I could sing of your love on Sundays [video]

Praise and Wrongly-Directed Worship Songs

It’s no secret to readers of this blog and my clergy colleagues that I really don’t like contemporary praise and worship music. But I do appreciate self-deprecating humor and ones that point out the tendency of praise music to praise one’s self or become performance rather than praise.

So here’s a video for you that if you know any P&W songs, or if you avoid P&W songs, you will totally get.

(h/t Missy Meyers on Facebook)

Hilarious!

This is a parody performance of some contemporary worship songs. Here’s the basic titles of the parodies so you can see which of your favorite worship songs they are satirizing.

  • I could sing of your love on Sundays.
  • I surrender some.
  • I stand amazed at my hairdo.
  • How Great is This Song.
  • Savior, I don’t need a Savior. I’m busy livin’ my life.
  • I sung this song for years. And I just go, go through the motions.
  • I exalt me.
Thoughts?
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  1. says

    I too love some self-deprecating humor as well. Guessing this was part of a sermon illustration. How does the saying go, “The most serious things are said in jest.” appropriate in many ways.

  2. says

    What a great way to point out that even though the music itself may be catchy or otherwise positive, that doesn’t mean that having problematic words is problematic. (*cough* I am reminded of the debates around changing words to “beloved” old hymns.)

  3. Melinda says

    I guess that I must be too simple to understand the humor in this. I don’t get it. Actually I am offended. I worship in both traditional worship settings as well as contemporary. The worship I experience is between me and God.

    • Carolyn says

      It’s too bad you are unable to laugh at yourself and at the musical tradition that speaks to you. Just because you have faith, that doesn’t mean you should lose your sense of humor. Everyone needs others to help them see the flaws in their own opinions and tastes. I like hymns and organ music, but I realize that there are plenty of hymns that are very popular, yet have bad theology or bad music. I don’t think hymns are perfect; I just happen to prefer them. And I’m not blinded by my preference: I know when using a hymn might be inappropriate and will choose a praise song instead. Don’t take yourself too seriously, because it’s easier to keep things in perspective.

      • Melinda says

        Carolyn, you don’t know me, and I have not lost my sense of humor. I simply just did not get the jabs that were taken. . .that’s all.

    • says

      I think it might help to observe that the leaders in this video were not criticising any of the songs; they were criticising the attitudes of many worshippers / themselves / ourselves when we sing them. Sure there is a place for such criticism but that’s what was going on here.

    • Jack says

      This is NOT a spoof of these songs, nor is it mocking people who worship in any particular style. This is very deftly and humorously pointing out that worship in recent decades has become more about “me” than about God. Worship has been swamped by a consumer mindset that results in people coming to church more for a “worship fix” than to truly lift up and glorify God. We need to jettison any semblance of narcissistic worship and return to a true, God-centered attitude.

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