The day's theme was finding ourselves in in-between places (it was sufficiently explained in the sermon, I'm not gonna attempt it here) so I decided to do some in-between worship. This is stuff I've been wrestling with a lot lately, so if I come off as glib it's only because I like pushing people's buttons. We started with Big Yellow Taxi, both as a "non-worship" song and in honor of Joni and her current troubles, then did the end of This Low as a "sorta-worship" song, and then finished with Lord of Lords and God Our Mother. It worked to keep them all flowing in 6, and even though Big Yellow Taxi got a bit jumbled its choruses were great.
Might God be speaking, or at least be able to speak, through this "non-worship" song? Is that perhaps a false dichotomy? In any case, we followed it with this prayer from some guy named Edmund Banyard, which I like because of its use of the word "Word"...what might that word be? Is it only Scripture? Is it only Jesus? Could it include Mr. Banyard's offering? Could it include Joni?
Followed the prayer with this song from The Swell Season. Here are the closing lyrics:
And after that song - again, music's been going the whole time - we read this prayer as a congregation.
Following the prayer we did a smidge of Lord of Lords, just the bridge and the closing chorus. I figured we might as well name "the light" as Christ, seems fitting enough, and the lyrics for the bridge are: "Holy Lord, you are holy / Jesus Christ is the Lord". Followed this with the full version of God Our Mother, again keeping the music moving throughout all the readings.