This was the eleventh Sunday after Pentecost. Our songs were gathered with this 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 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.
Pulse by Jameson McGregor
Death In His Grave by John Mark McMillan
Mystery by Jameson McGregor (adapted from Charlie Hall)
Inbreaking 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.
Pulse: This song is about the interconnectivity of creation--that the Spirit of Life is woven through the whole cosmos. It's also about our propensity to completely ignore this and decide instead which parts of God's beloved creation we want to consider worthy of love. It is a confession of our brokenness and a petition for God to make us new.
Death In His Grave: This song is about the defeat of Death by the Resurrection of Jesus. It stands as a reminder to us that the most fundamental existential victory has been won, and the final word about God's creation has been spoken. It is a celebratory declaration of the work of God in the world, and a hopeful proclamation that the story of creation has been rewritten.
Mystery: "Christ has died/Christ is Risen/Christ will come again" is a refrain that has been present with the Church since its inception. It is shorthand for the core of our story, and it is also shorthand for the fundamentally revolutionary roots of our faith. It is a protest anthem. Against death. Against evil. Against oppressive powers of all sorts. It says, "Not even death can silence the Hope of Christ."
Inbreaking: This song is a confession of the brokenness of the world, of the church, and of ourselves, and a petition for the Slaughtered Lamb to show us how to exit our tombs.
Crown Him With Many Crowns: We sang this song to look over our shoulder from our songs from two weeks ago. This is what we said about Crown Him With Many Crowns then: A central focus of Ordinary Time is on seeking to be the presence of Christ in our particular time and place--that means to seek to be formed in the way of Christ in such a way that our lives are outposts of the Kingdom. This song praises Christ as Lord, and speaks of the fact that his Kingdom is marked by peace and self-sacrificial love, thus helping us recenter on our minds on who we are called to be.
Doxology: We close our time together each week with this proclamation that God is worthy of praise from every inch of the cosmos.