For a while hymns went completely out of style as the Baby Boomer generation swung like a pendulum away from what they were forced to sing for years. Now a generation of worship leaders who were mostly raised with out a steady diet of hymns are finding a renewed spirit and interest in them. Some hymns are making a comeback in traditional form with traditional language and others are being shown new life with modern arrangements and contemporary language. John Wesley saw his hymns a sung theology. Some were also converted “bar tunes” (that’s a debate to have another time). But it is important to note that using this logic people used melody to learn about God as well as to praise and worship the Creator. So I am asking you – and please be honest if you have no favorite – “What is your favorite Hymn to sing, and why?” If it’s a modern arrangement, who does it?
Mine right now is either Praise to the Lord the Almighty from Passion Hymns. It’s a song of honest worship that has a great etherial arrangement. My other favorite that I have fallen in love with is Be Still My Soul. I like the arrangement that Page CXVI did but I am also working on an arrangement myself. I like it because it’s a different type of worship song – it’s basically a dirge or lamentation. We can’t forget this aspect of worship – we see great examples through the Psalms, Lamentations and other places in scripture and we can tend to ignore it because it’s not as “feel good” as other songs.