Dancing In the Minefields – Marriage Sermon Series Idea

We are in the middle of a marriage series called “I Do”.  During our creative meeting we decided on a song called “Dancing In the Minefields” by Andrew Peterson.  First of all, the song is fantastically written, and it talks about how marriage isn’t easy, but it’s worth it in the end.  Because the song is a bit more relaxed, this gave us a chance to really pull back after the worship set and do something special.  We pulled the drummer out on a cajon, pulled two electric guitars, lead singer, and acoustic out front in a small semi-circle.  We mostly lit our players from floor lights to give it a much warmer feel.  Our goal was a nice acoustically driven song with powerful lyrics to kick off the first sermon in the series.  Here’s a picture from the special set, and below that I’ll post the song lyrics.  I can’t express enough how perfect this song is for a sermon series on marriage.  We heard nothing but great things from our members.

minefields

“well, I was nineteen
you were twenty-one
the year we got engaged
and everyone said we were much too young
but we did it anyway

we got the rings for forty each
from a pawn shop down the road
and we said our vows and took the leap
now fifteen years ago

and we went dancing in the minefields
we went sailing in the storms
and it was harder than we dreamed
but I believe that’s what the promise is for

well “I do” are the two most famous last words
the beginning of the end
but to lose your life for another, I’ve heard
is a good place to begin

’cause the only way to find your life
is to lay your own life down
and I believe it’s an easy price
for the life that we have found

and we’re dancing in the minefields
we’re sailing in the storms
this is harder than we dreamed
but I believe that’s what the promise is for
that’s what the promise is for

so when I lose my way
find me
and when I loose love’s chains
bind me
at the end of all my faith
to the end of all my days
when I forget my name
remind me

’cause we bear the light of the Son of Man
so there’s nothing left to fear
so I’ll walk with you in the Shadowlands
’til the shadows disappear

’cause He promised not to leave us
and His promises are true
so in the face of all this chaos
maybe I can dance with you

so let’s go dancing in the minefields
let’s go sailing in the storms
oh, let’s go dancing in the minefields
and kicking down the doors

oh, let’s go dancing in the minefields
and sailing in the storms
oh, this is harder than we dreamed
but I believe that’s what the promise is for

that’s what the promise is for”

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