Q & A 8

Q: Will we ever sing the Doxology in association with the offering?

A: Probably not. But as a side note, the church of my youth did that. I started going to church in fourth grade. I thought the Doxology was a mix of English and Latin since I could only discern some words and the others seemed to be in another language. I think I was confused about that for several years, all the way into junior high! I'm afraid the familiarity of singing it with the offering every week made for slurring of the words together, and I can still remember the cadence of the way we sang it. I suspect very few were thinking about the meaning.

That's not why we probably won't ever do it,though. The reason, in part, is in answer to a question I would ask: "Why would we ever sing the Doxology in association with the offering?"  I can't think of any reason why. It's a great song--at least the words are great when you understand them :)--but given our style of worship, I'm not sure it would fit or make good sense (aside from raising some feelings of nostalgia in people like me).

Here are the words for those who are wondering:

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.