(Might as well start to repopulate some of these discussions. )
I'm part of the group that puts music together for the local Sunday morning worship service. There seems to be gaps in the emphasis of contemporary "church music." For example, last week's sermon was from the Beatitudes -- "Blessed are the merciful ..." We could find multiple songs about God's mercy to us, but where are the songs about showing mercy to others?
The old gospel songs are all about how I got saved and life is wonderful. The old and new hymns are songs of praise and worship directed from me toward God. There seems to be almost nothing about loving others in tangible ways. We keep coming back to "Go Light Your World," but it's getting a little worn. The hymnal has a couple of attempts to put new words to old tunes -- "Let Your Heart Be Broken," for example. But where is the playlist of contemporary songs appropriate for congregational singing that talk about rejoicing with those who rejoice, mourning with those who mourn, and walking together on this spiritual journey?
I see the emphasis on community in the emerging church but I'm not finding the songs that support that emphasis. Do we come together and sing only songs of how great God is to me? Are there no new "bind us together," "make us one," and "show a little kindness" songs?
I look through the CCLI top 25 and don't find a single song that has to do with community, fellowship, and service to each other. What am I missing?