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New Year's Eve

I may actually make it to midnight this year.... interesting.

Well, I had a whole nice little post about the CD I was listening to... but the computer decided to lock up as I was polishing it off, so I lost the whole of it. 'Twas about Michael Card's "Starkindler" album.... very, very good, especially if you like Celtic styles and old hymns (even older than A Mighty Fortress!).

Speaking of Mighty Fortress, we sang that today in church. But, the third verse was omitted, unfortunately. To tell the whole story, you absolutely must have all four verses! Consider a rather shortened version:
A mighty fortress is our God...For still our ancient foe... on Earth is not His equal.... our striving would be losing, were not the right Man on our side... and He must win the battle!... And though this world... should threaten to undo us, we will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us. The Prince of Darkness... we tremble not for him... for lo, his doom is sure - one little Word shall fell him. That Word... abideth: The Spirit and the Truth are ours, through Him... the body they may kill; God's truth abideth still! His Kingdom is FOREVER!

You know the parts I've omitted. It's a real story.

Well, it's ten minutes till eleven. Still one hour to go!

Comments

MutantJanitor said…
ah yes, the third verse? i remember in my high school graduation the guys of the class was supposed to lead on it. of course we hadn't practiced really until the day of, and its the one verse of the song I don't really know all that well, and that was the case for most of the guys. we made it i guess...
RS said…
you guess? You don't know? How could you mess up on that verse???

(can you tell that's close to being my favorite verse, if it is not already?)
MutantJanitor said…
well, to be honest, I only really know the first verse of the hymn. my church doesn't sing that much of hymns. i think hymns are cool, but i don't know many that well.
RS said…
oh, that's too bad.... because, yes, hymns are wonderful. (At least most of them. Some have less-than-perfect melodies.) I recommend "Be Thou My Vision".
MutantJanitor said…
i don't like Be Thou My Vision a lot. i think the message is great, but my college played it all the time in its mandatory chapel. so uh...yeah, i'm not a big fan of it. I tend to like more of the 'jamming' hymns. like Can It Be?, All Hail the Power, that type of thing.
RS said…
aw... that's a great way to ruin a great song...

That's funny. I never thought of And Can It Be as a jammin' song. Victory in Jesus, however... and Mighty Fortress for that matter, and Jesus Giveth Us the Victory, and Sound the Battle Cry (that's a great jumping one!).

I think I know a few too many.... :-P
MutantJanitor said…
hey, thats a good thing. hymns are great expressions of who Jesus Christ is. I don't know as many, and perhaps its bad, I dunno. Cause I know just as many songs that aren't hymns...literally.
RS said…
how do you mean? You don't know very many songs at all, or just the same amount of secular music as Christian music?
MutantJanitor said…
oh, i know probably a thousand songs, and can/could sing them with hardly any trouble. its a mix of what i grew up listening to, mostly 'Christian' (i abhor that label) music, and a growing collection of alternative/mainstream artists that they play on the radio. my collection of over 120 CD's plus radio listening, plus friend's musical influences...
yeah, i'm a music person more than i let on.
RS said…
heh, more than I am, it seems! My CD collection consists of... lemme think... a Michael Card, a Keith Green, a Rich Mullins, a Simon & Garfunkel, two Phantom of the Opera CDs, a couple Southern Gospel CDs from the county fair, a "praise & worship" CD which I keep only for two songs on it, and a CD I got from youth group... I really should give that last one away, come to think of it...

yeah, I don't buy CDs much... weird...

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