This was the third Sunday after Pentecost. Our songs were gathered with this in mind. Below, you’ll find the list of the songs and artists. Clicking the song titles will take you to the lyrics. Below the songs, you can find an example of one way you might think of these songs in light of this week's theme. If you want to talk about any of these, feel free to comment at the bottom of this page or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SMS [Shine] by David Crowder* Band
There's A Wideness in God's Mercy by Jameson McGregor (adapted from F. Faber)
Inbreaking by Jameson McGregor
Rise Up by Bifrost Arts
How They Fit In:
There are many ways to think about the significance of songs and the way they fit together–-this is simply one way you can look at these songs in light of this week’s theme.
Just A Closer Walk With Thee: We began with this song to give voice to one of the primary reasons we gather together every week--to be more fully formed in the way of Christ. We might think about two outcomes of this. First, to be more fully formed in the way of Christ results in living a life that is itself an act of worship. Second, to be more fully formed in the way of Christ pushes us toward our calling of being the presence of Christ in the world.
SMS [Shine]: One way to think of this song is as a petition for God to revive the hope of Christ in our lives so that we can hold this light up like torches in the world. This is by some measure what we are focusing on during ordinary time as we take up ubc's core value of missional living more deliberately for the next few months.
There's A Wideness in God's Mercy: This song is a reminder to ourselves that God's mercy toward us is greater than we might deem reasonable. And it is also a reminder to ourselves that God's mercy toward those we would rather not have it is just as unreasonably wide.
Inbreaking: This song is a petition for the Slaughtered Lamb to teach us how to be Kingdom people and for the Spirit to resurrect what is dead in us.
Rise Up: We sang this song to look over our shoulder at last week's songs. This is what we said about Rise Up then: This song is both a plea for God to rise to the defense of the trampled people in the world and a challenge to ourselves as the Body of Christ to be active in defending those whom God defends.
Doxology: We close our time together each week with this proclamation that God is worthy of praise from every inch of the cosmos.