This was the twelfth 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.
Heart Won't Stop by John Mark McMillan
Amazing Grace by Citizens & Saints
There by Jameson McGregor
Wild One by Jameson McGregor
Pulse 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.
Heart Won't Stop: As we carry the fullness of the Christian story through ordinary time, we also carry our tendency to ebb and flow in living up to the call placed upon us by this story. We sang this song to remind ourselves that there is nowhere we can go where God is not, and that God's pursuit of us is not conditional upon us having a season of exceptional success in living up to our calling.
Amazing Grace: This song is a proclamation of the work God has done in our lives, and is a challenge we pose to ourselves to carry the grace of God with us in our lives.
There: This is a song about transcendence. God stands over and above any source of anxiety we might have, no matter the gravity, and God will remain far after every dreadful thing fades away. As a result God is an anchor for us in our worry. This Anchor does not immediately rid us of any struggle, darkness, or pain, but it does allow us to locate ourselves within a story that isn't finished yet.
Wild One: This song is about the idolatry that results when we confuse our ideas about God with who God actually is. There is much we can know about who God is, but this knowing is perpetually broadened over the course of life. Because of this, we would do well to maintain a loose grip (though a grip, nonetheless) on our ideas about God, being willing to learn about, and be surprised by, God.
Pulse: We sang this song to look over our shoulder at last week's songs. This is what we said about Pulse then: This song is about the interconnectivity of creation--that the Spirit of Life is woven through the whole cosmos. It's also about our propensity to completely ignore this and decide instead which parts of God's beloved creation we want to consider worthy of love. It is a confession of our brokenness and a petition for God to make us new.
Doxology: We close our time together each week with this proclamation that God is worthy of praise from every inch of the cosmos.