Saturday, January 18, 2020

Secret Protestant Bible

There's a secret protestant Bible, I'm sure there is.

There are a number of verses translated differently to the regular Bibles.

Here's one:  1 Corinthians 14:40

NASB:  But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner

NIV: But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.

But the SPB?

SPB: Most things may be done sloppily, without preparation and slack-handed.

I attended an evening service at a local formal Anglican church recently. I expected polish, even in the informalish Anglo-Baptist evening service (No, not Evensong, alas, not even based on Evensong).

This is what I got: the precentor (lay reader, or joker at the front) stumbled over the most basic transitions: lost for words when there are simple formulae for offering and dismissal (both where mangled) and as usual, the projected song lyrics lost synch with the music and we the singers stumbled in confusion.

Clearly, no (or inadequate) preparation, rehearsal or coordination between musicians and the projector operator.

Folks, we show respect for the congregation whom we serve, honour for the Christians who've gone before us and love of God in doing things properly, showing that we care about what we do.

We rehearse the service. We run through every transition, check lyrics slides against music and with the precentor. And the precentor must direct this. The precentor knows what each transition is and how to conduct it. Prepares the words and strings them with casual elegance. We assure this by a production walkthrough with the precentor to iron out any wrinkles.

The experience I had shows the wisdom of the  Prayer Book authors. BCP for its time was a wonderful work, even a dopey country parson could use it and still sound half good. And his congregation would feel honoured and respected and that their faith was worth something to him. That this was collective worship, not an ad-hoc post game stumble.

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