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Church Music Is Too Loud

I don't like LOUD church music that "hurts" my ears. It seems that the church musicians, organist, pianist, etc. always play music as LOUDLY as possible. Does LOUDER church music make for a more POWERFUL, SPIRITUAL, etc. church service?

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Play it just as LOUD as you can, maybe it will keep the devil OUT. Listen folks, God knows and sees your motives. And if you get in trouble, if some FOOL comes inside of church and arrests you, don't worry.
---catherine on 6/23/10

I am SO glad you are NOT my church neighbor.

I think that is a very POOR witness.

Christians are NOT above the law. If they disturb the peace they should be subject to arrest just like a person in a loud bar.
---obewan on 6/23/10


Play it just as LOUD as you can, maybe it will keep the devil OUT. Listen folks, God knows and sees your motives. And if you get in trouble, if some FOOL comes inside of church and arrests you, don't worry. God's judgment is going to come down hard and Swift on the wicked man, especially, those in power. And you, the Saints, shall be rewarded. That is Bible folks.....Hallelujah, Hallelujah. There is a hell, ha, ha. Ho, ho. Lets just all beg for God's judgment, come on lets beg for it. Haaa.
---catherine on 6/23/10


you know what i really like about churchmusic? however it is often the worst sang out of tone, with musicians who would ghet beerbottles thrown to their heads if they played in a bar, nobody cares, for it is done to God's Glory and everyone is doing his/her best.
---Andy3996 on 6/22/10


\\At times, I may sing a little louder (putting more emphasis)during certain parts of the music.\\

One of the reasons why the Psalms, and for that matter, Scripture readings and prayers were chanted was to AVOID putting personal emphasis or interpretation on them, but to let the texts act by their own power and deliver their own message.
---Cluny on 6/19/10


On occasion, I cantor (sing solo) at the church that I go to. The music is based on the Psalms. When I sing, I try my best to do it from my heart, in a way that glorifies God. At times, I may sing a little louder (putting more emphasis)during certain parts of the music. I want the Lord to work through me so that I am more able to show my love for Him. Only through His power in my life can I effectively witness to my faith! Louder music is not necessarily a bad thing as long as we are proclaiming His Word in truth!
---Tim on 6/19/10




\\Because of her loneliness in living w/a family who believes she is crazy because they do not understand the ways or gifts of God, she has succumbed to these spirits pretending to be God.\\

So, I'm not the only one who has reached these conclusions.
---Cluny on 6/18/10

I believe in the Holy Spirit too but it would seem that after awhile she would learn how to avoid putting fuel on the fire.

Some things are best shared with Christians only because non-Christians can not understand.
---obewan on 6/18/10


No, but it is easier to manipulate group emotions with loud overpowering music, so its done.

If not careful music can have its own spirit and is easily abused by the enemy. Many a church has suffered schizmata birthed in the music ministry and allowed to metasticize like a cancer.

My church can be as loud as an outdoor concert I attendend by U2. The Saturday night service is loudest and the Sunday services toned-down.

You can ask me later about why I attendend
---larry on 6/18/10


\\Because of her loneliness in living w/a family who believes she is crazy because they do not understand the ways or gifts of God, she has succumbed to these spirits pretending to be God.\\

So, I'm not the only one who has reached these conclusions.
---Cluny on 6/18/10


Rob,I appreciate your love. I pray God uses you mightily, for your humbleness. I have corrected Catherine & tried to befriend her in other blogs. Now is the time to let God. He is able.

The fact that she HEARS any spirit is indicative of the ability to HEAR God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, which is a gift not everyone has received. Because of that gift satan has sent other spirits to try to deter her from her calling. Because of her loneliness in living w/a family who believes she is crazy because they do not understand the ways or gifts of God, she has succumbed to these spirits pretending to be God. Until she understands that & commands them to leave she will live in this feeling of defeat,judging others because of being judged.
---fay on 6/18/10


Fay, I know that you come to the defense of Catherine, and some of the things people said about her were inappropriate.

But if you read through the blog "ORIGIN OF THE NAME REVEREND" you will notice something is not quite normal concerning Catherine.

I am not sharing this to be cruel, out of malice or to be critical, it is just something I have noticed and I am wondering about.
---Rob on 6/18/10




"Go, You Chicken Fat" was written by Merideth Willson and sung by Robert Preston.
---Cluny on 6/17/10


Yes, music on here would be nice.
---catherine on 6/17/10


\\ I am more sane that I've ever been in my life.
---catherine on 6/16/10\\

Which may not be saying too much.

Sane, btw, is NOT a term used by mental health professionals. It's LEGAL concept, not a psychological one. Didn't God tell you that?

\\I think I'll listen to the old-time gospel hymn "Crown Him With Many Crowns".
---Sag on 6/16/10\\

This is not an "old-time [meaning early 20th century] gospel hymn.

It made its first appearance in that Anglican collection HYMNS ANCIENT AND MODERN.
---Cluny on 6/17/10


Unfortunately, the rules here at Christianet don't permit me to attach a music file to my post. Otherwise, I would do so.

The music would be "Chicken Fat". A tune that I first learned back in Elementary School:

"Push Up", Every Morning, TEN Times --

Give that Chicken Fat back to the chicken and don't be Chicken again --

Everybody sing! Go You Chicken Fat Go!

I don't remember the words exactly, but I remember that the teacher played the music so LOUD that everyone's ears hurt. For a long time too.

I hope that I DON'T get tarred & feathered for being as fat as a Chicken. I'm working on becoming thinner. Really! I am.
---Sag on 6/17/10


Saq,

Your big belly would look great with feathers!

My input to your question is that loud music (not in a cathedral type church) is a device that Satan is bringing into the church to evoke flesh and emotion instead of the Spirit.

Catherine, you have obviously been hurt very deeply, and I am very sorry.
---aka.joseph on 6/17/10


//I just remembered that the Bible says that we should AVOID foolish arguments. I think that it is "best" that I stay out of you folks' "bashing each other".//

Sag,

The Bible also says to lovingly pull someone from the fire, and I think that fay has started this, and made a great suggestion. rob quickly got on board. others have used less direct methods which may seem questionable at times, but i think everybody is trying.
---aka.joseph on 6/17/10


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There are many churches, in which, most are ran by unsaved preachers. There are many churches that Satan loves to attend. And you are fretting over loud music. You ought to be tarred and feathered.
---catherine on 6/17/10


Sag,

You have been blogging long enough to know that if a thread is still in tact after 10 responses without it going off on a tangent you are fortunate. if it survives 20, you are blessed, and if it is in tact over 30, it is just a miracle. To be quite honest, i've been trying my hardest to figure out a way to turn this into a 4th commandment issue.

How is this: Sag, no matter how loud the musice is on Sunday or Wednedsday, God only hears church music on Saturday.

I have a loud music story and its implications that I will share later if this blog is not closed out first by uncheerful bloggers.
---aka.joseph on 6/17/10


Sorry, sag. I'm out of here.
---fay on 6/17/10


I feel "left out" of the discussion going on. Anyone have an explanation for WHY I was rudely excluded?

Never mind --

I just remembered that the Bible says that we should AVOID foolish arguments. I think that it is "best" that I stay out of you folks' "bashing each other".

Don't you think that it is a rather childish waste of your time? Think about it.
---Sag on 6/16/10


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Wellll, have I past the sanity test? Cuny, did I? I am more sane that I've ever been in my life. ---catherine

let me get this straight. You quote some scripture (not a common thing for you) with face-to-face in it, and now you are proven sane? and to whom?

Catherine, ignore...Concentrate on Jesus. Don't answer what you would like to say, wait for Jesus to tell you when & what. ---fay

If you do (concentrate on Jesus), you may find yourself quoting more Scripture in a manner which does not grieve the Spirit.

Php 1:16-17 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to [our] bonds: But the other of love, knowing that [we are] set for the defense of the gospel.
---aka.joseph on 6/17/10


Wellll, have I past the sanity test? Cuny, did I? I am more sane that I've ever been in my life.
---catherine on 6/16/10


\\fay I have his answer for him. However, I am taking my time.
---catherine on 6/16/10\\

You already tried. You called me a fool--this despite Christ's own warning about calliing people fools.

I'm a fool for Christ, catherine. Whose fool are you?


\\Catherine, ignore that reply from Cluny. Stay focused on Christ, NOT on what others think of you.
---fay on 6/16/10
\\

fay, are you saying that catherine is NOT doing a good job on her own making herself to appear crazy?

I'm not the only one who has come to this conclusion, fay. There are others.
---Cluny on 6/16/10


The responses on this blog made me have a "laughing" attack. My big, fat, tummy hurts. Really bad too.

Can't complain. I believe that God loves cheerful bloggers and cheerful I am now. Hallelujah!

I guess that answers my blog question. And my computer didn't even have to play any music -- yet.

I think I'll listen to the old-time gospel hymn "Crown Him With Many Crowns".
---Sag on 6/16/10


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FACE TO FACE>>>There are many Scriptures. It is from the Bible which I got this and the Person of the Holy Spirit. I have words to speak straight from God's lips. Genesis 32: 29-30>>>>"Then Jacob asked Him and said, "please tell me your name". But He said, "why is it that you ask my name?" And He blessed him there. So Jacob named the place Peniel for He said," I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been preserved".====Can also mean the presence of the living God.
---catherine on 6/16/10


Again Catherine, ignore obewan. Concentrate on Jesus. Don't answer what you would like to say, wait for Jesus to tell you when & what.
---fay on 6/16/10


fay I have his answer for him. However, I am taking my time.
---catherine on 6/16/10

We can't wait to hear it.

Hopefully it will prove your sanity.
---obewan on 6/16/10


fay I have his answer for him. However, I am taking my time.
---catherine on 6/16/10


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Catherine, ignore that reply from Cluny. Stay focused on Christ, NOT on what others think of you.
---fay on 6/16/10


\\YOU ARE TRYING TO MAKE ME OUT TO BE CRAZY\\

You don't need our help, catherine. You do quite well on your own.
---Cluny on 6/16/10


Fay, I stand corrected. Thanks!

Catherine, what did you mean when you wrote GOD TOLD YOU SOMETHING FACE TO FACE?
---Rob on 6/16/10


I used to wonder why in the world would people sing a song("He walks with me & He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own...") they don't believe. Well, I guess I still wonder. Many times people use phrases they don't actually mean. Until we all realize that we all will give account of every word we speak we will all mis-speak once in a while. The correct Christian response to Catherine would be, "Did you mean...?"

Catherine, please forgive those(including myself)who misunderstand you and be patient & explain in love not defense. What an awesome vision that must have been.
---fay on 6/15/10


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YOU ARE TRYING TO MAKE ME OUT TO BE CRAZY! I know what you are trying to do. Face-to-face>>>Does not mean that I actually saw God's face, however, I almost did a few days ago, [I AM SO SERIOUS], when we were discussing "Solomon". To make it short, God said, "yes He belong to me". And I actually saw the love in God's eyes for all His people. And something else, my friend, GOD IS BIG. It was almost as if He almost filled this room....I don't care what you think. My God talks, hears, walks, holds, see's. Yes, He does, and much, much, more. Good day.
---catherine on 6/15/10


\\Do you know the whole Bible, or only a few verses? \\

Judging from your posts here, catherine, I'm not the only one who knows the Bible much better than you do.

Many of the things you say your god tells you actually conflict with the Bible.
---Cluny on 6/15/10


Catherine, on 6/13/10, you wrote that GOD told you something FACE TO FACE. If this is true, what is written 1 John 4:12, no person has ever seen God, must be a lie.

Catherine, if GOD told you something FACE TO FACE, let me ask you what does GOD LOOK LIKE?
---Rob on 6/15/10


I, also can't stand the angry chainsaw noise(perfect description), but I do love the music part of the worship service. I feel the words should be louder than the instruments. After all, isn't it the words that praise & glorify Jesus. I most enjoy old hymns mixed with modern praise songs, and thoroughly enjoy acapello.
---fay on 6/15/10


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No, Loud is not the same as anointed. I have visited churches that crank the volume up on the speakers so loudly that the loud sound becomes unbearable to the ears, and so I try covering my ears from the unhealthy loudness and usually I leave and go outside with God. My God is not hard of hearing that the volumn has to be blasting in his ears, if you my God in your service then have the volume at a reasonable level, and not at maximum decibels.
---Eloy on 6/15/10


Paul had a right to take a believing spouse and be supported by the preaching of the gospel, but he used neither right. He is a pattern for us to follow. It is selfish and un-Christlike to disturb the peace and then put God's name on it.
---Linda on 6/14/10


\\God told me so, face to face.\\

And what does this have to do with some people finding instrumental music too loud in some churches?

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In the Name of Jesus, deceiving religious spirit, come out of catherine right now.

Holy angels, lead it to its appointed place so it won't delude her or anyone else again.
---Cluny on 6/14/10


Cuny, it is not about us. It is about God's rights. God is our ruler. We should have more rights than anyone because our God owns everything. And, besides all that, we are not here to be trampled upon, God told me so, face to face. God expects His people to FIGHT. God will fight for us. If we stay faithful to Him. I have experienced God's power in dealing with one or two devils, Ha. These judgments should wake all you big-shots up. Do you know the whole Bible, or only a few verses? The God of the Old Testament is the God of the New Testament. I may not be the brightest, But God knows me. Furthermore, God did not save me because of my greatness, He saved me because of His Greatness.
---catherine on 6/13/10


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\\And what "rights" should a Christian claim? I don't recall Jesus ever teaching that we should claim our "rights" from the wicked\\

When Jesus quoted the Lex Talionis ("eye for eye, tooth for tooth"), He said that His followers should NOT seek redress for which they had a right--even monetary compensation (which is how it had been traditionally interpreted).

And when St. Paul criticized Christians in Corinth for going to the secular courts, he told them it were spiritually better for them to suffer being defrauded.
---Cluny on 6/13/10


A church moved in and I thought, great! These will be good neighbors. Then the music started. It was loud (guitars, drums, tambourines, the whole works) and AMPLIFIED. ---NurseRobert on 6/12/10

LOL A few years back there was a similar case with some kind of Pentacostal church. The police raided the meeting for "disturbing the peace". The pastor fought back claiming "right to assemble" and "free speech" or some such claim. It was a lawsuit of epidemic proportions with appeals and all. I don't know how it ended up.

I used to attend a Mennonite church that had gentle chimed music hymns (like an ice cream truck) playing on an outside speaker. The neighbors complained and it had to stop!
---obewan on 6/12/10


"...angry chainsaws." I got a good chuckle out of that. :)
---Rod4Him on 6/12/10


About 9-10 years ago, I lived in a house on a city block. Across the street was an empty building, last used as an engineers office. A church moved in and I thought, great! These will be good neighbors. Then the music started. It was loud (guitars, drums, tambourines, the whole works) and AMPLIFIED. It started at 5pm Wednesday and lasted until 10. It started at 8am on Sunday, lasting until 3, then a short break, then started again and lasted until 10. Oh, and usually off tune.

So then, tell me.. what right do I have to peaceful enjoyment of my property? And why do these church people think they have the right to disturb the peace?

As far as God's rights... God is the last one to need your help to preserve His rights.
---NurseRobert on 6/12/10


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Catherine-- I still don't have a clue what you are talking about or why you keep wringing your hands about "rights".. ,Who are these wicked people who are taking your (or our)"rights"...and what "rights" are they taking? What does this have to do with music in the church? Church-goers can be Christian and still disagree with other Christians about the music.

And what "rights" should a Christian claim? I don't recall Jesus ever teaching that we should claim our "rights" from the wicked. HE certainly didn't...He went as a lamb to the slaughter, all the way to the cross. And He was God of Heaven and Earth.
---Donna66 on 6/11/10


\\Why should unbelievers have all the Rights\\

Et reliqua.

I have no idea what your words here have to do with some people finding instrumental music being too loud, catherine.

Do you? If so, could you explain it to us, please?

And why do you think we have to remind God of anything?

Finally, as God has said in His Word that He does NOT delight in the death of a sinner, your saying, "Hallelujah" at the idea of people going to hell is just further proof that you're not hearing from the real God of the Bible.
---Cluny on 6/12/10


Why should unbelievers have all the Rights? Why should lost people have all the rights? Why should evil people have all the rights. Does any one care about God's rights? God owns everything. What fool did away with God's laws that He wrote with His very own finger. Come on get a grip. Ask God what to do. Remind Him that He owns everything, and for Him to put the wicked man in His place. Here on earth and in hell. Hallelujah.
---catherine on 6/11/10


I have major issues with the soundboard techs at our church. The music is not too loud, but the mix is terrible.

We have a $40,000 Steinway grand piano. They do not mike it. They mike the drums with three mikes. The drums & guitar drown out all acoustic instruments. Piano and acoustic guitar might as well go home -they are wasting their efforts.

The only thing heard is loud drums and loud heavy electric guitar that sounds like angry chain saws.

I like little acoustic instruments that can be heard in the mix. It hit home with me because I spent 5 years as a piano/keyboard player and most of the time my efforts were wasted too.

And, we have a worship pastor who earns over $60K a year who is clueless on this!
---obewan on 6/11/10


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--- Donna5535 ---

I believe that many churches have become more "seeker friendly". Their music tends to be more of whatever "pleases" the congregation, instead of what "glorifies" God.

I prefer the old, prophetic, gospel songs. NOT out of personal preference, but because I believe that that music "glorifies" God.

Many church goers have openly told me that I'm a back-slidder for not learning to like the "new" church music: Christian Rock, Rap, Hip-Hop, etc. Too Bad. I still believe that the older songs "glorify" God.
---Sag on 6/11/10


Sag, the answer to your question is: NO.

However, I have another question regarding the music.

Why aren't the true churches, the ones who KNOW the Lord and are growing in the knowledge of Him and walking closely with him, why aren't churches now doing prophetic worship songs?

Why is the music and songs so modernized these days?

And why don't they sing, He is Lord anymore? or As the deer pants after thee so my soul thirsts for thee Oh Lord, you alone are my real joygiver and the (forget the rest of the words, sorry). But why don't they sing prophetic songs?
---Donna5535 on 6/11/10


Sag, good comment.

//Those things "destroy" the God-given ability to HEAR.//

I also think that those things "prevent" the God-given ability to LISTEN.
---aka.joseph on 6/11/10


alan8566_of_uk:

Great Reply!

I just hope that Apple, Sony, or other electronic manufacturers, don't read that!

They might be tempted to bring legal action against you for discouraging sales of their toys. Which, actually, are causing some people to suffer hearing loss.

I should mention that I DO NOT own an Apple iPod, Sony Walkman, etc. for the very reason you illustrated so well. Those things "destroy" the God-given ability to HEAR.

I prefer to have the volume of any music at a "reasonable" level and keep my "hearing" ability. I believe that that is the Godly way to live. Everything in moderation.
---Sag on 6/11/10


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A cautionary tale:

I was with a young man (about 28) the other day ... and he wanted the music turned up ... although it was quite clear to us "oldies", he could not hear it.

And he cannot hear the birds sing, or the sound of the waves.

And all because when he has his Walkman or IPod on, he has it turned up so loud that people can hear it ten feet away. He has tuned himself deaf

KarenD ... maybe you need the music so loud, because you have ruined your hearing by having it too loud through your younger life?

I would like to say "LoL" ... but won't because I think this is a serious problem affecting the young.
---alan8566_of_uk on 6/11/10


Catherine,

I visited one church and helped one of the pastors with street evangelism.

This church had the music playing so . . . loud that members of the church band had to wear ear plugs and the police were called. More than once, too.

The street evangelist got a hefty ticket for "disturbing the peace".

I haven't been back to that church. Doesn't the Bible teach that we need to OBEY laws for: Traffic? Civility? Refrain from criminal activity? A church that can't follow the law seems spooky to me.

Do I sound like a back slidder or something?

Does it sound like Satan was at work?
---Sag on 6/10/10


Catherine --- I just don't see how "persecution" enters into this. It's only MUSIC we're talking about, after all. For many Christians in other countries the world is not merely "not nice"...it's horrible. And their lives are at risk every single day. I've suffered some rejection over the years as a believer, but it's not really worth mentioning, let alone calling it "persecution".
---Donna66 on 6/10/10


I like loud music...play those "psalteries and harps and trumpets" as loud as you can. Keyboards and drums and guitars at full volume are fine, too. Sing and praise as loud as you please.

Just don't electronically amplify them several times normal, so the walls shake and you can't communicate with the person next to you, even if you are shouting.
---Donna66 on 6/10/10


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Read 2 Chronicles 20:1-30, (And See If You Have The Same Attitude About Loud Music In The Church Or Not).
---John on 6/10/10


Read my blog again, and then get back with me on this. If you are a true Christian. The devil hates you. And the devil, well, he has plenty of people in which he can use against us. Praise the Lord. Yes, Jesus. If you are saved you know about persecution. If you are not save, you are so comfortable in what you do. Yes. This world is not a nice place for God's people. His chosen people. Come out of your comfort bubble.
---catherine on 6/10/10


Catherine, Donna:

I didn't intend for my question to start an argument or anything.

I just wanted to know about other people's OPINIONS of loud music. Many churches seem to have the policy, or belief, that the LOUDER the music, the BETTER.

I've talked to some folks who have had to wear ear-plus in church. Their hearing ability was already low and they didn't want to injure their ears more.

Some people suffer hearing loss at younger-and-younger ages because of their going to LOUD concerts and such.

PEACE!
---Sag on 6/10/10


Catherine -- What is this great "injustice" you are suffering? Is it an "injustice" that some people don't like your music and are honest enough to say so? Or are you outright condemning them as if they "don't believe in Jesus, that He was raised from the dead, that He is the Son of God who died for man's sins."
Some of these people MAY have been true Christians for longer than you have been alive. And don't worry, they won't stay where they are told "if you don't like it get out".

Somehow, this doesn't sound like the church the Lord intended. And such a cry for "justice" doesn't sound like the Jesus who really DID had every right to demand justice, but did not.
---Donna66 on 6/10/10


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To some yes. If you don't like it, get out. We, God's people, must put-up with a whole lot of junk in an unbelieving world. They don't believe in Jesus, that He was raised from the dead, that He is the Son of God who died for man's sins. The world don't believe that you can only be saved through His Son's Blood. So, why can't true Christians have justice today. "There will be justice in my court", saith the Lord thy God. Ha, Ha. AHHHJesus.
---catherine on 6/10/10


Cluny -- Because of the great acoustics, there was ONE microphone near the altar.
The choir, which sang unaccompanied, did not need amplification


Now that's what I like!
I like a capella, plainsong and Gregorian chant. If this is the kind of music your church uses, I'd love it.
But I like congregational singing too, 19th and some 20th century songs. Few "contemporary" Christian pieces lend themselves well to congregational singing.

The music I like doesn't need to be half as loud as a jet engine to be enjoyed.
Even with my hearing aids out, most of today's music is too loud. But I'm even older than you!
---Donna66 on 6/8/10


cluny, you'd love St. Anne's Church in Jerusalem for the same reasons you describe.
---Rod4Him on 6/8/10


Notice also that excessive electrical amplification makes sound, and especially music, sound harsh and unnatural.

I was once full-time choir director and cantor in a large parish. The Church building itself took up about half a block (not counting the parish hall which was across the street).

Because of the great acoustics, there was ONE microphone near the altar.

The choir, which sang unaccompanied, did not need amplification.
---Cluny on 6/8/10


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\\What's wrong with 19th century hymns? Are they less holy because they are "modern"? \\

Yes. Don't forget, there was someone who talked about how he liked "old fashioned" songs (or words to this effect). I just wanted him to know where he could hear REALLY old stuff.

||Never mind, of course they are less holy. Most came out of the "western" church!\\

When you get things right the first time, you don't have to change anything.
---Cluny on 6/7/10


Well, I guess I am too old too. I'd rather listen to some oldies but goodies than to some of the "Christian rock" of these days.
---Rod4Him on 6/7/10


Oh, Karen --

I take it that you are one of those youth leaders who seem to think that LOUDER means that the service is BETTER.

Actually, music that is too LOUD can cause hearing loss in people. And it is happening. Young folks are losing their hearing at ever younger ages.
---Sag on 6/7/10


OK, I'm gonna say it. If the music is too loud, you're too old. LOL
---KarenD on 6/7/10


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\\Didn't we just finish a blog with this topic? Cluny, HOW OLD ARE you, that 19th century is "modern"? Shhh... We won't tell.\\

I'll be 60 my next birthday.

But it's not a question of how old am I.

The Orthodox Church is older than the Reformation, or even the Roman Catholic Church, and existed even before staff notation was invented.

So anything the West produces in music will be newfangled to us.
---Cluny on 6/7/10


No. just makes louder music.Is there a way where you can time how long they play & show up after worship is over, but in time for the message?
---candice on 6/7/10


I have encountered loud music in church and I didn't like it. My preference is for quiet music!!! Just yesterday I heard some quiet music played on a flute by 60-year-old lady the song was(since Jesus came into my heart) and it was unbelievably wonderful and good to listen too!!!
---mima on 6/7/10


Didn't we just finish a blog with this topic? Cluny, HOW OLD ARE you, that 19th century is "modern"? Shhh... We won't tell.

Did the Lord quit inspiring musicians after the psalms were written? Or was it in the 4th century? What's wrong with 19th century hymns? Are they less holy because they are "modern"?
Never mind, of course they are less holy. Most came out of the "western" church!
---Donna66 on 6/6/10


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\\also the good ole hymns Has more meaning.
---Lawrence on 6/6/10\\

Like the evening hymn Phos Ilaron, which St. Basil described in the 4th century as being ancient?

Or modern stuff from the 19th and 20th centuries?
---Cluny on 6/6/10


I'm sure that church musicians, especially instrumentalists, throughout the world base their decibel level on what you find comfortable, Sag, and are just waiting for your directions.

But remember that what is too loud for you might be just right for others--or even just barely audible for some.

Speaking as an organist, I've noticed that most evangelical churches tend to be very dead acoustically, with little reverberation, which they make up for by using too much electronic amplification. Music is energy, and needs room to grow and bloom and sound natural, without being too loud. High ceilings and hard surfaces help this.

And any enclosed space will have dead or extra-loud spots.

Have you tried sitting elsewhere?
---Cluny on 6/6/10


Louder? No it doesn't make more powerful or spiritual.
Such people are using this to motivate people
& Not letting The Holy-Ghost move on people. I Greatly dislike contemp music in services.
Scripture Jer.6 v 16, & also the good ole hymns Has more meaning.
---Lawrence on 6/6/10


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