Saturday, 20 July 2013

A hymn.

And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. (Matthew 26:30)

A 'hymn', ladies and gentlemen. A hymn. Not a praise song with a repeated chorus and a bridge, with an instrumental solo that causes at least 5 people to come in early because you had to guess, and the song 'leader' gave no indication.

5 comments:

David McKay said...

But what did NT writers understand by an hymn?

Jeri Tanner said...

Yes. They sang without a rhythm section, and so were *forced* to sing singable songs. Wherever did we get the idea that pop styles were amenable to the kind of singing Christ, the apostles and the early church enjoyed? Actually, I know the answer to that question. We so need a reformation of singing in the church! Thanks, Gordon-- well and wittily and sadly, truly expressed.

Anonymous said...

Jen Tanner

I agree.

Cheers
Melissa

Bob Mendelsohn said...

I wrote about singing and bands and worship today. I think we agree. Mendelsohn on worship

Anonymous said...

A shame many see it as a way to "liven things up" when we have many swelling christian anthems to ponder.
To be fair, there are some awful old dirges out there too