Yesterday was an ACN low church parish, complete with rock band. (Some rock band churches draw the lines at a drummer — this modern liturgy does not).
The worship music consisted of
- “This is the day that the Lord has made,” John W. Peterson ©1953
- “I will celebrate,” Linda Duvall ©1982 Marantha Praise
- “Hallelujah Glory,” uncredited
- “Shout to the Lord,” ©1993 Darlene Zschech/Hillsongs Australia
- “The Lord’s Prayer,” ©1976 Resource Publications, Jack Noble White†
- “Agnus Dei,” uncredited but apparently by Michael W. Smith
- “How can I keep from singing,” Chris Tomlin, 2006 worshiptogether.com (not to be confused with Robert Lowry’s 1860 hymn of the same name)
Here is what John Merbecke wrote in 1549, for the first English-language service music:Alleluia, AlleluiaFor our Lord God Almighty reigns
Are You Lord God Almighty
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.Here are some words from the closing hymn at Our Lady of the Praise Music:
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, grant us thy peace.
I can sing in the troubled timesAccording one of the two liturgical indices in my favorite hymnal, the closing hymn for Trinity XXIII is #147, an 1897 composition by Rudyard Kipling.
Sing when I win
I can sing when I lose my step
And fall down again
I can sing 'cause You pick me up
Sing 'cause You're there
I can sing 'cause You hear me, Lord
When I call to You in prayer
I can sing with my last breath
Sing for I know
That I'll sing with the angels
And the saints around the throne
If, drunk with sight of power, we loose
Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe,
Such boastings as the Gentiles use,
Or lesser breeds without the Law—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!
So my question is for my CCM-toting Anglican brethren: is it really safe to pick up our worship music (and thus our theology and instruction of the laity) from a branch of Christianity that repudiates (or carefully avoids) many of the tenets of our 39 Articles? Perhaps if Anglicans want to use CCM they need to write their own — or borrow some from the Catholics — making sure that it emphasizes not only praise but obedience.