The National (finding God in a Graceless world) - John Van Sloten

September 07, 2014

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this message, Pastor John Van Sloten talks about God's lamenting (and hopeful) truth in the music of "The National"

Is there a powder to erase this?
Is it dissolvable and tasteless?
You can't imagine how I hate this
Graceless, The National

“Generous in love—God, give grace!

Huge in mercy—wipe out my bad record.

Scrub away my guilt,
 soak out my sins in your laundry.”
Psalm 51:1-2, MSG

I live in a city sorrow built
It's in my honey, it's in my milk”
Sorrow, The National

“Oh, oh, oh . . .
How empty the city, once teeming with people.

A widow, this city, once in the front rank of nations, once queen of the ball, she’s now a drudge in the kitchen.
She cries herself to sleep each night, tears soaking her pillow.

No one’s left among her lovers to sit and hold her hand.

Her friends have all dumped her.
Lamentations 1:1-2, MSG

“For The National, there is a place for mourning and disappointment, in fact, the music gives voice and helps the audience express the emotions of transitions. For an audience wanting to find a place to belong, these songs are reassurance that it is a common human experience.”
Greg Veltman, Trouble Will Find Me, The Banner

"The National is Love—the good and the bad, the clean and all the mad and dirty corners of it."
Bong Sta. Maria, GMA news online (via Gary Strom)

Songs for this service, click to listen/watch.


After All (Holy)

Deliver Me



I will not forget you

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Images via Wikimedia Commons ,"The National at the 2011 Coachella Festival" - (2011) by Jared Eberhardt
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