Monday, June 18, 2012

A Hymnal for Ordinary Time

It is Ordinary Time, the part of the church calendar that isn't dominated by a major holiday or season. It's just ordinary, everyday time. At Vintage, we are trying to see if we can find God in the ordinary time, in our work, the the beauty of everyday. Since most of our lives is lived not in the seasonal celebrations but in daily monotony, we would be in trouble if the presence of God couldn't be found in the everyday.

One of the ways we are challenging ourselves to find God in the everyday is to use everyday, ordinary music in our worship gatherings. We are trying to find God on the radio. So, we've given up on church music and worship songs. The Vintage hymnal now includes the likes of

Led Zeppelin
The Who
Tom Petty
Peter Gabriel
The Grateful Dead
The Beatles

In fact, we've started a Spotify playlist called Finding God in Ordinary Music. It is now over 100 songs and 6 hours of music. It's got everyone from U2 to Collective Soul, Johnny Cash to Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley to Meat Loaf. Yes. Meat Loaf.

Have there been songs that have been especially significant to you on your spiritual journey?
Have you been able to connect with God through everyday, ordinary music?
What songs have helped you find God on the radio?

God is all around us. God is everywhere. Here's proof:


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