Wednesday, December 07, 2011

    Advent 2011 Ideas for Youth Ministry: 9 Unintended Advent Songs

    I've been watching a series of posts on Twitter with the hash tag:


    They've generated a good list of songs that, while not intended for Advent, carry an Advent theme.  Some are listed below (including a few of my own additions). I imagine you can think of others.  These might be helpful in illustrating an Advent lesson in the coming weeks, using in a prayer station, or simply to help focus a moment of worship with teens. Additionally, you might challenge your youth to reveal their thoughts on the meaning of Advent by suggesting their own nominees for an "unintended Advent Song." A final thought: Provide the lyrics or recordings of each tune and challenge your teens to discern which lyrics or themes speak to the season of Advent. 

    The Waiting - Tom Petty ("The waiting is the hardest part/Every day you see one more card/You take it on faith, you take it to the heart/The waiting is the hardest part)

    People Get Ready - The Impressions ("People get ready/There's a train a-coming /You don't need no baggage/You just get on board")

    Love Rescue Me - U2 ("I stand at the entrance to a new world I can see")

    Waiting on the World to Change - John Mayer ("It's hard to beat the system/When we're standing at a distance /So we keep waiting Waiting on the world to change") 

    For You To Notice - Dashboard Confessional ("There is a light placed up in the sky\Like the stained glass, time slows down/I wish I could sleep/I wish I could dream")

    I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2 ("I believe in the kingdom come/Then all the colors will bleed into one")

    The Way - Fastball ("Anyone could see The road that they walk on is paved in gold/And It's always summer, they'll never get cold/They'll Never get hungry/They'll never get old and grey")

    Solsbury Hill - Peter Gabriel ("Son," he said, "Grab your things, I've come to take you home.")

    Ships - Umbrellas ("There is a light placed up in the sky/Like the stained glass, time slows down/I wish I could sleep/I wish I could dream")