This week, Toph preached from Mark 16:1-8 on the Resurrection. Our songs were gathered around the theme of Easter Hope (and resurrection). 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 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the Night by Andrew Peterson
Death In His Grave by John Mark McMillan
Amazing Grace by Citizens & Saints
When Death Came Calling by Jameson McGregor
Wayward Ones by The Gladsome Light
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.
In the Night: We sang this song every week of Lent, adding a verse each week (If you felt like this song just kept getting longer, that's because it was). This song chronicles examples of God's saving God's people from throughout the Bible--the crown jewel of which was the death and resurrection of Jesus--showing that there is a great precedent for trusting God in the midst of immense darkness.
Death In His Grave: This song proclaims Easter Hope through an artful narrative of the crucifixion and resurrection.
Amazing Grace: We sang this song to think about what Jesus' resurrection ultimately means for the human condition--God has saved us from our self destruction and we don't have to feel trapped in our brokenness.
Because He Lives: This song reminds us that the resurrection isn't just something we look back on, but something that breathes meaning and purpose into the present and gives us hope for tomorrow.
When Death Came Calling: This song examines grief in light of the Resurrection. We often hear that, because Jesus has risen from the dead, death has lost its sting. This phrase can potentially make us think that death shouldn't be tragic for Christians, but this is simply not true. Death is immensely tragic and worthy of grief, whether one is a Christian or not. The Easter Hope Christians have is for the future--that the end goal of human life is no longer death, but resurrection; that the day will come when there is nothing left for death to take away. This hope carries us in the present, but we hold this hope alongside our tears, not instead of them.
Wayward Ones: We always sing this song alongside communion, reminding ourselves that none of us is worthy of sharing the Lord's table, yet he invites us nonetheless.
Doxology: We close our time together each week with this proclamation that God is worthy of praise from every inch of the cosmos.