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  1. Wonderful insights. I can recall with clarity my father, suffering from dementia, was able to join in singing some Christmas songs his last Christmas here on earth, what a gift that was to me. I often encourage the ‘young’ worship planners to include the “old” hymns and psalms. Thank you for your well-put thoughts and words on this subject.

  2. Yes, yes, yes to everything you so eloquently said in defense of the hymns and psalms, Karen! My dad, even in the advanced stages of early-onset Alzheimer’s, could still mouth along with the hymns. My grandfather, after many strokes and with Parkinson’s that crippled his body would still sing hymns as best he could with tears rolling down his face. On my grandmother’s death bed we all gathered around and sang hymns. I’m in my early 40s and mourn greatly the loss of hymns and corporate singing in churches. So many of the contemporary songs are meant for solo artists, not communal worship. When the congregation can’t join in, I call it “worshiptainment.” I hope beyond hope that hymns, so rich in doctrine, find their way back into worship. Every time I’ve argued for the hymns I get treated like I’m crazy because to attract newcomers the church needs to be “contemporary”. But its the “whys” of what we believe that will nourish and grow these new believers beyond feel-good songs without depth. Thank you for writing this!!!

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