Category Archives: congregational singing

“Amen” at the end of hymns

Now that’s interesting. I’ve seen many, many hymns that end with an “Amen” — and I’ve seen the same hymns end with an “Amen” in some instances, but not when printed elsewhere. I’ve never thought about where that practice originated. Tonight, … Continue reading

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DeYoung on Singing Psalms

We are not convinced by the arguments for exclusive psalmody. But in 95% of our churches the problem is not that we are keeping out good non-Psalms. It’s strange, even though we are commanded to sing Psalms and even though … Continue reading

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Familiarity

In Joyful Noise, William Smith speaks of the “practical limits of the repertory” of a congregation. There are, he suggests (rightly!), only so many songs that a congregation can be expected to know reasonably well. In this connection, he notes, … Continue reading

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Tempo

I’ve always wrestled with “keeping the tempo up” in my congregational songleading.  I tend toward a broader tempo than average, and my pastor will with all sensitivity ask on occasion, “Was it just me, or did the songs seem to … Continue reading

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Holy, Mighty, Worthy

Sometimes, as I put together the selection of songs for a particular service, things don’t gel as well as I would like. This morning’s selection seemed to work well, though, and I wanted to share it (as well as record … Continue reading

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Edwards on Singing

“The duty of singing praises to God seems to be appointed wholly to excite and express religious affections. No other reason can be assigned, why we should express ourselves to God in verse, rather than in prose, and do it … Continue reading

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Singing “Silent Night”

“Silent Night,” because of the flow of the tune, is often sung incorrectly, or at least thoughtlessly, in several ways. In the first verse, the tune encourages the singer to mentally punctuate the song thus: Silent night, holy night. All … Continue reading

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