I use to sing in a trio and we would sing and cry, sing and cry, couldn't help ourselves. "My Jesus I love thee", Amazing Grace", "There is coming a day", all accappella Music is wonderful. It seems churches are getting away from the good old songs and are going with this modern stuff.
---shira_3877 on 8/11/11|
Shira I know what you mean but I do like some of the music Cluny is talking about too. It really isn't any paricular music or the type,it is what speaks to each person in a special way. I used to sing and lifting my heart in a song unto God and for him is a soul lifting experience. The more I offered praise through singing the closer God felt to me,I could just get lost in praising and loving God through singing. There is a peace through fellowship with God however it is done.
---Darlene_1 on 8/11/11|
Old hymns are just that....old hymns. When my children were small they thought I was from the olden days. Some of the grand old hymns are about my age too. How great the olden days were. We weren't confined by computers (like I am now), cell phones (love mine) crime, locked doors, greedy politicians (not as many then) and paranormal movies that are designed to desensitize our young, wicked rock music and the list could go on and on. I will stick with the old stuff. Cluny, you can keep your new age junk.
---shira_3877 on 8/10/11|
\\ I love the old hymns too.\\
By "old hymns," you apparently mean hymns from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
These are "new age" to me and other Orthodox.
Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 8/10/11|
Because they were written in the 1800's. I do love hymns but you got to make church exciting. So do a hymn once or every other week. Jesus was exciting he had 5000 people following him. Usually for the wrong reason but he was exciting.
---Scott1 on 8/10/11|
for you to play the organ and sing is awsome. I love the old hymns too. My church has an organ and the guy who plays it makes it talk almost. we have a piano and organ, a book with old hymns too. We don't listen to this new age music. My church is continuing the heritage from my ancestors. The teens in our church has seen things other teens never witness...a real moving of the Holy Spirit. I thank God for the old things. There is a song called "I'll stick with the old stuff". Love that song.
---shira_3877 on 8/9/11|
\\I feel badly that we do not sing many hymns any more.
we no longer even use the organ. \\
Is that such a bad thing? The organ wasn't used in Christian worship until about 1200 or so, and then only in the West.
Btw, I was an organ minor, and have played it most of my life.
Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 8/9/11|
I feel badly that we do not sing many hymns any more.
we no longer even use the organ. I am just happy that I play organ and can enjoy them that way.
I have prayed that we might return to real church instead of sort of a secular school. Barbara Hughes
---barbara_Hughes on 8/9/11|
I love the Old Hymns and some of the new one too.
The first time I heard My GOD is an Awesome GOD it gave my soul a thrill that still comes over me.
But Amazing Grace picks me up. Blessed Assurance holds me. Come thou fount of every Blessing. Reminds me. On Jordan's Stomy Banks keeps my eye on the prize.
All these and many more comfort me. In Houston I listen to KHCB for the times they play great old hymns and some not so old.
---Samuel on 5/13/11|
I do love hymns. But most people like non-christians do not understand what Holy, Holy, Holy means. They hear a slow, boring, deathly piano music. God wants us to be excited about him and to a non-christian he will not get it. In America church heritage does not work anymore.
---Scott on 5/13/11|
Greetings from Wordwise Hymns. Over 105,000 visits to my blog, from 185 countries, indicate to me that there are still many people who love the great hymns of the faith.
I've been studying and writing on the subject of our traditional hymnody for 40 years (even taught a college course on it.) There is a depth of devotion and doctrine in these songs that's rarely even approached by contemporary Christian music. Churches that abandon the hymn book are robbing the congregation of their heritage!
---Robert on 5/13/11|
I find it interesting to note that so many who enjoy discussing/blogging about the word of God and have a personal relationship with Jesus, find great joy and comfort in the great hymns of praise. Especially those which have long stood by Christians in their deepest times of grief and trial.
I can't wait for the time when all of God's people will stand on the Sea of Glass in heaven and sing that great anthem of triumph, "The Song of Moses and the Lamb"(Rev.15:2-3)
---Ernest_1 on 7/28/10|
Hello, so excited to find like minds. I live in the UK. Also wondering why the new evangelical churches seem to all have 'done away' with the old hymns. I appreciate that we will always evolve and create the new as God created us, but yes, the new music is bland and doesn't reach the heart as much. I'm 38-does the church just want teens and 20's now? Why not blend old and new? All of us are from different places and races (I'm sure) but when you quote some of these hymns I recognise them instantly, so there's connection and commonality that the church is obliterating. I miss the old hymns sung in church. I had to find them online on my computer so I could have my devotion. I suddenly didn't feel so lonely when I read your posts- thanks very much
---christian_seeker on 7/27/10|
I am a "young" man 33 ish, and consider myself up to speed on the world and trendy and so forth...but was raised on old hymns in a small town in Montana with my grandparents. I live in the seattle area now and most of the churches have music so fast its like a rock concert (which i enjoy) BUT NOT AT CHURCH. I cannot get into the right frame of mind with that music. With the old hymns they have substance and the words make me think about why I am standing there in church in the first place, and what that feeling is to be thankfull. I understand times change (dont like it) but it seems we are catering to the super young generation which for the most part needs more structure...and letting them have thier way with the music doesnt help.
---josh on 7/23/10|
What most people call "good old hymns" are basiclly 19th-early 20th century compositions.
In Orthodoxy, we sing hymns from the Bible and, for the most part, no later than the 8th century. Now THOSE are old!
**The songs were all with a beat that could make you stomp your feet, if not sway your body.**
Just like a rock concert, right?
---Cluny on 7/15/10|
YES the Good Old Hymns !!
In Jere.6 v 16 the old paths & The Good Ole Hymns are part of the old paths. The singing & worshiping & when The Holy - Ghost falls to get the people in motion.
The phony contemp - music is used to motivate people & it's Not God doing it.
---Lawrence on 7/14/10|
Donna66, there is still a very few left that sing only hymns. Mine is one of them. I loved the gospel music so I have so many songs and play them while in the car. They do lift you up and I believe the more you hear them, the more your heart is with the Lord instead of other matters that are not that important and many time negative and pull you down. I love Steven Curtis Chapmen, I think that is his name.
---MarkV. on 5/6/10|
Donna66: Point taken - take my comment as a personal like, not a view that should be shared!
---James on 5/6/10|
Donna66, I now belong to a church that only has Hymns. I know the words are beautiful, the writers made some great songs dedicate to Christ or God. I came from a church that sang all kinds of gospel music. The church was about a thousand members, and there was about eight singers with music instruments. And when those eight were gone to another church, we had another group ready to take over who were taught by the ones who had been there the longest. They did not skip a beat.
The hymns, they are slow and sometimes some are so slow that intead of been happy, you are sad. It is not the same. we are holding to tradition I suppose.
---MarkV. on 5/6/10|
James---What you SAY sounds logical, but I disagree, somewhat. I know hardly a church anywhere (at least no evengelical ones) that uses any old hymns. And I don't think it's that the music wasn't useful.
Many aren't "useful" today because
1) the language structure and some words of the lyrics, are no longer used by most people in everyday life.
2) today's youth wants to put their own stamp on the music they care about.
Churches recognize that their survival depends on a steady influx of young people. The last thing they want, is to appear "old fasioned" or no longer "relevent."
---Donna66 on 5/5/10|
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Jim, Donna: I also prefer the older hymns to [most of] the newer ones
BUT - probably of the old hymns, most (that is to say, the ones which were not so useful) are just not sung anymore, so when we think of 'old hymns' we are probably thinking of the best 10% of all the old hymns ever written, while when we think of 'new worship songs' we hear the new ones written, for which we will be the congregation which will, over time, decide which will become the next 'old hymns' which will be sung by the next generation [if there is one]
I like some new ones, but I [personally] have a great love of the old ones - Gibbons, in the 17th century, wrote music for lots of the psalms, which I sing regularly
---James on 5/5/10|
Donna, I think we will have fun in Heaven singing praises to the Lord... Again, yes there are a few new songs with some meaning... but in general, I love the hymns of faith. What a Friend We Have in Jesus.. The Old Rugged Cross... just read the lyrics of these songs. I once met a Christian man who use to read the hymms as part of his devotional... what a lovely idea. I think we all should. Personally, I read the words on the jumbo screen and can not figure out the repeating of a verse, the "live" version that we must try and duplicate... the seven words sung eleven times in a row...
---Jim on 5/4/10|
Jim -- I sing the new songs, rather than not sing at all. Some of them do grow on you after a while. But even then, none compare, in message or melody, to the hymns of the past.
Most are not composed to be sung by a group. You cannot harmonize with them. They come from some "hit" Christian recording. And the lyrics frequently start with "I" and end with "me"...I do...I pray...I sing...I feel.. I bow...good things come to me."
I miss the ones that talk about Jesus..Who He is, Why He came, What He did, What He does now, What He WILL do, and why He is worthy of worship and praise.
---Donna66 on 5/4/10|
I sit in church and generally I do not want to "sing" most of the new songs. There is no depth to the new songs... yes there are some exceptions. The old hymns of faith were full of scripture, the poetry, the melody... "Great is Thy Faithfulness", "How Great Thou Art", "At Calvery" I challange anyone to read the lyrics only... they are beautiful words. When my dad died, he wanted "It is Well With My Soul" to be sung at his funeral and it brings tears to my eyes knowing that he loved that song. Personally, I could miss the singing at church and get right into the message.
---Jim on 5/3/10|
~ Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear his voice.
Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice.
Praise to the Father and Jesus the Son,
All the people rejoice for great things he has done.~
---Eloy on 4/12/10|
Donna66, you are right that most of us like the music we heard when we first came to know the Lord. The songs do not remind me of anyone in my life like family or friends, but reminds me of the suffering Jesus went through. When I saw the Passion of the Christ, though I know it was a movie that made me cry right away, I know it was not even close to what He went through. He was hated so bad, and went through something no on else will ever go through. We don't even come close to really feel the impact of His death. Some songs bring that out so well.
---MarkV. on 4/10/10|
Not all those old hymns were slow. I recall (and maybe some others do, too) the rousing tempo of Victory in Jesus. Or
There is Power in the Blood "there is power, power, wonder-working power..." Many contemporary praise songs are slower. And there were several verses....you didn't have repeat the same refrain 8 or 10 times...THAT can put me to sleep.
Actually, I like all the new songs too. There is much less variety in the melodies and not much harmony. They are often more "I" centered than "He" centered, but they can evoke a sense of worship and/or praise, which is their main purpose.
My theory is that you love best, the music you learned when you were new in Christ.
---Donna66 on 4/9/10|
Donna66, I love the Hymn songs very much because of the words in them. They are more towards God, Christ and the Spirit and less towards man. The only thing I feel is that they are not as emotional and tend to be a little slow, so sometimes I feel like I am going to sleep singing. They are not as emotions as regular gospel music. I do miss the songs we sang at our prior church, they were just gospel songs and they were about us (man) and about our lives now that we have come to Christ. The music can steal you away from the Word though. I remember my pastor saying once that we have the songs in the beginning to get the people emotional enough so they can hear the word. So he used the music as an instrument to touch peoples hearts.
---MarkV. on 4/9/10|
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catherine-- I have not had much luck finding these old hymns, even at Walmart. Some that bear the titles of the Hymns do not have the Hymns as I remember them. Many have been so "modernized" I hardly recognize them.
---Donna66 on 4/9/10|
MarkV thanks for sharing thats a wonderful way to start the day and remind yourself of what Jesus did for you. Gospel music has always been a special blessing to me and singing at home by myself is a comfort to me. Donna66,my Mama and Daddy both had beautiful voices and being able to sing for me is genetic and due to God's anointing. I did take one semester of voice in College. I must admit I too feel my most comfortable singing with everyone in church even though I sang my first Special in Church when I was about 9 years old.
---Darlene_1 on 4/9/10|
You can go to Walmart and buy you some great Christian CDS,and down-load them.. Have fun. We are to enjoy God.
---catherine on 4/9/10|
Cluny-- your experience is limited.
All Creatures of Our God And King is thought to have been written by St. Francis 1225. It is a well loved hymn in the Protestant Church
A Great Protestant favorite is
A Mighty Fortress is Our God was written sometime between 1527 and 1529 by Martin Luther. The words are a paraphrase of Psalm 46.
I noted with some amusement that it is now even in the RCC hymn book.
The Doxology written by 17th century Anglican bishop named Thomas Ken.
Isaac Watts (1674 1748) - Joy to the World and O God our Help in Ages Past
Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed.
written by Charles Wesley soon after his conversion- on May 20, 1738.
---Donna66 on 4/8/10|
What do you mean by "good old?"
Most of the hymns we sing in Orthodoxy, if not directly from the Bible (such as Psalms), were written before 1000.
Phos hilaron, sung at Vespers every day, was considered "old" by St. Basil, when he wrote about it in the 300's.
In my experience in Protestantism, almost nothing was written before the 19th century.
---Cluny on 4/8/10|
Darline, for a long time, I use to listen to gospel songs on the way to work in the morning for years, before I retired, and before I got to work I was in tears. The words in some of them were so touching. It made me wonder what a terrible death Jesus went through for us.
On one song, the person is in prayer begging Christ for forgiveness, because every time he sinned, he felt as if he was hammering the nails back into Jesus hands, and he didn't want to sin anymore and hurt Him. It convicted me every morning before I got to work. Just thought I would share
---MarkV. on 4/8/10|
Darlene1 --- "Whispwering Hope" is beautiful when sung as a duet! The harmony is outstanding. (of course the message of the hymn is great too). I don't have much musical ability, but I love to sing these hymns. I sing with all my heart in church, where everybody drowns me out(I hope).
---Donna66 on 4/7/10|
Donna66 I love that one too. I'm an only child but even when Mama went to work when I was 11 years old and I was left alone I never was lonely. I don't know why,maybe because I read a lot,but I am still like that. It really is a blessing I don't ever feel lonesome. Back to the songs Mother and I used to sing together,not at church,but just for fun,she is Alto and I am Lyric or Second Soprano and our favorite duet song was Whispering Hope. My Granddad loved an old song I think it was called the Unclouded Day. It seemed even when you weren't looking for Jesus he was already looking for you through the song which was so dear to your heart. You were already claimed by God in Heaven,he just waited until you were ready to claim Jesus for yourself.
---Darlene_1 on 4/7/10|
Darlene 1- During my childhood, we we not much of a church-going family. But we had a player piano and some of the rolls were hymns. My favorite was, "I Come to the Garden Alone", though I had little idea what it really meant to be a Christian. I played it over and over. ( I was a rather lonely child and it comforted me) Now that I know Christ personally, it is still a favorite, though I seldom hear it anymore.
---Donna66 on 4/6/10|
When I was a child the church I attended with my Grandparents had a penny march for the children. We all loved it when they played "When The Saints Go Marching In" we would all take our few pennies to the basket on the altar and drop them in. The song will always be one of my favorites. Mama used to sing specials in church when I was a child one of the songs she sang was "Something Got Hold Of Me" which I sang to my children when rocking them to sleep,there will always be a love for that old song. When I was Praise & Worship leader at a home prayer meeting I would start with some of the old Hymns and then get into the faster songs,with God's leading.
---Darlene_1 on 4/6/10|
Eloy, you speak the truth for not all music is godly. Some of it sounds like world music that more in line to excite the body.
---Bobby-1 on 4/6/10|
Not all music is holy, and if it sounds like the world, then it's worldly and not holy. And today there is alot of new age sensual and sensuality crap which has zero to do with Jesus Christ and more to do with fleshy feelings...Jesus is not an atmosphere, Jesus is not an energy, Jesus is not an ethereal pablumic harmony: Jesus Christ is a person, and he is holy God.
---Eloy on 4/6/10|
I LOVE the old hymns. I did not grow up with them, and I came to the Lord later in life. Besides the sounder foundational doctrine, they are just simply great songs.
However, I do wish that there were simpler arrangemnts for some of the songs. Large choirs do not do justice for the simple beauty of many of the hymns.
I won't comment about today's 7-11 songs :- #
---Joseph on 4/5/10|
Winston -- That doesn't sound like a hymn to me. It could easily be an old song that your mother liked for some reason.
Joseph -- I like the old hymns. I like to sing along with them since I know most of the old standards from my childhood. But I've had some real disappointments recently. When I find that RARE CD that claims to contain these old hymns, I buy it!
But when I play it, I can't recognize any of these Hymns! They have changed the melodies, sometimes the words. It may not be that unpleasant, but it's unfamiliar to me! No singing along with them!
---Donna66 on 3/26/10|
On the surface, the market for old hymns is quickly diminishing largely to changing demographics. Ie, the people who truly appreciate these songs are diminishing and the demand for praise and worship songs are greatly increasing. This may make it too expensive to maintain a site like that. ---Deeper, I believe it is because old hymns are full of sound doctrine, and having a small market, it is an area that is easy to make disappear. Conversely, The Holy Bible still has a large market. It has to be attacked not quickly but steadily. The agenda of the Evil One would be exposed if the Bible disappears like the good, old hymns.---I heard an old preacher call the new songs 7-11 songs. It is because you pick seven words and sing them 11 times.
---joseph on 3/25/10|
My mother sang a really weird hymn when we were kids. The words went something like this: Oh death have mercy, can there be? Mercy still reserved for me, I am a flower just in my youth, and will you cut me down so soon?
Old age or youth I never spare, For if you look in yonder church yard, There will you see them in hundreds laid, Where I have made my awful play.
Since she died I have asked just about everyone and so far no seem to have ever heard of such a hymn. Is there anyone who knows this Hymn?
---Winston on 10/10/08|
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I am searching for the words to a song..maybe by jimmy swaggart..includes the line "he said come to me my child for you are mine"...and " we walked up the streets of heaven, and i saw the crown fo pure gold", might be titled I saw Jesus in a Vision Last night?? any help? Thank You
---Roe on 8/14/08|
I love to see the kids marching to Hillsong and my voice cracks singing Amazing Grace - whats the big deal?
My favorite is absolutely CC
I believe in blended worship - we blend in with the angels!
---Andrea on 8/15/07|
Tonya Betz has a new hymns album out called Hymns: His Grace Untold. She simplifies everything by arranging the songs with just acoustic guitar and vocals. There seems to be a good mix of songs, especially ones that are more obscure, ones that you won't find on most hymns CDs.
---JC on 8/15/07|
There is a site called Cyber Hymnal or something like that. If you type those words into a search engine it will give you the actual website. There is nothing very fast paced on there but a huge selection of hymns and they are listed in categories so you should find just what you want.
---M.P. on 5/29/07|
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I have attended a church that uses modern Christian music for the praise and worhip. The songs were all with a beat that could make you stomp your feet, if not sway your body. The only song that I was able to sing was "Praise God from whom all blessings flow!" I guess I don't belong to the NOW generation of Christian worshippers!
---Linda6546 on 3/21/06|
Of course satan wants anointed music out of churches. That's what David played to drive away evil spirits. Thats one of many reasons most churches teach contrary to the word of God. This divided kingdom is getting more evil spirits every day with their modern way.Truly this MYSTERY has become blasphemous in some of it's teachings.
---Shari on 3/21/06|
John; it was George Strait, not Randy Travis.
---Rebecca_D on 3/20/06|
because the so called church is leaving the fundamentals of the faith (christ and him crucified) for a watered down gospel which is no gospel at all
---james_faford on 3/20/06|
Actually, it was Randy Travis, not George Strait
---John on 3/2/06|
My 1# song is "How great thou Art."
I also like George Strait's "Love without end, amen." Not a hymn, but a good song anyway.
As for me, I prefer traditional music. This 'clapping and hollerin' I find vain and shallow, aimed and designed to reduce to a raw and malliable emotional state.
---SLC_guy on 2/21/06|
yahoo or google HymnSite.
---Ulrika on 2/21/06|
I was raised in the Church, the "old hymns" are like old friends to me, they bring great comfort. I believe they are still relevent and an important part of our heritage. They should not be forgotten or dismissed, that said, "Contemporary" music is also vital and alive for these times. Why not enjoy both? They both honor God!
---Cindy on 2/21/06|
We don't use songbooks in our church. We sing worship songs like shout to the Lord, etc and the southern gospel songs. Too many churches are stuck in a rut and don't want a change, they don't know how to change. The singing is what starts the service, if the right songs are sung then it is easier for the preacher to preach. Before I sing, I ask God to give me the very songs that need to be sung, and when he does and I listen, it is easier for the preacher to preach.
---Rebecca_D on 2/20/06|
Mina, Is Alan right? It must have been you children you mentioned, not husband. It is not the first time I have guess wrong about a persons gender on theses blogs. '-'
---Ulrika on 2/20/06|
Mima ... I am puzzled ... I thought you had said some time ago that you were a man, yet now Ulrika mentions your husband. .... ????
---alan8869_of_UK on 2/20/06|
A song I miss, "Onward, Christian Soldiers". We sang it at church when I was little girl, I could tap my foot to the music and sing. Did you know that Elvis Presley got his only Grammy for his Gospel music?
---Nellah on 2/20/06|
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Mina, I am surprised you are almost 68. I thought you were a teenager, until you mentioned your husband, then I thought twenties. You seem full of spunk. You livin up the blogs. I like hymns and comtemporary Christian music, but not Christian rock.
---Ulrika on 2/20/06|
Yes, and BOTH are wrong! Both types prove that praise and worship time for them is nothing more than entertainment. The type music THEY like is not being sung, so they just stand there and protest it by not singing! It is so hard for me to understand how otherwise intelligent people can act so childishly. Why don't they just throw themselves onto the floor and have a screaming kicking fit- it's what they're doing inside anyway! They could care less if GOD likes the song- it's all about THEM
---John on 2/20/06|
I agree with you entirely ... sadly I have to record the excact opposite to what you saw, the "moderns" standing there mute, without opening their hymn books, when an old hymn is sung.
---alan8869_of_UK on 2/20/06|
Alan: That's exactly what I said, isn't it? I have actually witnessed people that had the same opinion as Mima, sing with all their heart when we were singin "Have a little talk with Jesus" but fold their arms, clam up and FROWN at our worship leader when we sang "Shout to the Lord"! I have found that it is the people like this that are against change who are the ones who feel it HAS to be only one- out of the book, or nothin! We DO sing both at our church- whatever lifts up God
---John on 2/20/06|
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John ... perhaps it is a question of having both and not saying it has got to be one or the other?
---alan8869_of_UK on 2/20/06|
Don't get me wrong. I'm not a "traditional hymns basher" either. The point is, EVERYTHING was 'new and unfamiliar' at one time. We're not going to be singing "In the garden" OR the latest hit from Hillsong when we get to Heaven. We'll be singing a NEW song! I almost wonder if some won't protest that, because they've "never done it that way before"! Bottom line: If it lifts up God, HE likes it, and he's the reason we sing anyway....or at least, he's SUPOSED to be
---John on 2/19/06|
We went through a tug-o-war at our church several years back because God was trying to take us to new levels of worship, and a lot of the elderly folk (and some, not so elderly, just been there all their life) got all up in the air about it because we started singing things that "weren't out of the book"! What a lot of "modern-day praise & worship music bashers" don't realize is.....a LOT of it was written WAAAAAY before traditional hymns...by a kid named David
---John on 2/19/06|
Mima, I couldnt agree with you more about contemporary Christian music. It is saccharine and bland. However, it is probably our age showing more than our spirituality. We have to remember that Leaning on the Everlasting Arms and Amazing Grace were at one time contemporary Christian Music.
---randy on 2/18/06|
Thanks to those that answer this question. I'm 68 years old and almost (remember I said almost) violently against contemporary music!!!
---mima on 2/17/06|
Just type in "hymns" on your search bar, and you will find many sites that will play hymn music ... and they are good old tunes & verses.
---alan8869_of_UK on 2/17/06|