Music and the Gospel: “Meant To Be,” Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georga Line, 4th Sunday of Easter

Friends, family, people we date all influence us as we grow and mature. These relationships can be both positive and negative. They can challenge who we think we are and who we want to be. They can push us into mistakes and teach us how to be better people. More importantly, relationships can teach us about mutual respect and openness. The song “Meant To Be” is about being open to new experiences and relationships.

Key lines: Who knows where this road is supposed to lead / We got nothing but time / As long as you’re right here next to me, everything’s gonna be alright / If it’s meant to be, it’ll be, it’ll be ‘Baby, just let it be / If it’s meant to be, it’ll be, it’ll be

Questions: What does “meant to be” mean? Does it mean relationships just happen, work out somehow, or in what ways do friends have to work at their relationships? How many close friendships can a person have? What qualities do close relationships have? How are they different from other relationships? What do you value most in relationships? Who in your life exemplifies a healthy relationship?

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Music and the Gospel: “Amazing Life,” Britt Nicole, 4th Sunday of Easter

Britt Nicole’s song “Amazing Life” is all about how beautiful the world around us is. However, it’s easy to forget this as we rush through our day with school or work, constantly plugging ourselves in to the latest gossip and technological trends. SPIRIT explores the experience of city kids who work at a farm called Dream of Wild Health farm. They connect with Earth, with each other, and with their Native American history. By working at the farm with the plants and vegetables that have sustained their community in years past, they keep their old traditions alive and connect with the beauty all around us.

Key Lyrics: It’s a beau-beau-beautiful world we’ve been given / From the top of the sky to the ocean / I’ll never understand it all (understand it all) / It must be supernatural

Questions: What are some traditions that you value? What are some Earth-centered traditions you would like to bring back to your home, school, or community? How do you connect and care for the Earth? Take a walk and leave your phone at home. What beauty do you see in the world around you?

Music and the Gospel: “Breakable,” Ingrid Michaelson; 4th Sunday of Easter

In “Breakable,” Ingrid Michaelson elaborates on how fragile our hearts are. Entering into relationship with others, whether it is friendship or romantic love, puts us in a vulnerable position because letting these people into our lives gives them the opportunity to both love and hurt us. God calls us to love others as we love ourselves. Remembering to love ourselves by making choices that keep us safe and healthy helps to protect our precious hearts and allows us to love God’s creation to the best of our ability.

Key Lyrics: Have you ever thought about what protects our hearts? / Just a cage of rib bones and other various parts. / So it’s fairly simple to cut right through the mess, / And to stop the muscle that makes us confess

Questions: Close your eyes and think of a time when you felt hurt or mistreated by someone you cared about. Stand up, and put your body into a position that represents how you felt in that experience. Shake it off. Now, think of a time when you felt genuinely loved by someone, comfortable in your skin and appreciated simply for being you. Put your body into a position that represents how being loved felt.