This afternoon's funeral had How Great Thou Art as its first hymn, using (in classic mainline cliche) verses 1 and 4, dwelling on God's grandeur and (fitting for a funeral) our heavenly homecoming. Since we were sitting in folding chairs, we didn't have a hymnal handy (nor did we need it for such a classic), but I recalled that one of the two skipped verses had a strongly evangelistic message that might not have fit a mainline vibe.
Verse 2 would have fit in nicely, having a nature-loving tone that would warm an mainline heart, but verse 3 would be the skunk at the mainline picnic.
And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.
When Anne's mom was being eulogized for seeing the good in everyone, it would have been a bit discordant to be dwelling on our sins. However, that is the bottom line for the Church, Jesus dying for our sins and rising again. That doesn't sit well in certain quarters, for it both runs counter to the we're-all-basically-good meme and begs for treating Jesus as Lord as well as Savior and following him even if it runs counter to modern culture and our more self-defeating urges.
That, and a desire to keep things manageably short, might have been the reason for the a-la-carte approach to the hymn.