So What Should We Sing?
Let's examine the pudding for some proof.
Today I have chapel. I often hear young ones whine about the need for audience participation. I agree. However, my agreement will not take the form of tossing snacks into the crowd to reward correct answers, asking random questions about global issues or stating, "I said, 'Good morning'. I know it's Monday but let's try that again, 'Good MORNingggggggggg!'"
My idea of participation comes in the form of singing. What better participation could there be? So what do we sing? Since I'm a fan of clarity, I want to sing hymns that clearly and powerfully teach about the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Melodic generalities that require assumptions and interpretations are dangerous. My rule is that if Oprah can sing it, I don't.
This is exactly why I'm using verse four of hymn 474 in the Lutheran Service Book, Alleluia! Jesus is Risen at the start of today's chapel.
"Weeping, be gone; Sorrow be silent; Death put asunder, and Easter is bright. Cherubim sing; "O grave, be open!" Clothe us in wonder, adorn us in light. Jesus is risen and we shall arise: give God the glory! Alleluia!"