Friday Fun

Albino Hayford sent me a link I just had to share. We’ve been saying for years that everybody has a liturgy, even those that reject the concept of liturgy — now there’s proof!

One tidbit I especially noted, “NOTE, that the third verse of any hymn may (and usually should) be skipped” — that was so true in my childhood church. In the rare event that the hymnals were cracked open, 90% of the time, they skipped verse 3. What’s up with that?

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12 Responses to Friday Fun

  1. Zrim says:

    Wow, I didn’t think ACE could get so mock-y.

    (My theory on skipped verses has always been that it reflected the revivalist impulse over against the ecclesiastical one, as in let’s not waste any time worshipping God when there are so many sinners to be gotten. Singing ALL the verses are like speedbumps on the way to the altar call.)

  2. Here’s more proof that everybody has a liturgy, even those “cool emergent” churches.

  3. RubeRad says:

    OK, but why always the third verse? Reminds me of the old trick; write “1 2 3 4” on a blank piece of paper, ask people to choose one, and almost always they’ll choose three. (You must know about that, being in the multiple-choice test business!)

    And what’s an ACE?

  4. RubeRad says:

    I am also reminded of this gem (which I think ‘bino also sent me, years ago)

  5. RubeRad says:

    I wouldn’t call that “emergent” — too overproduced, more like edgy megachurch. When I think emergent I think more laid-back, intimate, with guitars, candles, sitting around on cushions. Maybe some incense, chanting, meditation…

  6. RubeRad says:

    “This is the song you don’t know”

    Reminds me of Spamalot (Monty’ Python’s Holy Grail in musical theater, saw it in vegas a few years ago), with their headlining song “This is the song that goes like this”

  7. Zrim says:

    Well, revivalists are known for employing old tricks.

    ACE is the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.

  8. Yup, I stand corrected….trendy megachurch it is. My favorite part is the “revealing of the tattoo to prove he has a past” bit.

  9. Ok, I found the answer to the famous “skipping the third verse” question over on the website

    There are two major schools of song-leading in fundy churches. The first is prone to singing every…single…verse…with all of the unbridled energy of a man building his own gallows. When these folks sing “when we’ve been there 10,000 years” they’re not kidding.

    The other method of singing hymns is to religiously omit the third verse to every song. If the song contains five verses, the fourth verse may likely meet the same ignominious fate. One can only imagine that the middle verses to every hymn have been infected by liberal agents with subliminal suggestions that might result in clapping, swaying, or other mortal sins of the flesh.

    Modern hymn writers, note this well. My advice is just to omit writing a third verse altogether and replace it instead with single line that says: “All together now on the last.” It’s what is going to happen anyway.

  10. Durell Flood says:

    One answer would be to go the superstitious route that some have taken in omitting the 13th floor of buildings. So with verses you would count 1,2,4,5

  11. Practicing this dance in honor of all Moms Sunday morning…I need to remember to stretch before church.

  12. "lee n. field" says:

    ““NOTE, that the third verse of any hymn may (and usually should) be skipped””

    It’s a rule: if it’s about the Trinity (one verse each, Father, Son & Spirit), one verse will be skipped. (Astounds me, every time it happens.)

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