My strong associations with hymnals began when I was a child.  I was weaned on the one I still think of as the best, and raised further with a couple more good ones.  Once in a while, I still examine hymnals, although they are decreasingly available as most churches gravitate to screens (and typically more shallow lyrical content).

One hymnal I checked out recently had a vaguely familiar cover, but I didn’t recall ever having cracked said cover.  On doing so, I found it to be uniquely, clearly well-organized, and topically balanced.  There are four super-categories, starting with God’s love for us (316 titles) and then our responsiveness to him (three subsections, 383 more titles).


Hymns for the Family of God (Midnight Blue) -

Hymns for the Family of God (Midnight Blue) -

If you have any thoughts or responses, I’d appreciate hearing them.


4 thoughts on “Hymnals

  1. “Sent to church,” beginning at age 6, many songs took root in my heart, and gave me courage to continue on. My family began the formality of “going to church” when I was in Jr. High. My focus turned early to songs of praise, trusting God whose Son died for me…and rose again. Now old and grey, I finally “get it” that when I surrender trying to fix my problems, instead of “just get over” my deep hurts – truly letting it go and giving it to God in prayer, I can quickly have sunshine in my soul. The songs that so many eschew because they are antiquated still give me comfort, guidance, fill me with wonder that God loves even me. Words of the songs are important to me…regardless of who wrote them, or if the words are modern or old.

    (I smile “at myself” now that after singing in A Cappella one year under direction of Dr. Leonard Burford, I would not sing a Stamps Baxter song because the music was not up to his standards. I became a true classical snob, but years of “life” mellowed me. I love a broad range of music to the surprise of some!).

    Recently, God has put together Megan Adams (wife of Daniel Adams/Harding), Ebrahim F.- Persian Christian, and me to arrange a comb-bound song booklet to go along with the Farsi song book at the Glyfada Church of Christ, Athens, Greece, so that when Ebrahim announces the Farsi song number, the English-speakers can turn to the Latinized version that has English synopses. That will take a while, of course!
    ~~ aa in Athens, Greece for Winter


    • Great thoughts here. I’d like to take more time to digest, but I rather want to let you know that I’m reading now instead of letting this get buried. So I’ll do what I can with 5 minutes now! First off, anyone who uses the word “eschew” has my attention! Second, your pathway is something I know something about, so I “get” that you “get it” (at least, to a degree). Your focus on trusting God and His Son is of course the right one.

      I had similar influences to the one you mention w/Burford. I’d add that it’s the words, more than the music, that still keeps me away from 80% of Stamps songs. I too have relaxed my “standards.” 🙂 And yet I don’t have a lot of patience for any songs with lack of content. Many (certainly not all) Stamps songs are lacking in any helpful content. This does not keep me from appreciating some lines, such as “When we see Jesus coming in glory …” (from a song that has other lines I learned to hate but later learned to appreciate in some measure).

      Total agreement with loving a broad range of music and also accepting *both* old and modern.

      Great that you could work with others for a song booklet! I did that on two other occasions, and I think it was also used for God’s glory. Glad you could participate and even lead in that effort.


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