This week, our songs were gathered around the theme of singing (meta, I know). 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.
The Lark Ascending (Trying to Make You Sing) by David Crowder* Band
All Creatures of Our God and King by David Crowder* Band
All the Poor and Powerless by All Sons & Daughters
Noise by Jameson McGregor
Death in His Grave by John Mark McMillan
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.
The Lark Ascending (Trying to Make You Sing): This is a song about singing--not like in a "come on, sing along" kind of way, but its about what value singing might have, which was great for yesterday, since that's what the sermon was about. If you haven't already, I'd encourage you to click the link in the previous section and read the lyrics to this song. The first verse connects singing to being alive--it's something that we need, that pours out from whatever place deep within us that belief resides, that makes us feel alive. We added the second verse for yesterday, the main idea of which was to say: in singing, we join a song that has echoed since the moment there was something rather than nothing--singing proclaims that we are alive, yes, but more than that, we are creatures joining in the song of Creation.
All Creatures of Our God and King: We sang this song to think more about the "melody of stars" from one of the last lines of the previous song. It's easy for most of us to wrap our heads around the idea of people worshipping God, and it's perhaps not a huge stretch to think about animals worshipping God (because, you know, cartoons), but what about things that seem otherwise inanimate (stars, elements, etc)? This kind of personification is rampant in the Psalms--especially Psalm 19, where we see the "The Heavens declare the Glory of God," line. This is a singing without words, a singing that is woven into the fabric of existence that never ends. This song chooses "Alleluia" as the content of this song, which means (some variation of) "Praise God." Simple? Yes. Legitimate? Yes. What else is there to say? The most complex praises of a supernova or tectonic plate can probably all be reduced back to this one idea.
All the Poor and Powerless: We sang this song to turn our attention to humans. There are two refrains in this song that involve what humans cry out in worship to God. One is "Alleluia" (familiar?) and the other is "He is God." I'll admit: part of me recoils against taking something as complex as the worship of God and reducing it to such simple phrases, but I feel like what I said about the previous song fits here as well: Simple? Yes. Legitimate? Yes. What else is there to say? The most complex praises of a theologian or business person (or whoever) can probably all be reduced back to this one idea.
Noise: We sang this song to think about the kind of song God is composing in creation. One in which God stands as Lord over all of creation, yet wants to have a relationship with God's creatures so much that even when we make broken promises of ourselves, God makes new promises of us.
Death in His Grave: We sang this song for two reasons. First, we are in the habit of singing a song from the previous week's set every week after the sermon. Second, Josh's sermon yesterday gave us the idea that singing roots ideas and stories deep within us. Death In His Grave contains some of the most hopeful content of the story of Redemption, and is thus a perfect song to sing when we are most conscious that the words we sing are going to be etched deep within us.
Doxology: We close our time together each week with this proclamation that God is worthy of praise from every inch of the cosmos.