Revd. Paul Carr from Emmanuel Church Billericay shared reflections about Good Friday and Easter day. He also chose a piece of music to go with each reflection. For Good Friday he chose a track by Lionel Richie. He told a story of a successful Lionel buying his father a large present. As an excited father unwrapped the present he realised each time he opened a box their was another smaller one inside. This continued until he got to the final gift, an envelope containing a small piece of paper. On it were written the words ‘debt paid’. Lionel had paid off every single debt his father owed, including a car loan and a mortgage. His father was astounded. Revd. Paul’s point was that on Good Friday, the actions of Jesus paid all our debts. For Easter Day he chose the track ‘free’. For Revd. Paul this represents the resurrection of Jesus setting us free for fear to enjoy the gift of life in all its fullness.
Crowder – Come as you are – from the 2014 album – Neon Steeple. Image above, David Crowder (left) in a live performance.
Casting Crowns – Oh my soul – track from Grammy award winning band who have released eleven albums since 2001.
Paul Carr chose Lionel Richie’s 2000 track – Angel.
Zac Williams – Fear is a liar – from the 2016 album – Chainbreaker.
The Chosen – Trouble – Come to the table. Two tracks from the series. In 2022 the producers estimated that the first sixteen episodes had been viewed over 315 million times.
Leona Lewis is 38 years of age. We heard – Footprints in the sand – track from the 2007 album – Spirit. Selling over 3 million copies in the UK and over a million in the USA, no 1 in both countries and six more.
Above, Hannah Spearritt as a member of s Club 7.
Below Hannah Spearritt in 2023.
Hannah Sperritt is 24 years old. We heard the 2001 S Club 7 track – Don’t stop movin. No 1 in The UK, Ireland and Switzerland. Brit Award Single of the year.
Rudolph Isley is one of the original member of the Isley Brothers who started singing as children in their local church choir.. His is 84 years old. Between 1959 – 2022 they have released 33 studio album. We heard the title track from the 1976 album – Harvest for the world. The album was a USA no 9. The single a UK no 10. Rudolph left the music industry for good in 1989 to follow a lifelong goal to be a Christian minister.
Thanks to Bob, Chris in Harlow and Chris in Guildford for taking part. No one got any of the ages of the artists correct this week. The winner was Chris, working on her allotment in Harlow, who achieved 2 points. Bob was runner up with one point.
Patrick in Ingatestone requested a track suitable for Good Friday. In 2021 Carrie underwood released – My Saviour – an album of faith-based tracked. It reached no 4 in the USA Billboard album charts, won the Grammy award for best Roots Gospel album, was a UK Country no 1 and UK Christian and Gospel no 3. We heard – The old rugged cross.
Paul Carr chose The Zac Brown Band – Free. From the bands debut album in 2008 – Foundation. One of the videos of this track on YouTube has had nearly 12 million hits.
Chart this week in
No 1 David Bowie – Let’s dance. No 1 in 13 countries including the UK and USA.
No 5. Eurythmics – Sweat dreams are made of this. USA, Canada, France no 1, UK no 2.
No 18 double A side U2 – New Years Day. From the album – War – UK no 1, USA no 12. 2012 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest albums of all time no 223.
Murray Head – Superstar. Track from Tim Rice and Andre Lloyd-Webber’s musical – Jesus Christ Superstar. The original concept album was released in 1970. The first stage adaptation was in 1971.
Carrie Underwood – Jesus take the wheel
Graham Kendrick – Crucified man – suggested by regular listener Chris in Guildford.
Join me next week when my guest is Fr Mark North from St Thomas’ church in Brentwood. Mark is involved with organising the local celebrations of the Coronation of King Charles.