They aren't singing anymore . . . .
Date: November 3, 2010
Congregations aren't singing anymore and most worship leaders haven't noticed. I discovered this fascinating blog post pointed from a Facebook post courtesy of Samford wonder-student and ChoralNet member Peter Haley:
The blog post goes on to examine the reasons for the decline. Bottom line: they don't know the song, can't sing it if they did know it, and they can't hear anyone else. Is anyone surprised?
With apologies to John Mason and his glorious hymn, I offer this Copeland original to the glorious tune of COE FEN (with a minor edit since the first post):
How shall I sing that majesty,
If I don't know the song?
The part's too high - too dim to see -
and no one sings along.
Thousands of thousands stand around
and hum, O God most high;
why can't we make a joyful sound
or shout, or pray, or cry?
We used to sing and bear our hearts;
we burned with holy fire -
Now we can't read or sing two parts
We've cast away the choir.
O God I long for something more
Come fill our church with song
Bring us again to heavens shore-
Come right this horrible wrong.