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God Rejoices When the Lost Is Found!

posted Sep 17, 2010, 6:57 AM by Sister Mary Ann Ambrose   [ updated Sep 22, 2010, 1:25 PM by Steven Vaughan ]
The song you heard today is from Marty Haugen‟s The Feast of Life: Stories From the Gospel of Luke. Recorded in 2000, this CD reminds us of the fourteen banquets mentioned in this gospel, and invites us to experience these stories once again in a musical context. A member of the Minneapolis United Church of Christ, Marty creates settings for both Roman Catholic and Protestant congregations. His Mass of Creation is the settings of most of the mass parts we currently sing.

But he‟s not the only songwriter to be inspired by the Parable of the Prodigal Son. In 1968, The Rolling Stone‟s put a version on Beggar‟s Banquet, which VH1 has named “the 67th greatest album of all time.” The British heavy metal band Iron Maiden recorded Prodigal Son in 1981. Detroit musician Kid Rock did a song under the same title in 1993, and later re-recorded it in 2000 for The History of Rock. Indie band Two Gallants interpreted the parable in 2006 on What the Toll Tells. Dustin Kensrue wrote a song in 2007 entitled Please Come Home. And Sevendust has a track on their 2008 album, Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow.

And what about the Prodigal Daughter? In 2004, Christian Rock trio BarlowGirl recorded She Walked Away. The Prodigal Son, by a Contemporary Christian Music artist named Keith Green from Sheepshead Bay, was released posthumously after his untimely death in 1982. Older versions can be heard by Hank Williams, The Gatlin Brothers and The Cathedrals.

So do you know anyone who‟s lost? Encourage them to listen to any one of these recordings, and discover how quickly you too can minister through music…
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