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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.


December 9, 2017 @ 7:00 am

Prepare the way of the Lord

We encounter John the baptist's cry to repentance and preparation and are reminded that John's call is not only meant for us as well, but that his mission is our mission too.



Mark 1:1-8

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,

“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way;

the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’”

John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”



 The voice of God cries out in the wilderness, calling us to a transformed way of living. Let us respond to this invitation through the offering of our prayers.


+ Come to us, Holy Comforter, with your promise to bring a new heaven and a new earth to your people, saving us from the fires of sin and despair, and offering to us the solemn gifts of grace and salvation.


+ Come into the hearts of your people, that we may turn from our selfish consumption of fossil fuels, our waste of food and clothing, our recklessness with money, and our carelessness with the gifts of creation.


+ Come into the body of the Church and make us a baptizing community, that multitudes may hear your message of repentance and hope, and receive your free gift of eternal love.


 + Come with your Holy Spirit, into the hearts of those who are unemployed, abused, poorly educated, and who are persecuted for their faith, and awaken hope.


 + Come to young people everywhere, that they may have a desire to study your commandments and to exercise ministry in the world outside the Church


 + Come to our Presiding Bishop, to the President of the United States, and to all who exercise offices of authority; that wisdom may be their guide, and that true love of their people may direct their decisions.


 + Come to those whom we love but see no more, and gather them into your heavenly rest.



Watchmen tell us of the night

Aaron and Ben Davies

Free Music Archive


Come my, my truth, my life

Blackfriar Music


Come thou long expected Jesus

Lexington Road (Southern Seminary) arr. By Madi Wuebben

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December 2, 2017 @ 8:00 am

Waiting and Longing

It's Advent, a season of waiting where we recall the longing of Israel for Messiah and our own longing for Christ in anticipation of the joy of that reunion.



Psalm 80

Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock; *

shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim.


In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, *

stir up your strength and come to help us.


Restore us, O God of hosts; *

show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.


O God of hosts, *

how long will you be angered despite the prayers of your people?


You have fed them with the bread of tears; *

you have given them bowls of tears to drink.


You have made us the derision of our neighbors, *

and our enemies laugh us to scorn.


Restore us, O God of hosts; *

show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.


You have brought a vine out of Egypt; *

you cast out the nations and planted it.


You prepared the ground for it; *

it took root and filled the land.


 The mountains were covered by its shadow *

and the towering cedar trees by its boughs.


You stretched out its tendrils to the Sea *

and its branches to the River.


Why have you broken down its wall, *

so that all who pass by pluck off its grapes?


The wild boar of the forest has ravaged it, *

and the beasts of the field have grazed upon it.


Turn now, O God of hosts, look down from heaven; behold and tend this vine; *

preserve what your right hand has planted.


They burn it with fire like rubbish; *

at the rebuke of your countenance let them perish.


Let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, *

the one you have made so strong for yourself.


And so will we never turn away from you, *

give us life, that we may call upon your Name.


Restore us, O God of hosts; *

show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.




At the beginning of this Advent season, let us offer our prayers to God, knowing with confidence that God’s promises are assured and true

We pray that our gracious Savior may rouse us from sleep and make us attentive to the nearness of his presence,

We pray that we may discover God’s word in every sound of this world, God’s touch in every human embrace, and God’s love in every gesture of self-sacrifice among us,

We pray that divine energy and holy grace may bring our hearts to vigilance and make us see with uncovered eyes the Christ who suffers in his people’s agonies,

We pray that we may come to recognize in our holy assembly gathered for prayer that Jesus the Christ is with us here to make our songs of praise and pleading his own,

We pray that God’s coming into the days and years of our human history may be always new, always brimming with light to drive all darkness away,

We pray that God’s church everywhere might be attentive to God’s call to us to be God’s people;

We pray that God’s healing power might be present in the lives of those who have sought our prayers,

Make ready our hearts for your coming, O Lord, and receive our prayers in the name of the one who comes, our gracious Savior, Jesus the Christ.




Darren Hodder


Waiting in the Rain

Lee Rosevere



David Szestay


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November 25, 2017 @ 8:30 am

Christ the King

What does it mean to say Jesus is Lord?  Where do our allegiances lie if Christ truly is king



Matthew 25:31-46

Jesus said, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”



 Jesus the Christ, you reign in glory as our King, and to you we lift our voices praying

+ That we may serve God with gladness and generosity, discovering his likeness in those who hunger and thirst, in those who are threadbare and in prison, and in those who are sick, lonely, depressed, sorrowful, and rejected.

+ For the forgiveness of our sins, the times when we were blind to the needs of others, and deaf to their shout for assistance, that we may move beyond our selfish greed and love with the measure that Jesus loves humanity.

+ That the leaders of our Church may receive the immeasurable greatness of God, seeking the holy way with every step they take, guiding the faithful and those who have strayed into the glorious dwelling place of divine love.

+ For the sea and the dry land, molded by the Creator’s imagination, that we may cherish the gifts they bring forth, and be good stewards of their fragile ecosystems.

+ That the sin of division may be lifted from family life, and from wherever it fractures the bonds of affection or movements toward peace, that forgiving what is past and trusting in God’s future, we may work to reveal the kingdom in our time.

+ That the righteous dead may live into eternal life, and that those who have gone astray may receive the mercy of you, Our eternal Christ and King.


Source: intercessions Year A: Keyed to the Themes of the Revised Common Lectionary © 2011 by Geralyn Wolf. Subscription purchased.



From Giovanni Animuccia: Missa Victimae Paschali Laudes

  • Gloria in Excelsis Deo
  • Alleluia-Pascha Nostrum
  • Benedictus

 The Tudor Consort


Jesus is the Lord of All

Olly Knight & Tom James

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November 19, 2017 @ 1:39 pm

A light in the darkness

Can we live a blameless life, in the light of day?  Jesus invites us into a way of being that says - Yes!


1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When they say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.

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November 11, 2017 @ 8:00 am

This little light of mine

What does it mean to wait for Jesus?  Are we to passivley stand by, to possibly be caught unawares, or are we engaged in the work of preparation?



Matthew 25:1-13

Jesus said, “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”





As we await the coming of the Bridegroom, we offer our prayers for discerning hearts and ready faith that we might know Christ and make Him known.

 We pray for church school teachers, who awaken in their students the mystery of faith: God’s great acts of deliverance, Christ’s victory of life over death, and the eternal light that breaks through every darkness.

We pray that we might be ever watchful for your face shining through the faces of the poor and downtrodden, the wait staff and the salesperson, the toll collector and the crossing guard, lest that in missing them we may not see you.

We pray that God will place wisdom in the hearts and minds of our President and all leaders, that the decisions they make this year may bring righteousness and justice to all peoples everywhere.

We pray to be given a sense of urgency, that we may relate to others the joy of a Christ-centered life, welcoming others into our fold, and showing increase in the household of faith.

We pray in thanksgiving for those who have served in the armed forces, defending our country in times of war, and ensuring peace in places where there is instability. 

We pray in thanksgiving for those who have died, that they and all the faithful departed live with the Lord forever; let us pray.




Soon and Very Soon

Le Petits Chanteurs de Montigny



Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones

Yellow Cello Music


This Little Light of Mine

Sam Cooke- 1964 Live at the Copa, This Little light Of Mine

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November 4, 2017 @ 8:00 am

And I aim to be one too

It's the triduum of All Hallows Eve, All Saints, and All Faithful Departed.  In this episode we remember that the church isn't just us, but an unbroken string of relationships stretching back two millenia to Christ, a great cloud witnesses that surrounds and permeates us.



Revelation 7:9-17

After this I, John, looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice, saying,

"Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!" And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, singing,

    "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom

    and thanksgiving and honor

    and power and might

    be to our God forever and ever! Amen."

Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, "Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?" I said to him, "Sir, you are the one that knows." Then he said to me, "These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

"For this reason they are before the throne of God,

    and worship him day and night within his temple,

    and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them.

They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;

    the sun will not strike them,

    nor any scorching heat;

for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd,

    and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,

and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."



Cleansed in the blood of the Lamb, and one in communion with all the saints of every time and place, let us offer our prayers to the God who loves us, saying:  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the holy church of God throughout the world, that the Lord may confirm it in faith, sustain it in hope, and deepen its communion in charity,

For those who wield earthly power, that they may recognize in the disciples of Jesus children of God anxious to serve in building up the earthly city,

For our upcoming election, that it may proceed in peace so that our liberties may be preserved and winners and losers alike might remember their unity as one people,

For those beset by persecution and those weighed down by trial and distress, that the example of the saints may give them courage and the help of believers give them hope,

For those who suffer, be present with them and bring to them wholeness of body, mind and spirit

For those who hear this prayer, that nourished by the word of truth we may bear witness in our own generation to the timeless gospel of Christ,

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you;

Holy God, mighty God, immortal God, adored by angels and praised by the saints, receive the prayers of your holy church, and grant them in accordance with your gracious will, through Christ our Lord. Amen.





When the Saints go marching in

NOLA Street Band


Onward Christian Soldiers (instrumental)

Brad Sondahl


I sing a song of the saints of God

Victoria Zalipsky


Ol’ St Peter

Digital Primitives

Free Music Archive



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October 28, 2017 @ 8:00 am

Christ… the king?

The disciples struggled to understand the salvation that Jesus offered.  What Jesus offers us is a kingdom that is both in the here-and-now and in the age to come, which can be a difficult place to stand.



Matthew 22:34-46

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: “What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying,

‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand, 
until I put your enemies under your feet”’?

If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?” No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions



As a people entrusted with the proclamation of good news, let us offer our prayers and thanksgivings to God,  

+ Let us pray that we may love our neighbor as ourselves, sacrificing personal comforts to provide shelter for the poor, sound education for all children, psychiatric care for those suffering from mental illness, living wages to employees, and respite for those who attend to those living with illness.  

+ That our personal trials may be seen as pathways to faithfulness, roads upon which we walk in order to gain a deeper understanding of God’s enduring love.  

+ That peace may reign throughout the world, loosening the chains of incessant poverty, political imprisonment, religious persecution, and the abuse of power that raises a few to prosperity at the expense of the masses.  

+ That we may do the work and ministry that reflect God’s reign, knowing that we may not see beyond our offerings or the fruit of our labors.  

+ For a renewed commitment to righteousness and peace, that we may join with the leaders of the nations in seeking ways to promote harmony in warring lands, and mutual respect across cultures, races, and languages.

+ That we may put aside any vengeance of heart, so that we may offer to one another true forgiveness and amendment of ways.  Amen.

Adapted from: Intercessions Year A: Keyed to the Themes of the Revised Common Lectionary © 2011 by Geralyn Wolf.



Jerusalem, My Happy Home ·

J Michael Thompson · The Schola Cantorum of St. Peter's in the Loop


Of the Father’s Lover begotten

ChurchFolk, from College Church in Wheaton


Rejoice the Lord is King (instrumental)



The King Shall Come

Trevor Thomson

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October 21, 2017 @ 10:08 pm

Open your damn eyes

Oftentimes we are complicit in evil through participation in human systems we give little heed to.  Jesus reminds us that our complicity is a choice; a choice with far-reaching consequences.



Matthew 22:15-22

The Pharisees went and plotted to entrap Jesus in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.




Pondering the relationship between our duties to God and our duties as citizens, let us pray for ourselves and for the whole world.

That all in our community may know what is God’s and what is Caesar’s, and may have the courage so to live.

That God will guide our country, its leaders, and its citizens, that justice, mercy and peace will be our highest values.

That the leaders of the church may preach the gospel not merely in words but in the mighty power of the Holy Spirit.

That each of us, following Jesus, may be truthful, courting no one’s favor, but living with simplicity and candor.

That through the faith, love, and constancy of Christians, God’s glory might be made manifest for all people.

That all the people in the church may live their faith and labor in love for the poor, the homeless, the imprisoned, the persecuted, and the sick, and that by God’s power the suffering of all may be relieved.

O God, ruler of all, grant that our nation and its citizens may respond to your call, and that we may live out all civic virtues in honesty and integrity.  We ask this in the name of Jesus, your Son and our Lord. Amen.




King Herod’s Song

Brooke Howard,a sophomore at NYU's ETW sings King Herod's song from Jesus Christ Superstar at NYU 2009.


Every time I feel the Spirit

Roger McGuin



Seek ye first the kingdom of God

The VGK-Sarepta Children Choir at Bellville SDA Church



Lord’s prayer in Aramaic

Archimandrite Seraphim & parishioners in Qanda, Georgia Assyrian Orthodox Church

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October 14, 2017 @ 9:48 am

Many are called, but how do we respond?

In this confounding parable of the wedding banquet, we are reminded that God expects an earnest response to God's invitation.


Matthew 22:1-14

Once more Jesus spoke to the people in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.’ But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.

“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”



Let us pray that we hear the call to come to the Lord’s banquet, rejoicing in that invitation into the Life of following Christ, adorning ourselves with compassion, joy, mercy, generosity and love of Jesus.

Let us pray in thanksgiving for one another, for the bonds of affection that we have in our families, in our neighbors and with our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the world.

Let us pray for all those who are sick and suffering, who are waiting for diagnosis or procedure, who are in need of healing and cure.

Let us pray that the church will always be a place of sanctuary and peace for those who are lonely, suffering, persecuted, lost and search for relationship with God.

Let us pray for peace in our nation and in all nations that God will give us a sense of urgent purpose in bringing hope and prosperity to all the peoples of the world.

Let us pray for those leaving this life in faith and fear, that all may find a place in your eternal kingdom.

We offer all these prayers through Jesus Christ, our only strength and advocate.  Amen.

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October 7, 2017 @ 2:06 pm

It takes a village

Following Jesus is a communal activity, it can only be done with others.



Matthew 21:33-46

Jesus said, “Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.” So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time.”

Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures:

‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is amazing in our eyes’?

Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.”

When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.



The work of the harvest takes many hands; let us pray now to the Lord of the vineyard that our work might bring forth abundant fruit

We pray for the church, in all its diversity across the world, that we might find ways to work in concert for the good of all, leaving no fruit behind.

We pray for the leaders of the world, in government, business, media, and the arts; that they might be inspired by God’s mercy and grace to cast a beautiful vision for our world and labor diligently to bring it forth

We pray for our local communities, that we might see the work that needs to be done and take it up with willing hands and loving hearts

We pray for the creation, that the willful neglect of our resources might be overcome and that we become careful stewards so that the abundance of God’s work might be preserved and expanded for generations to come

We pray for all who suffer from disease, from loneliness, from neglect, and from ignorance might be made whole and know the power of Christ’s healing touch.

We pray for those who have died, that their labors might not be forgotten but taken up by new hands, and that we might join with them and all the saints from every generation, in you new age.

Creating and sustaining God, you have empowered us to be the hands and feet of Christ in this world, to continue his ministry and to labor in the vineyard, this wonderful world you have created for us.  Grant us strength and courage to do so and answer our prayers as may be best for us and to your glory.  Amen




Franciscan Friars of the Renewal


What wondrous love is this

Minnesota choral Singers


Lord you are the wine

Brother JT

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