It is not possible to please everyone, but if we can agree on a set of principles for choosing the hymns we sing then it becomes easier to enjoy a hymn that might not be our favorite.
The principles we use are:
- A balance of hymn styles, utilizing the best of what was used at the former 9:15 and 11:00 o’clock services. This balance includes a balance of organ and piano, and anthems from both the Senior and Junior Choirs. There is a deep hope that we will grow the band and use yet another style of music to praise the Lord.
- We hope to avoid obsolete language in our hymns (and prayers). This might mean just dropping a verse of a hymn rather than loosing an old favorite all together.
New music will be introduced and taught.
- We will continue to choose hymns based on the readings assigned for the day and/or the liturgical season we’re in, however, we recognize that mood counts and will also be taken into consideration.
- We will endeavor to cultivate a spirit of enthusiasm, in the choirs, the band and other liturgical leaders.
When if comes to hymns and liturgy the Rolling Stones said it best, "you can’t always get what you want." Liturgy is not about "what I want." It is about us working together to find ways to best celebrate what God has done for us in Christ Jesus.