Music and the Gospel: “This Is Me,” Keala Settle, 3rd Sunday of Easter

In high school many people come together to form their own social groups. These groups, or cliques, often have expectations about how to dress and act and who to include as a friend. Sometimes we have to sort out who we really are and who we like regardless of what other people expect. The song “This Is Me” tells us that we find true beauty and confidence in being we were are meant to be. It celebrates individuality.

Key Lyrics: When the sharpest words wanna cut me down / I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out / I am brave, I am bruised / I am who I’m meant to be, this is me / Look out ‘cause here I come / And I’m marching on to the beat I drum / I’m not scared to be seen / I make no apologies, this is me

Questions: What qualities do you look for in friends? What qualities do people expect from you? When have you tried to be someone you’re not? What is something beautiful about you?

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Music and the Gospel: “Secrets,” Mary Lambert; 3rd Sunday of Easter

In “Secrets” Mary Lambert shares some of her own secrets and lists some that our society often encourages us to keep hidden within ourselves. When we are able to love ourselves as God does, fully and without hesitation, we are able to share our full selves with others. Our hearts are open to love all of God’s creation from the smallest microbe to the largest whale. When we embrace who we are, we may find that others are quick to follow in that embrace.

Key Lyrics: They tell us from the time we’re young / To hind the things that we don’t like about ourselves / Inside ourselves / I know I’m not the only one who spent so long attempting to be someone else / Well I’m over it

Questions: Who is a compass for you? What motivates you to act for justice? How have you developed these values? What is an example of following your heart or a cause you are fired up about? How does Jesus show us he is still alive today?