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AdventWord 2022 – December 2 #ready

The Rev. Essie Koenig-Reinke celebrates communion at the service where she was ordained as a minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She was ordained by the Presbytery of Baltimore at Dickey Memorial Presbyterian Church (DMPC).

If ever anyone was ready for ordained ministry (and most folks who reach that point are), Essie was. Her ministry at DMPC and beyond os a blessing.

Photo: 14 November 2021, Dickey Memorial Presbyterian Church, Baltimore, Maryland


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24 November 2022

Walking. Playing with Henrik.
Native American Heritage Day
Day of Mourning
The Prayer – Supaman
For My People – Litefoot
Wash Your Spirit Clean – Walela
Calling the Spirit Back – Joy Harjo, feat. Rahim Alhaj
Red Streaking into Water – R. Carlos Nakai
Residential School Song – Cheryl Bear
Missing You – Joanne Shenandoah
Sagan’s Song – Nizhóní Girls
Golden Feather – Robbie Robertson
500 Years – Annie Humphrey
Sovereignty Song – Keali`i Reichel
Remember – Indigenous
Nightmares and the American Dream – Annie Humphrey
Raye Zaragoza – Raya Zaragoza
Native Child – Thunder Bird Sisters
Children of the Blackfeet – Jack Gladstone
The Art of Survival – Bill Miller
NDN/Alien – Blackfire
Odana – Mali Obomsawin
Once an Eagle – Teagan Littlechief

6 Thanksgiving Myths and the Wampanoag Side of the Story

What Really Happened at the First Thanksgiving? The Wampanoag Side of the Tale

400 Years later, ‘we did not vanish’

How to talk to little kids about Thanksgiving, explained by a Native American children’s author

PC(USA) leaders continue their work dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery

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October 13, 2022

Every year on this date, I find myself in mind and spirit and heart at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. With my father, I sit in the right field stands watching Game 7 of the 1960 World Series.

62 years ago today, my father took me out of school on Neville Island for the day. We travelled 11 miles or so to see the game, to see history.

Heavy underdogs, the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the New York Yankees when Bill Mazeroski hit a home run in the bottom of the 9th inning.

The memories of the day remain clear. But time has blurred the source, particularly in regard to the game. Some of it, I believe I still remember on my own; some is from remembering each year; some I remember from reading, seeing photos, and watching clips on TV (see below), and some is from watching the full game for the last ten years through the magic of film transferred to DVD.

Whatever the source, the memories remain of one of the most special days of my life.

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10 October 2022 – playlist one

Walking. Gym in the Apartment.
This one is for my father. Today was his birthday. With its problems,
this was his music. Except as otherwise noted, all the songs are by Leonard Bernstein and the  New York Philharmonic – one of his “favorite groups”.
Scotland the Brave – The Isle of Cumbrae Pipe Band
Semper Fidelis
The Thunderer
Washington Post
Hands Across the Sea
Under the Double Eagle
Radetsky March, Op. 28
The National Emblem
March of the Toreadors from Carmen
Grand March from Aida
Colonel Bogey
Rakoczy March/Hungarian March from la Damnation de Faust, Op. 24
Coronation March from Le Prophete
March from Symphonic Metamorphoses
Pomp and Circumstance, Op. 39
Light Cavalry Overture – London Festival Orchestra

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A prayer after thirty minutes on the treadmill

On nights when

Oreos cookies and Snickers candy bars

(and whatever other sweet snacks

may be on sale)

mightily call us,

we thank you God

for your gentle, forceful Holy Spirit

who nudges us to the gym

and meets us on the treadmill.

We thank you for

family and friends

who affirm and support

our response to the Holy Spirit’s work.

May we listen ever more intently

to your Holy Spirit

who calls us to care for one another,

to care for creation,

and to care four ourselves.

May we listen

and may we respond more faithfully,

we pray in Jesus’ name.


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23 August 2022

Walking. Stretching. Eric & Essie’s Apartment.
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.
Sacco and Vanzetti Execution.
Change Gonna Come – Otis Redding
This Little Light of Mine – Fannie Lou Hamer
Freedom – Charles Mingus
Freedom Highway – Rhiannon Giddons
Freedom Road – The Blind Boys of Alabama
Freedom – Richie Havens
Woke up This Morning with My Mind Stayed on Freedom – Congregation of Brown Chapel
Go Down, Moses – Paul Robeson
Get off the Track! – Anne Enslow & Ridley Enslow (feat. Jacqueline Schwab & Linda Russell)
Slavery Days – Burning Spear
Slave Driver – Our Native Daughters
Steal Aawy – The Princely Players
There Is a Balm in Gilead – The Florida A&M University Concert Choir
Free at Last – Kim & Reggie Harris
Oh Freedom – Mary D Williams
Freedom Now – Sweet Honey in the Rock
The Ballad of Sacco & Vanzetti – Joan Baez
Sacco’s Letter to His Son – Magpie

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20 August 2022

Walking. 5K with Eric and Lucy. Glasgow Park
Strength work Eric and Essie’s apartment.
On Top of the World – Imagine Dragons
No Need for Words – Sean Jones
Home We’ll Go – Steve Aoki and Walk of the Earth
A Night in Tunisia – Miles Davis
Common Table – The Highwomen
Whistle the Wind – Flogging Molly
Take Me Home Country Roads – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Good People – Jack Johnson
A Love Supreme, Pt. 1: Acknowledgement – John Coltrane
Sunshine Highway – Dropkick Murphys
Young Wolves – Fire Crow
Mumbles – Oscar Peterson Trio
Birthday Party – AJR
Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

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18 August 2022

Roberto Clemente became my hero when I first saw him play. His commitment to justice and community involvement expanded my understanding of athletes and heroes. Feliz cumpleaños, Roberto. Te recuerdo.

Walking. North East, Maryland
Take Me out to the Ball Game – Dr. John
The Star-Spangled Banner – Branford Marsalis
Roberto – Ismael Miranda
Sueño Se Un Niño – Tito Allen
Somos La Fuerza Latina – Andy Montañez & Ismael Miranda
Roberto Y Tirabala – Andy Montañez
Orgullo De Borinquen – Lefty Pérez
Clemente (Estrella 21) – Edel Borrero
Jugando La Pelota – Jesús “Chocolate” Coombs
Jardonero Del Amor – Wichi Camacho
Lo Mejor Que Dios Ha Hecho – Angel Ramírez
Roberto Clemente – Bill Tiberio Band
Roberto Clemente – Nelson Feliciano and His Orchestra (feat. Junior Cordova)
Te Recuerdo – John McCutcheon

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9 August 2022

Walking. Chelsea with Henrik. Stretching. Sean’s apartment.
International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
Tuva Kazhangnar – Tuva Folk Ensemble
He Toa Takitini / Ka Tohia Atu Koe / Ki Okoiki – Maori People of New Zealand
Ayoro Kotan – Matsuko Nakamoto
Busigan – Las Golondrinas Viajeras
Kantus De Apacheta – K’antu Ensemble
Mahte Lemet Elle – Ole Larsen Gaino
Sote Tulifurahia Kama Siku Ya Arusi – Hukwe Ubi Zawose
Stick Game Song – Bad Canyon Wellpinit Singers
Untitled – Indigenous Turkmen People
Batara Guru – Gondang Sabangunan Ensemble
Lelore – Wodaabe of Dakoro
Mbumbusa – Honiata Musicians of Guadacanal Island
Vinango – Villagers from Panueli, Island of Savo
Son Sventa N’ahual San Lorenzo – Lol Gomez, Xun Perez, and Mariano Santis Hernandez
Rashaida Dance – Indigenoius Rashaida People
Nazirkhom – Raman Sawut & Osman Oskur
No’ok-‘amor – Central Mekragnoti of Brazil
Akuka – Tolai Musicians
Koroghli – Ashiq Hasan Trio
Danse Des Toka Nod – Kanak People of New Caledonia

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29 July 2022

Walking. Stretching. Gym in the Apartment.
Home – Karla Bonoff
Raise You Up / Just Be – Kinky Boots Original Broadway Cast
Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
The Load-Out / Stay – Jackson Browne
Calling All The Children Home – John McCutcheon
Bright Path – Jack Gladstone
O Little Town Of Bethlehem – The Roches
I Hear A Symphony – Diana Ross & The Supremes
Why We Tell the Story – Once on This Island Original Broadway Cast
The President Sang Amazing Grace – Joan Baez
Waltzing Matilda – Seona McDowell
Finale – Come From Away Original Broadway Cast
The City of New Orleans – Arlo Guthrie
Whiskey & Sangria – Eileen Ivers
Third Movement of the Violin Concerto by Aram Khachaturian, arranged for flute – Sean Koenig
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald – Gordon Lightfoot
You’ve Got a Friend – James Taylor
Pata Pata 2000 – Miriam Makeba
What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel

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