If I could hear the curlew,

He’d say,”time for curfew!”

Writing time is done

Quickly comes the sun

And more things on Sunday to do!

I’ll rinse out my borrowed cup,

Shut down the lights and pack up…

Sleeping til morning

And alarm clock’s warning

That now I’d better get up.

Will be good getting to church prayer

And the worship singing there…

My favorigte part

Is the Praise Song start,

For older hymns the younger ones don’t much care!

–Jonathan Caswell


  1. loricarlson66

    Lovely poem, Jonathan… it’s funny, but I grew up in a small Southern Baptist church and later went to the Mormon church and they all sang the old hymns. Back in 2009 I began going to a larger Southern Baptist church with a friend and they were singing all of this new stuff that I had never heard before and there were no hymn books. It took me quite a while to learn the words so I could sing along… amazing the difference 20 yrs makes in the way churches have changed their music.

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    1. Jonathan Caswell Post author

      Our church here has figured out how to project (using a computer set-up) the chorus words onto one of the front walls. We still sing the older ones from the hymnbook–one or two–and somebody (sometimes me) has to lead the rest without accompaniment. There’s a church program out of Pensacola, Florida, called GLORY TO THE LORD…on DAYSTAR, where they sing two or so verses of a lot of the old hymns…which we love! 🙂

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      1. loricarlson66

        Now that I think about it, I believe that church in Tulsa projected some of the words onto the screens too… it’s a pretty cool idea especially with larger congregations. I think the only time they sung old-time hymns was on Easter and Christmas services. I am glad you still get to hear the old ones through that DAYSTAR 🙂


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