Two songs from Blue Grass Band musicians Rick Curtis (on mandolin) and Dick Hickman (on guitar):
“In Christ There Is No East or West”
“I Am the Good Shepherd”
A note on this music …
Once a year we move from the 1982 Hymnal to accompany the Service of Holy Eucharist with American Roots music – Bluegrass.
You will hear all the same themes you hear in our more “formal” hymns: joy, sorrow, praise, lament, hope, entreaty, and even (in Peter, Paul and Mary’s iconic “Woman at the Well”) disdain and disbelief turned to amazed recognition.
If your mind is having a difficult time accepting this as valid liturgical music, we ask you to listen with your heart.
A note from Fr. Terry: This Sunday, September 12, 2021, is “Bluegrass Sunday,” a tradition at Good Shepherd that began back in 2008, when Rick Curtis and Dick Hickman began playing bluegrass and folk songs on their mandolin and guitar one Sunday during the summer. On this Sunday Dick and Rick welcome Sandi Bray, Maggie Southwark, and Cortes Pauls to the group. In keeping with the Bluegrass theme and the Gospel appointed for this Sunday, I share with you “The Old Rugged Cross,” performed by country music star, Alan Jackson on the album, Precious Memories.
Also, one of the hymns we will be singing Sunday is another old favorite, “Come thou fount,” set to bluegrass stylings by Chelsea Moon and Uncle Daddy. Enjoy!