I was recently asked to fill out a survey for pastors about their use of hymnals. Their final question was: “If you DO use hymnals for congregational singing, why do you view them as a worthwhile means of leading your church in worship?” Here was my response: A printed hymnal is good for so many reasons. It is a canon of acceptable worship. It helps congregants know what is good to sing in worship (and, by converse, helps them judge…