The audience at a Calgary megachurch was left in shock after the worship band performed ‘Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing’ during the Sunday morning worship set.
“I’m not sure how this old thing got onto the set list,” said worship pastor Dylan. “I certainly didn’t put it there.”
When he noticed the song on the list in the middle of the service, Dylan was left standing awkwardly for a moment before proceeding.
“Ah, I’m sorry, folks, hold on a second here. It seems that something’s gone wrong…really wrong,” said Dylan to a bewildered audience. “Okay, well, umm, I guess, could you all get out your hymnals and turn to page 352?”
Audience members looked around at each other, not sure exactly what they were supposed to do.
“No, I’m being serious. We’re singing a hymn apparently,” said Dylan, who explained to the audience how a hymnal works and suggested that couples could hold a single hymnal between them. “All right, folks, let’s see how this goes.”
Dylan was able to coach the audience through all three verses of the hymn, despite a totally ill-timed attempt at a guitar solo by an overly eager worship guitarist.
he country singer Jessi Colter is best known for her part on the 1976 album “Wanted! The Outlaws” with Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser and her then husband Waylon Jennings. A few years ago, Colter and Lenny Kaye, who’s best known as the guitarist in Patti Smith’s band, recorded some biblical psalms set to music. They’ve been remixed and are being released now for the first time. Rock critic Ken Tucker has a review of “The Psalms.”
Music video for George Strait’s song, “I Saw God Today”. Hope you enjoy it!
Here are the lyrics:
I just walked down the street to the coffee shop
had to take a break
I’d been by her side for eighteen hours straight
I saw a flower growing in the middle of the sidewalk
pushing up through the concrete
like it was planted right there for me to see
the flashin’ lights, the honkin’ horns
all seemed to fade away
in the shadow of that hospital at 5:08
I saw God today
I’ve been to church
I’ve read the book
I know He’s here, but I don’t look
near as often as I should
Yeah, I know I should
His fingerprints are everywhere
I’d just slow down to stop and stare
opened my eyes and man I swear
I saw God today
I saw a couple walking by they were holding hands
Man, she had that glow
yeah I couldn’t help but notice she was starting to show
I stood there for a minute takin’ in the sky
lost in that sunset
a splash of amber melted in the shades of red
I got my face pressed up against the nursery glass
She’s sleeping like a rock
My name on her wrist wearing tiny pink socks
She’s got my nose, she’s got her mama’s eyes
My brand new baby girl
She’s a miracle
I saw God today
So what explains their appeal?
“I like them because they express such positive values,” said Jia Su, a 24-year-old advertising worker in Beijing. She has followed the group since she was a university student and now manages the Weibo account of a fan club for TFBoys. “They are nice, kind, hardworking. That’s what the Japanese and Korean boy bands don’t have.”
Unlike many teenage pop stars in Japan, South Korea and elsewhere, the members of TFBoys display no signs of youthful rebellion. They decidedly do not walk on the wild side. They sing of studying hard and serving the nation. The group’s music is cheerful with upbeat lyrics, and the boys’ appearance tends toward neat outfits and sweet smiles.
.. That wholesome schoolboy image has won TFBoys love not only from Chinese fans, but also from the government. They have twice been featured on the Chinese Lunar New Year television gala staged by CCTV, the state broadcaster.
.. “One way the Chinese government controls the entertainment industry,” said Zhu Dake, a cultural critic at Tongji University in Shanghai, “is by honoring and financially rewarding those who, from the government’s perspective, are conveying positive values.”
In this case, “positive values” means not just traditional values such as filial piety, social harmony and hard work, but also deference to the party line.
.. Since South Korea agreed last year to allow the United States to install a missile defense system — called the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or Thaad — South Korean shows have been blocked from the Chinese internet, and South Korean singers and actors have been barred from Chinese television.
.. “No company can risk sponsoring a ‘bad boy’ band that might end up on the government’s blacklist,”
.. “Before the early 2000s, the mainland Chinese entertainment industry was dominated by Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea. Celebrities from those places were regarded as true stars,” Mr. Zou said. “But it’s different now. We have the money, and the market. What’s more, entertainment companies have learned the key to producing successful idols.”
.. “There’s a Chinese saying: At the age of 3 you can already see what a man will be like when he is old.”