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(A VISION FOR CHRISTIAN SONG, by Ken Bible; p.45)

Sing as Members of the Body of Christ

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among

yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify

the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:5-6, NIV)

When we sing hymns, we sing as members of the Body of Christ. As we receive God’s Word, as

we respond in faith, as we praise our Eternal Father in song, we join with all members of

Christ’s Body, stretching out through all places and all times. If we miss that unity, we miss one

of the greatest blessings of living in Christ.

In hymn singing, let’s treasure the past. Cherish the witness of those who have gone before

and now encourage us from that great cloud of witnesses (Hebrews 12:1).

Let’s build to last. When future generations sift through what we’ve left behind, may they find

hymns they want to keep—hymns that still express their faith and praise, hymns that transcend

changes of style.

While we’re reaching out to those behind us and before us in the Body, let’s reach out to those

around us now. In our hymn singing, let’s make the effort to include our varied brothers and

sisters in Christ. With the mixture of ages and preferences in most of our congregations, that

won’t be automatic. But Christian love demands it and will richly reward our efforts.

In this section we’ll be looking more closely at each of these important ideas.

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