Choosing Hymns

One of the most difficult jobs to do well as a priest is choosing hymns. Just enough that is familiar to people to feel comfortable, just enough that is new to stop us getting caught in a rut. Music needs to be singable and the words need to make some kind of sense. We want hymns that don’t leave people left out. We want hymns that reflect the bible readings of the day. We want hymns that make the service a journey from one place to another. We want hymns of the right length and jollity for wherever they come in the service.

I told you it was not easy.

This time round, I’m sharing the job with others.

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