If you attend Trinity or St. Paul’s, you may have sung (or tried to sing) a hymn (or three) with which you were not previously familiar. The likely reason for that is me. How do I choose hymns for Sunday? First, I focus on the theme of the day, which is usually the theme of the sermon. That means that I look at the words first. Second, I try to find hymns with that theme that I think will be familiar. Now, obviously this means that I choose hymns that are familiar to me. I have no way of knowing what hymns you sang before I got here. That is the purpose of this post. If you attend Trinity or St. Paul’s, please comment and write your 3, or 4, or 5 favorite hymns. That will help me to better gauge my hymn choices, and encourage congregational singing.
We will still sing new hymns, because how else could we learn them? But we’ll work on not slamming you with multiple new hymns per week. There are so many good hymns that have been written since 1941 (when The Lutheran Hymnal came out), and some good ones that predate TLH but which were not included in it, that it would be wrong not to use them. But this way we can work on learning them in a better way. Thanks.