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I’m always on the search for interesting worship music.
Recently, I stumbled on some songs from Church of The Beloved, a Lutheran Church plant across the pond in Edmonds, Washington. Beloved is on my bucket list of nearby Churches to visit in the next couple years. (Beloved is also sister parish to Church of the Apostles – also on the list – and, at least from what I’ve heard, the two represent some of the more interesting younger church plants in the Anglican and Lutheran traditions – and both compose a lot of their own worship music – but I digress.)
One of the songs from Beloved that I downloaded to my iPod a while back is based on the words of Martin Luther and is called “Come Holy Ghost”.
 
One day, it randomly started to play while the kids and I were driving in the car.  The words, backed by a haunting tune went like this:
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…severed from the roots of ritual
We surf the surface of a widescreen world
And find no virtue in the virtual…
(Malcolm Guite)

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I attended a great concert by Winnipeg-based singer-songwriter Steve Bell a few weeks ago here in Victoria. Featured in the show were a good number of songs from his new album Keening For the Dawn – which, unlike so much of the holiday fluff out there, delves soulfully into the aching and longing and joy of this soon-to-begin holy season (yep, it’s next Sunday that Advent begins). The album is not merely another Christmas album – for it takes on the more extended period of Advent, Christmastide and Epiphany and thus embraces the waiting, the joy, the darkness, the light and even the horror of what happens shortly after the birth (i.e. the murder of the children and the holy family becoming refugees into Egypt). Read the rest of this entry »

It may be that I’m ever-so-slightly missing the feel and intensity of a Southern Ontario Autumn (though I have to admit that Victoria, BC has far more of the beauty of Fall than I was led to believe).  Whatever the actual reasons, I’m feeling compelled to offer you my top album picks for my (imaginary) Autumn Soundtrack.  I suppose that many of these choices will date me.  I suppose that the notion of the ‘album’ in an age of itunes single-song-purchases and streaming radio dates me even more!  Such is the life of an almost 40 year-old!

Without further stalling, here’s the list:

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I think this is one of the best ‘Christian’ hymns ever written by a Montreal-California Jewish Buddhist poet-pop star.

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I waited patiently for the Lord. - Psalm 40

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