Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming

Lo, how a rose e’er blooming
From tender stem hath sprung! 
Of Jesse’s lineage coming
As prophets long have sung,

It came a flow’ret bright,
Amid the cold of winter, 
When half spent was the night.

Isaiah ‘twas foretold it,
The rose I have in mind;
With Mary we behold it, 
The virgin mother kind.

To show God’s love aright,
She bore to us a Savior, 
When half spent was the night.

O Savior, child of Mary,
Who felt our human woe; 
O Savior, King of glory, 
Who dost our weakness know:

Bring us at length we pray
To the bright courts of heaven, 
And to the endless day.


Translated by Theodore Baker & John C. Mattes. 
Adaptation and arrangement by Blake Flattley

photo by Annie Spratt

Episode 7 with hip hop, blues, and spoken word artist Micah Bournes

In episode 7 I sit down with hip hop, blues and spoken word artist, Micah Bournes. We talk about his creative influences, his process and his journey as an artist across genres. Micah's art will challenge, encourage, and inspire you. To learn more about Micah visit his website MicahBournes.com.

The Guest Suggests:
Humans of New York
Mortified Nation
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Da Poetry Lounge

Virtue in the Wasteland Family Reunion and Christmas Party

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel, 
Shall come to thee oh Israel.

O come our Dayspring from on high.
And cheer us by your drawing nigh.
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, 
and death's dark shadows put to flight.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel,
Shall come to thee oh Israel.

O come Desire of Nations bind.
In one the hearts of all mankind.
O bid our sad divisions cease.
And be yourself our King of Peace.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel,
Shall come to thee of Israel.

Has come to thee oh Israel. 

Original arrangement by Thomas Helmore
Translated by John Mason Neale
Arranged by Blake Flattley

CCLI Song# 7101507


Be Thou My Vision

Be Thou my vision oh Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me save that Thou art
Thou my best thought by day or by night
waking or sleeping Thy presence my light

Be Thou my wisdom and Thou my True Word
I ever with Thee and Thou with me Lord
Thou my great Father and I Thy true son
Thou in me dwelling and I with Thee one.

High King of Heaven my victory won
May I reach heaven’s joys oh bright heaven’s Sun
Heart of my own heart whatever befall
Still be my vision oh Ruler of All

Still be my vision oh Ruler of All

CCLI# 7064078
Written by Eleanor Henrietta Hull & Mary Elizabeth Byrne
Arranged by Blake Flattley

image by Aaron Burden

Prayer for Peace

Heavenly Father, we come to You today with heavy hearts and weary souls, the weight of this world’s brokenness pushes down on us, heavier and heavier every day. How long Lord will we wait for Your return? How long must we endure the hurt of this life? We cry out to you, Lord, have mercy. 

Lord in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Disaster and tragedy surround us. We pray for those wounded, physically and emotionally, may your peace provide them healing. We pray for those who mourn the loss of loved ones, may your comfort overwhelm them.

Lord in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who find themselves confused and angered by the brokenness and devastation in our world. As they weep and wonder, may they find assurance and serenity in You.

Lord in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, take our hurt, our fear, and our pain, replace them with forgiveness, with trust, and with comfort. Move your church to bold acts of love, of compassion and generosity. This is our prayer. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

There Will Be Rest

There Will Be Rest

"There Will Be Rest" flowed out of experiences in New York City where everyone is seemingly running to try to keep their head above water. This song is meant to be both a song of lament and a song of assurance. As we cry out to God with the hurts of this world, we are reminded that God meets us in that hurt, that He is bringing healing, and in Jesus we have rest both now and not yet. 


In 1517 Martin Luther began the reformation when he posted his 95 theses that eventually brought about one of the most impactful changes in church history, the publication of the Bible in the vernacular of the people. 500 years later, the Word of God continues to be translated into the language of people everywhere making the Gospel easily accessible and understood. 

Our mission as CommunionArts, in the spirit of the reformation, and during this 500th anniversary year, is to do the same with art, contextualizing art and working with local artists across the globe to explore and make available their works for use in the local church.

Churches desire to use culturally aware art to help their communities connect more with the message of Christ, but struggle with budgets and resources to express their message in a way that reaches their entire congregation and community. This desire is attainable, but the challenge has been connecting the Church to artists. Artists have the ability to weave experiences, information and emotion into music, paintings, and written work that connect differently than a good sermon. Unfortunately, throughout the modern church each group, churches and artists, has struggled to discover and understand how each needs the other. 

CommunionArts uses a simple to understand website to connect artists and churches, to create services, events, and art that allow communities to experience the gospel.

We don’t provide a prescription for "the right way to do things” instead, we’ve partnered with a variety of excellent, artists, liturgists and theologians from around the globe to provide free resources for the local church to select from to use in their context and walk with them as they seek to serve and connect with their community.

We’re asking you to join us in our effort to equip the church with training and creative resources and empower artists to create fulfilling works that enrich their communities by pledging a monthly contribution. 

We’re looking for 95 individuals or organizations to commit to a monthly gift of $15.17 or more for one year.

Help us change the way the church engages with art and connects to their communities. 



1. The first 95 people to give will get one of our new CommunionArts journals. 

2. During the 31 days of this campaign, you will have the opportunity to win some cool prizes including, books, music and pint glasses. At the end of every week 15 donors will be selected at random and announced on social media (so please be sure to follow us on twitter, Facebook and instagram).

3. An ongoing supply of free resources and of course, our eternal gratitude accompanied by a warm fuzzy feeling. 

Episode 6 with Religion Professor, Author and Episcopal Bishop Ed Gungor

Episode 6 with Religion Professor, Author and Episcopal Bishop Ed Gungor

In episode 6 I sit down with Ed Gungor as we speak about his journey through ministry and his re-discovery of liturgy and how it can be applied to the church of today. Ed has walked through this discovery with several other church leaders through an annual gathering called PRAXIS, and joined together with other church leaders and those desiring to explore the monastic life, forming the Order of St. Anthony. Ed is one of the most thoughtful people I know, and I think you will find the conversation thought provoking and perhaps challenging. Enjoy!

Nothing But The Blood

"Nothing But The Blood" was written by Baptist preacher, Robert Lowry (1826-1899). Stylistically, the hymn uses an adapted call and response posing first a question and then providing an answer. The main theme of the song continually points singers and listeners alike to the forgiving work of Christ on the cross.

What can wash away my sin? 
Nothin’ but the blood of Jesus
What can make me whole again?
Nothin’ but the blood of Jesus

Oh precious is the flow
that makes me white as snow
No other fount I know
Nothin’ but the blood of Jesus

For my pardon this I see
Nothin’ but the blood of Jesus
For my cleansing this my plea
Nothin’ but the blood of Jesus

Oh precious is the flow
that makes me white as snow
No other fount I know
Nothin’ but the blood of Jesus

Nothing can for sin atone
Nothin’ but the blood of Jesus
Naught of good that I have done
Nothin’ but the blood of Jesus

This is all my hope and peace
Nothin’ but the blood of Jesus
This is all my righteousness
Nothin’ but the blood of Jesus

Oh precious is the flow
that makes me white as snow
No other fount I know
Nothin’ but the blood
Nothin’ but the blood
Nothin’ but the blood of Jesus

CCLI # 7064076
Written by Robert Lowry
Arranged by Blake Flattley

photo by James Harris