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Bad Music in Church

Sunday, December 09, 2012

So I went to church today. I haven't gone as often as I should, but with my newfound energy, I really felt like it. Advent has been my favorite season since I was little; I always loved the lights, songs, and sense of anticipation. When I was a kid, I actually thought church was all about listening to good stories and singing songs, and I still feel a little bit that way.
The church was decorated nicely, but I just couldn't get into the spirit today; the reason was the music selection. It was terrible. I've heard more cheerful music at funerals! Now, I know the difference between advent and Christmas, and I certainly wouldn't expect Rudolf or Frosty in the repertoire, but this was terrible. One of the songs went something like "The year is getting older, and we are getting older, too." All of them were in a minor scale and awfully depressing. The poor cantor, who did not have the best of voices, was struggling to sing them, and it didn't help that the congregation gave up halfway through the first stanza.
The church I used to go to had a full time music director, and I was very involved in choir and even did some cantoring. After a new priest took over, he fired her and made the music director position part time. He was very rude, which is a terrible thing for a man of God, one time telling me that if he didn't recognize my face, I wasn't a member of his church. Ahem, I am a member of the world church, any church I walk into is supposed to be my home. Anyway, after that, I switched parishes, which I really didn't like to do.
I was happy at the new one so far, but today was just terrible. I have to find out who the music director is; maybe he or she is an overwhelmed volunteer who just got the selection out of some newsletter to get it to the printer in a hurry. Maybe I can help in the future.
And then they wonder why attendance is down and the young people (meaning anyone under 50) don't want to come anymore.
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MPETERSON2311 12/10/2012 6:59PM

    he didnt recognize your face?? that does seem rude. my early days with my pastor he hugged me whether he remembered me or not

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PATSYB7 12/10/2012 6:31AM

    I'm sorry you've had some bad experiences with church related people. I can relate. Some churches feel that Advent should be a somber time and the music reflects that. I hope you find peace on your journey. emoticon

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LITTLEWIND53 12/9/2012 8:46PM

    I am so sorry you had such a bad experience at church. The church I go to is all volunteer, there are no paid positions at all anywhere..... So yes, home and personal life can impact how we do our callings, but we try to do the best we can. I don't sing but have a niece who studied music in college. but I love the music at this time of year..... inspirational. (I agree, winter songs are not Christmas songs in my humble opinion....)

My favourite song right now is by Bony M, the song is a medley "Oh my Lord" It is not in our hymnbook so we don't sing it in church, but it has such a message of Love and Hope.

I hope you can get involved. It would not only make it more spirtual for you, but may help to get others involved as well..... Dull sermons can sent people away, but precious music can certainly bring them in.....

Best wishes to you and yours at this very special time of year.....

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