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with updates to standard hymns like “Amazing Grace” and “Just As I Am”, the dry old services of my past seem more than outdated.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.
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.