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Friday, October 25 2019

The hymn The Church of Christ in Every Age has been stuck in my head this week. I listened to a recording of the hymn done by a worship pastor at a church I used to attend. In this recording he kept the words the same but changed the tune. I have to admit that I don't mind the original tune to the hymn, but I also don't love it. It is forgettable to me. But with new music, suddenly I have been singing the hymn in my head all week. 

Now, you might disagree with me. You might prefer the original tune, but I don't think putting new music to old words in a bad thing even if you prefer the old. As the hymn itself states, The church of Christ in every age beset by change but spirit led must claim and test its heritage and keep on rising from the dead. 

The wonderful thing about the church is that it seeks to live into the truth that is found in Jesus Christ in a constantly changing world. Jesus is still the same, but as the world changes sometimes it needs to adjust the music in which it sings the good news to the world. At its best the church can make space for both the old and new, and hopefully, each can learn from the other a little bit more about the words they sing. 

- Pastor Nick

This article from our Pastor originally appeared in The Beacon, our weekly newsletter. If you would like to see what is going on around the church this week, you can view the latest copy of The Beacon here. Or, if you would like to receive The Beacon in your email inbox each week, you can contact the church office using the information below. 

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