This week, our songs were gathered around the theme of God's freedom. Below, you’ll find the list of the songs and artists. Clicking the song titles will take you to the lyrics. Below the songs, there is 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heart Won't Stop by John Mark McMillan
House of God Forever by Jon Foreman
Wild One 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.
Holy, Holy, Holy: We sang this song to begin our time together by establishing that God is beyond us--out of our reach. We offer our attention and praise to God, though God has no "need" of this, and really is not obligated to listen to us.
Heart Won't Stop: We sang this song to think about the fact that God not only chooses to take notice of us, but continually pursues us, even when we have made our home in places we might assume God will not go.
House of God Forever: We sang this song to proclaim that God does not simply pay attention to us or pursue us. Instead, God draws us near--takes care of us. At this point, we are a far cry from what we might expect of the Holy God we sang about in the first song.
Wild One: We sang this song as a response to the tension presented between the first song and the second two: God is not limited by who we expect God to be or by what makes sense to us. God is holy and "removed," yes, but God is also present in the midst of what seems to be the farthest from holy, working to establish a relationship with creatures who[(m) i really never know which one] God could easily destroy and move on. God is not hemmed in by red tape and policies in order to be holy--God is free. And God uses this freedom in surprising ways, continually showing us just how little we understand about love.
Be Thou My Vision: We sang this song to look over our shoulder at last week's songs. This is what we said about Be Thou My Vision then: We sang this song as a communal prayer that God would transform the way we see the world, and the way we live in it. [I changed a line of this song over the summer--if you missed the explanation for that change, you can check out the setlist from that week here.]
Doxology: We close our time together each week with this proclamation that God is worthy of praise from every inch of the cosmos.