Last month my church started memorizing great hymns of the faith. We’ll be memorizing a hymn a month for ten months. Ken Boer, who oversees music at Covenant Life, explains on the church website why we’re doing this:
Memorizing hymns is one of the ways we can obey Scripture’s command to “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Col. 3:16).
We’re doing this project because we want to benefit not only from the songs written in our lifetime, but also from hymns that have served the people of God for generations and will endure long after we’re gone. They are time-tested and true. They speak to every circumstance of life and point us to the wisdom, love and power of our gracious God and Savior.
Here’s a list of the hymns we’ll be memorizing together:
November – Amazing Grace
December – Before the Throne
January – Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
February – Be Thou My Vision
March – And Can It Be
April – Crown Him with Many Crowns
May – A Mighty Fortress
June – Be Still My Soul
July – How Firm a Foundation
August – Great is Thy Faithfulness
To help us in the process of memorization, we’ll be singing the hymn for that particular month on each Sunday of that month. On the last Sunday of the month, we sing the hymn without the aid of projected lyrics.
At the end of October we had a “hymn night” during which we sang all ten hymns. We also produced a CD of the hymns which is available for download on a “pay what you want” basis. It was produced by my good friends Roger Hooper and Dave Campbell. Check it out.