Summer Songs2018-04-18T16:23:52+00:00

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As we kick off our summer of songs, our opening number is Journey’s iconic hit. In reflecting on some of the biggest songs of the last 50 years, one thing keeps bubbling up – hope for tomorrow and the promise of a better day. As I walked the streets of the garbage dump in Guatemala City this week and saw the face of poverty, this song and that hope kept echoing through my mind. And as I lied in bed last night, I heard the chorus of this very song being sung by a bunch of our teenagers as they gathered out in the courtyard. They sang of this hope and of the promise of Jesus. Are you at the end of your rope? Are you starting to wonder, as you watch the news at night, if things are ever going to change? Don’t stop believing!

As we kick off our summer of songs, our opening number is Journey’s iconic hit. In reflecting on some of the biggest songs of the last 50 years, one thing keeps bubbling up – hope for tomorrow and the promise of a better day. As I walked the streets of the garbage dump in Guatemala City this week and saw the face of poverty, this song and that hope kept echoing through my mind. And as I lied in bed last night, I heard the chorus of this very song being sung by a bunch of our teenagers as they gathered out in the courtyard. They sang of this hope and of the promise of Jesus. Are you at the end of your rope? Are you starting to wonder, as you watch the news at night, if things are ever going to change? Don’t stop believing!

Sunday morning, Mendham Hills kicks back into sing-along mode with a reflection on Billy Joel’s “Piano Man.” The song tells the tale of a real-life piano bar in Los Angeles – there actually is a John at the bar and Davey, who might still be in the Navy. Just what is it that they are in that bar for? What was it that drew them to this “piano man?” And why do we all know the chorus so well? Are we looking for – or maybe hiding from – the same thing? In the mood for a new melody? Come, feel alright this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

That’s right – U2 at Mendham Hills this Sunday! (Well, ok…at least our best cover version of U2.) As we continue to look at the deep, spiritual truths in some of the most iconic songs of our lives, this week we turn to what band member, The Edge, created to be the “ultimate U2 live song.” If the guitar riffs stick with you, wait until you hear the story behind the song. Lead singer, Bono, wrote the lyrics in response to the prevailing notion in Belfast, Ireland, that you could tell a person’s religion or income based on the name of the street where they lived. Ridiculous, but often true – and not just in Belfast, but in Mendham and Chester. What street do you live on? Long for a place where the streets have no name? Come and find it this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Have you ever been sitting around, watching TV, when an advertisement for “The Pocket Hose” or “The Flex Seal” or “The Snuggie” comes on? They promise “100% satisfaction guaranteed, or your money back.” We see and hear this type of promise all the time – that if we buy the product, we will be completely content, happy and satisfied. What if there was a 100% satisfaction guarantee to life? Is that even possible? Join us this Sunday as we look at an all-time classic song, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” and see the truth the Rolling Stones started singing about 50 years ago.

You can’t do a series reflecting on iconic songs without the Beatles. This week, we look at their biggest selling song ever – “Hey Jude.” The song was written by Paul McCartney to comfort John Lennon’s son, Julian, who was enduring the pain of his parents’ divorce. For that young man, and for many of us, the songs of our lives can often wind up being a sad ones. Hopes, dreams, plans, and even our closest relationships often don’t turn out how we’d planned. So what do we do when the song turns sad? And where is God, and what is He up to, when it all seems to be coming apart? This week, we learn how God takes our sad songs and makes them better.

Have you ever noticed how we’re drawn to over-the-top declarations of love? We love the movies and the songs that portray a love that can never be broken or lost, but the reality is that such depictions set up expectations that none of us can ever live up to. In the end, there is only One who can truly follow through on His declaration of love. Come out this Labor Day weekend and discover the love from which no mountain, no valley and no river could ever separate you.

Our summer series concludes this Sunday with perhaps the most relevant song in our playbook. Don McClean was once asked, “What’s the meaning of American Pie?”… to which he jokingly replied, “It means I don’t ever have to work again if I don’t want to.” It’s commercial (and financial) success, though, is likely linked to it’s melancholy message of innocence lost and a longing for the “good old days.” Why is it that so many of us have a tendency to look backward longingly, and forward fearfully? Were things really all that much better then? Is Camelot really dead? This September 11th, we pause to reflect; and this election season, we stop and remember that maybe yesterday wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. And maybe, tomorrow holds more promise than we thought. Maybe – just maybe – the levee isn’t dry after all!