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What We're About

We are Lisa and Jon, two Episcopal priests and committed Jesus revolutionaries who think His message has the power to radically transform individuals and change the world.


An undercroft is the the space in many churches that is under the main part of the church. In the same way that Jesus emerged out of the grave, we think there is great life lurking under the surfaces of the institutional church.


Join us each week as we explore the gospel story to see what it might be telling us about our lives in the here and now and share in our prayers - you can even add your own.


March 16, 2018 @ 9:58 pm

The days are surely coming…

At the core of God's dream for us is the promise of a new day



Jeremiah 31:31-34

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.



Star in the East, Rose Ensemble

Over in the Glory Land, Westwood Bluegrass Band

Ode to Joy, Vallès Symphony Orchestra, the Lieder, Amics de l'Òpera and Coral Belles Arts choirs

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March 10, 2018 @ 7:00 am

Magnanimiter Crucem Sustine

"He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world"



John 3:14-21

Jesus said, “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”



Selections from Humpty Dumpty, Dee Yan-Kee


Still Alive

Put Together Again

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March 3, 2018 @ 7:00 am

True Religion

Jesus cleansed the Temple of those who would be a barrier to true worship.  The same is needed in every generation because it is all too easy to idolize our religion and obscure the God it is meant to point to.



John 2:13-22

The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.



In the wilderness of temptation, God’s victorious love makes the desert bloom. In gratitude let us offer our prayers on behalf of the world

+ That our churches may be houses of prayer, education, ministry and transformation, where the people of God seek the holy road, and welcome others on its path; Lord, have mercy.

+ That we may commit ourselves to the commandments of God, and living by their precepts may have a secure foundation for our common life, and the freedom of the Holy Spirit; Lord, have mercy.

+ That we may freely share with those in need, and receive from them the spiritual grace that sustains their lives; Lord, have mercy.

+ For the good stewardship of God’s extraordinary gifts and a generosity of time and purse that flows from a heart of gratitude and thanksgiving; Lord, have mercy.

+ That we may discern the cross as the forerunner of victory, and by its power live faithfully through times of despair so that, with all who have died, we may experience the greater joy of eternal life; Lord, have mercy.

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.



Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy, Benjamin Esh

Jerusalem, My Happy Home, J Michael Thompson · The Schola Cantorum of St. Peter's in the Loop

We're Marching to Zion, Gary Chapman

Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy, Reawaken Music (Nathan Drake)


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February 24, 2018 @ 7:00 am

Get behind me!

Does our imperfect understanding of love sometimes lead us to be another's tempter?



Mark 8:31-38

Jesus began to teach his disciples that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”



Jesus Christ intercedes for us at all times.  Together let us remember and pray to God through Christ,

For the church universal, that the fasting of these forty days may clear away much that is needless and so open our eyes to the bright glory of the cross.

For all the children of Abraham and Sarah, that we might find blessing and see our common inheritance as God’s beloved.

For all who suffer in conflict, that God in mercy may turn our hearts toward one another and bring us to end our faithless reliance on weapons and violence.

For all who have sought our prayers,

For prisoners and all who are bound in body, mind, or spirit, that they may be delivered from their bondage

For ourselves, for all who hear these prayers, that we may walk in Jesus’ path.

For all who have died, that they be at peace.

God, whose ways are beyond our knowing or approving, place the world’s troubles ever in our plain sight, and be yourself in our seeing and in our praying:  We ask this always through Christ our Lord.  Amen



Jordan’s Shore, Rose Ensemble

Lord who throughout these 40 days, Chris Brunelle

Poor Wayfaring Stranger, Hillbilly Thomists

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February 17, 2018 @ 7:00 am

Relevant, Spectacular, and Powerful

We are tempted, as Jesus was - to look for easy solutions to difficult problems.  



In the Name of Jesus by Henri Nouwen



Mark 1:9-15

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” 

And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.



let us turn our awareness to the presence of the divine that is always with us and always within us. 

Let us bring before God all of those people and situations that are in any kind of need.

Let us bring before God the poor, the forgotten and those who are marginalized, as we renew our commitment to the lonely and the unloved.

Let us ask God to use our prayerful intentions for the benefit of all those who listen to this podcast, all those people we know and love, as well as people who are strangers to us. May we be blessings to one another.

Let us call to mind our reasons to be thankful, as we remember our abundance and the life-giving way of gratitude.

May God still our minds, Calm our hearts, breathe fresh life into us, and make us instruments of peace, justice and compassion. Amen. 



Selections from Giovanni Animuccia: Missa Victimae Paschali Laudes, Tudor Consort

Come my way, my truth, my life, Blackfriar Music

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February 10, 2018 @ 7:00 am

You thought I was like you?!

The voice of God calls for justice and expects that we will diligently strive for it.



Psalm 50 (from the St Helena Psalter)


1 The God of gods has spoken; *

God has called the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.

2 Out of Zion, perfect in its beauty, *

God is revealed in glory.

3 O God, you will come and will not keep silence; *

before you there is a consuming flame,

and round about you a raging storm.

4 You call the heavens and the earth from above *

to witness the judgment of your people.

5 “Gather before me my loyal followers, *

those who have made a covenant with me

and sealed it with sacrifice.”

6 Let the heavens declare the rightness of your cause, *

for you alone are judge.

7 “Hear, O my people, and I will speak:

O Israel, I will bear witness against you, *

for I am God, your God.

8 I do not accuse you because of your sacrifices; *

your offerings are always before me.

9 I will take no bull-calf from your stalls, *

nor he-goats out of your pens;

10 For all the beasts of the forest are mine, *

the herds in their thousands upon the hills

11 I know every bird in the sky, *

and the creatures of the fields are in my sight.

12 If I were hungry, I would not tell you, *

for the whole world is mine and all that is in it.

13 Do you think I eat the flesh of bulls, *

or drink the blood of goats?

14 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving *

and make good your vows to the Most High.

15 Call upon me in the day of trouble; *

I will deliver you, and you shall honor me.”

16 But to the wicked God says: *

“Why do you recite my statutes

and take my covenant upon your lips,

17 Since you refuse discipline *

and toss my words behind your back?

18 When you see thieves, you make them your friends, *

and you cast in your lot with adulterers.

19 You have loosed your lips for evil *

and harnessed your tongue to a lie.

20 You are always speaking evil of your family *

and slandering your own mother’s child.

21 These things you have done, and I kept still, *

and you thought that I am like you.”

22 “I have made my accusation; *

I have put my case in order before your eyes.

23 Consider this well, you who forget God, *

lest I rend you and there be none to deliver you.

24 Whoever offers me the sacrifice of thanksgiving honors me; *

but to those who keep in my way will I show the salvation of God.”


The word of God calls us to see that all the places and occasions of the world, even places of sorrow and death, are transfigured by the presence of the glory of God in Christ Jesus.  Let us now call to mind all who are in any need and commend them to God’s transforming care.

For those who are have lost someone they love,

For the imprisoned, for those whose only home is the streets, and for those caught by addiction,

For the hungry for the unemployed and under-employed,

For refugees, for the victims of war, and for those trapped in poverty,

For the people of our nation, our state, and our local communities,

For artists and writers who inspire and challenge us to see,

For preachers and teachers of the light-bearing word of Christ,

For the church and its leaders, formed by the life-giving word of Christ,

For those who have sought our prayer or whose need rests in our hearts

For all of us, hungering to feed on the word of Christ,

With Moses and Elijah and all the people of God, with the church throughout the ages bearing witness to the great light of God shining in dark places, we commend to you all for whom we pray, O merciful God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.




Seek, Seek, Swan Silvertones

Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult, St George Winyah Episcopal Church

Be Though my Vision, Norton Hall Band

Je M Sou Ou, Rodlin Pierre & CDP Unplugged feat. Stanley Pierre

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February 3, 2018 @ 8:05 am

Everyone is searching

Everyone is searching for Jesus, but he has already gone out searching for us.


Mark 1:29-39

After Jesus and his disciples left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.



Let us offer our prayers to God, who frees us from the bondage of sin and gives us that liberty of abundant life which is revealed to us in Christ Jesus.

+ That the Church may discover many ways to present the love of God, reaching people of different cultures, tongues, and understandings with the one message of Christ; let us pray. 

+ That those who are weary may have their strength renewed, those who are hungry be given the bread of life, those who are sick healed of their illness, and those in despair awaken to hope; let us pray.

+ For those who are peacemakers throughout the world, that their labor be not in vain, but bear fruit that brings new life to the peoples of all nations; let us pray. 

+ For family life, that through love and forgiveness relationships may prosper, and children may have the stability that builds emotional, physical, and spiritual wellbeing; let us pray. 

+ For all who have died, especially children and young adults, that they may find eternal life in the arms of our all-merciful Savior; let us pray. 

As a community of faith, called to proclaim the good news of Christ may we spend time in prayer and stillness with God that we may then go boldly out into the world to voice and heart and hands of God, serving all people in Love.  Amen. 



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January 28, 2018 @ 1:33 pm

Who really wants to be healed?

The dark powers of the world always recognize the presence of God and seek to destroy it.  To follow Christ is to fully open our eyes to reality of the world.


Readings: Deuteronomy 18:15-20  1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Mark 1:21-28  Psalm 111

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January 20, 2018 @ 3:53 pm

A message from the Lord!

Jonah is the most grudging and unenthusiastic prophet possible; but even with that, God can do amazing things.



Jonah 3:1-5, 10

The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, “Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days' walk across. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's walk. And he cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.

When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.



Seek ye first the kingdom of God, The VGK-Sarepta Children Choir at Bellville SDA Church

All Creatures of our God and king

Prayer for Peace, Chris Brunelle

Lay me low, Jazzbanjorex

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January 13, 2018 @ 10:54 pm

Here I am Lord

God calls to us over the noise of our lives and in surprising and unexpected ways and places



1 Samuel 3:1-20

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.

At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!” and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. The Lord called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” Then the Lord said to Samuel, “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle. On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. For I have told him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering forever.”

Samuel lay there until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the Lord. Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” He said, “Here I am.” Eli said, “What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.” So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. Then he said, “It is the Lord; let him do what seems good to him.”

As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy prophet of the Lord.



In the waters of baptism, we were called to be God’s children and to minister to one another.  Let us therefore pray for ourselves, for one another, and for all those in need of our prayers,

Let us pray for the church, that we may all stand fast in the one faith to which we have been called. 

Let us pray for the world, that our conflicts may cease and that peace may reign in this new year. 

Let us pray for all Christians who have been baptized into the one family of faith, that our lives reflect the forgiveness and love which was first shown us. 

Let us pray for all who are blind to the injustices of our world, that their eyes may be opened and that they may work for an end to oppression and injustice. 

Let us pray for those who suffer, that they may find healing and wholeness in God’s love. 

Let us pray for the faithful who have gone before us; that we may follow the example of their lives and be reunited with them in the joy of everlasting life. 

Lord God, you know our thoughts and needs better than we ourselves.  Accept the prayers which we now offer, and strengthen us to do your will, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.



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