1. Select 3 songs that you think would potentially be useful for a worship context that emphasizes (or allows) expression of pain and suffering. Why did you select these? Was it on the basis of words? Tune? A previous context where you have used the song or seen it used? 2. Select one of these songs for further analysis. Theologically evaluate the lyrics and what is said about pain and suffering. Guide questions: Do these words adequately describe these feelings in a way that is consistent with Christian theology? Do they reflect genuine human feelings? Do they reflect clear thinking about who God / Jesus is? 3. Play through this song. Break the song down into the parts. Notice the tone of the music. Notice the transitions. Are these appropriate for a song that deals with pain and suffering? Why or why not? 4. Fit the two parts of this song together. Sing and play the song together. See how they either support and encourage or frustrate and hinder what this song is trying to accomplish. 5. On the basis of what you have just done, do you think this is a suitable song to use in a context where the emphasis is on pain and suffering? 6. Create a context in your mind (an upcoming event or service) where you would/could use a song like this. What kind of an overall theme would you want for a service that fits this environment? What other songs would you want to use in conjunction with this song? What bridging Scripture, comments and prayers would be essential to lead people in this context? 7. If you did not think that the song was good at the end of your evaluation, clarify why not. 8. Try writing your own song that expresses these feelings and emotions for the context of worship.