460 - Lord, the Light of Your Love is Shining
Tune: Shine, Jesus, Shine
Not being of an evangelical stripe myself any more, I wasn't really familiar with this tune in its early days. It caught on like herpes with the pentecostal hand-waving part of the Anglican church. One Sunday on vacation, I attended St Stephen's, Ottawa, because it's close to my home. When I saw in the bulletin that this was going to be the hymn at the preparation of gifts, I thought, great, I'm going to experience this sung with lots of conviction. What I didn't know is that it is traditional to clap rhythmically after the "shine on me"s at the end of the verse. So I was singing along, and all of a sudden, it went "shine on me CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! shine on me CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP!". I was shocked out of my skin, the sharp claps sounded like gunshots in the church. I nearly had a friggin' heart attack!! It was majorly upsetting, and although I now know to expect the clapping, I will never forget the feeling of "LET ME OUT OF HERE!!!" that came over me at St Stephens that day.