This week was the fourth Sunday of Easter, and our songs were gathered around the theme of....Easter. 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.
Fall Afresh by Jeremy Riddle
There by Jameson McGregor
Heart With No Companion by Leonard Cohen
Pulse by Jameson McGregor
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.
Come Thou Fount: We sang this song to give voice to our gratitude for God's activity in our lives thus far, and to graft the Resurrection into that list of wonders. It is an exercise in looking back to inform our looking forward--to examine who God has been to inform our expectations of who God will be.
Fall Afresh: This song is a petition for the Spirit that brought Jesus through death into Life to dwell among us and renew the whole of ourselves.
There: This song gives voice to God's transcendence over/above any anxieties we face in life. We sang it to enhance the idea that we have been carrying about God's immanence in the midst of our pain in the suffering of Jesus. The Resurrection is a marriage of the immanence of Jesus and the transcendence of God, a Yes that crashes through the No of pain and death.
Heart With No Companion: This song imagines the implications of the vast and shattered love of God. It is both wide reaching, and acquainted with pain, and thus is able to find us in the midst of our own pain. The chorus focuses on an oft-overlooked kind of pain that arises out of unmet expectations or a disconnect between passion and circumstance.
Pulse: We sang this song to look over our shoulder at last week's songs. This is what we said about Pulse then: This song speaks to the effect of the Resurrection on life in the world. The Resurrection is driven by the transformative power that spreads through the entire cosmos, the Spirit of God. And this same transformative power is working to raise what is dead in us.
Doxology: We close our time together each week with this proclamation that God is worthy of praise from every inch of the cosmos.