11 January 2009

Super Church a song for the Emergent-sy

In the early 70s I was in a youth choir at my church. Our youth pastor was a musician and his way of connecting with us as a group was through the choir and music. Somehow there was an affiliation between him and The Continental Singers, New Hope and Jeremiah People. He was worked with Moishe Rosen of Jews for Jesus too, I think. Are any of these names familiar to you? Though I remember the church fondly I was a profoundly lost and troubled young woman during my years there. That and time have muddled the memories quite a bit.

Today I was digging through some old paperwork and one of the books to the musical we did. It's Getting Late For the Great Planet Earth, a folk rock oratorio by Cam Floria. Yes, that's right. Cam Floria put Hal Lindsey to music. There's a lot to laugh about and some to groan about but as I was looking through the songs and remembering, I found this little ditty and I only wish I could sing it for you. Just remember that this is circa 1972 and even then the emergent movement was a plague. Please think country ho-down or Hee Haw meets The Music Man while you're reading and see if it reminds you of anything emergent-sy...




Super Church

Lawrence Holben and Lex De Azevedo


Now if this church is going to prosper,
We need a more progressive posture,
No time to wait, we got to organize!
We need a super church to guide us,
Forget the doctrines that divide us,
The time has come for a little
compromise!

Yes Lord!

What we need is a brand new gospel,
The old one's just too cold and hostile,
You can't make friends by trampling on their toes!
People don't want no guilt and sorrow!
They want a brighter day tomorrow,
And some place they can wear their newest clothes!

Yes Lord!

We may need to soft pedal Jesus, He might make divisions rise!
Forget about them bible stories, Cut them old myths down to size!
Forget the resurrection thesis,
We just want the words of Jesus,
On brotherhood and love and no more war.
The miracles can be dispensed with,
There's no need to be incensed with,
Arguments on doctrine anymore!

Yes Lord!

Morality is antiquated,
The modern man's emancipated!
From do's and don'ts that only give you guilt!
We won't try to change your living,
There's nothing left that needs forgiving!
Your life is short so live it to the hilt!
Yes Lord!

We may need to soft pedal Jesus, He might make divisions rise!
Forget about them bible stories, Cut them old myths down to size!


Join the social revolution,
Praying never made solutions,
To poverty or inner city crime.
Broadmindedness sure beats dogmatics.
We wouldn't want to be fanatics,
A person's got to keep up with the times!

Now if this church is going to prosper,
We need a more progressive posture,
No time to wait, we got to organize!
We need a super church to guide us,
Forget the doctrines that divide us,
The time has come for a little
compromise!

Yes, Lord!