Sunday, November 11, 2007

We Can Change the World

Last week, I was riding the subway and reading about how leadership teams need to create a culture that lives out the vision of the team. The author explained that music is an extremely important component in the formation of culture. As I thought about this, I decided to try to write a song expressing my vision for our church. Here is my first attempt. (The first line of the chorus sounds kind of like Eric Clapton's "If I could change the world.")

Chorus:
We can change the world.
We aren't just passing by.
We aren't here for ourselves.
We aren't here by ourselves.
We are part of something bigger.
We are part of something broader.
We're the church of Jesus Christ,
the Revolutionary King.
We're the church of Jesus Christ,
the Revolutionary King.
We can change the world.

Verse 1:
Our world is broken and torn.
Our world is so rich and so poor.
We seek; we cry.
We fight; we die.
We starve; we spend.
Oh, when will it end?
Oh when will it end?
It doesn't have to be this way.
No, It doesn't have to be this way.

Chorus

Verse 2:
The Creator of the universe
is living in us.
The Very Breath of Life
is breathing in us.
The winds of the Spirit
are filling up our sails.
He lives and breaths in us.
He moves and works in us.
He heals and loves through us.
He feeds and clothes through us.

Chorus

Verse 3:
We come from north and south.
We come from east and west.
We are young, and we are old,
looking for a hand to hold.
We are learning how to follow
Jesus, learning as we go.
It's a dance; it's a work of art,
arm in arm, and heart to heart.

Chorus

So let's change the world.
Oh God, here we are.
Help us change the world.
Oh God, here we go.
With your help,
We'll change the world.


So there you have it. That's my vision for the church, and for our church in particular, roughly stated. I believe we can change the world, and if we do any less or aim for anything less than that, we are being unfaithful.
If there are any musicians or poets out there reading this, feel free to play with the lyrics or to put this to music and send it back to me. I know that - as a rough draft - it's fairly rough!
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