Favorite hymns and Idol Moments
I had a old-time hymn sing at church tonight, with a few hymns whose titles I at least recognized (”Bringing in the the Sheaves” among a very few others) and others billed as being well-loved but which I just didn’t recognize to save my life.What hymns or other Christian songs speak to your heart and which leave you out in the cold?
And I just wasn’t moved. It was all tweeting birds and babbling brooks and how God saved me and walked with me and boooooooring. I mean, it was fun singing with people I love, and there are some really lovely voices there, but nothing spoke to me and I don’t get why these hymns in particular are so well-loved.
I know why “Amazing Grace” moves me, because my own “hour I first believed” wasn’t that long ago. I’m not sure why “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation” makes me a weepy puddle, but it does. (If I remember the incident correctly, I think I started breaking down at the line, “If with his love he befriend thee,” but it’s a bit hazy and muddled, and I think part of me wants that to be where I started crying.)
I think what I need right now is a religious psychoanalyst, because I’m really not understanding why I find certain things just corny and other things terrifying and wondrous to my soul.
If your looking for a more Pop sound, the folks at BeliefNet are offering their Top Ten Religious Moments on American Idol noting,
Church choir training is a hallmark on "Idol," as is thanking God for one's vocal ability.Or if that doesn't work for you, there is the satire at Tom in the Box called Church Idol Gains Momentum.
Finally, there is the old post here Praise Music vs. Hymns where each genre is defined by someone familiar with the opposite.