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Monday, November 18, 2013

Hymn Study: Our Family Hymnbook

photo courtesy of  anissat

Today, I'm working on our Family Hymnbook. I've actually been very casually working on it for several years, but officially for the last --- days, well, since February according to my pop-up reminder app. :( Obviously, I've been procrastinating a little. However, I have decided that I am quite done with that pesky pop up feeling of guilt every time that little reminder unexpectedly comes on the screen. I have determined to finish our hymnals this week, printed and all. I'm actually getting really excited. I know it will really help streamline our hymn-singing each morning.

Cindy Rollins in her recent series on Morning Time, had a post that highlighted hymns, as well as consistent reminders sprinkled throughout the series about their family hymnal, and I suddenly became thoroughly frustrated with myself for my major Family Hymnbook failure! We enjoy singing hymns, but sometimes we get kinda stuck in a rut with the oldie-but-goodies, if I haven't yet scrounged up the words and music for the newer hymns.

So, today, I looked up all the hymns we have and don't have music sheets for (links provided, see below), I slapped them all in a pdf file, printed it off and now I'm excited to finally put our Family Hymnbooks to use! All I have left to do is make 5 copies.

You might already have access to a hymnal or two (though I advise you to consolidate your favorites into a more family friendly version... you bet it'll go much smoother!), or could make a more personalized version yourself. I'd encourage you to do that, in fact. But, if you're like me and you could use something in the meantime to keep you from utter hymn chaos on some of those mornings, please feel free to use this one! :) See download link below.

In the post, Hymn Study: What we do, I talk a little more about how we do hymns, but honestly you should not go a day longer without reading Cindy's posts linked above. She is an EXPERT. :)

In our Family Hymnbook:
(Links to printable sheets for individual hymns. Personalize your own hymnbook!)

A Mighty Fortress
Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed
All Creatures of Our God and King
All Hail the Power of Jesus Name
Amazing Grace
America the Beautiful
And Can it Be
Be Still My Soul (We Rest on Thee)
Be Thou My Vision
Blessed Assurance
Bringing In The Sheaves
Christ The Lord is Risen Today
Come Thou Fount
Come Ye Thankful People Come
Count Your Blessings
Crown Him With Many Crowns
Eternal Father Strong to Save (Navy Hymn)
Fairest Lord Jesus
For A Thousand Tongues To Sing
For the Beauty of the Earth
Great is Thy Faithfulness
Hallelujah What a Savior
He Leadeth Me 
He Who Would Valiant Be
Holy, Holy, Holy
How Great Thou Art
I Sing The Mighty Power of God
I surrender All
I'd Rather Have Jesus
Immortal, Invisible
It Is Well With My Soul
Joyful, Joyful
Just As I Am
Leaning on The Everlasting Arms
Low in The Grave He Lay
Man of Sorrows
More Secure Is No One Ever
My Anchor Holds
My Country Tis of Thee
My Hope is Built
My Jesus I Love Thee
Nearer My God to Thee
Now Thank We All Our God
O Come All Ye Faithful
O God Beyond All Praising
O God, Our Help in Ages Past
O Love of God
O Sacred Head Now Wounded
O The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
Onward Christian Soldiers
Our God Reigns
Pass Me Not
Praise Him, Praise Him
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
Rock of Ages
Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us
Softly and Tenderly
Soldiers of Christ Arise
Take My Life and Let it Be
The Church's One Foundation
The Old Rugged Cross
The Star-Spangled Banner
There's Power in the Blood
Thine Is the Glory
This is My Father's World
Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
To God Be The Glory
Trust and Obey
We Rest on Thee (see Be Still My Soul)
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
When I Survey
Wonderful Grace of Jesus

Above All
Be Unto Your Name
Blessed Be the Lord God Almighty
His Name is Wonderful
I will Sing of the Mercies
In Christ Alone
Lamb of God
Lord, I lift Your Name on High
Shine, Jesus, Shine
Shout to the Lord
There is a Redeemer
We Bow Down
We Will Glorify
You Are My All in All

AO hymn rotation for this year:
(those that were/are new to us and not linked above are linked below)

September: Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken (tune is from Haydn's Emperor String Quartet) -
October: There Is a Happy Land
November: Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
December: How Great Thou Art
January: Trust and Obey
February: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
March: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
April: Lord Of All Hopefulness Lyrics
May: Beneath the Cross of Jesus
June: Fairest Lord Jesus
July: I Love To Tell the Story
August: Awake My Soul and With the Sun

Search for more of your favorite hymns here:
Center for Church Music: Songs and Hymns


1 comment:

Beth Hollmann said...

Amy, thank you so much for this post! I have been thinking about putting together a family hymnal just like this, and you've done a lot of the work for me already! :-) This is WONDERFUL and I thank you for your efforts!

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