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Nine Moons » Blog Archive : Hymn Sunday! » Hymn Sunday!

Hymn Sunday!

Rusty - June 11, 2007

Yesterday we had our annual (and what I’ve decided to call) Hymn Sunday. The gist of the program is that rather than regular speakers there is a small handful of members who come forward and tell the congregation one of their favorite hymns, explain why, and then we all sing the hymn. Oh, and we decided to have it all accompanied by the piano rather than the organ.

It’s a Spirit-filled meeting that is one of my favorite Sacrament Meeting programs of the year.

Yesterday the meeting went as follows:

I Am a Child of God
I Know that My Redeemer Lives
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Battle Hymn of the Republic
violin solo – Oh, That I Were an Angel
Holding Hands Around The World
Because I Have Been Given Much
Lord I Would Follow Thee
Come Unto Jesus

And can I just tell you how lame it is that Come Thou Fount isn’t in the current hymnal? Anyway, fantastic stuff. I’d highly recommend talking with your bishopric about doing something like it.

11 Comments »

  1. This has to be one of the best ideas I’ve ever heard of.

    Comment by JM — June 11, 2007 @ 10:20 am

  2. apostate

    Comment by Mathew — June 11, 2007 @ 11:53 am

  3. “Oh, that I were an Angel” for the record was never a hymn, but a lovely song based on Alma 29:1 nonetheless.

    Yeah, I’d LOVE to have a meeting like this. Do you make sure there are different songs every year or no? It’d be great to do something that gets people to expand their hymnal horizons by coming to learn and appreciate more songs they are not familiar with. Some of my lesser known favorites include #115 “Come Ye Disconsolate” and #9 “Come, Rejoice.”

    I almost think “Come Thou Fount” has gained in popularity since it was taken out of the hymnbook. Still, you have not really heard it till you hear the Mack Wilburg arrangement.

    Some I wish were in the hymnbook: “Amazing Grace,” “What Child is This?” anything in a minor or modal key and “When First the Glorious Light of Truth.”

    Comment by Bret — June 11, 2007 @ 12:02 pm

  4. When I was in our Bishopric this idea was my-back-pocket save in case the speakers biffed me for some reason. I only had to go there once when a family called me sick the night before they were supposed to speak.

    Comment by Chad too — June 11, 2007 @ 12:19 pm

  5. Come Thou Fount is still in the German Hymnal! Great idea.

    Comment by Rebecca — June 11, 2007 @ 12:21 pm

  6. What a great idea! One I don’t mind stealing at all.

    Comment by Tim — June 11, 2007 @ 12:48 pm

  7. That’s cool. I saw this mentioned somewhere else recently, can’t remember where now. I wish our Bishopric would start doing it. I guess I’ll have to mention it.

    My favorite hymn is #29, but it’s not worth it unless you sing all of the verses. (A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief)

    I also love the creation hymns.

    Comment by Susan M — June 11, 2007 @ 2:25 pm

  8. Our last ward did this every year. Love it!

    Comment by Cheryl — June 11, 2007 @ 3:40 pm

  9. i’m a high priest. music to sleep by; sounds great.

    Comment by garry — June 11, 2007 @ 6:41 pm

  10. I remember doing Hymn Sunday in the Park Slope Ward. It was nice.

    Comment by Chris Williams — June 13, 2007 @ 11:58 am

  11. Makes me want to go to church again. I’d go every Sunday if all we did was sing hymns. :)

    Comment by Heather — June 27, 2007 @ 12:43 am

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