Lectionary Mixtape: 4th Sunday after Pentecost

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost C

Text: 2 Samuel 11:26-27

When the wife of Uriah heard that her husband was dead, she made lamentation for him. When the mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife, and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord

Song: Division

Artist: Starflyer 59

Album: My Island

When names are thrown
To those who know that
You’re not so tough
You’ve never been that

So I took the option of getting out
Where it seemed the grass was greener
No need to make it like all was right
No apologies

When parts are made
From bad ideas
Together with a messed up brain wave

Lectionary Mixtape: 3rd Sunday after Pentecost C

Third Sunday after Pentecost C

Text: Galatians 1:11-17

11For I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin; 12for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. 13You have heard, no doubt, of my earlier life in Judaism. I was violently persecuting the church of God and was trying to destroy it.14I advanced in Judaism beyond many among my people of the same age, for I was far more zealous for the traditions of my ancestors. 15But when God, who had set me apart before I was born and called me through his grace, was pleased 16to reveal his Son to me, so that I might proclaim him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with any human being,17nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were already apostles before me, but I went away at once into Arabia, and afterwards I returned to Damascus.

Song: I’m From Nowhere

Artist: Neko Case

Album: The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, the More I Love You

And there you are,
At the edge of the world…
Dangling with my heart a’ pounding.
Above a gulf of hamstrung promises
You sang like “Auld Lang Syne”,
You wanted it so badly that you believed them at the time

With every fashion’s flame,
Every jet plane-lie,
Every second helping of that off-ramp fame we die,
A little…

You’re right, I’m from Nowhere
You’re right, I’m from Nowhere
You’re right, I’m from Nowhere
You’re right.

Lectionary Mixtape: 2nd Sunday after Pentecost C

Second Sunday after Pentecost C

Text: Galatians 1:3-9

3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4who gave himself for our sins to set us free from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

6I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are confusing you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8But even if we or an angel from heaven should proclaim to you a gospel contrary to what we proclaimed to you, let that one be accursed! 9As we have said before, so now I repeat, if anyone proclaims to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let that one be accursed!

Song: Living Without Love

Artist: Saves the Day

Album:Daybreak

Take my hand let me see you rise again
I know you said we don’t have a chance to be saved
We’re lost, we’re torn, we praise, we scorn, we’re stuck, and we’ll stay
The same

Oh you are not the one to blame
The past, the pain, all that it had once became.

Too much to hold, too dark, too cold.
You lost your way that’s all

Living without you, living without love… is it the life I need?
No more tomorrow, no morning sorrow – now it’s all up to me…

Reflection:

Here Paul is frustrated with the Galatian church. They have bought into the idea from some folks that the Good News of Jesus’ unconditional love isn’t enough for the Christian life. These opponents argued that a Christian first needs to follow a set of laws to really make their faith count. Paul warns against the dangers of making the Gospel of God’s love depend on our actions, no matter how noble they might seem. Paul yearns to see the church rise again and to cease living without love.

Lectionary Mixtape: 1st Sunday after Pentecost C

First Sunday after Pentecost C

Text: Psalm 8

3When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,

the moon and the stars that you have established;

4what are human beings that you are mindful of them,

mortals that you care for them?

Song: Northern Lights by St. Vincent

It’s a champagne year full of sober months
Through my mulling days, through my dry moments
I saw the morning Northern Lights
Convinced it was the end of times
I saw the morning Northern Lights

Lectionary Mixtape: Day of Pentecost C

So I am starting a new thing. Lectionary Mixtape. Each week, I will select a song that goes with one or more of the lectionary readings. Then, after a season, I will put together a Spotify playlist with the whole “mixtape.”

Day of Pentecost C

Text: Acts 2:1-21

1When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Song: July Flame by Laura Veirs

July flame
Fiery kite
Will-o-the-wisp
Lead me through the night

July flame
Sweet summer peach
High up in the branch
Just out of my reach

Can I call you mine?