A conflict arose between the pastor and the music director, and it was reflected in the hymn selections. It started on a Sunday morning when the preacher was speaking on “missions.” He said, “God’s people must move out into the world to carry his word.” After he finished, the music director stood up and led the hymn, “We Shall Not Be Moved.”
The next Sunday the preacher spoke about tithing and stewardship and the need for everyone to contribute to the church’s financial campaign. After his message, the music director got up and led the hymn, “Jesus Paid It All.”
The preacher’s next sermon addressed the evils of gossip. He urged the congregation to squelch some troubling rumors that were circulating. He sat down, and the music director stood and led the hymn, “I Love to Tell the Story,” followed by “Oh, For a Thousand Tongues.”
The next Sunday, the minister announced that he was resigning. He felt it was time for him to move on. He sat down, and the music director led the hymn, “Oh, Why Not Tonight?”
The minister turned in his resignation that week and delivered his final sermon the following Sunday. He said, “It was Jesus who led me to this church, and now Jesus is leading me on to another church.” He sat down, and the music director stood and led the hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”!
“If it’s too loud, you’re too old.” I think that is a quote from Jesus in one of the Gospels?? 🙂