If you didn’t know that we are publishing a new hymnal, well, we are. We’re first creating an online resource of free, downloadable hymns, but we’re working toward (and very close to completing!) a print hymnal as well.
Yesterday, Tim Challies blogged about “What We Lost When We Lost Our Hymnals.” Of course, just with that statement I know he’s not talking about me; some of us never lost our hymnals.
But his list is good:
- We lost an established body of songs
- We lost a deep knowledge of our songs.
- We lost the ability to do harmonies.
- We lost the ability to sing skilfully.
- We lost the ability to have the songs in our homes.
These are just a few of the reasons that we are producing a new hymnal.
At the same time, it’s mind boggling to me that along with recognizing the we lose a lot when we don’t use hymnals (or at least some form of printed hymns), Challies both begins and ends the post by saying, “I don’t think we should go back to using hymnals, and “It is probably too late to go back to the hymnal. I am not at all convinced we ought to.”