I have often wondered why hymnody prevails on Sundays in most Christian sanctuaries. Perhaps its because the alternatives on offer with their praise bandy shallowness insult the intelligence of those who have made the effort to gather together on the off chance of an encounter with the Divine. Radical theologian, Peter Rollins has suggested that worship leaders ought to consider inviting musicians who sing the blues into our churches to facilitate worship that includes all of life. When I consider the plethora of musical styles that could be employed in worship to open us to the breadth and depth of our abundant lives, I wonder if those of us employed in the art of worship planning need to look beyond our hymnals and song sheets to discover the endless possibilities that might facilitate worship that opens us to the deepest mysteries of this life.
As a teaser, I offer two videos that interpret the work of English folk rock musician, Keaton Henson’s piece “You”. Both interpretations, the first by the poet himself, the second by the brilliant actor Derek Jacobi, function as both prayer and praise. Can I get an “Amen”???
Great examples, Pastor Dawn …. THANK YOU! If I may, I would like to add to your list the music and song of Scott Kearns and Anne Walker. I’ve posted a link to a beautiful song/video of theirs on YouTube — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MphZJ9FYGHM . Scott Kearns has also created a wonderful song book for worship titled “The Wonder of Life, Song Book”. It is available through the ProgressiveChristianity.org website … and it is well worth its purchase price. Shalom!
I will give you an Amen! That was beautiful and powerful!
Thanks Steve. I wonder how the beauty and the power of these pieces might open people up to the Ground of our Being.