1. 1157 (Suicidal System)
    By: Brian McLaren

    1157 stands for "11:57," as in almost midnight. The song describes the urgent moment we are in at this point in human history, and how we are basically committing collective suicide in and through our lifestyles and global systems and structures of selfishness and injustice. This is a different kind of song--spoken word in the verses, and then a sung prayer in the refrain. The lyrics are simultaneously disturbing, haunting, and yet hopeful. It's late. But hopefully not too late. Learn More

  2. All My Life
    By: Ken Medema

    "All my Life" is a contemporary setting of Psalm 73 and offers a little bit of everything! Ken Medema uses funky rhythmic music for us to sing about the frustration of walking in God's ways while watching evil flourish, and he pairs that with contemplative music as we sing a prayer of gratitude for our salvation and for God's abiding presence. This song is best suited for a vocal solo but the opening verses also allow congregational participation. "All my Life" can be performed with piano and additional rhythm section instruments (guitar and drums). Look for these additional titles in this series of Psalm settings by Ken: "God, I am Beaten, Battered, and Bruised (Psalm 56)," "It's Good to Give Thanks (Psalm 92)," and "We Will Raise Our Eyes (Psalm 121)." Learn More

  3. Atheist
    By: Brian McLaren

    The brilliant lyrics of Brian McLaren naming some of the "false gods" that he does not believe in, and affirming the beautiful Divine Truth he does embrace and to which he commits his life. Probably a bit more of an anthem or solo song that a congregational piece, but very much worthy of being used liturgically. Learn More

  4. Bread Of Life
    By: Ken Medema

    The Bread of Life is for everyone, and Ken Medema reminds us of this truth in this upbeat easy-to-learn reminder for believers to stay dedicated to the task of bringing Jesus to the world. This piece can be performed as a solo or as a congregational song accompanied by piano and optional additional rhythm section instruments. It is a suitable song for missions and outreach topics or for communion. Learn More

  5. God I Am Beaten Battered And Bruised
    By: Ken Medema

    Ken Medema captures the anguishing prayer of the servant who longs for God's justice in frustrating times and who trusts in God against despair and fear. The song concludes with a comforting reminder that we belong to God. This bluesy song is a setting of Psalm 56 and is best suited to be performed as a vocal solo with piano accompaniment. Look for these additional psalm settings in this series by Ken: "All My Life (Psalm 73)," "It's Good to Give Thanks (Psalm 92)," "We Will Raise Our Eyes (Psalm 121)." Learn More

  6. Hymn Of Remorse
    By: Brian McLaren

    A soulful song of lament and confession written by Brian McLaren and sung by Traci Howe Wispelwey. The song expresses deep regret for some of the ways in which we have collectively made choices that have caused great pain to the world, to the earth, to each other, and to ourselves. It ends with a prayer for healing and renewal. Learn More

  7. In Your Crucifixion
    By: Brian McLaren

    Another one of Brian McLaren's penetrating lyrics sung by Traci Howe Wispelwey. Brian's amazing gift for coming up with fresh language with which to explore Scripture and doctrine and bring biblical Truth to life through song is very evident here. The song is probably more solo than congregational, but could be used liturgically in a number of different ways. Learn More

  8. Let Your Kingdom Come
    By: Brian McLaren

    This song springboards off the well known line in the "Lords Prayer," or the "Prayer of Jesus"-- "...Thy Kingdom come." The lyrics prayerfully explore the depths of what that Kingdom or Dream of God is about. Another song that could be a solo or sung by a congregation in several creative ways. Learn More

  9. Love And Justice (McLaren)
    By: Brian McLaren

    Another of Brian McLaren's pieces from the "Songs For A Revolution Of Hope" project featuring the lead vocals of Tracy Howe Wispelwey. The verses name many of the ways in which this world is embroiled in unjust systems and structures and patterns, and the chorus is a prayer to the God of justice and love to help us do the work of bringing these things back into alignment with the Divine Intention. Learn More

  10. Majesty And Power
    By: Brian McLaren

    Brian McLaren's gift for finding fresh language and images with which to refer to and praise the Divine comes through powerfully in this song. This is another song from the "Songs For A Revolution of Hope" collection that Brian released with the musical aid of Tracy Howe Wispelwey. Learn More