Music and the Gospel: “Blood Brothers,” Ingrid Michaelson

It can be easy to distance ourselves from people who seem strange to us. We have trouble seeing our similarities when we focus on our differences. This song points to what connects us; we are all part of God’s creation. This puts us into relationship; it makes us family. Once we recognize these “strangers” as our sisters and brothers we know how to relate to them — we treat them with the same love, support, and respect that we have for our own siblings and cousins. We are willing to save a seat for them, share our food, and invite them to join our team.

Key Lines: If you knew me would you save that seat for me? / If you knew me would you finally let me free? / What you need, what you need I need too / What you are, what you are I am too / ’cause we’re all the same under a different name / We’re all blood, we’re all blood, blood brothers / We’re all blood, we’re all blood, blood brothers.

Questions: What line from the song sticks out to you? What do you have in common with others who may seem different on the surface? Think of a time you were the “newbie.” What made you nervous about being new? What did you find welcoming and comforting that others did for you?

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