Sunday, November 18, 2012

Dave Matthews did opening/closing songs for church today


Even before Jason, our genius worship leader, asked for my blessing to do it (it=something as 'radical' and 'unorthodox' as a Dave Matthews song for the "call to worship"/opening song of the worship service) one Sunday circa 1999,
I  had always  felt that the first section of Matthews'  "Pantala Naga Pampa"  (regardless of what the title is said to mean!!)was made for such a place and time as that:

Come and relax now

 Put your troubles down 

No need to bear the weight of your worries

 Just let them all fall away.

We did it again today. many moons later,  at third day fresno (only this time Pastor Dave M....another genius worship leader....himself played and sang it...on the big screen).

We started with this instrumental intro (which at one point was a nameless spontaneous song (called "Intro" here on the Listener Supported DVD, and now has come to called "Heartbeat"):

On  the DVD, that immediately segues into the call to worship I mentioned; the first 43 seconds of "Pantala Naga Pampa" here:

  

The flock of course "got it," including the Matthew 11:28 connection that @Keltic Ken prayed for us.

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Oh, today's closing song?

Of course... an inclusio...the closer from the same concert; a prophetic little Dylan number (that many only know by way of Jimi Hendrix's version, ore even U2's  quickly-rehearsed cover:




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