hook hands

14 07 2008

one of my favorite blogs, stuff christians like, has a post today about “the top 10 hand-raising worship styles.”  they list out and name the top styles or approaches people typically take to raising their hands in church.  it’s really good stuff.  if you, like me, have spent most of or all your life around one of the brands of christianity who are particularly prone to hand-raising during worship, prayer or randomly at any other time of the service when you feel like you want to… you might really get a kick out of it.

what made it even funnier for me is that I actually had an experience yesterday that cause me to think about this exact same thing.

i was in dallas for the weekend and was able to go to church at gateway, where i attended when i lived there.  it felt really good to be there with good friends.  during the worship set, the praise team was leading “healer” (amazing song. if you haven’t heard it yet, you soon will). it’s a powerful song of faith, hope and confession.

during the big “i believe you’re my healer, i believe you are all I need” chorus, about 75% of the hands in the place went up, including mine. it was real, and i was passionately engaging God at that very moment.  so much so that i didn’t open my eyes and take down my hands until somewhere in the middle of the next verse. when this happened, I suddenly became aware that I seemed to be the only one with my hands still raised. until, that is, the next chorus came. then, UP they all go again.

i’m not sure that it is a “style” as much as it is a phenomenon… but i call it “hook hands”, because while the verses are nice, they are apparently just too wordy and it takes too much energy to focus on singing all those words… but nothing can get the hand raisers to unite like a good, solid hook!  it’s a corporate statement that seems to say, “yeah, we all agree with that“…”shout to the lord”, “forever”, “blessed be your name”… you name it. =)

people are funny, man!  what styles are popular in your church?

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14 07 2008
merin

HAHAAAAAAAA i think i just sent you that SCL post because you were the first person i thought of when i read it. and yes. i was usually that person too, hands up sometimes the whole song or until i felt like i was going to black out. hehe. but now we are in a church where i would probably be ‘that girl’ so this post was especially hilarious today!!! the pound cake… cool… ~ that one killed me. hope you had fun in the big D (or the big I, i guess. Irving) with the familia!

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