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This Week at JMPC 02/17/19

“Mercedes Benz” is an a cappella song written by singer Janis Joplin with the poets Michael McClure and Bob Neuwirth, on August 8, 1970. It was recorded on October 1, 1970. The song is a parody of consumerism that asks God to provide a car, TV and a night on the town to prove God’s love for the singer. Ready? Everybody sing:
Oh lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
Oh lord, won’t you buy me a color tv?
Dialing for dollars is trying to find me.
I wait for delivery each day until three,
So oh lord, won’t you buy me a color tv?
Oh lord, won’t you buy me a night on the town?
I’m counting on you, lord, please don’t let me down.
Prove that you love me and buy the next round,
Oh lord, won’t you buy me a night on the town?
Is that the way we look at God? Is God the divine wish granter? Does God have to prove God’s love by giving us material stuff? And if we have a bunch of material stuff, do we attribute it to God’s generosity? What if we don’t? Is there any theological meaning to this song? Were Janis, Michael and Bob Biblically insightful? This week Pastor Jeff will explore these things in his message “Blessings and Woes” based on Luke 6: 17-26. It might not be what you think. We look forward to seeing you at 8:30 and 11 at John McMillan Presbyterian Church.

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