Questions on Music ?

hymns 2Comparing Hymns and Contemporary Worship Songs

As most of you know, I believe wholeheartedly that a healthy church chooses congregational songs with theologically rich text and well-crafted, singable music. This is part one of a three part discussion on some of the differences between hymnody and contemporary worship songs.

The Problem

     Protestant denominations have been singing people since the days of the Reformation. Their hymns represented the mettle and fortitude they displayed in breaking away from the religious establishment (Roman Catholic church), and forging ahead in their new faith traditions. The American versions of these faith traditions initially carried on the mantle of hymnody, with much content being shared between denominational lines. In many churches today, hymns and hymnals remain, either as a vital piece of corporate worship practices or as a sentimental nod to the past.

In other churches, including churches in most if not all major denominations, there has been a decided shift . . . .
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Contemporary or Christistian ?

hymns of faithThe Power of Music – 

     “The LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) is my Strength and my Shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped . . . Therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him !

O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and Thou hast healed me. O LORD, Thou hast brought up my soul from the grave . . . Thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down into the pit . . . .

Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness . . . !”
Psalm 28:7-9 & 30:1-4
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