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My dad visited my church on Feb. 10--I was singing. Afterward, he said, "It was like stepping back in time." And he was right.

Park Place's membership is largely retired pastors. The worship style is quite traditional with a little contemporary thrown in for good measure. I suppose that's why I like it. (Not every person in their 30s likes the loud, boysterous stuff commonly called "contemporary music" that is used to attract the 20s and 30s crowd. Dad pointed out that my own music is "contemporary." It is, though it's also "pensive." It works nicely in small, traditional churches; and I tend to gravitate toward those churches. At Park Place, I feel like I get a good dose of mentoring and opportunity to stretch myself. At this point in my life, that's what I need. And they sing! I could sit and listen to them sing all day long! I hope they never stop!

I understand why so many "old folks" are afraid of the new music. When I hear them sing those old hymns, I hear what is in their souls. It used to be that we could hear thousands of people singing these hymns at camp meeting every year... But even camp meeting is moving to "contemporary" music now. I think maybe we did two or three hymns last year, and they weren't our own heritage songs. People who wanted to sing hymns had to drag themselves to a sing-along at 9:15 P.M. on a Sunday night. We should certainly bring in the new, but what a sad thing to lose the old in the process!

Edit: I should say here that I don't dislike contemporary music at all. Unfortunately, I've been in a handful of churches where the music was so loud that I could not hear myself or the person next to me singing. That, to me, is distasteful. In a contemporary service, I hope for some kind of middle ground so there is still worship. My aim with this post was solely to say that I had come to an understanding of the seniors and their "hymns-only" stance. The move to contemporary often means a discarding of everything that is familiar to them, and I think that if new things are introduced the bending ought to happen on both sides.


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Feb. 20th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
I've had this conversation with another friend recently, and it's all a matter of musical taste. I LOVE contemporary praise music. With the exception of a few select hymns (which I love for sentimental reasons more than anything else), hymns put me right to sleep.

I can appreciate the words/meaning behind the songs, but I only like reading them, I don't like hearing them. (unless the arrangement is changed and put to drums, bass and electric guitar) And I am about to turn 40. And my 45 year old husband feels the same way I do, as do some other friends in their early 40's. It has nothing to do with age, but rather the style of music you personally prefer.

The other friend I was recently discussing this with is a 21 year old seminary student. He doesn't mind a few of the mellower songs, but on the whole, he just doesn't have an appreciation for contemporary church music.

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Feb. 20th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
I know you are blind, so I don't know if you can see or find the link below to click on it, but if you can, it will take you to a youtube video which you will be able to hear if your sound is turned on. (the video starts automatically when the page opens - no need to click on anything else) This is my absolute favorite praise song. It's called "Praise Adonai" and it's this type of music I like. Not at all what I would consider loud & boisterous. (although that would depend on how loud you have your volume turned up! LOL) I think all the instruments (and there are quite a few) add a lot to the sound and give it depth. I also like the song with only guitar accompaniment, but this is my favorite arrangement.

Feb. 21st, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
finding links
My screen reader says "link" every time there is a link, so finding links is no problem. :)
Feb. 21st, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
Re: finding links
That's really cool! I figured you were probably able to find them though because you sometimes post links. I was addressing this particular comment to your friend Alexis. *smile*
Feb. 21st, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
Re: finding links
Ah I get it. :) Most screen readers have similar functions. In fact, there are two main ones that people use and they work very similarly.
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