(A VISION FOR CHRISTIAN SONG, by Ken Bible; p.70)
With a hymnal, we can see the music and visually follow it, even if our musical ability is
limited. For some of us, trying to sing a melody we can’t see is unnerving.
Part-singing is a beautiful tradition in the church. Current projection systems will make it
With a hymnal, a glance at the page shows us the size and shape of the hymn. As we
head into the hymn, we can see where we’re going.
With a hymnal, we can also look back. If a verse stirs us or puzzles us, we can read it
again and ponder it.
Most hymnals tell us not only who wrote the hymn but when. Readers want to know
when and by whom a book is written, and the same information is helpful to singers.
A hymnal can go places a projection system cannot. Hymns need to reach beyond our church sanctuaries, and a hymnal helps make that possible. Again, more about that later.
As we move forward, let’s not leave behind those treasures that are still irreplaceable. No matter
how useful our projection systems, a hymnal remains one of those treasures.