"Circle" (2004) is a contemplative musical journey through the seasons of the liturgical Church year. Reflective solo piano hymn arrangements are interspersed with Tim’s original songs to give the listener a wide variety of musical styles that form a cohesive whole. From the liner notes:
Advent A time of expectation and longing, watching and praying, preparing our hearts for Christ’s arrival.
Christmas comes to us in a burst of wondrous realization: Christ has come whether we’ve watched and prayed or not. Christ has come whether we’re ready for him or not. In one sense, the world never could be completely ready to receive him in all of his fullness. But the Light of the World has come just the same into the bleak winters of our lives that we might see the tenderness that Abba God has for his children.
Epiphany The season of light; a time to embrace the mystery of Christ, at once fully human and fully divine: holy, full of glory, tiny, and frail.
Lent We see that the frailty of Jesus is made perhaps more evident on the cross than in the manger. Yet God’s power is found both in his peace and in Christ’s strength, perfected in the powerlessness of death. Jesus’ blood flows as a merciful river of healing to: the millions who suffer with AIDS in Africa, to the poverty stricken, to the wealthy and to the indifferent, all of whom are God’s children.
Easter White. Open spaces. An empty tomb. So too, the joy of Easter is expressed here in songs without words, though the alleluias are present just the same.
So far: a manger, a star, a mountain, another mountain
fixed with a wooden cross, and an empty tomb. Then:
Pentecost The Spirit descends like a dove and now, it’s our turn. Now we lift our eyes, turn our hearts, raise our voices, still our souls. And then in late October when the dark and cold return again, we’re reminded that God’s saints constantly surround us, encouraging us and giving testimony: death lasts no longer than a winter night and our future Home is a grander thing than any we have known.