Secular Music in the Church

old-ladyDo you use secular music in your services?

How and why?  If not, why not?

We’ve been doing “Gravity” by John Mayer.  We’ve done secular music before, but if you’ve been around me lately, you’ve heard me talk about this one a lot.  That’s because it has had the most profound effect on me personally.  More so than most worship songs written for God and the Christian.  Here are the lyrics…

Gravity is working against me
and gravity wants to bring me down
oh I’ll never know what makes this man
with all the love that his heart can stand
dream of ways to throw it all away…

Gravity is working against me
and gravity wants to bring me down
oh twice is much ain’t twice as good
and can’t sustain what one half could
it’s wanting more that’s gonna send me to my knees

oh gravity… stay away from me
oh gravity has taken better men than me
how can that be…

just keep me where the light is
just keep me where the light is
oh just keep yourselves where the light is

The best part is how well it fits with Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”   The music isn’t bad either… 😉

Here’s an old post that had some great conversation as well… 

What about you, what’s your favorite secular song?

4 thoughts on “Secular Music in the Church

  1. Larry says:

    Actually I have used a U2 song quite a few times… (I know, seems like U2 is a common theme among our blogs). We have pulled the bridge of “With or Without You” during some songs with a similar progression. (“I can’t live…. without you. And you give yourself away….”)

    And we have used “Beautiful Day” to jump start a service when its pouring down rain, and its cold, and everyone is grumpy….
    Kinda changes the attitude. (“Its a Beautiful Day!! Don’t let it get away!!)

    And most U2 songs can flow right into “Blessed Be Your Name” (Matt Redman) with no problem, so you are pretty safe there!

  2. team4given says:

    Awesome Larry! I’m not sure U2 qualifies as a “secular band” these days. Seems like everyone is using their stuff in the Church.

    Personally, I’d love to see the gap between the Christian and the secular close more and more like it has with U2.

    Good stuff!

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