Among the highlights of 2004, one thing will stand out in my mind: Mystery Worshipper report No. 904.
Report No. 904 includes a very pithy statement which astutely summarizes what Calvinistic protestants have done on Sunday mornings for hundreds of (okay, maybe just the last hundred) years.
Mystery Worshippers answer several questions after their mystery worship experience. One of the questions is, "Was the worship stiff-upper-lip, happy clappy, or what?"
The answer, by Mark Wuntoo (probably not his real name, fortunately), will be a very significant addition to my liturgical vocabulary.
It was a non-conformist hymn sandwich.
I guess the term, "hymn sandwich" has probably been around for a while, but, as far as I can tell, this is the first time I've come across it.
Hymn sandwich. Mmmm. Now, is it weird that I am getting hungry?
Tangent: For the record, here is Mark
"As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, 'See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way;'"
Tangent: Bart Simpson seems to be singing a Polish football (i.e., Soccer) hymn.
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