Author: Joel

Episode 2 of the Reluctant Hope Podcast

We are in week 2 of our journey together in Advent. This week on the Reluctant Hope podcast, Bishop Constanze Hagmaier sits down with Ann Marie Rossing to talk about “relationships.” The text this week comes from Malachi 2:10-3:1. Tangled Blue lead us in song. Aimee’s lovely rendering of the Lord’s Prayer is accompanied by Rob Ticherich, Hilary James, and Joel. Songs also featured in this podcast are “O Come O Come Emmanuel”, and “I Will Not Let You Go”. 

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Advent 2B 2020

We’ve been super busy, so this is just a simple post to share the playlist for Advent 2B – the week of December 6, 2020. It’s Wild Man Sunday once again: that Sunday in the Church calendar when we always have a reading about John the Baptist. This playlist includes songs from The Flaming Lips, Lenny Kravitz, The New Standards, Andrew McMahon, The Twilight Hours, John Mark Nelson, Jonathan Rundman, Bruce Cockburn, U2, The Vigilantes of Love, Page CXVI, John and Amanda Ylvisaker, The National Lutheran Choir, Jacob Pavek, Leah Ottman, Sara Groves, and two tunes from Aimee and I… and if you’re a Spotify listener then you get a track from Mötley Crüe because Lenny Kravitz’ “Like a Jet” isn’t on Spotify.

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Advent 1B 2020 Pandemic Playlist

There are so many great themes tied to the readings for Advent 1B, the first Sunday in the Church year. Here’s what I’m listening to on my commute. Tunes from The Suffers, West Philadelphia Orchestra, Lenny Kravitz & JAY-Z, King’s X, REO Speedwagon, Chicago, Storyhill, David Wilcox, Collective Soul, Arcade Fire, John Hermanson, Glen Phillips, NONONO, Kelly Clarkson, Jimmy Cliff, Spin Doctors, Pastor H.E. Dixon & Truth Tabernacle, and a couple tracks from the Tangled Blue Advent album Aimée and I finished in 2008.

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Reign of Christ Sunday 2020

What is there to say about a morning spent with a cup of hot coffee and good music? I’m grateful for the opportunities to listen that come my way. Here’s what I’m listening to in this last week of the Church Year 2020 and the sermon I gave (with quotes from Madeleine L’Engle and Frank Senn) to the fine folks at Highlands Lutheran Church yesterday. Grace, Mercy, and Peace to you.

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