Recently at St C’s we invited members of our church community to nominate a hymn for worship which they liked and hadn’t heard for a while. We’d a lovely wide selection including All for Jesus, Come my way, my truth, my life, and On the Mountain, In the Valley and the month’s selections closed with God moves in a mysterious way.
Now from ‘across the pond’ comes an interesting variation on this. Revd Meg Barnhouse, a Unitarian Minister in Austin, Texas, has invited people to bid to have their least favourite hymn blocked from being sung at worship for a year!
Hmm… Now that could be rather contentious! So often the one we loathe is the one our neighbour likes. However, must of us have to admit there are hymns we simply do not like – the words may frustrate us, or the tune irritate us, or even worse both words and music may annoy us.
So which hymn do you think is awful? Which would you pay not to hear for a year?
PS We beat the Church Times to this news story – they published it two days after it appeared on our blog 🙂