Fair question! At the time of writing (August 28, 2019) we have sung over 100 hymns at 8 “Hymn Sings”. (We didn’t keep count at first, so we can’t be sure of the exact number.) Each evening we devote a little over half the time to requests, the rest to hymns we pre-select. On the selected hymns we have repeated only one - “Blessed Assurance”. Requested hymns tend to repeat more frequently. These include:
“Wonderful Grace of Jesus”
“Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”
“The Old Rugged Cross”
“If That Isn’t Love”
… … … and others.
For an alphabetical list of all the hymns we have sung, tap/click here.
We have also given the background stories to over 40 hymns.
We use the Gaither Publishing hymnal, “Worship His Majesty” so requested hymns need to be taken from that hymnal. On the other hand if you would like to sing a hymn not in the book, if you tell us what it is in advance we will try to arrange for it to be sung at the next Hymn Sing. We have access to many hymnals, as well as most of the “Singspiration” series.
Wouldn’t you like to be a part of this?
Once a quarter we set aside an evening just to sing the old hymns. It’s not that we dislike all of the modern songs, but in our view they often lack the depth of meaning and poetical and musical excellence found in the old hymns.
If you feel the same way, won’t you join us?
We are blessed with some good musical talent at LBF, and along with help from visiting musicians an ensemble that might include (depending on the day) the piano, woodwind, brass and strings helps us make a truly joyful noise for the Lord.
The stories behind the hymns
Often, when you know how a hymn came to be written the words mean more. Much more.
The hymn “Victory in Jesus” tells how the Christian can be joyful even when things aren’t going well. We might think such a hymn would have been written when everything was going well for the writer. But no. You can read the story of this hymn here, and once you have read it, you will never sing the hymn in the same way again.
We tell the stories behind many of the hymns we sing, and those insights have been much appreciated. You will likely enjoy them too.