This week's Sunday Song is a sermon and a song that poured out of me when I read the parable of the two sons. (Matthew 21:23-32). I was asked by the Erickson Lutheran church to offer an online sermon, so welcome to all of you, and to all of my other Sunday Song readers/listeners.
In the video talk, I mention the context of this parable being told soon after Jesus has driven out the money changers and overturned the tables in the temple. In this text also, John the Baptist is mentioned, (who had already been beheaded).
I didn't mention it in the talk below, but I want to point out John Dominic Crossan's work on why John the Baptist was so disliked by people in power. So many people think he was beheaded for simply speaking out against divorce, (a clause used for centuries to try and keep especially women in abusive marriages). But once you know what Antipas was up to: setting up a commercial fishery on the Sea of Galilee, destroying the way of life for all of Jesus' fishing friends. And once you know that the divorce of his Arab wife, and the marriage of Herodias, was for the reason of attempting to gain more political power (that would further oppress these occupied Jewish territories), we can understand the public judgement from John the Baptist, and hear his fiery speech, as an outcry for justice. (I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of John Dominic Crossan's wonderful book The Greatest Prayer. I keep it at the ready nearly daily.)
Here is the unmastered final mix of my version of the Waterboy's song, Peace of Iona.
You can listen to this track here until 1pm CST Sept 21st! And then we have to wait until it is released. Singles for my album Hymns From the Icons will be released prior to November 8th, at which point the whole album will be available.
In this recording, for percussion, I mic'd my plywood studio floor for the "kick" drum, and in one hand I used antler bone from the farm we inhabit here on Anishinaabe lands. In the other hand, I used a stone from Columba Bay, Iona, that I bathed in Brigid's wellspring.
Put this on your best sound system for the FULL EFFECT. And feel free to dance!
EDIT: As promised, this track was taken down until it is released. Thanks to so many people for listening!!!
And very importantly, so this work can continue, here is a video I made this week. In it, I call all my listeners to draw near to the work, by joining me as a patron. This can be a very marginal commitment, that collectively, makes all the difference... (more than I can say). The current goal for Patreon is to reach 500 patrons. At this moment, there are 216 people who encircle this work, and stand between it being made... or never being made at all.
Alana Levandoski is a song and chant writer, recording artist and music producer, in the Christian tradition, who lives with her family on a regenerative farm on the Canadian prairies.