I think I have mumps.

My neck feels about three times its normal size. It’s weirding me out.
Anyway. Last weekend Ted took me to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, which was fantastic. Definitely the coolest concert I’ve ever been to. That weekend I also spent a lot of time with some Rendezvous friends from PA who were at the Konczals to hunt. John, who is eighteen and a homeschooled Christian senior, and I became quite good chums.

Sunday we got new hymnals at church. Apparently another Evangelical Covenant church gave them to us. I was crestfallen when my pastor (whom I love dearly) said that the books were to be called, “worshipbooks” instead of hymnals, because they contained more contemporary music and scriptural responses. Why does everyone have to treat hymns and ‘worship music’ as entirely different things? It makes me very sad.
One of the first songs was “As the Deer.” I happen to like this song, and though my pastor has changed “thee” to “you” I have persisted in singing thee out of stubborn respect for the older words. Well, when I discovered the song in our new ‘worshipbook,’ the words had been changed by someone or other with apparent disregard for theology:
“As the deer pants for living water so my soul longs after You,” instead of “As the deer panteth for the water so my soul longeth after Thee.” I was disgusted! If you’re going to change the words, at least try to retain the meaning. The deer doesn’t want living water, doofus, it’s an analogy. The deer wants normal water. Something nice and cool and refreshing to drink. We, like the deer, want the life Jesus offers us, the living water.

Aside from that, the book isn’t actually too bad. The contemporary music is older contemporary music, tried and true songs like “Great is the Lord” and “Majesty.”

I haven’t got a lot else to say. I’ve been working on a set of Regency short stays from Jennie Chancey’s patterns, which is really exciting. I’ve run into a bit of a stick, because I’m not good at hand-sewn eyelets yet and I have to do eight, but hopefully I can get around that soon!


  1. Sonja!! Said,

    November 27, 2007 @ 8:05 pm

    Good gravy! That change in lyrics really is pretty terrible.
    But I can’t wait to see your regency patterns! =D

  2. Caleb Said,

    November 30, 2007 @ 9:52 pm

    I think I have sung both versions before. True…. deer definitely do not have any hope of salvation. My version of the Bible (English Standard Version says, “As the deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. I, like you have found much displeasure with the “worship wars.” One of the churches in my domination (Ipswich, MA) has 2 simultaneous services to serve to please its congregation. One is “contemporary” the other “traditional” (one of the reasons I didn’t consider Gordon college). There needs to be an end of this disunity. What does the Bible say about song in worship?
    When I came to Geneva, I was discontented with the availability of songs to worship God. My desire for new songs was filled in the Psalms. These old songs have been nearly forgotten my our modern-day churches. They were meant for singing! I now see the sadness that the only God-inspired hymns have been neglected in our songs of worship. New Song, a music and drama ministry of Geneva college sings these psalms. There are a around 100 of these selections on Geneva’s website, http://www.geneva.edu/object/newsong_cds.html. Psalm 42, from which “As The Deer” comes from is found on the Stronghold cd, which I believe is the best New Song cd to date.

  3. Hannah Said,

    December 1, 2007 @ 7:55 pm

    Thanks for the link, Caleb. I remember you telling me that your church at Geneva sings only psalms. Does your church use any instruments?
    I think that at your church (and I’m sure I’d at least visit if I go to Geneva) I would be very content with the content and words of the music, but I think I would miss the ‘traditional’ hymns a little bit. I like good music, and some of the hymns are beautiful! Though of course, some of them are taken from psalms.
    I wish that churches would stop trying to appease the new generation…just because modern youth listen to rock and pop and metal shouldn’t mean such music should cross over into church. With the labeling of ‘worship music’ I think people forget what worship really means. Kids should be able to appreciate both old and new music at the very least.

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