clothofdreams: (steeple)
Yesterday in church we sang good hymns. This may be normal in your church, but it is most decidedly not in ours. Music is viewed as important, but in the list of priorities, it falls considerably far down (beneath other necessaries such as the preaching of the Word, doctrinally-sound Sunday School material, and accurate powerpoint slides).

Yesterday, however, we sang good hymns. They were orthodox, lyrically rich, and well-composed. We even sang a tune based on an old plainsong hymn. Gasp! This was quite the departure from our usual Baptist-ishy fare (no offense to any Baptists on my friends list).

This miracle, coupled with the occurrence of the first Sunday in Advent, whetted my thirst for a more intentional, meaningful liturgy. This thirst comes to me seasonally in waves, and yesterday it hit me full in the face. It annoys me to no end that so many protestants (my denomination especially, it seems) ignore what riches the historical liturgical traditions of the church have to offer. The church calendar is such a beautiful, present reminder of the story of redemption-- why don't we actively incorporate it? I know, I know: repetition breeds indifference. But you know what? It doesn't. We are humans and as such we need constant reminders.

I need to buy a Book of Common Prayer or something.
clothofdreams: (steeple)
Yesterday in church we sang good hymns. This may be normal in your church, but it is most decidedly not in ours. Music is viewed as important, but in the list of priorities, it falls considerably far down (beneath other necessaries such as the preaching of the Word, doctrinally-sound Sunday School material, and accurate powerpoint slides).

Yesterday, however, we sang good hymns. They were orthodox, lyrically rich, and well-composed. We even sang a tune based on an old plainsong hymn. Gasp! This was quite the departure from our usual Baptist-ishy fare (no offense to any Baptists on my friends list).

This miracle, coupled with the occurrence of the first Sunday in Advent, whetted my thirst for a more intentional, meaningful liturgy. This thirst comes to me seasonally in waves, and yesterday it hit me full in the face. It annoys me to no end that so many protestants (my denomination especially, it seems) ignore what riches the historical liturgical traditions of the church have to offer. The church calendar is such a beautiful, present reminder of the story of redemption-- why don't we actively incorporate it? I know, I know: repetition breeds indifference. But you know what? It doesn't. We are humans and as such we need constant reminders.

I need to buy a Book of Common Prayer or something.

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