As the Good Book Club and our reading of Acts draws to a close, and we reflect on the history and heritage of the church, some musical inspiration from Mavis Staples:
As we reach the halfway mark of Acts, and read about Committees, Councils, and Knowing Better, this week’s music video comes courtesy of Sufjan Stevens.
Lyrics for reflection:
Praise the mountain and the rain
All the gifts that still remain
But the greatest gift of all
And the law above all laws
Is to love your friends and lovers
To lay down your life for your brothers
As you abide in peace
So will your delight increase
As we continue to reflect on Acts, and the nature of change, another musical reflection today, courtesy of Beth Neilsen Chapman and Kieran Goss.
Reflect: How does the lyric “Solid stone is just sand and water… and a million years gone by” speak to your sense of change?
Monday’s post reflected on change in the Church, both in its early years and in our time. Today, we hear from David Bowie on the subject of change.
Reflect: Where have you experienced significant change in your personal faith and in your institutional faith? What changes do you think are on the horizon of the Church?
This week’s music video connects to Monday’s post on Stephen, Paul, and spiritual autobiographies: Johnny Cash’s rendition of “Personal Jesus.”
Reflect: What do the lyrics of “Personal Jesus” mean to you? What’s in your spiritual autobiography—challenges included?
This week’s music video is inspired by Monday’s reflection on the Shakers: Alison Krauss’ and Yo-Yo Ma’s rendition of the traditional Shaker hymn, “Simple Gifts.”
Reflect: What “simple gifts” have you experienced in your life?