Friday, July 11, 2008


Every Wednesday night, before the "regular" classes, Otter Creek does a thing called HymnSing. In one of the classes, about 30-50 people gather and sing just hymns. In our Sunday services, I think we do a good job of mixing hymns and newer songs, but I also like that old feel of the hymns too.

I usually don't have a chance to go sing because of my Wednesday night responsibilities for the services, but this week I did. I went in and sat and got ready to sing some of my old favorites and I only knew about 3 of the 8 songs we sang before I had to leave. It was an interesting experience.

Having grown up at Otter Creek, I sometimes feel like my Church of Christ background is missing a piece that a lot of people who went to other Churches of Christ got. I don't remember much of the "legalism" associated with other churches, we didn't have splits like I heard that others had, and I didn't grow up with a lot of the older hymns that apparently a lot of people did. I don't feel deprived in the slightest, but I do feel a little out of the loop when people start commiserating.

I guess there really isn't a point to this post overall, but more of a general musing.


Ben said...

We went one night and took our 2 year old. After the first song, he waved his hands and said "All done!". Then he got mad when everyone started singing again, and began to whine while repeating himself, "Allllll done."

I guess he doesn't like the hymn sing.

Chris said...

We did that one Wednesday night. The leader was a 30 something MUSICIAN mind you. He didn't know many of the requests from the audience. I love the Fanny Crosby, Tillit Teddlie,Charles Wesley hymns.. The "praise songs" common today are very hard for congregational singing and the "praise team" drowns out the congregation.

Carrie, The Modern Housewife said...

we enjoy the hymn singing on wed. night. i frequently lean over to lance & say, "I guess buddy didn't like that one!"

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