We all can remember our favorite classic hymns growing up, “Jesus Loves Me“, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus“, “How Great Thou Art“, “Amazing Grace“, “Jesus Paid It All“, and the list goes on and on.

Now lately, it seems many churches have done away with hymnals. Some groups want to streamline services whereas others hope to speak to a new generation of people.

However, singing classic hymns are still an important part of our worship. The following are some of the reasons why hymnals should still be used by churches around the world.

1.) Easier to Read

A screen can be very hard to follow, especially if you are easily distracted by colors or have poor eyesight. Traditional hymnals make it easier to stay focused on the service and the singing.

2.) Tactile Worship

Not everyone learns and worships the same way. Having something tactile to hold can make worship more personal and real for people. After all, you have to pick the book up, find the page, follow along, and sing. The weight of the book in your hand really makes the world come alive.

3.) Rediscover Songs

In many ways, it is a way for you to discover new songs or old favorites forgotten over the years. The power of rediscovery can be inspiring and help you engage in service with newfound zest and passion.

4.) Enjoy a Rich History

You may forget that hymnals are a part of history. Many texts have been handed down over the years. A screen does not highlight the important and rich legacy of the books, their pages and their history. In many ways, hymnals are a textbook in the theology world.

5.) Simple Part of a Church

Having a projector and screen in a church can negatively affect the beauty of the space, especially older churches. It can be hard to find a good place to hang the screen. Using hymnals means that you do not have to worry about an organ pipe, altar or stained glass being covered or shadowed by technology.

6.) Teach the Power of Music

Hymnals are powerful because they teach music. Most people passively listen to music rather than practice it. Hymnals get even the most untrained person and have them sing, which helps them learn about rhythm and melodies.

7.) Avoid Technology Failures

Sometimes, technology lets down churches and hymnals can save the day. If a projector fails in the middle of a song, then people will not know how to proceed, However, standard hymnals are reliable and always there.

8.) See How Songs Fit Together

Understanding the history of hymnals makes new ones come to life. After all, there is a rich legacy to the music sung in church. Understanding how new tunes fit in with standards adds to their own power and helps you better understand your church, religion and congregation.

9.) Sing Anywhere in the Church

You can sing anywhere with traditional hymnals, even if you do not have a projector or instruments. All you need is the music and text and a willing congregation. This is really freeing and a beautiful part of workship.

10.) Makes the Words Feel More Real

The feel of the hymnals make life seem more real and less disposable. Text on a screen goes away, but books are forever. Hymnals give people consistency and reliability. When you open a book, you know many other people have opened this page and sung these words and felt these lessons. In short, you better understand what you are singing and why you are doing it.

11.) The Interplay Between Text & Images

The great thing about hymnals is that they mix music and text together. After all, the words and notes are together on the page, which makes the music easier to learn. Young people or new members of a congregation may not understand how music and text work together without a book in their hand.

12.) A Clear Performance Standard for the Group

When everyone has to perform together, there is a standard set of instructions for the congregation. In contemporary music, everyone does their own thing at workshop. Standard hymns mean that everyone understands how to follow along and that the congregation has a set performance standard to adhere to.

13.) Build Anticipation & Participation

When people sing hymnals, they are in control of their workshop. When a church uses hymnals, it means that they build anticipation. Some congregation members like to find out the planned hymnals and then practice their part beforehand, which makes singing an essential part of worship.

14.) Focused on the Worship Instead of a Screen

As time goes by, people may memorize and know the hymnals by heart. However, if there is a projector and screen, congregation members could get mesmerized by the screen, even if they know their part. Not having to look at the book and be able to connect with the church and others is a special piece of singing and workshipping together.

15.) Helps People Understand the Power of the Church Community

There is something special about everyone singing together. With everyone reaching down together and singing, you realize that you are actually singing back and forth to one another. A congregation is the power and heart of a church and hymnals remind us of this important instrument.

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