Why Hymnals? | Religious Affections Ministries: Conservative Christianity, Worship, Culture, Aesthetics, Classical Education, Homeschooling, Family – Christian Article

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…

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Of Miry Clay and Wretchedness

Of Miry Clay and Wretchedness Brain flashback… I remember it being sung in a children’s meeting: He lifted me up, yes upUp from the miry clay We were kids, we played in the dirt and we played with the hose. We knew a thing or two about miry clay. Well, we did and we didn’t. We didn’t use the word miry in everyday speech. For the adults it was: From sinking sands he lifted me Quicksand is something with which most…

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