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What type of music is there at your church on Sundays?<br><br>
We've always had different kinds of music at our church, including a lot of folk music. Lately there is a movement from people who only want "church music" at church and don't want to hear something they could also hear at a cafe or a bar.<br><br>
This seems weird to me. We do sing hymns, have a talented organist and apparently a nice organ was donated to us.<br><br>
What kind of music is at your church?
 

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Our music is ancient. But we're Orthodox <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
At my old church (Evang. Prot.) we had a blend of contemporary songs and hymns, which I really loved. The contemporary stuff is great, and can be incredibly deep and moving, but I've rarely heard a contemporary song that stated things as clearly and profoundly as hymns like "In Christ Alone" or "Be Thou My Vision." Not everyone liked it, but really, if music is getting in the way of their worship, I don't see how that's the church's problem to solve <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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Pretty old hymnity. Organ music only. We're pretty conservative, though.
 

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I go to two churches now.<br><br>
I go to an Orthodox church in the morning and they chant. Not likely to hear that in a cafe or a bar <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
at night we attend a reformed church as a family. it is mix of contemporary and hymns. It is fun but not particularly worshipful to me.
 

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We are pretty conservative... hymns. They actually have instruments not allowed in the sunday service, such as trombones or drums. Piano, organ, flute, strings, reeds are ok.
 

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I currently attend the morning service that does not use music (I attend Episcopal church). The later service does use music, usually hymns, but with an occasional contemporary or song from a different culture thrown in. Funny, I was raised Roman Catholic and LOVE a lot of the folk and contemporary songs I grew up singing ("On Eagle's Wings," "Hear I Am, Lord," "One Bread, One Body," etc.). I REALLY miss these songs!
 

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Our church has some wonderful contemporary praise music. I think many hymns are ok, but I have a hard time with a church that just has them. I enjoy truly worshiping my Lord when I sing and to do that I have to know the words. And quite frankly, most of the hymns that I have heard are just very difficult for me to remember and I spend more time trying to figure out what to say rather than spending the time on worshiping and praising.
 

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We do a mixture. Always some hymns and some contemporary.<br><br>
I like the contemporary best. The energy is just amazing and I am almost always in tears.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We are pretty conservative... hymns. They actually have instruments not allowed in the sunday service, such as trombones or drums. Piano, organ, flute, strings, reeds are ok.</div>
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Sorry, I have to chuckle about trombones not being allowed in church. The origins of that instrument are in the church, and for a long while composers only used them in a symphonic pieces or operas to evoke religious imagery. Funny how times have changed! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Ha! that is great. I have been studying the history of church music a bit (fascinating stuff ) and didn't see anything about that but that is a really fun tidbit.
 

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The church we are in now is pretty much 100% ultra-contemporary worship songs (very rock oriented style of music). I can’t say it is my favorite style, but in all other ways this was the church we most felt we should be a part of. If I had a choice it would probably be a blend of slightly older contemporary worship songs and classic hymns. I love the poetry, the use of words in a lot of the old stuff. And I love knowing the history of songs too. To me songs like Amazing Grace and It is Well with My Soul have depths of meaning and feeling that a lot of new songs just don’t reach. Yes, I am an old fogey!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">...I grew up singing ("On Eagle's Wings," "Hear I Am, Lord," "One Bread, One Body," etc.).</div>
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We do some of this type of music, a lot of hymns, and a lot of stuff from Lift Every Voice and Sing II. We also use Taize chant.<br><br>
Our music director rocks. I'm going to miss her so much. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: She's leaving to pursue her call to ordained ministry.
 
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