Thursday, March 5, 2009

Windex Hymnody

A couple of Sundays ago, the roads were too icy to go to our home parish. So, we made our 2nd expotition (for this Winter) to the somewhat nearer AMiA parish. There, we sung this hymn:

Shine Jesus shine
Fill this land with the Father's glory.
Blaze Spirit blaze
Set our hearts on fire.
Flow river flow
Flood the nations with grace and mercy.
Send forth your word
Lord and let there be light.


In the car on the way home, we unanimously decided that this song was "lifted" from a Windex™ commercial. Yes, we are Church-music snobs.

As in:

Shine Windex™ shine
Leave our windows and mirrors spotless.
Spray Windex™ spray
Wash our streaks away.
Flow Windex™ flow
With your new, improved no-drip nozzle.
Send forth your stream
Windex™ let in the light.

We do love the AMiA parish. The priest there is a poet of extraordinary talent (and, as a poetry snob, I don't say that very often!), and the folks are just excellent Christians. But we can only take so much 1970s Youth Group worship music.

Does that make us bad Anglicans?

3 comments:

Former Athiest said...

Believe it or not, that song is head and shoulders better than many if not most of the contemporary Christian worship songs. It's a sad thing that our music has become so dumbed down.

Grandmother said...

Paul, I am the "grandmother" who took a lot of heat on account of my discription of a "ultra Modern" wannabe contemporary service over on the other blog.. If you think the 70s were bad, try the 2011's.

In my opinion there should be a "resemblence to Anglican worship is entirely co-incidental".FA is right, Shine Jesus Shine is way up there on the "orthodox" side compared to "wet sloppy kisses"..

Peace,
Gloria

Anglican Beach Party said...

Thanks, Grandmother.

I agree with you that I didn't pick the worst of the worst. "Wet sloppy kisses" is, indeed, worse.

Peace,
Paul