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how sweet the name of jesus sound
sons of the brave
that urges Christains to take up arms and bomb all the countries where people aren't Christians
Nothing comes close imo.
onward christian soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of jesus going on before.
haha i know that one
it used to always get sung a harvest festival. the only occasion other than christmas and easter i went to church.
it's awesome :D
due you get annoyed that loads of them reuse the same tunes? i assume they do. either that or the people at my church only knew a couple of tunes and re-used them with words.. actually that would make sense, because they really stretched out some of the words to make them fit..
but we have a wide hymn selection everything from the wesleys to sir cecil spring rice (love the name).....i never get bored of singing unless it's a low, boring and slow hymn.
do you get annoyed that loads of them reuse the same tunes? at least, i assume they do. either that or the people at my church only knew a couple of tunes and sang all the words in the hymn book to the same ones.. actually that would make sense, because it sounded like lots of the words were really stretched out to make them fit...
i hate going to mass for all the religious reasons, and usually only go at christmas/easter, but i endure it simply for the hymns. i love those moments when a big powerful hymn is sung, and you get these majestic moments where everyone's voices swirl into one, collecting with the foreboding organ, which all echoes back upon the congregation with the natural reverb of the chapel ceiling. then, once the hymn comes to a thundering close, you're left with those intermittent periods between the end of the hymn and the priest speaking, where you can faintly hear the echoes of the voices from a few seconds before, like the ghosts of past parishioners. chilling.
n.b.: not a bible-basher.
i enjoy chapel, simply because it's a time to sit quietly and reflect and sing, which i love....it took me almost 5 years to realise this, but i truely appreciate it...im agnostic and i will stay that way, but i think it's a good experience to go through....although sermons are fairly boring, but again you cna reflect.
i liked the sermons the best! i've been meaning to start going again for ages - i just never get round to it. sunday mornings arent a great time for me. (i know there's usually a later service these days - but it wouldnt seem right).
i go to chapel tuesday, thursday, friday (hymn practice) and Sunday's...we have to do a military parade right before the service, it's kind of tradition in the army and it's really great. The sermons are okay sometimes, but it depends who you have speaking...if it's someone old and boring it's shit, but if it's someone with a truely relevant message then great. The one service that does drag a bit is holy communion which i have once every 6 weeks.
i've found more of them interesting than not. and the minister at the church near my parents was really good.
i hate communion. mostly because i can never decide whether to take it or not. I believe in jesus so i think i should - but i feel a bit uncomfortable with organised churches, and i'm not sure i get much out of it. plus im never sure what you're meant to do. do you take the wine off them? do you just hold it to drink? or do you leave your hands by your side?
i guess i just feel uncomfortable because im not sure what's going on.
and then you have to wait for everyone else to queue up, which is obviously boring. no amount of organ music an distract from that...
however, you kneel down and put your palms facing up on your lap and they hold the chalice to your mouth and tilt and you drink and then they offer you a bit of bread. If you didn't upturn your hands then they would just give you a blessing.
i might try it next time just to see how it works.
O Come O Come Emmanuel
my favourite is "how great thou art". because a) my nana used to pwn it at chapel and b) elvis sang it on a gospel album.
It's all about Zadok the Priest.
Bread of Heaven
(I'd hammer in the morning)"
Now this probably isn't a proper hymn, but I don't care. I want Interpol to cover it.
the air-punching, non-conformist, mostly Wesley-written stuff. "And can it be that I should gain" is possibly my favourite - awesome words and rarely-bettered tune if you resist the temptation to play it too fast. The way to tell a good hymn is if it makes a Ic - V - I cadence sound fresh...