#24: Church of Your Heart : Roxette 1991
Today’s song is Church of Your Heart by the Swedish pop duo Roxette. It is from their 1991 Joyride CD. Actually, I like this whole CD as it has some excellent songs but this is my favourite.
The song is a bit poppy and the lyrics don’t really say much but they speak to me. I like the play on the word church which in its original meaning actually refers to people who were called out.
The Greek word is ekklesia and it is used 114 times in the New Testament. But like several other words which in their original language are used in the Bible, it was not specifically a religious word. I will let the Encyclopaedia-Britannica explain: Ecclesia, Greek Ekklēsia, (“gathering of those summoned”), in ancient Greece, assembly of citizens in a city-state. Its roots lay in the Homeric agora, the meeting of the people.Ecclesia | ancient Greek assembly | Britannica The word actually refers to people who were called together and it could have been for any purpose. When the word is used in the New Testament it refers to the people who were called out in a group to worship God together.
When the word church is used today it is often used in the idea of a building but in this song it is more the idea of a sacred space referring to a sacred space in one’s heart. Ultimately this is a love song. It is about faith / belief in that treasured, sacred space of our hearts which is shared with that one other special person. It is about a private and personal world that two people in love share. And if you ask me; that is something pretty special to sing about.
When I look for the You Tube clips I choose the one I feel is the best for sound. There are other clips which you can access on You Tube if interested.