This was the twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost, and our songs around the theme of hope. 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.
Wandering by Jameson McGregor
There by Jameson McGregor
Because He Lives by Bill and Gloria Gaither
Wild One by Jameson McGregor
Chariot by Page France
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.
Wandering: We sang this song to begin our time together proclaiming that God is not in the habit of abandoning us--even when we deserve it most. God's faithfulness to us is thankfully not conditional upon our own faithfulness to God. Because of this, we can have hope that God is continually working toward reconciliation with us, and in this we can stake our hope.
There: This song is about the fact that God transcends every source of anxiety that we encounter in life, which means the threats we feel around us do not have the same effect on God. Though God enters into our suffering with us, God is not chained to it. And in drawing nearer to God, we find a refuge that will deliver us as well.
Because He Lives: We sang this song to proclaim that our daily hope in the face of uncertainty is located in the risen Christ.
Wild One: This song is about our propensity to create idols out of ideas--the idea of safety, the idea of prosperity, a particular idea of who God is--and the way in which these idols shatter when they come into contact with God.
Chariot: We sang this song to look over our shoulder at last week's songs. This is what we said about Chariot then: This song paints a vivid picture of an apocalyptic wedding feast where the varied and broken stories that make up human history are woven into a decidedly untragic ending. As we think about the communion of the saints and our Christ-centered interconnectivity, it is fitting to begin by imagining the moment in which this interconnectivity is no longer veiled.
Doxology: We close our time together each week with this proclamation that God is worthy of praise from every inch of the cosmos.