Only the Beginning

Only the Beginning

A word of introduction from Jamie Howison: Early last week Mike Koop told me that he’d written a new song based on Mark 13:1-8, the Gospel reading for Sunday November 15. At the time I really wondered how it would work in the context of worship, particularly since he was planning to use it as the opening “contemplative” song to help people settle before the liturgy began. After all, the 13th chapter of the Gospel according to Mark is intense, vivid, and apocalyptic. This was going to help us to settle and quieten ourselves?

As it turned out, it was the best of musical offerings. In a week that has witnessed violence in Paris and Beirut, this song told a hard truth and touched difficult emotions, laying the foundation for what was to follow in both the sermon and the prayers of the people. Led by Mike on vocals and guitar, Charles Garinger on bass and vocals, and Larry Campbell on percussion and vocals, the arrangement of the song is spare and evocative. 

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Nation will rise against nation

Kingdom will rise against kingdom

 

But this is only the beginning

This is only the beginning

 

Many will come in my name

Many will be led astray

 

But this is only the beginning

This is only the beginning

 

There will be earthquakes and famine

There will be earthquakes and famine

 

But this is only the beginning

This is only the beginning

 

The good news must first be proclaimed

Do not worry about what to say

 

This is only the beginning

This is only the beginning

This is only the beginning

This is only the beginning

(from Mark 13:1-8)

 

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