How We Got Blended Worship

29 Aug

Many years ago in a small church a problem arose. There were certain folks in the church that enjoyed singing traditional songs while others liked to sing more contemporary ones. One group preferred a simple organ and the other preferred stringed instruments. What started as a low rumble eventually became a thundering roar. It got to the point that the two groups could hardly stand one another. Finally the suggestion was made that the two groups approach their wise pastor for instruction.

It was a fine Monday morning when the two groups sent representatives to the pastor’s office. He was quite shocked at the tempers flaring. Each side made their cases. “These songs have been a part of our faith for hundreds of years” said the traditional side. “My children don’t even understand half the words to those songs” the more contemporary side said. It went on this way for some time. To say the least the pastor was overwhelmed. He could see that this was not going to be an easy task.

After enduring what seemed to be endless ranting, the pastor had a thought. He asked each side “Do you have your music with you?” They each assured him that they did. He said “Bring it to me, all of it.” Quickly each group hurried outside returning with their darling music. He instructed that it be mixed together and laid upon his desk. Both sides obliged and sat staring at a mountain of music.

The pastor called out to his secretary “Bring me a sword!” There was some confusion at such a request. Nevertheless the secretary brought in a sword. The pastor calmly told the disgruntled members “Since we cannot come to an agreement I will cut the music in half and give each side a part.” The pastor was certain that before he went to such extreme measures one side would stop him and say “No, let them have their way!” For the good of the church surely one side would forfeit their rights. He raised the sword high above his head. He looked into each groups eyes hoping to see some humility. All he saw was stubbornness. With a crashing blow the sword cut through the traditional and contemporary music. Both groups picked up the lifeless music and went on their way. And that my friend is how we got blended worship.

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5 Responses to “How We Got Blended Worship”

  1. Lostintranslation August 30, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    My how I laughed, first heartily and then wistfully… O that the people would care so of the music 🙂

  2. Pamela Swain (@pamela_swain) September 10, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    Don’t be shocked when everyone starts Fanny Crosby off key with the electric guitar solo. Just saying..lol

  3. pastorlinzey September 12, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    That is probably one of the best etiologies I’ve ever heard 🙂

  4. cbgrace October 12, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    Well, that’s one way of doing it. 😀 Everyone needs to stop whining and love Jesus and each other.

  5. Mr. Poet October 25, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Actually, it would be more like: the pastor would compromise to sing two of the four verses of each song during the service. 😉

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