Big Day.

Seven years ago, I was trying to figure out what direction I was headed in, trying to hear God’s voice, trying to figure out what was actually next for me. I look back at those posts from 2010, and I see a younger me trying to let the process unfold as it should. At every …

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STLT#238, Within the Shining of a Star

Oh my goodness. It’s the morning of my ordination. Just think – tomorrow, you’ll be reading the words of The REVEREND Kimberley Debus… how about that? Anyway, on to today’s carol, which is a light little lyric set to a light little tune. I spoke about the tune back in February, where I found it …

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STLT#237, The First Nowell

I am of two minds this morning (that is, of the minds that are focusing on this and not my ordination tomorrow): The first mind is so glad this traditional English* hymn is in our hymnal, lyrics unabridged. It’s familiar, it’s fun to sing the chorus, and it has a wonderful focus on the first …

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STLT#236, O Thou Joyful Day

Regular readers will note that I was excited that this was the title I’d be singing on the day of my ordination. However, I forgot to adjust the spreadsheet for Light of Ages and of Nations and Amazing Grace – two hymns that have identical words but different melodies or arrangements so were covered on …

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STLT#234, In the Gentle of the Moon

It’s a day of interesting pairs… First pair: this is the second time the tune Hasidim has been paired with words by Carl Seaburg. Second pair: this is frankly an interesting pair, putting a Christmas lyric to a Hasidic tune – which happened in When the Daffodils Arrive too. I’m not entirely certain the Hasidic Jews …

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STLT#233, Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella

I suppose some Christmas carols shouldn’t be interrogated too deeply… …because otherwise we would never get past the first line. I mean, who are Jeannette and Isabella, why are there French women (or girls) in Bethlehem, and what good will a torch be if Mary’s trying to get the baby to sleep? Yeah, let’s let …

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STLT#231, Angels We Have Heard on High

Note: There’s some business at the end of the post. Good stuff. — God bless our Hymnal Commission. They worked very hard to ensure the music contained in this collection reflects our theologies, with an eye to expansiveness. I appreciate their hard work – and as I reflected in O Come Emmanuel, I think they often …

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STLT#229, Gather ‘Round the Manger

Apologies for the delay – we had some technical difficulties out here on the Far Fringe. But we’re back! — Wow am I a creature of habit. Thanks to this practice, I’m learning all these new Christmas songs, realizing that I never even bothered to look past the familiar title to the unfamiliar ones. I don’t …

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