This week was the sixth Sunday of Lent, also known as Palm Sunday, and our songs were selected with these themes 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, 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here Is Our King by David Crowder* Band
Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Lord, I Need You by Matt Maher
In the Night by Andrew Peterson
Up On A Mountain by The Welcome Wagon
Be Thou My Vision
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.
Here Is Our King: We sang this song because it was Palm Sunday. We sang these words to take the posture of the crowds welcoming Jesus into Jerusalem. This is in some ways strange, because we know that Jesus was not actually bringing about the political revolution that they expected, and we also know that this disappointment would ultimately make them turn on Jesus with the authorities. Perhaps this can serve as a reminder to us that there is a difference between who God is and who we expect God to be, and the former is the one that deserves our worship.
Just A Closer Walk With Thee: We sang this song to look over our shoulder at last week's songs. This is what we said about Just A Closer Walk With Thee then: We sang this song to declare one of our intentions as we walk through Lent together--to reach the other side as people who are more fully formed in the way of Christ. When we sing this song at ubc, the second stanza is probably the most important, underscoring that the Christian life is one in which we all falter from time to time, but that our burden is shared by Jesus. In Lent, this takes a slightly different meaning as we think about our time in the wilderness together. Even in this more intentional time of formation, we are prone to wander, but we can press forward knowing that Jesus understands our struggles.
Lord, I Need You: We sang this song because as we continue to seek transformation in this last week of Lent, we need God to be the one who changes us. The petition in the bridge of the song (teach my song to rise to You when temptation comes my way), is in some ways answered in singing this song, as the chorus raises a song to God in the midst of temptation. We have been singing it often during this season to allow God to root these words deep within us.
In the Night: This song is a journey through the biblical narrative, cataloguing the process of struggle and victory, woundedness and healing, etc., strung together by the refrain "In the night, my hope lives on." We'll add a verse each week during Lent as we move toward Easter, when Hope really takes root.
Up On A Mountain: We sang this song to fast forward to Thursday night when we remember Jesus praying in the garden of Gethsemane, where he has essentially already been abandoned by his friends, and is terrified of what is to come. If you aren't familiar with this song, you should check it out: