December 5, 2010: The Tension: Part 2

Scripture: John 1:3-5,14

(NRSV)

All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

(MSG)

Everything was created through him; 
      nothing—not one thing!— 
      came into being without him. 
   What came into existence was Life, 
      and the Life was Light to live by. 
   The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; 
      the darkness couldn't put it out.

The Word became flesh and blood, 
      and moved into the neighborhood. 
   We saw the glory with our own eyes, 
      the one-of-a-kind glory, 
      like Father, like Son, 
   Generous inside and out, 
      true from start to finish.

Links and Video

Setlist (iTunes links provided for each)

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

Hosanna

How He Loves

The Rebel Jesus

Sunday, Bloody Sunday

Special Notes from Today's Music:

“The Rebel Jesus” was written by American singer/songwriter Jackson Browne in the early 90s as a response to the growing chaos and consumerism of the Christmas season. The song has been recorded many times by many different artists since, and critics have applauded the tension of Browne’s pointed tongue-in-cheek lyrics with the warm, almost cheerful tone of the melody.

At the end of “How He Loves” during Communion, you’ll hear a brief portion of the song “Sunday, Bloody Sunday” by U2. The song was written about a 1972 incident in Northern Ireland in which British paratroopers opened fire on a small group of unarmed Irish civilians. In all, 13 were killed and 15 more were seriously wounded that day. The lyric, “How long, how long must we sing this song,” speaks even now to the pain, unrest, hatred, fear, and loneliness that exists in our world. For this reason, it’s the quintessential Advent lyric. And when juxtaposed with the message of “How He Loves,” the tension builds all the more.

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