Saturday, February 7, 2009

#12 Waxing Nostalgic About Hymnals and Organs

Having moved from a traditional church service into the aforementioned contemporary worship, many white Christians fondly recall "the good old days" when organs and hymnals dominated worship experiences (even if these days were only 3 years ago). These Christians enjoy waxing nostalgic, but not to the point of actually wanting these items in their worship experience.

In transition modes, many white Christian churches still contain hymnals and organs, but these items are, like white Christian children during catechism class, to be seen and not heard. Then again, sometimes they're not even supposed to be seen- the organ pipes are likely covered by the decorations committee's latest artistic worship banners while the hymnals are collecting cobwebs in a safely locked closet next to old copies of McGee and Me on VHS.

In the mean time, praise and worship songs are PowerPointed to the marvel of all. Song lyrics will likely be on delay and slightly out of sync with the music because of the tech guy's inability to follow along, but to white Christians, this is a minor pittance to pay for the glory of digital text without music to read. Forget those old-fashioned "musical parts"- now everyone can sing the melody!

The only exception to this permanent ban on hymnals and organ is the Christmas/Advent season. It is during this most traditional of times that white Christians enjoy actually indulging these traditional worship urges. But this only lasts a month or so, and then it's back to contemporary business as usual.



11 comments:

Aubrey Boonstra said...

I completely forgot about McGee and Me until this moment. I do miss the good 'ol hymnal days. I'm glad my church still sings hymns even if they don't use a hymnal to do it.

anna said...

McGee and Me! Good stuff.

Oh, and I've noticed that to supplement the lack of traditional hymns, White Christians love to put a contemporary spin on their old favorites by singing them accompanied by an acoustic guitar. Come thou fount of every blessing seems to find its way onto just about every powerpoint these days.

kevin said...

this was awesome....nice mcgee and me reference as well.

Abraham Calvin said...

McGee and Me was the greatest. My favorite episode was "Skate Expectations" - which ended with that ridiculous skateboard race around the path and where Nick had to do a sweet ollie over a trash can.

I found the intro on Youtube and posted it on the Facebook group.

Luther Zwingli said...

Glad you all liked the post and the McGee and Me reference. My personal fav. was "The Not So Great Escape" where Nicholas unleashed a great plan to escape his house and watch an R rated movie. In the words of his wise, yet sexy father, he did something to his mind, "to dirty it... to pollute it." Good episode.

For those of you who'd like to read more, here's the website. I particularly like the "where are they now" section under "meet the cast."

http://www.mcgeeandme.com/default.asp

Andrew said...

yeah, the not so great escape - where he used the plunger attached to his door to trigger his automated response machine - such a smart kid

Luther Zwingli said...

Phenominal, Andrew. Good memory. With the plunger securly attached to the interior of the door, the vibrations generated from the knocking of a concerned parent triggered the tape recorded message with Nicholas' voice, "Um... I'm drawing right now- can you come back later?" The concerned parent would take the bait (because Nicholas DID spend a lot of his time drawing) and he was free to be dirtying/polluting his mind at the R rated movie.

Of course, this back-fired when the tape went into slow-motion... Nicholas got busted, and life-lesson ensues.

Abraham Calvin said...

Definitely a huge rip-off of Ferris Bueller (which came out 3 years before McGee and Me), but I love it anyway. Which episode was it with the old indian guy who eats any living thing that enters his yard?

Luther Zwingli said...

That, Abraham, was "the Big Lie."

ChuckEastNashville said...

At my Catholic parish our out of tune, seldom maintenanced organ made a noise that sounded like a wet fart.

Anonymous said...

This is so true...and I just laughed when it mentioned McGee and Me. I used to watch that all the time. So weird to say VHS now.