Music

THE SONG(S) WE SING (first in a series)

Posted on Oct 6, 2016

From the earliest days of Christianity, the singing of “hymns and spiritual songs” has been a vital part of our worship of the Creator and Giver of all things. A quick glance at the Hymnal 1982 opens up a treasury that reaches back to the earliest centuries and circles the globe. Over the coming months, we will explore some of these traditions and how they have contributed to the glorious panorama of congregational song we enjoy today. These segments are in no particular order, and are by no means intended to be an in-depth historical course, so sit back and enjoy. Of the many genres...

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Hymn Singing as a Full-body Experience…

Posted on Sep 15, 2014

Hymn Singing as a Full-body Experience… Until recently, I thought that congregational singing of hymns is as old as Christianity itself, so was surprised to discover that this isn’t true. Yes, chanting has been around for more than a millennium, but it was not traditionally done by a church congregation. Elaborate settings of the Mass and canticles have been sung in regular worship since the late Middle Ages, but also not by the congregation. As it turns out, the practice of hymn singing in common worship is less than 400 years old. It wasn’t until the late 17th century that a Baptist...

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