Thursday, March 05, 2009


We've had a lot of rain over the last couple of weeks. Driving back from Port Elizabeth yesterday I was struck by how green the countryside has gone. Black and white cows seem to have sprouted up all over (I'm sure they used to be brown) and generally it looks like Welsh countryside.
At home, the cows need to visit our pavement area and do some mowing.
I'm the 'preacher' for college on Tuesday. That means I get to plan the worship part of the service as well. Hooray. Goodbye hymns, hello contemporary multi-cultural. We're gonna rock! Our worship team is sorted. Now - I just mustn't be too stressed about having to preach, and we must all have passed our Sacraments exam, otherwise no one is going to want to rock!!
Lord, bless the poor man who must mark those papers.


Steven Jones said...

What's wrong with songs in structured verse
I must confess I've heard far worse
To some, the choruses leave them cold
But then again, I'm getting old

I like to praise in ancient song
But sometimes they are far too long
So roll on Tuesday, let us groove
And let us pray that God will move


Jenny Hillebrand said...

We'll have to put that to music!
I actually do also like hymns, but we don't manage them very well at college. It's time for a change. Another way of changing, of course, is to go further back and use Gregorian chants. I can't remember that I've ever got it right to do that. If so, was long ago!

Steven Jones said...

ohJennythouartsowiseandwi-i-ty,andnottomentionhu-mo-rous (try to imagine Gregorian monks singing this - and no cracks about my weight, either!)

Thomas O. Scarborough said...

Our hymn book still contains many chants -- not that we sing them. It is quite an art to shift from fitting words to music, to fitting music to words. I think it really sounds great when anyone is able to pull it off. Several rock stars have done it, such as Phil Collins and Alanis Morisette (fitting music to words, rather than chanting). The reason for chants, apparently, was that it was considered sacrilege to change Scripture for the sake of fitting it to music. It was a Congregationalist, Isaac Watts, who committed the original sacrilege and transferred us to modern hymns (and choruses, which are an offshoot of hymns). I agree with Steven insofar as hymns are rich in content. Choruses are good for worship/adoration, which one would seem to find less often in hymns.

Jenny Hillebrand said...

If or when I ever get to have my 'own' church and have time and space to experiment, I would like to work with making some of the hymns more accessible to all people. For some hymns there is no hope - the language is just too arcane, but for others it is a real pity that we can't all enjoy them.

Thomas O. Scarborough said...

Are you familiar with A Methodist, whom I know.

Rock in the Grass (Pete Grassow) said...

I sing anything that comes my way: for two reeasons:
1. These songs are larger than my personal preferences. They have nurtured the spirituality of generations who have gone before me. And I will respect this.
2. I do not yet know everything that is good for me. As I encounter more (be it Hillsongs/Redman/Taise/Wesley I discover that my spirit grows.
So I have learned to embrace whatever comes my way as being good for me - and to be very hesitant to suggest that "my way" is somehow better or superior.