Yesterday was the first Sunday of Epiphany, and the songs were gathered with that in mind. 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 a brief example of one way you might think of these songs. 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.
SMS [Shine] by David Crowder* Band
Lifted/Lifting 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.
We Three Kings: This song captures the part of Jesus' story where the wise men visit him with gifts, which is observed at the feast of Epiphany. It also underscores the symbolic freight of the gifts of frankincense, gold, and myrrh, which point to Jesus' divinity, kingship, and death.
Be Thou My Vision: In Epiphany, we encounter the person of Jesus for the first time, and in doing so, come to know what God would have us know about who God is and who we are. This song acts as a petition for God to shape the way we see Jesus as we enter this season.
SMS [Shine]: This song is about the Light of God entering the darkness. We sang it because Epiphany is a season of learning to see the world in the Light of Christ.
Lifted/Lifting: This song is about the lifelong pursuit of coming to know Jesus and being formed in the way of Christ.
Wayward Ones: We sing this song every time we take communion to remind ourselves of a couple of things. First, we are a broken people--though we are seeking to become more like Jesus, we often fail at this. Second, Christ has given Himself for us despite our brokenness. We take communion to remember the sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf, even though we did not, and do not, deserve it.
Doxology: We close our time together each week with this proclamation that God is worthy of praise from every inch of the cosmos.