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Rory Cooney
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church musician and recovering know-it-all
church musician and recovering know-it-all

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We have that rare opportunity to hear about half of the Sermon on the Mount over five Sundays this year, and we're right in the middle of it. I've been thinking about that, and strung together some thoughts about it here.

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My "second thoughts" series are posts written after the experience of a Sunday, usually caused by new insights gained from the liturgy, conversation, and "picked up" as I reflect on the images of the weekend. For Advent 2 this year, it was hearing the refrain about "the nations," St. Paul's exhortation to peace in the community at Rome, and John's grumpy critique of some religious leaders that caught my ear, and through which I came to begin to hear afresh the Advent message to prepare for Christmas. It's not just any God who's coming. It's this one.

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I've been reprising these stories as they become topical again (to some people!) during the season for which they were written. Written for Advent in a Matthew (A) year 18 years ago, "Walk" has been an Advent staple in some churches, and it's always well received in our concerts any time of year. To be able to see signs of God-with-us, strategies of grace, in a world bent on violence is a great gift, and "Walk" celebrates a season like that, and imagines that in fact all time is like that when we learn how to see and how to follow.

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Just a few words to thank everyone and make a final push toward Crop Hunger Walk 2016, which will kick off from St. Anne this weekend. There's still time for you to be a part if you haven't already made a donation.

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Looking forward to this Sunday's scriptures, this post is about one of everyone's favorite gospel parables. But I'm with Mark Twain who said "It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand." That goes for this one.

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Slipping out of my summer indolence for a few minutes, I wrote this post about discovering the addition of an "optional" psalm for this weekend added in the 1998 lectionary, and thinking about a possible reason for its inclusion. Better late than never? Back to bagging some rays, everyone. ;-)

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The unpublished parts of my article on using iPad in a church music program, with step-by-step instructions for creating perfectly-sized PDFs for your tablet. 

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AIM Magazine, published by J. S. Paluch/World Library (wlpmusic.com), is a great resource with helpful articles for liturgical ministers, especially musicians. In this 2013 article, I talked about how I use my iPad in music ministry at St. Anne. It still might be helpful for some. Additional information will be in a follow-up blog post.

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After my friend and colleague Mark Karney made a video of this song, I needed to make a "SongStories" post to make it available! The text is culled from an album post and other places, but now we have a new post about another song.
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