Back to planning worship this week. The BCP Lectionary readings for Easter 3, Year B are Micah 4.1-5, Psalm 98.1-5, Acts 4.5-12 and Luke 24.36b-48.
The lectionary readings bring out themes of light/darkness, sight/blindness and the (esp. the Gospel reading) inbreaking of the kingdom of God around very human things such as the body and eating. Go here for a really good discussion.
Songs of the Church gives next to no help with any of this!!!
I guess it has really hit me how Gnosticizing this hymnal really is — an excessively individualistic with lots of songs about "just me and Jesus" and little reference to the community of faith; lots of songs about escaping this world and making it to heaven with almost no emphasis put upon the kingdom of God inbreaking into this world; lots of effort to keep "Jesus in my heart" but little talk of concrete action, of radical discipleship.
Does anyone have hymnal recommendations that address these problems?