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Seeking out the message on Side B

In the month of July, we will be launching a new worship series called “Love is a Mix Tape.”

How many of you are old enough to remember the mix tape? In the 1980s and early 90s, if someone desired to express his feelings for that special person who caught his eye, he would attempt to craft the perfect mix tape.

For you young folks, the mix tape is like sharing a playlist. Basically, you decide the message you want to convey and find songs to communicate that message.

One of my favorite movies, “High Fidelity,” shows the pain-staking process of piecing together the perfect mix tape.

One has to be very judicious in crafting a mix tape. You couldn’t just start off with Lenny Williams “Cause I Love You”. You had to ease into it! You would start with something fun and hold the Lenny Williams declaration of love for the middle of side b!

Now, sometimes the mix tape was used to express one’s love. Yet, there were instances in which the mix tape was used to let you know the relationship was over. No one ever wants to receive a mix tape where the first song is War’s “Why Can’t We Be Friends” or Roxette’s “It Must Have Been Love.”

Throughout our “Love is a Mix Tape” series, we’ll be using Scripture and music to help set the stage for sermons on evangelism, loss, obedience, joy, relationships, worship, unity, and more. We’ll use songs by Johnny Cash, the Dave Matthews Band, Vampire Weekend, Andrew Bird, the Avett Brothers, Maverick City and more! We will be reminded to see the good in the world around us!

I hope you’ll join us each Sunday in July and August, online or in person, as we use music to explore our faith.


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