At our church we sing many different songs in many different musical styles. We sing a good number of hymns. But this year we'd like to deepen our appreciation and love for some great hymns. So in the coming year I'm going to challenge members of our church to memorize ten of the best Christian hymns. The plan, led by Bob Kauflin and Ken Boer, is to record the hymns this summer on a CD that will produced by two gifted musicians in our church—Dave Campbell and Roger Hooper—and will feature the voices of members of the congregation. Then, after we distribute the CD to the church, we'll set a schedule of memorizing one each month.
The purpose of the project is to get great theology into people's hearts and minds. I want my kids to know these songs. And I have this dream of gathering the church, turning off the screen that projects the lyrics and then belting out these classic songs of praise to God.
Right now we're facing one of the toughest parts of the process: choosing just ten hymns! We don't mind if they're familiar, but we're not just looking for the most well-known. We want songs that are rich in truth about God and the gospel. And we're trying to strike the right balance of doctrinal themes.
I need your help. I'm wondering if you could give me suggestions. What hymns do you think should be on the list? If you have a "top 10" please share it. Or maybe there are two or three hymns that you feel have to be on the list. Please post a comment and share your opinion. And if you think other people are overlooking something, please jump in with that thought. Post away...I look forward to hearing from you.