Most of my formative years were at a Presbyterian Church in Stillwater, MN. It may be hard for some to believe but when we sang as a congregation we sang out of a hard covered book called a hymnal. No PowerPoint slides with cool background images, no projections units, and no staring up a screen…all heads were bobbing up and down, either looking at the hymnal or looking at the other singers.
These hymnals didn’t just contain the words to the songs we sang, they included the music as well. I couldn’t read any of the music like my kids can today, but even this amateur singer began make sense of the notes and the rhythms of each hymn. I may not have hit each note, but I could tell whether the next one was to be sung higher or lower than the last.
Some days I miss the feel of a hymnal in my hands. And I certainly miss singing some of the great hymns of the faith. This led to the idea of TCHA sponsoring a monthly hymn sing. A hymn sing would not only bless older generations who cherish these songs, it would instill a greater appreciation for this music in the younger generations.
What do you think? Does your church still use hymnals and would they open their sanctuary to the public for such an event? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Word of God encourages us to “be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart” (Ephesians 5:18-19).
Promoting the beauty and goodness of music and the arts…this is what TCHA is all about.