More: Bright Tuesday

Easter Tuesday is Bright Tuesday.

In this day of contemporary music and blended worship services, with guitars and drums accompanying the pianos and organs, the staid traditional services that I once bemoaned seem foreign.

When we regularly sing music from Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman with updates to standard hymns like “Amazing Grace” and “Just As I Am”, the dry old services of my past seem more than outdated. Those old services now are strange.

In the Dark Ages, I once volunteered to play the piano for my church (a chore that I thought would only last a few months). I tried to add new music for the piano solos before service and the offertory: new arrangements of old hymns and old praise songs that my plain church had never sung.

Favorites were “Flee as a Bird to your Mountain” here (an old Broadman hymn that my church never sang) ~

and “God So Loved the World” here ~

After all, the new arrangements were in music books from the local Christian store. And the old praise songs were from the back of the Broadman hymnal.

I ran through a lot of songs in the few years that I served as pianist.

One of the songs in constant rotation, primarily because it was less than a minute, was something that is often called the “Glory Be” but is actually called “Gloria Patri”.

Glory be to the Father / And to the Son / And to the Holy Ghost

As it was in the beginning / Is now and ever shall be / World without end.

Amen. Amen.

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Isn’t it lovely?  Praise and contemplation, wish and hope, in simple three lines packed with glory.

There. I promised today’s blog would be short. And sweet.

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