This was the eighth Sunday after Pentecost. Our songs were gathered with this in mind, and heavily influenced by the lectionary texts. 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.
Amazing Grace by Citizens & Saints
There's A Wideness in God's Mercy by Jameson McGregor (adapted from F. Faber)
Mystery by Jameson McGregor (adapted from Charlie Hall)
O Love That Will Not Let Me Go by Jameson McGregor (adapted from Ascend the Hill)
Hope by Jameson McGregor
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.
Amazing Grace: This song moves from a general sense of God's grace in our lives to a more particular consideration of what effect the grace of God has on the way we live. This is gathered into an implicit challenge to live as stories of grace and agents of reconciliation.
There's A Wideness In God's Mercy: This song serves as a reminder of two things: 1) God's mercy extends to us far more generously than we think we deserve; and 2) God's mercy extends to other people far more generously than we think they deserve.
Mystery: This song champions the story of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection as a song of hope for all of creation.
O Love That Will Not Let Me Go: This is a hymn to God's enduring presence with us. Rather than speaking of the difficulty to hold on to God in the midst of suffering, it proclaims God's presence with those who suffer.
Hope: We sang this song to look over our shoulder at last week's songs. This is what we said about Hope then: This song clings to the hope that the work of redemption made visible in the Resurrection will spread to the entirety of the cosmos. This hope is characterized as such because, at the moment, things are still not as they should be--the weeds are growing up with the wheat, so to speak.
Doxology: We close our time together each week with this proclamation that God is worthy of praise from every inch of the cosmos.