Thanks for this, Sanne; I always enjoy hearing this in Reformed churches here, but for various reasons, it's been a few years since I've attended a Christmas service at one. Good to hear 'Ere Zij God' once again. :)
Hi Will! You are welcome! We always sing it with Christmas, just as we did it today, as the last song of a special Christmas service.
Indeed, the same is the case with our churches here. :)
Why do you sing in Dutch?
Well, most of the people are of Dutch background at Reformed churches, and know at least 'klein beetje'. ;)Thankfully, most churches that sing 'Ere Zij God' make available both Dutch and English lyrics, so you can sing either, and understand what it being sung. I have sung both. :)
Aren't those churches awfully liberal? that's what happened to most mainstream Reformed churches. How does it sound in English?
Where was this taped? It's beautiful! We sing Ere Zij God after our Christmas service in two languages - Glory to God in the English language. The Reformed Churches have very liberal churches and very conservative churches. Ours is certainly not liberal. I think that would apply to many eg. Presyterians, Mennonites.
Marietta, are you also in Canada? I think this was filmed somewhere in Germany because it was on a German YouTube channel, but I'm not sure.
I am in Canada. I was born here, but have plenty of relatives in Holland. I listen carefully when they speak, so I learn to speak Dutch better. Which province do you live in? Interesting that it was filmed in Germany. Maybe close to the Dutch border.
@ Sanne: The CRCs are liberal; others, like the URC and the CanRC (the equivalent of your 'Vrijgemaakt' churches) are more traditionalist; they too, since 'Ere Zij God' on Christmas Day. I belong to one of the more conservative, traditionalist Reformed denominations; I suspect Marietta does, too. :)
*'sing', not 'since'.
Vrijgemaakt is quite liberal as far as I know, but I could be mistaken.
Maybe now, but it wasn't in 1945, and the Canadian churches have stayed there. :)
Do you belong to such a church? I'm not sure what they teach really and what's the difference with other Reformed.
I generally choose not to discuss publicly in the blogosphere which particular denominations I belong to or have belonged to in the past, but I'd be happy to discuss it more privately via email; I will send you an email.
OK, go ahead:)
Though there are so many different denominations, it's still wonderful when we can work together with seniors homes, Christian schools, off shore migrants' ministry prison ministries,etc. Then we realize that we have important things in common.