When we were visiting Mo. we stopped on the way out to visit the Church of Monett & had a lovely visit, really one of the most enjoyable Sabbaths I've had in a long while. I really think that the singing had something to do w/ it. I love to sing in church & my favorite way is accapella hymns, 4 part harmony. I'm not saying that churches who do it otherwise are wrong & this is only the second ever church I've attended where this was done but it is my favorite; singing w/ brethren is one of the means of grace God gives us to draw us closer to Himself.
What most delighted me was that as we visited in some houses throughout the day, I could see the singing was not relegated solely to Sun. service but also before meals & I suspect throughout the workday as well. That's how it has ended up at our house.
I had bought a hymnal at Rod & Staff back in June but other than reading through it (I felt a kinship w/ Granny from Heidi who just liked to just have the hymnal words read) I didn't really know how to make music. When mom offered me the choice between piano lessons & Girl Scouts, foolishly I chose Girl Scouts. While it was fun I don't think I got anything of lasting value out of it. Our piano is a comically sad affair but I was excited to see that when I applied my limited 4 years of high school choir music knowledge I could make a tune!
So when we got home I was determined to teach music. I really think that music education suffers in large part due to the churches getting away from hymnals & relegating everything to an overhead projector sans staff or notes to follow. We started w/ Trust & Obey, as the Monett church had sang that & it was still fresh in my mind. So about 13 weeks later we've got a pretty good repertoire. We learn a new song on Sun. & continue to sing it through out the week. I've only got one reader so I "line" it to them, reading one or two lines & then we sing it altogether. On Thurs. I stop lining it & they can stumble through it pretty good. On the week nights we sing our learning song & two review songs from weeks past. We have been singing them all on Sun. nights, but our list is too long to fit them all in. Here's what happens when singing time runs long: I get stuck!
#835 When Peace Like a River
#239 When We Walk w/ the Lord - Heard at Monett
#163 All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name
#844 Stand Up Stand Up for Jesus -Mom used to sing this when after our bath.
#420 There are Two Ways -LOVE the words!
#717 Follow the Path of Jesus
#139 Christ the Lord is Risen Today
#492 Sowing in the Morning
#796 What Can Wash Away My Sins? (& because they just go together...)
#797 Would You be free from Your Burden of Sin
#333 Be Not Dismayed What'er Betide- This chorus was in a Little Jewel book.
#789 Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed?- This last one I selected because I had read & enjoyed the words so much but I overheard it being sung in The Hatfields & McCoys when Mr. McCoy was coming back to his first church service after prison. It's a plus if I don't have to search for the tune.
As you see there's not much rhyme or reason to the why of the songs I pick. Some of them, like #844 we make up actions to go w/ the words, some of them the children already know parts of from their cd songs. One thing I have noticed is that they love any song mentioning worms or wormwood. I can't figure it out. Do you have music at your house?