Renewal in the Arts
Jan. 9th, 2005
you guys will find this funny - no one else does...
all the way through Advent, Fr. Mark had us include a little refrain before and after the gospel reading. this is a nice idea, unless the choir is laughing so hard they can't sing. cause the refrain was a double dose of:
"Pre-e-e-pare ye the way of the Lord! Pre-e-e-pare ye the way of the Lord!"
(the actual stage directions from the Godspell score are "continue until all are baptised")
02:15 am - A Hymn: Because of Jesus
Unfortunately, I haven't found a way to post the staves the melody line is on, but I can post the words and gradually add in notes to play if you want on the piano. I have the melody line but I really need help with an accompaniment. It's in the key of G, one sharp, although it can be transposed down if the notes are too high.
Because of Jesus
c 2004, 2005 Rob Walker
Glorious Father and Incarnate Son
with Holy Spirit who are three in one:
We want to worship in Spirit and Truth;
with joy and thankfulness
we come to You.
Because of Jesus
we choose to be
Jesus who came through a virgin's womb,
suffered and died for us, rose from the tomb:
Lord through your ministry our exile ends;
once we were slaves,
but you call us your friends.
Spirit of holiness, Pentecost fire,
God's promised Gift, and our hearts' desire:
Give us the ministry of Jesus Christ and
joy springing up to
Father of all and our Mother too:
show us your face, that we may be like you.
Plant in our hearts your delight in your Word;
send your Good News through us
'til all have heard.
Repeat verse one
Jan. 8th, 2005
05:11 pm - The Lord's Prayer - my take.
It's a bit verbose, perhaps, but heartfelt. This prayer adapts the Lord's Prayer with the metaphor of the four-fold Holy Spirit as elemental God/dess. I use this metaphor sometimes to relate to God in nature in a way that's meaningful to me, but I understand these four images as representing one God.
O Holy One who dwells beyond, in the infinite,
your name rests forever on our tongues and cannot be spoken.
You are our mother, the queen of Earth,
your name is the call that coaxes seedlings into the light.
You are our father, whose breath is the Wind,
you move upon us and sustain all life, each exhalation speaks your name.
You are our mother, the bearer of all Water,
your name is whispered by each river, proclaimed proudly by each cataract.
You are our father, the bringer of Fire,
your name is burnt into our hearts, we are your fuel.
You are our savior, our messiah, our king; make of us the steel by which you forge your empire. Make of us the instruments of your will, as we walk the earth with you now and walk with you hereafter. Make of us the kiln in which the bread of heaven is risen. Make of us your vehicle of compassion for the world, and through us let all people know your undeniable acceptance.
Because we are forever incapable of deserving your grace, instead we accept it in it's glorious perfection, given freely to us. For you are the giver of all great things, the light of the world, and the author of all creation. Help us to carry our burdens through this world, and live in your refuge and shelter forever. For we are the servants of your empire, inheritors of your power, witnesses to your glory. We pray in the name of the One God, now and forever, amen.
Our Father in Heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil,
for the Kingdom, the power and the glory are yours
now and forever.
If people would like to post and discuss their own artistic versions of the Lord's Prayer, I think that would be cool! What a place to start with renewal in the Church--after all, don't we have our "vocation in miniature" here?
so I thought about writing a new general prayer..since there is a mix of faith's here.. just for fun
Below is the original circa 1928, from a Book of Common Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
And Below is a revised verison for Pagan like christians :) (and Pagans)
Our Godesse & God who art in summerland, blessed be their names. Their love came forth. Love on earth as you do in passing. Give us each day the sight to love and allow us to forgive our karmic impasses. Blessed be deity and mortal as one and guide us in light and map the dark. For we are divine creation and divine creation is us. Honour our universe, and rever the power and glory as the wheel of the year spins eternal for ever and ever. Amen
Name: [info]story_of_a_boi, or Bryn aka Crazy Heithan (Compliments to Jon)
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Faith or Denominational Background: I was never babtizied in any church, christian or otherwise. Of my birth family, half are hard core irish catholics, 1/4 Jehovah Witness, some Anglican thrown in and Welsh Baptist and oh I can forget the one atheist! hehe. For myself however, I went to Anglican church and sunday school when I was little probably till I was about 9 or 10. Then, I lost interest and started forming my wonderfully anti-establishment self. Anyway, in Grade Ten, I wrote a thesis on how Christianity would have not began without Jesus. For He was the catalyst, however in later obsverations not the one who spread it but anyway, my paper mentioned that fact too! Later on, I did a thesis on how buddahism would replace Catholism as the world dominant religion....I was sooo popular with my catholic teacher *grin*
Anyway,Im a writer I ramble on... so after many years of searching and almost being babtizied irish catholic, but I decided not too after the Father told me I would have to confess being queer as a sin, b/c it is not in my mind anyway. Godesse/God made me this way, She& He love me just the same. So, about a year ago I made the commitment to follow the Wittan path. However, I do feel that spirtuality is fluid, and I have incorporate influences from other faiths even though I primaliry idenitfy as Wittan.
On the arts side, I am a writer, composer, photographer, graphic artist of sorts and all around crafty boi :) I love to debate/discuss theology :)
Jan. 7th, 2005
11:45 pm - Poetic Study on Sophia, Part 1
i want my muse back
not him, it was never him
sure, he spawned the writing
i could write when he was around
i could think of him
and write when he wasn't around
but not because of him
because my muse was there
i call her she
because of the classics etc etc
because i'm a pure-ist
because there were always spirits with me
because she is all that i am
she the inspiration
the breathing in and out
the Wisdom is in her
i want her love and respect
i want for once to respect myself
that will only come from her
where did i go to lose her
was she abandoned and cheated on
with the foolish cock
of power and salvation
i want my muse back
Tada! I made us an user icon.
12:24 pm - ...hi?...
Name: ubergreenkat or Katharine/Kat/Kate/Kathy (but don't call me that)/pretty much all names that begin with K
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Faith or Denominational Background: Anglican, in the broad sense. I started out at a low-church BCP parish and then moved to a high-church BAS parish, go figure. But my new church is much more liberal (yay!) and my new priest is much more supportive of my persuing (sp?) alternative spiritualities, namely, for me, Keltic Christianity and the neglected role of Sophia in the Christian tradition.
Artistry: fiction and poetry writer; playwright & stage manager; painter/draw-er; singer; generally crafty lady.
I'm happy that you guys have kicked this off - I took a Theology & The Arts class last year and have been longing for people to talk about the topic with again. That and I've finally broken with anglican because detroitfather is an mysogynist, and homophobic asshole. And yes, you can quote me on that.
03:21 am - poem: integrity - parts i and ii
i am not a member
of this organization
or even this church
and so i feel no guilt
telling my love
"i'll be right back"
and leaving him with
"go, young man
bring in the sheep,
do your thing" and
the lutheran women
to run the Integrity booth
at the Pride fair
in the rain ( Read more...Collapse )