November 25th, 2020

fudd tenor

And it didn't hurt me a bit

I mentioned in a Facebook post having learned “Now Thank We All Our God” in elementary school Music class. The school taught us all sorts of things belonging to the common culture, including religious songs. I learned to sing the full Malotte arrangement of “The Lord’s Prayer” in those classes. We also learned various patriotic songs (e.g., “The Star-spangled Banner”), and a mélange of ballads and pop songs, including “Here Comes Santa Claus” for Christmas and the now politically incorrect “Who Threw the Overalls in Mrs. Murphy’s Chowder?” for St. Patrick’s Day.

Mrs. Dyer (Dyar?) had an upright piano permanently mounted on a little four-wheel furniture dolly, and she pushed it from classroom to classroom for our lessons. Occasionally, older elementary boys would be given the privilege of pushing it for her. She accompanied and directed us from a standing position. In my last year or two of elementary school, I remember us going to the gym/stage area to join her for Music class, instead of her coming to us. She was the entire elementary school Music department. When one moved up to Junior High in 7th Grade, you could take Band. The Band Director was the whole Music department for the next six grades, as I recall.

And so it is that most of the hymns I knew as a child (other than Christmas songs) I learned in either public school music class or Scout camp chapel services. The only songs I remember learning in church as a child were the Gloria Patri and the Doxology. When I went to seminary, I remember learning “To God be the glory, great things he hath done” as a new hymn.

A word about "revival"

A revival is not a program conducted by a church. It is an outpouring of the Spirit of God upon the hearts of men and women, boys and girls. It cannot be manufactured by human effort. It happens all the time, by ones and by twos, in the hearts of people who turn to God; but at some particular times, it happens all over the place to great numbers of people. In doing so, it re-orders society, at least for a while. It is something greatly to be wished, but also legitimately to be feared. We must desire it so much we are willing to take the bad effects with the good, without confusing the two.Collapse )