December 4, 2006

I'm so glad it was Advent 1 yesterday

Pastor Rick Downs preached a great sermon on an even greater passage, Isaiah 11:1-10.

"'"Consider the goodness and severity of God (Paul in Romans)."' Both should continually be on our minds.'" (Stott)

"'There is nothing more important about you than your idea of God.'" (Tozer)

"It [Isaiah 11] is not historical language; it's more poetic. I'm not asking you to follow along in your Bible, just listen to and see if it resonates with you."

"So often we make eternal decisions based on slivers of temporal concern."



And in the prayer session for our church before, Zechariah was quoted again (even as I quoted it to my supervisor earlier in the week): "Thus says the Lord to Zerubbabbel, 'Not by words, or by human power, but by My Spirit.'"

"And the Spirit will rest upon Him..."

I am waiting for the Day.


Also read Joel Garver's Advent 1 reflections. Interesting - both the Revised Common Lectionary and the cycle Pastor Rick's using quoted prophecies pf the Branch on this first Sunday of the season. And we are still looking for that Branch, in His Second Coming.

"But who may abide the Day of His Coming? For He is like a refiner's fire...and He shall purify the sons of Levi, that they may present an offering in righteousness." (My favorite part of the Messiah.)

"For in every place incense, and a pure offering, will be made unto My Name. For I will be great among the nations."

"Bring back our captivity, like streams from the South."

Posted by donovan at 9:28 PM | Category:


Yesterday, my church sang "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" to a G Major tune. It was SO weird.

Posted by: funke at December 4, 2006 10:41 PM

That is weird. The regular tune is plainchant, which is so fitting. And as I think we discussed, I think it's D Dorian.

We sung "Veni Veni Emanuel" as well, but to the good melody.

Posted by: Evan Donovan at December 4, 2006 10:45 PM

I refuse to take responsibility for claiming it is in D Dorian!! Because it's not! :)

The scale is Aeolian, which is very similar to the minor mode, except that the flat seven is left flat (whereas in the minor mode, the flat seven is twiddled with to produce a leading tone). Without the leading tone (raised seven), the Aeolian mode lacks a a really strong pull to tonic.

Posted by: funke at December 5, 2006 2:11 PM

I'm sorry. I admit my error, and repent in ashes :)

Posted by: Evan Donovan at December 5, 2006 4:24 PM

I just needed an excuse to prove I still remembered something...

Posted by: funke at December 5, 2006 7:06 PM

Fair enough.

I know what you mean about the minor scale, actually - harmonic minor versus melodic minor. I have a book called The Jazz Theory Book which talks about all that.

Posted by: Evan Donovan at December 5, 2006 7:27 PM

Well, the harmonic and melodic minor scales are modifications of the Aeolian scale...if that's what you mean by knowing what I mean...

Evan, you are really, really, really, ridiculously well-read.

(And since you haven't seen Zoolander, you won't get the reference, but that's okay because I laughed when I typed it). :)

Posted by: funke at December 5, 2006 8:36 PM

Well, thanks :)

What I meant was they're what people typically compose in when they say they're composing in the minor scale because they want that V7 in there.

Posted by: Evan Donovan at December 6, 2006 12:06 AM
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