This was the twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost, and our songs around the theme of breaking/mending. 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 recordings from Sunday morning of a few of them, and below the recordings, 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.
Future/Past by John Mark McMillan
Pulse by Jameson McGregor
Fall Afresh by Jeremy Riddle
Wash Me Clean by Page CXVI
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.
Future/Past: We sang this song to begin our time together expressing the example God has set in seeking out the Other in love--specifically, God's reaching out to us despite the infinite distinction between who God is and what we are.
Pulse: This song is a prayer that God would reconnect us to the Pulse of the Spirit in creation, and that we would learn to base our love for one another in our mutual status as creatures of God. There is no person for whom this does not apply, and, though it is at times seemingly impossibly difficult, we do not get a pass on our call to love everyone.
Fall Afresh: We sang this song as a prayer that the Spirit would reawaken us to the transformative call of the Kingdom.
Wash Me Clean: This song is equal parts confession and hopeful longing. It admits our need to forgiveness and transformation, and also imagines, with the prophets, the kind of transformation that God has planned for human history.
Come Thou Fount: We sang this song to look over our shoulder at last week's songs. This is what we said about Come Thou Fount then: This song asks that God would tune our hearts to sing the story of God's presence in our lives, as well as confesses our proneness to wandering. Perhaps it is in having a clear understanding of the way that God has entered the broken places in our lives in the past that we are able to make it through brokenness in the future. So, like the prayer offered before we sang this song (that will be posted with the Liturgy blog on Wednesday), we has God to flood the dry and broken places within us with a renewed understanding an appreciation of who God has been for us in our lives.
Doxology: We close our time together each week with this proclamation that God is worthy of praise from every inch of the cosmos.