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Symeon, the Undeserving and Grace--Season After the Epiphany 4C

The scripture appointed for the Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany can be found here

When I began in ministry I served as an youth outreach worker in Ohio.As part of my role as youth outreach worker I participated in diocesan youth retreats several times a year.
Music was a huge part of every event--usually guitar--and the music tended towards taize chant (easy to learn and sing without needing any text or instruction) and contemporary Christian hymnody.  
There are three pieces of music from this time and these events that have stayed with me.  One is the simple taize chant, “be still and know that I am God”.
Another, piece, “Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary”, 
And, then another, “Here I am Lord, send me”. 
I can distinctly remember the experience of hundreds of youth--and I’ll include myself in that number as I was recently out of college--standing with arms wrapped around each other, eyes closed, and swaying.  
Bidding, through music and prayer, that God would make Godself known…