Happy Easter Everyone! Thanks for joining us on this project! The next step will be actually updating the Playlist itself, so if you have any song suggestions or complaints about current selections, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org to voice your opinion! Please do, I want to know what you all thought!
As we finish Lent together we will allow music to guide us through the narrative that God has written and invited us into. Take time to let the artists speak, and allow God to speak through them, and then respond.
Have a wonderful Sunday!
“I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer. He cuts off every branch of me that doesn’t bear grapes. And every branch that is grape-bearing he prunes back so it will bear even more. You are already pruned back by the message I have spoken.
Abide in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me.
I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.
I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love.
I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.
You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you.
But remember the root command: Love one another.”
(Jesus of Nazareth, the Living Christ, the Son of God)
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“So I set off running to reach the other side, to find a place to call my own”
(Switchfoot) Ending where it all began, amidst God’s perfect creation, this song portrays arriving in paradise at the end. The artist longs for the other side. so come on!
“Where the weak are finally strong; where the righteous right the wrongs”
(Switchfoot) The final anthem of the outcast, the broken, the poor, the lonely, the redeemed of the Kingdom. This song describes the last day. A verse from #10, “Afterlife” is reiterated in a new light. The imagery of the fallen world finally falling away is sung, recalling to the band’s song “The Blues”, how the end might be beautiful and happy. The reunion between the Church and Jesus is something to be excited about!
“Still my soul will sing Your praise unending; 10, 000 Years and then forevermore!”
(Matt Redman) The story, God’s plan, comes to a close when life finally begins. It’s the end of the book, but it’s just the beginning. We remember the old Psalm, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands…” It ends where it all began. We can only ask,
What happens next?
AND SO IT BEGINS WHERE IT ALL ENDED,
right back in the created paradise. The Law is fulfilled. History is completed. The Good News has been heard. The Kindom has been realized. God is with his people, and the people are with their God. Yahweh has fulfilled every promise, and he has accomplished his plan. The dead have risen. The doubter has become the believer. The prodigal son has come home. The fallen kingdom has welcomed their savior. The people of God have chosen life, forevermore.
Immanuel. Man, at last, abides with God.
…The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.