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Inhale/Exhale: Learning to Breathe the Psalms
Conversations and Psalming with Brian Moss
Guest Brian Moss, interviewed by Nelson Boschman (August 22, 2010)
Texts: Psalms 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 14, 100
Seattle-based guest songwriter Brian Moss joins us to talk about the Psalms and share a number of his 'Psalms songs'. Brian has embarked on something he calls the Prayerbook Project, in which he is hoping to set each of the 150 biblical Psalms to music. He's got 30 done so far. This was a fun, interesting and inspiring evening -- captured here on our podcast for your listening pleasure.
Those who composed the psalms got pretty excited about praising God, particularly near the end of the book, where we find most of the "praise psalms". In fact, in Hebrew, that's what the title Psalms means: "Book of Praises". But is that really appropriate, since most of the psalms are actually complaints? How might we come to terms with this, and what do the psalms themselves teach us about becoming people of praise? Join us as we conclude our summer series in the Psalms.
Guest Speaker Steve Imbach, with T.M., Jocelyn Price, Nelson Boschman, Kyla Ferrier and Carter McGuigan (July 25, 2010)
Text: Psalm 23
In an effort to gain a fresh hearing of this beloved, (too?)-well-known Psalm, we decided to approach it communally, from a variety of angles. A few of us who gathered on an early morning mid-week to pray the psalm together were asked to share out of their experience with God in that psalm. After Nelson's introduction, these 'vignettes' are what follow.
And then our special guest, Steve Imbach, offered an extended reflection on the psalm, and invited us into a visual participatory art installation based on Psalm 23:5 ("you prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies"). And then Carter read the prayer that he wrote in response to the psalm.
[NOTE: Nelson's vignette was a blog post written by Ron Reed. In the middle of it we watched a movie clip, still shots from which can be seen here in Ron's original post. Taking a look at those will make that part of the podcast make a lot more sense!]
Soren Kierkegaard referred to trouble as 'the common denominator of living." We all experience trouble in varying degrees throughout our lives. Is it possible for us as people of faith marred by humanity to live with confidence despite the troubles we face on a daily basis? This beautiful prayer gives us some profound insights in response to that question.