Worship Wars in Church

WORSHIP WARS IN CHURCH: David Lamb writes this article discussing a common conflict in many church congregations: . “A few well-meaning but misguided folks think they know what everyone will or should like. Their opinion is that whatever is modern/new is far better than the old, outdated stuff with its soaring descants, beautiful choral anthems from oratorios and cantatas, and memorable hymns that have offered inspiration and comfort for centuries.”  While he clearly states his preference for a traditional style of singing and musical settings, he emphasizes the need for flexibility of choral directors to be aware of their congregation’s needs.  There’s more discussion on the subject here.  I find it fascinating that 400 years after Claudio Monteverdi reused the popular music of his own creation (compare his 1607 l’Orfeo introduction with his 1610 Vespers), we’re still having that discussion about modern music in church and whether it is appropriate.

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