contemporary Christian music, contemporary folk, and adult contemporary genres with a style similar to David Wilcox and James Taylor. He became a recording artist as well in 1996 after signing a contract with Michael W. Smith’s record label and releasing his debut album, Deep Enough to Dream.

Videos are free for use in worship. If you would like, a donation may be made to St John Lutheran Church, PO Box 206 Lithopolis, Ohio 43136. Tell them wolfie sent you.

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Lenten Flowers

Roseanne Cash

For Ash Wednesday (February 22) and the start of the Season of Lent, two offerings, one new and one from wolfie’s archives.  Roseanne Cash released her album Black Cadillac in 2007The album is a poignant reflection on the passing of Cash’s mother, Vivian Liberto, father, Johnny Cash, and her stepmother, June Carter Cash, who all died within a two-year period. God is in the Roses (and in the thorns) is an excellent poetic examination of personal grief tempered by hope. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk album in 2007.

 

From the archives, a video produced for last year, Dust in the Wind, by the progressive rock group Kansas. The guitar line for the song was written by Kerry Livgren as a finger exercise for learning fingerpicking. His wife, Vicci, heard what he was doing, remarked that the melody was nice, and encouraged him to write lyrics for it. Livgren was unsure whether his fellow band members would like it, its slow melody and philosophical lyrics differ from their other hits such as “Carry On Wayward Son” and “Point of Know Return”. A meditation on mortality and the inevitability of death, the lyrical theme bears a striking resemblance to the biblical passage Genesis 3:19 (“…for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”), but the actual inspiration was from a book of Native American poetry, which includes the line “for all we are is dust in the wind.”

The videos are free for use in worship. If you care to, a donation may be made to St. Matthews Lutheran Church, 99 Commerce St. Lockbourne, Ohio 43137. Tell them wolfie sent you.

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Run the Human Race

For Epiphany 6, relating to the second reading (1 Corinthians 9:24-27) Hans Theessink’s Run the Human Race. Pronounced Tay-seek, the performer is a Dutch blues guitarist and folk singer. The video features runners, what else? Hope you like!

The videos are free for use in worship. If you feel so moved, you may make a donation to St. John Lutheran Church PO Box 206, Lithopolis, Ohio 43136.

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2012 in Uncategorized