As a singer-songwriter I am often presented with the question as to what my writing process looks like. Honestly I don’t use any one particular method, but rather a variety. For “Remember Me”, the layers of instruments, lyrics, and melody all developed hand in hand, but with each part of the song being written at different times (Personally Mike’s drum solo is my favorite). The inspiration for this piece derived from studying the Lord’s Supper as part one of my major research papers in college. The song sings…
YOU THINK YOU’VE GOT THIS ALL FIGURED OUT/ WELL YOU’VE BEEN BLINDED/ YOU SEAT YOURSELF HIGH IN YOUR PRIDE/ WHILE YOU TURN YOUR BACK ON YOUR OWN BROTHER AND SISTER
This reflects on letters Paul wrote to the church of Corinth, particularly placing emphasis on the importance of community in the celebration of the supper. During this time (A.D 55) there was great division among the people. Some being hungry while others in drunkenness. There was pride as the rich hosted the Lord’s Supper to those with lower social status. You can well imagine this leaving the poor feeling inferior and ashamed. “The problem in Corinth was that this full meal had become a sign of social divisions that ran through the church” (Wright 146). The division was influenced from the great cultural diversity during that time. “…members of a church also came from different cultural, social, and economic backgrounds… Jews, Greeks, Romans, or nationals from other countries. Some were merchants, government officials, and professionals who belonged to the educated class” (Kistemaker 387). In Paul’s letters he confronts the rich homeowners by saying they have no right to attend the Lord’s Supper if the poor are uncared for. The breaking and sharing of the bread is a way of showing the church is the body of Christ. The dividing of rooms and guests creates exactly the opposing point.
IS YOUR WORSHIP ABOUT ME?/ SEEMS TO HAVE GONE TO YOUR HEADS/ AND NOT TO YOUR HEARTS… AND I SAID TAKE THIS BREAD/ AND I SAID TAKE THIS WINE/ AND I SAID HERE IS MY BODY AND BLOOD/ AND I SAID WILL YOU REMEMBER?/ REMEMBER ME
The song also reflects on the symbolism of the Lord’s Supper. The supper provides a way for the church to remember Christ’s redemptive work, death, and eventual return. This is done every time there is eating of the bread and drinking of the cup (1 Cor. 11:26). “Then he broke it in pieces and said, ‘This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me’” (1Cor. 11:24 NLT). The bread is a sign of Christ’s glorified body. “Through the Holy Spirit, partakers of the bread are brought together by faith into fellowship with Christ and experience his sacred presence and power” (Kistemaker 395). It is also a symbol for the reality that Christ’s body would be delivered. “In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this to remember me as often as you drink it’” (1Cor. 11:25 NLT). The cup symbolizes the covenant in Christ’s blood. Through partaking in the Lord’s Supper, the church can look at both what God has done and is doing:
When worship remembers the past, it praises God for God’s work in history whereby he has already begun the restoration of the world. When worship anticipates the future, it looks for the peak of all God’s works in the complete transformation of the world, the fulfillment of God’s work in Jesus Christ by the power of the Spirit, whereby worship witnesses to the victory of Christ over all the powers and principalities and proclaims he now rules over all creation as Lord of the universe (Webber 61).
Participating in the Lord’s Supper as a community is a time of reflecting, rejoicing, and thanksgiving!
NOW I SENSE THE GUILT/ AND I SENSE THE SHAME/ THAT HAS COME TO MY TABLE/ YET YOU CALL THIS THE CHURCH?/ LOOK AT YOURSELVES/ I CAN BRING YOU NO PRAISE/ LOOK AT YOUR HEARTS/ I CAN BRING YOU NO PRAISE/ OH LORD, IT’S YOU THAT’S WORTHY/ OH LORD, NOW WE EXAMINE OUR HEARTS/ TO BRING YOU HONOR AND PRAISE/ DECLARE YOUR HOLY NAME
In Paul’s letters he also talks about how to worthily partake in the supper. He expresses the need for self examination before participating in this celebration (1Cor. 11:28). The table symbolizes God’s holiness and sacred presence. Participation in communion is to be done out of genuine love to God and to the body of Christ, with our hearts focused on God and his word. Through participating, we express our faith in Christ while proclaiming his death in anticipation of his eventual return (Kistemaker 401). “For if you eat the bread or drink the cup unworthily, not honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself” (1Cor. 11:29 NLT). If we were to participate in communion with disrespect we would be directly offending God. Paul is not demanding perfection to participate in communion, but rather expressing how we are to live lives of worship in spirit and truth, which attributes the highest praise to God (Kistemaker 401). “The eucharist is the moment at which the past event comes forward to live again in the present, and the future moment of the Lord’s return comes backwards in time to challenge us in the present” (Wright 150).
We can learn from Paul’s teachings on partaking in communion as a community, remembering the symbolism and reason behind the celebration, and how to worthily participate. “What nourishes and transforms us at bread and wine is the disclosure of the whole story of God –creation, incarnation, re-creation…” (Webber 146).
And now for the song…
YOU THINK YOU’VE GOT THIS ALL FIGURED OUT/ WELL YOU’VE BEEN BLINDED/ YOU SEAT YOURSELF HIGH IN YOUR PRIDE/ WHILE YOU TURN YOUR BACK ON YOUR OWN BROTHER AND SISTER/ IS YOUR WORSHIP ABOUT ME?/ SEEMS TO HAVE GONE TO YOUR HEADS/ AND NOT TO YOUR HEARTS/ AND I SAID TAKE THIS BREAD/ AND I SAID TAKE THIS WINE/ AND I SAID HERE IS MY BODY AND BLOOD/ AND I SAID WILL YOU REMEMBER?/ REMEMBER ME/ NOW I SENSE THE GUILT/ AND I SENSE THE SHAME/ THAT HAS COME TO MY TABLE/ YET YOU CALL THIS THE CHURCH?/ LOOK AT YOURSELVES/ I CAN BRING YOU NO PRAISE/ LOOK AT YOUR HEARTS/ I CAN BRING YOU NO PRAISE/ OH LORD, IT’S YOU THAT’S WORTHY/ OH LORD, NOW WE EXAMINE OUR HEARTS/ TO BRING YOU HONOR AND PRAISE/ DECLARE YOUR HOLY NAME
Lyrics © Jessica Rachelle 2014