Beyond These Shores by Iona

I was sent the lyrics to this song after my mother died and found this version on youtube this morning that I have been listening to and meditating on. I thought that some of you would enjoy it too.

U2: Where the Streets Have No Name

I was recently sent this link to the U2 song Where the Streets Have No Name as a contribution to the series I was powerfully impacted by Bono’s quote, another powerful example of how a sacred space can be created in the most unexpected places, places in which God walks through the room.

“We can be in the middle of the worst gig in our lives, but when we go into that song, everything changes. The audience is on its feet, singing along with every word. It’s like God suddenly walks through the room. It’s the point where craft ends and spirit begins. How else do you explain it?” – Bono, Los Angeles Times 2004

What can I give back to God for the blessings he poured out on me
What can I give back to God for the blessings he poured out on me
I lift high the Cup of Salvation as a toast to our Father
To follow through on a promise I made to you from the heart

I want to run, I want to hide
I want to tear down the walls that hold me tonight
I want to reach out and touch the flame
Where the streets have no name
I want to feel sunlight on my face
I see the dust cloud disappear without a trace
I want to dance dance dance in the dirty rain

This video of Where the Streets Have no Name is a wonderful (and evidently illegal) clip of U2 performing on a rooftop.

Read the entire lyrics here


Check out the other posts in this series

Creating Sacred Space Do We Really Need Churches 

Every Garden Needs A Sacred Space

Reclaiming a Sacred Space – Cheasty Greenspace: A Place of Goodness and Grace by Mary De Jong

Creating a Sacred Space – Stir the Senses

A Garden of Inspiration – A Story of Leo Tolstoy

Symbols and Elements that Weave Together a Sacred Space

Why Being Spiritual may be More Important Than Being Religious by Rob Rynders

What is a Sacred Space?

Celtic Spirituality – What Is The Attraction?

In the Barren Places: Finding Sacred Space for the First Time – James Rempt

A Tree My Most Sacred Space by Ryan Harrison

Sacred Buildings by Lynne Baab

We are Raising the Roof.

Sacred Space – Listening to the Trees by Richard Dahlstrom

Sharing a Sacred Space by Daniel Simons

Adam’s Windmill and the Welsh Revival by Dyfed Wyn Roberts

Memories that Create Sacred Space.


Reading and Listening Through Advent – What Others Suggest.

Advent candles

There are an incredible number of Advent books out there each year, so I thought that I would get a sense of what some of my friends are listening to so a couple of days ago I asked my Facebook friends what they recommend reading or listening to during Advent. Here are some suggestions that you might like to check out. Some of these are totally new to me and will make great resources for my own Christmas reading and listening. Enjoy!

Several people suggested the gospel stories particularly the book of Luke. I agree I try to read through these each Advent season. It beautifully anchors me in the biblical story.

Leonard Sweet and Don Pape like  Touching Wonder: Recapturing the Awe of Christmas – John Blase

Cindy Fortune Spenser recommends The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder

Sonja Naylor Andrews suggests “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” by Dr. Suess

Joy Larsen likes Lion and the Lamb by Brennan Manning.

Kevin Palau suggest Martin Luther’s Christmas Book compiled by Roland Bainton

Kurt Neilson suggests Bernard of Clairvaux’s homilies on the Song of Songs. – they can be downloaded from this site or purchased from Amazon.

Tamara West recommends Gertrud Mueller Nelson, in both To Dance With God ( family and parish observance of the church year) and Here All Dwell Free ( a Jungian-feminist analysis of classic fairy tales). You can also see a great recording with Gertrud on YouTube

My friend Paul Samuels has written a delightful children’s book Where is Christmas?

Jill Aylard Young is enjoying “Simply Wait, Cultivating Stillness in the Season of Advent” by Pamela Hawkins.

Chris Terry Nelson suggests Insurrection by Peter Rollins

Catherine Windsor recommends The Mitten by Jan Brett

David Bayne suggests  “Monastery Journey to Christmas” by D’Avila-Latourrette and “Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent” by Enuma Okoro

Jane Bishop Halteman likes anything by Jan Richardson (Night Visions) or Ann Weems (Journey to Bethlehem) This last link is to a pdf download.

Last but not least don’t forget to check out the MSA Advent resources Waiting for the Light and Return to Our Senses currently available as a preAdvent special.

For music most people suggested popular carols like O Come O Come Emmanuel and Silent Night but here are a couple you may not have come across.

Downe In Yon Forrest a collection of Christmas Carols from the Middle Ages recommended by Carolyn Frye

Ancient Path Christmas is one I was given last year and really enjoyed.

Kitt M KaagapayMo wrote this original filipino rendition  that is worth listening to.



Carrie Underwood Sings How Great Thou Art

Back from Connecticut and feeling a little overwhelmed by all I need to accomplish before heading to Australia in 2 weeks.  Stopped to listen to this and it certainly made me feel a lot better.  I hope you enjoy it too.

Christ Has Walked this Path – Lenten Video by Jeff Johnson

Today’s contibution is from one of my favourite musicians – Jeff Johnson.  Jeff shares

The music for this version of the original song featured on JOURNEY PRAYERS, was recorded live in the studio by myself with Brian Dunning and Wendy Goodwin during last year’s Celtic Christmas tour. We then collaborated withGlobal Net Productions and created the video which also features artwork by Kathy Hastings.  It is my hope that the video and song will inspire and encourage you during this special season as we follow the path that Jesus Christ has walked before us.  Journey Prayers released by
©2011 Ark Records, Inc. / ArkMusic. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Selah Service on Camano Island

A special Lenten service featuring music, readings and silent prayer in the tradition of St. Patrick led by Jeff Johnson with violinist, Wendy Goodwin. St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church; 1318 E. State Hwy. 532; Camano Island, WA 98282. Childcare provided.
they will also present the service at St. Columba Episcopal Church the night before.
Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 7pm
26715 Military Road; Kent, WA 98032

The Hallelujah Chorus Wow’s Macy’s

This is spectacular! The Hallelujah Chorus has hit the Macy’s Parade. On Saturday, October 30, 2010, the Opera Company of Philadelphia brought together over 650 choristers from 28 participating organizations to perform one of the Knight Foundation’s “Random Acts of Culture” at Macy’s in Center City Philadelphia. They planted the singers amongst the crowds throughout the Grand Court at Macy’s.  Accompanied by the Wanamaker Organ – the world’s largest pipe organ – the OCP Chorus and throngs of singers from the community infiltrated the store as shoppers, and burst into a pop-up rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s “Messiah” at 12 noon, to the delight of surprised shoppers.

This event is one of 1,000 “Random Acts of Culture” to be funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation over the next three years. The initiative transports the classical arts out of the concert halls and opera houses and into our communities to enrich our everyday lives.

This event was planned to coincide with the first day of National Opera Week.   What a shame that it could not have been to coincide with the start of Advent instead.  But still the response and delight of the shopping crowd is refreshing.

Advent Selah and More With Jeff Johnson

Yesterday I uploaded my new Advent meditation video for 2010 with music by Jeff Johnson.  So I thought that you would like to know about upcoming events with Jeff. He is one of my favourite Celtic musicians

Selah Service – Sunday November 28th

St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church
1318 State Highway 532
Camano Island, WA 98282
(360) 629-3969
Sunday, December 5, 2010 7:00PM
Taproot Theatre
204 N 85th St
Seattle, WA 98103-3604
(206) 781-9705
Tickets $15 available at:
Friday, December 17, 2010 7:00PM
St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church
1318 State Highway 532
Camano Island, WA 98282
(360) 629-3969
Celtic Christmas concert.
Tickets $15 available at the door or at:
Saturday, December 18, 2010 7:00pm
Northminster Presbyterian Church
7706 25th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117-4420
(206) 783-3402
Ticketed event available at the door.

Martyn Joseph – Thunder & Rainbows Lyrics

A couple of days ago Steve Lawson sent me the lyrics to this song by Martyn Joseph which reflects some of the tensions that all of us feel when we think about the kingdom of God.  Good and bad, light and dark are all intertwined in our lives and our world.

I have been grappling with this during the last week following the tragic motorcycle accident that our good friend Steve Ruetschle was in.  Steve fractured his C6-C7 vertebrae and it possible that he will be a quadraplegic as a result.  Whatever happens the recovery will be slow and traumatic.  Steve is one of the gentlest and most godly people I know.  He has a beautiful wife and 3 lovely kids and one cannot help but ask why?  The kingdom is here and is breaking into our world but there are many places in which its light seems very dim

Thanks Steve for the link.

The light or the shade, concealed or displayed
Enemies, friends, opposite ends
Bitter or sweet, ruffled or neat
Feathers or lead, silent or said
Generous or mean, corporate or green
Vagrant or lord, the dove or the sword
Distinct or obscure, prosperous or poor
Devil or saint, we are and we ain’t

Intricate mysteries
Life’s secret code
Cul-de-sac signposts
On yellow brickroads
Ambiguous answers
The question’s still “Why?”
Thunder and rainbows
From the same sky

read the lyrics for the entire song

I Arise Today: Music By Stefan Andre Waligur

Those of us who love Celtic chants are always looking for new song writers and musicians who contribute to this area of music.  I was delighted this last week to receive links to this beautiful chant by Stefan Andre Waligur

You can listen to the professional and very beautiful version on Stefan’s website here or you can watch this preview of a shorter version from YouTube.  Thanks Stefan for making me aware of your beautiful music.