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Whisper Words of Wisdom

This week we start a brand new worship series here at Manchester UMC. We’re calling it “Whisper Words of Wisdom: Spiritual Themes in the Music of the Beatles.” I am really excited for these next four weeks!

Divine revelation comes through the Holy Spirit, through the Scriptures, through the teachings of the church … and … in the lyrics of the Beatles?!? Really? Isn’t it a bit, oh I don’t know, heretical to explore Beatles lyrics for spiritual themes?

Honestly, no. If we truly believe that God is everywhere, that the Spirit is on the move all around us, then it is not in the least bit inappropriate to listen for God’s voice in elements of pop culture. The Holy Spirit can move in a movie, a book, the lyrics of a song, pretty much however She wants to move!

So for the next few weeks we’ll listen to John, Paul, George, and Ringo. But we’ll really be listening for the voice of God. Here’s a little preview of where we are going:

Week 1 – Songs: Help, Let it Be

            Scriptures: Matthew 6:5-15; Proverbs 2:1-5

            Spiritual theme: Prayer

Week 2 – Songs: All You Need is Love, She Loves You

            Scriptures: 1 John 4:7-12; Song of Songs 8:5-7

            Spiritual theme: Love

Week 3 – Songs: Eleanor Rigby, We Can Work It Out

            Scriptures: Ephesians 4:1-16; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

            Spiritual theme: Unity

Week 4 – Songs: Across the Universe, Blackbird

            Scriptures: Mark 9:2-9; Psalm 37:1-6

            Spiritual theme: Identity

So that’s the playlist! I hope you get a lot out of the series; I know I will. And even if you are not a Beatles fan, that does not give you permission to skip church!!! I assure you there will be an answer, so let it be. And come to worship!


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