02 June 2010

The full videos from the Togo Africans

enjoying their new hymnal (think LSB in French) put out by Lutheran Church Canada and published through CPH.  As Pr. Fisk said in his video, THIS is what changing the style and keeping the substance of Lutheran worship sounds like (though note they're just practicing the music, not using it in a Divine Service):


Pr. H. R. said...

Tres biens! Je suis tres heuruex que notres freres d'Afrique ont cet livre!

Notres freres en Haiti: l'ont-ils?


William Weedon said...

Yeah, as I told another friend, you do and you clean it up, capiche?

Past Elder said...

This stuff is great!

You suppose a guy with Russian-accented French from childhood could join in? (That's me, took French in the 1950s from a woman kicked out of the Czarist court society by the Revolution.)

Reminds me of an African group that performed at my first LCMS parish. Not from a former French colony though.

Wonder whatever happened to the Missa Luba.

Think LSB in French? Judas, I'm not that big on LSB in English, except that it's better than any other service book of some sort of Lutheran origin dating from since the Revolution (the Vatican, not the October, one).

Saw the Cards-Reds game end at the pizza place to-night. I'm a member of Red Sox Nation Living in the Diaspora, which is a problem because everyone knows baseball as it is played in the mind of God at sport is NL, not AL, but now that I'm LCMS these last few years I have taken it as a matter of confession to root for the Cards. My life goal is a game at Busch with PTM, where all differences put aside, we may bask in the foretaste of contemplation of the Divine Mind that is baseball, the Page 15 of sport.

Tapani Simojoki said...

Don't kid yourselves, folks: this isn't just 'rehearsal style'. This is how it goes in church, too. And if there's a church choir, they very likely swing their hips too.

Just don't try it in S. Illinois or anywhere in the UK.

And don't bother donating a pipe organ to our brothers in Togo. No need.

Randy Asburry said...

It's also good to note that their use of the drums is simply their normal, everyday way of playing music and accompanying community singing, much like the piano might be for us westerners in the more northern parts of the globe. (Granted the drums would be more portable than a piano, but that's a different matter.) I absolutely love how they, and the folks I got to know in the Sudan some years ago, sing with gusto, sing what's given them in the hymnbook, and aren't at all concerned about making it "contemporary" or "relevant." They simply rejoice in the content of the Gospel's "new song." And it's very plain when you watch and listen!

William Weedon said...

Pr. Simojoki, no question their worship is as lively. I just wanted to be clear that this wasn't a worship service, but a seminary class room. Hey if they can be that jazzed up over class, just imagine worship! :)

Pr. Asburry, amen!

Paul said...

Now if we were to teach OUR seminarians to sing from the hymnal with such gusto, perhaps we wouldn't be so fast to abandon the treasures of the church song?

Papa Joe said...

I would love to replace the organ at my church with these drums! It's so nice when the instrument accompanies the singing instead of overpowering it.

Omar said...

These are fine examples of inculturation of the Gospel. I live in the Caribbean and the best examples of inculturation include the African drum that traveled with slaves and the attendant swaying of hands and swaying of hips.When the steelpans --a true Caribbean product from Trinidad and Tobago-- is incorporated properly it is like a pipe organ to many =) Even the tried-and-true piano often receives a new treatment here.
My hope is that more people would have as their starting point the matter of proclaiming the Gospel in a particular setting instead of thinking of how to sell it in a particular setting.

Thanks for the uploads, Fr. Weedon =)


Richard said...

What a wonderful reminder of the two years my wife and I spent in Lome Togo 1968-70 -- then there was only a German Evangelical Church in town.