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Fourteen reasons why we should go back to using hymnals in worship

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March 16, 2018 Category: Oasis Posted by:


More churches are trying to encourage an intergenerational worship experience. Using hymnals is a great start to unifying a congregation.

The growing trend in churches is to abandon using hymnals and replace the experience with projected words on a digital screen. However, connecting young and old through sharing a hymn book, learning to read music and being an engaged part of a church family are just a few ways hymn books bridge the gap. Hymn books take the focus off of the worship leaders and potentially distracting graphics and place it on the shared participation experience of the congregation.

Here’s a look at why we should bring back the hymnals!

1. Hymnals are a great teaching tool

Learning to follow along in a hymn book gives the reader the first steps in learning to read music.

2. Using hymnals sets a musical standard

Hymnals take the questions out of music. Using a hymnbook gives the musicians, leaders and followers shared knowledge of what the music is supposed to sound like.

3. Using hymnals gives musical information with the text

When the words are on a screen, there is no further musical information given. Singers and congregants alike have to memorize the song entirely, which can be difficult for some.

4. Using hymnals allows people to sing anywhere

What if your church wasn’t bound to locations that offer music solely through electronic resources?


5. Using hymnals allows the congregation to prepare for next week’s worship

Using hymnals give the congregation the opportunity to look up past or future songs and refresh their memories, which helps them feel more comfortable participating.

6. Using hymnals keeps technology mistakes from ruining worship

Technology lets us down all the time: sometimes the slides for worship aren’t working, are in the wrong order, or are projecting the wrong song.

7. Using hymnals helps the singer

Not all songs are familiar. Hymnals are a great tool for leaders who might need to look ahead in the music.

8. Using hymnals can be a source of theological information

Using hymnals teaches younger generations important theological beliefs through lyrics.

9. Using hymnals gets the whole church involved

Hymnals encourage family participation!

10. Using hymnals can be less distracting

Returning to the words on a page vs. words on a screen allows the congregation to focus on the meaning of the words by seeing the entire sentence at one time.

11. Using hymnals preserves the beauty of the sanctuary

Sometimes being in a space without distraction can lead you closer to worship.

12. Using hymnals keeps us from being in a “song rut”

Returning to the use of hymnals gives an unending source of worship music for all events.

13. Using hymnals as symbols of consistency

In a constantly changing world, using hymnals is a useful option to keep the congregation feeling a sense of stability and comfort.

14. Using hymnals encourages intergenerational worship

Sharing a hymnal is a great way to join young and old in worship together.

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