What with everything going on I hadn't been to church, or anything related to it, since that caroling outing. It had been even longer since I'd been to its 9 a.m. service. For some reason back when I drove across town to Christian Assembly I didn't have much trouble getting there at 9, but now I'm going to a church with half the commute time I sleep in more often. Maybe it's because I know even in my sleep that this service, which is shorter, without the driving and without a long confab with Telford, isn't going to take as big a chunk out of my day. But this morning I woke up early, so I made the early one.
Grace Lutheran's early service is "contemporary" and its 11 a.m. service is "traditional." From the ones I'd attended before I saw little difference; the early show had a low-key band playing as people wander in (some of the songs I remember from CA), the choir sang a newish tune before Communion, and the Lord's Prayer was in modern rather than King James English. Other than that, they were identical.
But for the New Year, apparently, they changed all the liturgical music. The variable hymns are still from the same hymnals, but the Kyrie and other sung bits of the standard service had changed. For instance, here's the beginning the traditional hymn following the Kyrie:
Worthy is Christ, the Lamb who was slain, whose blood set us free to be people of God. Power and riches and wisdom and strength, and honor and blessing and glory are his. This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia. Sing with all the people of God and join in the hymn of all creation.
(chorus) Now the feast and celebration, all of creation sings for joy to the God of life and love and freedom; praise and glory forever more;
Now is the feast of the Lamb once slain, whose blood has freed and united us to be one great people of God. (chorus)
Power and riches, wisdom and might, all honor and glory to Christ forever (chorus)
Somewhere around the communion hymn, it hit me what it all reminded me of: those William Shatner Priceline.com ads. Once I had that image in my mind, it was pretty hard to keep a straight face. I don't know, maybe I should stick with the 11 o'clock service. I don't think Lutherans, God love 'em, should try to be cool.Posted by Camassia at January 18, 2004 10:20 PM | TrackBack