Thursday, November 15, 2012

Background: Theologians, they don't know nothing

Theologians, they don't know nothing
About my soul, oh they don't know

They kill my heart with little things
And my life with change
Oh in so many ways
I find more missing every day

- "Theologians," by Wilco

Prelude: Stuck inside of Mobile

But deep inside my heart
I know I can't escape
Oh Mama, can this really be the end--
To be stuck inside of Mobile
With the Memphis blues again?

  - "Stuck inside of Mobile," by Bob Dylan

Sermon 1: You better start swimmin'

Come gather ’round people wherever you roam
And admit that the waters around you have grown
And accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’

- "The Times They Are A'Changin'" by Bob Dylan

Sermon 2: Something's gotta give

When an irresistible force such as you
Meets an old immovable object like me
You can bet as sure as you live
Something's gotta give, something's gotta give
Something's gotta give

 -"Something's Gotta Give," by Johnny Mercer

Sermon 3: When you're not strong

Please swallow your pride
If I have things
You need to borrow
For no one can fill
Those of your needs
That you won't let show

You just call on me brother when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on

...Lean on me, when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend I'll help you carry on

- "Lean on Me," by Bill Withers

Sermon 4: Need you to be patient

I'm this apple, this happening stone
When I'm alone
Oh but my blessings get so blurred
At the sound of your words
I'm gonna need you to be patient with me

- "Please Be Patient with Me," by Wilco

Sermon 5: Up to our necks in it

Turn and face the strange
Don't tell them to grow up and out of it
Turn and face the strange
Where's your shame?
You've left us up to our necks in it
Time may change me
But you can't trace time

- "Changes," by David Bowie

Sermon 6: Ain't no use jivin'

Broken lines, broken strings
Broken threads, broken springs
Broken idols, broken heads
People sleeping in broken beds
Ain't no use jivin', ain't no use jokin'
Everything is broken

- "Everything Is Broken," by Bob Dylan

Sermon 7: Love and love alone

I know now
Only one thing
Really matters in these days
One thing
True love
Love and love alone
True love

- "Jump Up Behind Me," by James Taylor

Sermon 8: You need some loving care

When you're down and troubled
And you need some loving care
And nothing, nothing is going right
Close your eyes and think of me
And soon I will be there
To brighten up even your darkest night

You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I'll come running to see you again
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I'll be there
You've got a friend

- "You've Got a Friend," by Carole King

The Road Ahead: Let me know the way

The wild and windy night
That the rain washed away
Has left a pool of tears
Crying for the day
Why leave me standing here?
Let me know the way

- "The Long and Winding Road," Lennon/McCartney