Thursday, September 10, 2009

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This week's Friday Faves: your favorite old hymn and favorite modern praise song.

Oh, I love this one.

I am kind of cheating though, because my favorite old hymns and my favorite modern praise songs are one and the same.

How, oh how can this be, you ask?

Come closely, grasshopper, and you shall see.

I was raised Methodist so nothing makes my heart go all a-flutter like a Wesley hymn. My word, that man could write some lyrics. One of my all-time favorites is Arise, My Soul. Because the words? My song, y'all, my song. Written in 1742, about me. Check it.

Arise, my soul, arise; shake off thy guilty fears;
The bleeding sacrifice in my behalf appears:
Before the throne my surety stands,
Before the throne my surety stands,
My name is written on His hands.

He ever lives above, for me to intercede;
His all redeeming love, His precious blood, to plead:
His blood atoned for all our race,
His blood atoned for all our race,
And sprinkles now the throne of grace.

Five bleeding wounds He bears; received on Calvary;
They pour effectual prayers; they strongly plead for me:
“Forgive him, O forgive,” they cry,
“Forgive him, O forgive,” they cry,
“Nor let that ransomed sinner die!”

The Father hears Him pray, His dear anointed One;
He cannot turn away, the presence of His Son;
His Spirit answers to the blood,
His Spirit answers to the blood,
And tells me I am born of God.

My God is reconciled; His pardoning voice I hear;
He owns me for His child; I can no longer fear:
With confidence I now draw nigh,
With confidence I now draw nigh,
And “Father, Abba, Father,” cry.

And this is how it sounded, originally:

Arise, My Soul, Arise - Ernst von Harringa

Which is, you know, um, nice and all. Catchy...yeah.

But this is how we sing it at my church - and I tell you what (verily, verily I say unto you.) When I come into church and see this song in the bulletin, I time it so that I go and get a baby early from the nursery before the song comes so I have an excuse to dance. Because when Arise My Soul is played, I. have. to. dance., but, y'all, the Presbyterians do not dance in church. So I grab a baby and use him as an excuse. Cause I'm a Presbyterian now.

Listen to this, and see what I mean:

Arise, My Soul, Arise - Christ Community College Ministry
(click above to hear the whole song)

The men sing Arise and then the ladies echo Arise - and "With confidence I now draw nigh, and “Father, Abba, Father,” cry" - oh y'all, I have yet to get through that line without crying. So now I am a-cryin and a-dancin...and I'm a Presbyterian.

Next thing you know, I'm gonna shout out an Amen in the middle of a sermon, or raise my hand and close my eyes during a song, or something. Y'all've been warned, so don't call the police if it happens.

Other hymns that take me back to going to Woods New Hope Baptist Church with my grandma and watching her file her nails during the sermon (it may be a sin, but it's a good time to do it she'd whisper) are Have Thine Own Way, The Old Rugged Cross, Oh How I Love Jesus, Trust and Obey. And at our wedding we sang one of my all time favorites, My Jesus I Love Thee.

As an aside, when we were teenagers and would sleep till noon, whenever we stumbled into the kitchen, my mom would burst into Up From the Grave He Arose. I can't wait till my kids sleep in till noon so I can sing this...and well, I can't wait till my kids sleep in till noon.

As for modern songs, my all time favorite is In Christ Alone, and we sing this one at church too. The lyrics are good enough to be 300 years old, if you know what I mean. And no one can sing it as good as Travis. When he gets to the Then bursting forth part - hello, ugly cry.

You might have figured out by now, if somebody don't make me cry in church, I reach on in the collection plate and take my money back.

I could go on. But I'll quit. Because it's your turn.

Next week - Shoes!
Future Friday Faves here.


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