No, not because they're old-fashioned, not because they don't fit with our new "contemporary postmodern relevant hipster uber-cool" image.
It's just that, seriously, at least 5 times a Sunday our kids and/or youth drop them onto the floor. At random moments throughout the worship celebration. . .BOOM! goes a hymnal onto the floor. It got to the point I wondered if a couple high schoolers weren't doing it on purpose. I mean, once or twice a month, maybe? But this is getting ridiculous.
Right in the middle of prayer - BOOM!
Right in the middle of the sermon - BOOM!
Right at a quiet moment in our singing - BOOM!
It's causing me to have a nervous tic. It's causing my joy to turn to irritation. It's causing me to lose my patience. And the only answer I can see is to get rid of 'em for good. Maybe we can join that church in North Carolina for their book burning.
That or we need to cover our hymnals and our kids with velcro.
(I know - today was our pastor appreciation celebration, and I truly felt loved and appreciated. So now isn't the time to be ranting. Ought to be a time of thanksgiving. And I am thankful. . .but did I mention I'm getting a nervous tic over this?)