U2charist – Why These Songs?

U2charist – Why These Songs?

Look below for a description of why each song has been selected ~ you can click HERE to hear the complete playlist!

Why these songs?

Beautiful Day…can easily be a song of praise. We gather as those who’ve experienced the inherent goodness of life, and perhaps, our hearts are “a bloom.” And so we enter with praise from our own lives.

Magnificent…continues our praise of God, this time for the gift of love, which indelibly marks us. We “were born to be with” the being who is magnificent, and the mark of love shows, just as the Spirit indwells each and every person.

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For…leads us to honestly express human longing. We look for meaning, purpose, connection, vocation, and love. We look in lots of places with varying success. Saint Augustine wrote, “Our hearts are restless, until they can find rest in [God]” (Confessions).

40…is based on Psalm 40, which spans human experience from waiting, lament, praise, and hope.

Ordinary Love…speaks of the holiness of seeing love through “ordinary,” everyday experiences. Singing this after hearing of Jesus washing his friends’ feet provides a challenge our approach to life: “We can’t fall any further [or] reach any higher if we can’t deal with ordinary love.”

White As Snow…contains rich imagery of innocence, guilt, confession, baptism, and longing for wholeness and holiness (compare it with Psalm 51). This song invites us to participate in our own confession and pardon.

One…speaks of the beauty of unity, which Christian people find in God’s love for all of creation. It also emphasizes that unity in love inspires us to “carry each other.” Offering…We’ll share in offering our financial gifts and our lives toward God’s unifying love-work, which will support ministries that help families out of poverty.

Where The Streets Have No Name…expresses human longings for home, inclusion, and community. A place where “streets have no names” is a place of comfort and intimacy: we know all know the place so well we don’t need street signs. Sung during Eucharist, it invites us to find an intimate home-place in God.

Wake Up Dead Man…continues the invitation of “Where the Streets Have No Name” and the invitation to Eucharist saying, “Jesus, help me. I’m alone in this world.” It also challenges us with the abruptness of an alarm calling us to “wake up” to life.

When Love Comes to Town…is a conversion story speaking of various paths of life filled with both grace and regret, stories that find their completion in experiences of “love coming to town” – language that is used especially about the Incarnation (Jesus being fully human and fully God) in a Christmas song or two.

 

 

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