Gut Rumbles

November 13, 2003

great hymns

If I ran a church, this is what we would sing every Sunday:

"We Shall Gather at the River."

"Little Brown Church in the Vale"

"Old Rugged Cross"

"Will the Circle be Unbroken"

"Amazing Grace"

Now, tell me that I couldn't be a damn good preacher.


You got that right. Have you heard any of the "new" hymns and songs they are singing in church?

Posted by: Ms Anna on November 13, 2003 10:04 AM

I don't know about the preachin' part (that's my job) ... however, you're a pretty good "hymn-picker"!

Posted by: The Parson on November 13, 2003 10:22 AM

Yeah, at an "old people" church.

Posted by: Key on November 13, 2003 10:48 AM

Great list! The only thing I would add would be a few Bluegrass numbers like 'Working on A Building', 'I Think I Heard Him Walking', and few other Scruggs/Flatt/Stanley type tunes. I hate this newfangled 'Christian Pop' stuff and churches with video screens, etc et all. One of the few regrets I have about becoming Episcopalian is that the hymnal is old school British pomp with nary a bit of Mountain Music in sight.

Posted by: Chris G. on November 13, 2003 10:50 AM

Preachin be serious stuff, Got to agree with THE PARSON, besides, Cussing and drinking and wenchen don't set right with the some of the deacons. But if you have a great cooking recipe, anything can be forgiven,

Posted by: James Smith on November 13, 2003 11:03 AM

Okay. How about "Rise Up, Lazarus?"

That's a bluegrass, hamony-singing, foot-stomper.

Posted by: Acidman on November 13, 2003 11:25 AM

I'll fly away.

Posted by: Gramps on November 13, 2003 11:51 AM

I'd make songs from the soundtrack from "O Brother Where Art Thou" mandatory for the hymnal.


Posted by: Joan of Argghh! on November 13, 2003 11:56 AM

I think I'd make one helluva a preacher. Wouldn't be much of an example, but at least I could get the church excited....

I want the person sittin' next to the person, sittin' next to the person sittin' next to the person...

Posted by: Adam on November 13, 2003 12:19 PM

And what's wrong with being an old person?

Could you add "Will the Circle be Unbroken"?

Posted by: ken on November 13, 2003 01:12 PM

OK, so I can't read so well

Posted by: ken on November 13, 2003 02:08 PM

It sounds like Catholicism, where they do the same things and sing the same songs every Sunday. Yawn.

Posted by: sugarmama on November 13, 2003 02:17 PM

Great playbook, but there's lots more that are also good !!

Posted by: MommaBear on November 13, 2003 02:29 PM

(Hi Ken!)
The whole point of an Acidman church, to me, is that it would be a turth-tellin kinda church, so Rob's 'habits' wouldn't make a difference.
And, those songs sound they'd be in a Cokesbury hymnal...Lewis Grizzard has got me wantin' to get aholda one of those...
As for hearin' Rob preach?
Just lem'me know which Sunday and where...

Posted by: Stevie on November 13, 2003 03:09 PM

(It'd be a TRUTH-tellin' church, too, btw...)

Posted by: Stevie on November 13, 2003 03:10 PM

Can you add "Just As I Am" and "Just A Closer Walk With Thee"?

Posted by: Omnibus Driver on November 13, 2003 03:26 PM

Call me old fashioned, but when I was in church we'd be singing some OLD hymns. Like, from around 1700. As much as I can't stand the Catholic church now, I have to admit that some of the best music written was for the church back in the day.

Posted by: Raging Dave on November 13, 2003 03:31 PM

I don't know about the preacher part but you'd be a damned good song leader!
I love those songs.

Posted by: wandalicious on November 13, 2003 04:30 PM

SUGARMAMMA is right. What most of you think as "church" is as stale as a month old saltine. I work in the media department of a REAL church. www. I do graphics, operate cameras, call the switch, etc.

People are tired of "religion" and I don't blame them. There is a God, a REAL God, who wants to love you, and forgive you and heal your hurts.

Initially it looks nutty to people who aren't familiar with charismatic Christianity, but if you give it a chance, you might be surprised at what God can do. No condemnation here. Nobody who claims allegiance to Christ is any better than those who don't. It's just nice to feel secure.

Posted by: Will Coffman on November 13, 2003 04:40 PM

Yeah, you're right, but it doesn't take a 20 piece band, special lighting, cameras, and graphics to find him. All those bells and whistles are the 21st century version of all the paintings and such of the Roman Catholic church.

I'm with Rob. You can have your synthesizers, drums, and electric guitars in church. If you want to find God, the Bible tells us pretty clearly to listen to that still, small voice.

Posted by: Adam on November 13, 2003 05:06 PM

Oh, to clarify, I'm a born again Christian, just not high on the charismatic version. And yes, there is a reason I said 'high.'

Posted by: Adam on November 13, 2003 05:08 PM

Acidman, If you don't mind me peeing on one of your selections... Amazing Grace has the line "to save a wretch like me".
The constant din of "people are EEEEEEVILLLL" was one of the things that put me off Christianity, real early on.
Christians, please, please take note, I am NOT sneering at your faith. You have your reasons for believing in your God, and I would never make fun of that personal a decision. I'm just commenting on a hymn and the way Christianity is often presented, FWIW.

Posted by: Daniel Day on November 13, 2003 08:42 PM

Y'all are surely forgetting what manner of church this is.

Generous sharing of Holy Water ( Maker's Mark, of course ), to help lubricate the choir.

Communion'll be a mason jar o' shine to wash down that cornbread.

Four-part, bluegrass harmonies. Yeah, "Oh Brother Where Art Thou", bout hits the spot. And if you've never heard Dan Fogleberg (of 70s sappy music fame) do the bluegrass he REALLY LOVES, (album: High Country Snows), we'll, you should.

The Irreverend Acid's sermons may be encouraged by enthusiastic expressions of "amen!", "no SHIT!", "Just DAMN!", and the like.

Ladies to be baptised shall wear thin, white tee-shirts.

Collection offerings will be used to buy the next round. And the next. And next. And so on.

The occassional heretroll will be tried by dunking, horsewhipped and then burned at the stake. Unless he/she/it repents and turns from those oh-so-wicked ways.

This is a GENEROUS denomination, but not a very merciful one. heh

Do I hear an "amen"?

I'll settle for "cheers" *clink!*

Deacon Jim
Sloop New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim on November 13, 2003 09:08 PM

The only way I can listen to Amazing Grace is if its played on bagpipes. Its one of those songs, like the national anthem, that every once in a while gets you right in the gut, other times it sounds like the singer is in some kind of contest to sing the worlds longest song. You can always tell when someone's going to sing it too. Usually at some charity event, the local news is there, and it's screeched out by someone's overweight aunt. My teeth hurt just thinking about it.

Posted by: terry on November 13, 2003 09:40 PM

"Take Me To The River".

"There is a Balm in Gilead".

Yeah, verily.

I could be a preacher. I've already done the Swaggart thing in the front seat of my car.

Posted by: Velociman on November 13, 2003 10:19 PM

If I never hear "Amazing Grace" again, it'll be too soon. Like Terry says, it depends on who's doing it and how it's done. Personally, if I could get my church to junk the "On Eagle's Wings" and "Make Me a Channel of Your Peace" garbage and start using rousing versions of "Onward, Christian Soldiers" and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" (which all PC churches insist on calling "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory"), I'd be a happy man.

I'd love to hear you preach sometime, Acidman -it'd certainly get MY blood going!

Posted by: Ripper on November 14, 2003 07:27 AM

AMEN to "Battle Hymn of the Republic". Of course, me being a die-hard Georgia Bulldawg might have something to do with that. :)

Off to Athens.


Posted by: Dave on November 15, 2003 05:20 AM
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