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The Spark+Echo Band premieres "Do You Love Me?" in response to the encounter between Jesus and Peter in John 21 and one of our themes for 2012 "Sheep".

John 21:15-23

Do You Love Me?


The Spark & Echo Band


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Image by Giorgio Trovato

Primary Scripture

So when they had eaten their breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter,
“Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me more than these?”
He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I have affection for you.”
He said to him,
“Feed my lambs.”
He said to him again a second time,
“Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me?”
He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I have affection for you.”
He said to him,
“Tend my sheep.”
He said to him the third time,
“Simon, son of Jonah, do you have affection for me?”
Peter was grieved because he asked him the third time,
“Do you have affection for me?” He said to him, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I have affection for you.”
Jesus said to him,
“Feed my sheep.

Most certainly I tell you, when you were young, you dressed yourself, and walked where you wanted to. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you, and carry you where you don’t want to go.”
Now he said this, signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. When he had said this, he said to him,
“Follow me.”
Then Peter, turning around, saw a disciple following. This was the disciple whom Jesus loved, the one who had also leaned on Jesus’ breast at the supper and asked, “Lord, who is going to betray You?”
Peter seeing him, said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?”
Jesus said to him,
“If I desire that he stay until I come, what is that to you? You follow me.”
This saying therefore went out among the brothers, that this disciple wouldn’t die. Yet Jesus didn’t say to him that he wouldn’t die, but,
“If I desire that he stay until I come, what is that to you?”

John 21:15-23

Jonathon says: “I was recently talking to a friend about the theme of sheep for Spark and Echo Arts, saying we are only spending a month on this theme because it’s harder to fill a whole three months with art on sheep passages in the Bible. He said, ‘Well Jesus spent a whole lifetime on sheep.’

And so he did… Here is one of the most famous – and rather mysterious I think – sheep illustrations from Jesus (John 21:15-18). In the song, we’ve tried to capture some of the youthfulness of Peter in the bassoon and the style of the song while recognizing the true underlying depth of what Jesus is saying to us all.”

Spark Notes

The Artist's Reflection

The Spark & Echo Band is a family outfit of songwriting-storytellers led by husband and wife duo Jonathon Roberts and Emily Clare Zempel. Their music brings forgotten poetry and wild stories from the Bible to life: visions of sparkling wheels in the sky, hunger and thirst, and legends of love as strong as death weave with memorable melodies and captivating rhythms. Drawing from a classical background, influenced by the pianism of Rufus Wainwright and Ben Folds, and emulating Paul Simon’s narratival techniques, Spark & Echo sings epic tales of love and adventure.

The duo has collaborated on three full lengths albums (Spark&Echo, Inheritance, Cities Project), one video album (In the Clocktower), in addition to many theatrical collaborations, this very nonprofit, and two children. They live in beautiful Beacon, New York, with all of the above.

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