(Closed) Hymns for Atheists

posted 5 years ago in Christian
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Ynys:  I think you’re overthinking this, even though it speaks volumes for your character that you would take your guests feelings/comfort into consideration like this.  Being a non-believer, I think as long as it’s upbeat, everyone will be able to enjoy it. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I am an atheist and my Darling Husband is Lutheran. I think if your Fiance has agreed to get married in a church, he’s probably accepted that there will be some Christian aspects to your wedding by nature of the location and your officiant. I wouldn’t get too caught up in the hymns’ wording.

Hymns, regardless of their content, always seem like a very religious practice to me, and on the few occasions I’ve accompanied my in-laws to church, it feels very foreign to stand up and sing that way. I think you should talk to Fiance and make sure he knows hymns are part of the deal of the ceremony you have in mind. Honestly, if the majority of your audience is going to be non-church-goers, they may feel a bit uncomfortable regardless of the hymns you choose just because they’re not accustomed to them.

I would try to work around doing a hymn at all if it really concerns you, but I’m guessing a good percentage of your guests have attended weddings of other faiths and expect to be introduced to new rituals and beliefs in the process.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

do you need hymns?  i’ve been to weddings and churches and usually we dont sing hymns?  or if you want songs can you pick thatone hymn you already have and then some non-religious songs about love or something?

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Don’t stress about it… Being a non-believer—I don’t look down on people who are believers. I also enjoy every opportunity to learn something about another religion. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

We Pledge to One Another

We pledge to one another, before the Lord above, entire and whole and perfect, this union of our love — a love that will be patient, a love that will be wise, that will not twist with envy, nor lose itself in lies; a love that will not falter, a love to hold us fast, and bind us to each other as long as life shall last.

We pray that God will guide us through all the years to be, our lives be shaped by courage, hope and serenity. Through joy and celebration, through loneliness and pain, may loyalty, compassion and tenderness remain, that those who share the blessing of love that cannot cease may walk the paths of gentleness into the place of peace.

Jill Jenkins

 

 

All things bright and beautiful

Refrain: All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all.Each little flower that opens, Each little bird that sings, He made their glowing colours, He made their tiny wings:

Refrain

The purple-headed mountain, The river running by, The sunset, and the morning That brightens up the sky:

Refrain

The cold wind in the winter, The pleasant summer sun, The ripe fruits in the garden, He made them every one:

Refrain

The tall trees in the greenwood, The meadows where we play, The rushes by the water We gather every day:

Refrain

He gave us eyes to see them, And lips that we might tell How great is God almighty, Who has made all things well:

Refrain

Words: Cecil Frances Alexander

 

I tried to find a couple that weren’t so much about God, but were still religious.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

@Ynys:  You’re welcome! I tried to find some that had a little less to do with religion and more to do with love. It was hard though!!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

You are so sweet to think of your non-religious guests!  I think one thing to consider is picking things that are easy to sing or use familiar tunes.  Non-church-goers aren’t necessarily used to being asked to sigh sing things on a regular basis, so that can be a more intimidating thing than the message of the lyrics!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

@Ynys:  How about “For the Beauty of the Earth”? It’s a lovely (and familiar) melody and a beautiful, wedding-appropriate text.

Another good option might be any of the musical settings of the Prayer of St. Francis?

 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

So long as you aren’t trying to actively convert anyone, I tihnk you’ll be fine.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m an athiest but attended church often as a child, which is pretty common.  Some of the old standby hymns, such as the doxology (I think that’s what it is called?) are sentimental to me and when I hear them I think about my memories, not about their message.  The doxology is kind of the church equivalent to the Star Spangled banner–everyone stood up and sang it together, which is kind of cool.

Will you be having an organist or bass guitar?  You might want to pick hymns that are musicially interesting for the instruments.

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