When the screen goes blank

I got an blessing yesterday from a most unlikely source. The musicians at church planned to sing five songs, but forgot to tell the overhead/projection team about one of them, “In Christ Alone”:

(Video: The Booth Brothers singing three of the four verses in a medley.)

I have heard it said that congregations can only remember repetitive choruses.

I have heard it said that we live in a Twitter and Facebook generation, and that we may as well get used to expressing our theology in 120 characters or less.

I have heard it said that it is too much to ask of a congregation in today’s world to remember three or four verses packed with good theology.

When “In Christ Alone” started, the screen went blank. Now my church has a couple of excellent singers, a number of decent singers, and, like any church, quite a few people who can barely carry a tune. So surely, when the screen went blank, the congregation sang the first 120 characters—the first line or two—and then went quiet?

No. At least 90% or 95% of the congregation sang every single word of all four verses.

Don’t be scared of good theology, and don’t be scared of taking three or four verses to express it. But more than that, don’t underestimate your fellow Christians. Even the ones who aren’t particularly musical might just be learning and remembering more than you thought.