Music and the Gospel: “Stand By Me,” Prince Royce

Immigration is a fiery topic today. Some people welcome immigrants; some resist others different from them. This week’s SPIRIT explores how accepting new people and cultures can benefit our communities and schools and expand our relationships with those around us. Prince Royce’s cover of the song “Stand By Me” is about coming together as friends, family, and neighbors, celebrating our differences, and accepting people into our homes, communities, and lives.
Lyrics: When the night, has come and the land is dark / y la luna, es la luz que brilla ante mi / Miedo no, no tendré, oh I won’t, te asustaré / Just as long as you stand, stand by me / And darling, darling stand, by me, oh stand by me / Oh stand ,junto a mi, junto a mi.

(In English):
When the night has come / And the land is dark / And the moon is the only light we’ll see / No I won’t be afraid / Oh, I won’t be afraid / Just as long as you stand, stand by me / So darling, darling / Stand by me, oh stand by me / Oh stand, stand by me / Stand by me
Questions: What challenges do you think immigrants face in new places? If you are an immigrant, what challenges have you faced?  What helps ease challenges you have faced in new settings? What have you learned from people of different cultures? Who do you notice being excluded in your community?

Current Music and the Gospel: “Be a Rebel,” New Order

This week’s SPIRIT is about stereotypes, how they influence our behavior and how we treat those who are different from us. It is also about how our prejudices and choices can harm others.  Occasionally, someone (a friend, a parent) will insist that we don’t have a choice. But don’t we always have a choice? The song “Be a Rebel” is about following our own truths and morals, as well as opening our hearts to those around us and respecting what connects us as people.

Lyrics: Take a look at yourself / You may not be the same as everyone else / You’re just different, and that’s okay / We all follow our own way / And if you find that they won’t listen / Then they’ve got nothing to say / So don’t get mad and don’t feel sad / Be a rebel, not a devil / (Be a rebel, not a devil)

Questions: What decisions do you make on a daily basis?  When have you felt pressure to act in a way you didn’t want to?  How does stepping back and thinking about a choice and its consequences help?

What if the Sunday gospel is on his phone?

You can send the Sunday gospel to kids’ phones, laptops, iPads, and tablets along with high-interest stories and articles that help teens discover the gospel is about them.

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Music and the Gospel: “Love With Your Life,” Hollyn, 3rd Sunday of Easter

“Eucharist is the central action of the Christian community…It’s where we find the future we want to commit ourselves to build.” Spirit explores how every Eucharist calls us to put our faith into action and to love with our lives as Jesus did, reaching out to all, familiar friends and new and different people. Hollyn’s song “Love With Your Life” boldly challenges us to live life fully and become symbols of hope and change, whether by helping someone obtain a simple meal, learning about a social issue, or taking an active role in social justice issues.

Key Lines: You gotta love with your life / Like a fire burning strong / Til’ the night has come and gone / There’s a hope that lives in you / You gotta love with your life / Like a warrior / Fight, lay it on the line / If you wanna see a change / You gotta love with your life

Questions: When have you been unable to ignore the plight of someone in your school or community? What did you do to help in that moment? What situations or people do you feel your community ignores? How can you make people more aware of this issue? What does Eucharist teach you about loving with your life?

Check out these Social Justice Resources to learn more getting involved in your school and community.

Give your teen the gift of prayer

The Spirit Prayer Journal contains classic prayers from scripture and other religious traditions. Plenty of room and inspiration for journaling on all life’s big questions. Give your teens these journals to record their feelings and hopes during our time sheltering in place.

View sample prayers at You can order online or by calling 800-232-5533. 1 – 20 copies: $3.75; 20 – 99 copies: $3.25; 100 + copies: $3.00.

Looking for more ways to keep your teen spiritually connected? We have two time-tested and teen-tested short online retreats that may help. Review them below. Then forward the link or this email to the teen you are thinking of. Our prayers go with them:

Psalm 139 Teen Online Retreat
Life is a Puzzle: A “Pieceful” Retreat

Music and the Gospel: “something in the Water,” Carrie Underwood, Easter/2nd Sunday of Easter

Easter is where Christian faith begins. It celebrates Jesus’ resurrection. The Church often baptizes new believers at Easter time. SPIRIT is about a young woman who wakes up to what she believes at a baptism. For some people, believing is as natural as breathing; others journey through doubting and questioning. They may find people in their lives whose faith opens their hearts and minds to the teachings of Jesus. The song “Something in the Water” is about opening ourselves up to the possibilities that come with faith and embracing a wider community that encourages and sustains us.

Key Lines: There must be something in the water / Oh, there must be something in the water / And now I’m singing along to amazing grace / Can’t nobody wipe this smile off my face / Got joy in my heart, angels on my side / Thank God almighty, I saw the light / Gonna look ahead, no turning back / Live everyday, give it all that I have / Trust in someone bigger than me / Ever since the day that I believed

Questions: Where are you on your faith journey? How do you describe yourself as a believer? How do examples of faith in other people inspire you? Who has influenced your believing? What baptisms have you witnessed? What does baptism mean to you?