Hymn Arrangements

The early church father, theologian, and philosopher, Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274), said, “A hymn is the praise of God with song; a song is the exultation of the mind dwelling on […]

The early church father, theologian, and philosopher, Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274), said, “A hymn is the praise of God with song; a song is the exultation of the mind dwelling on eternal things, bursting forth in the voice.” Great hymn texts are manifestations of God’s eternal truths which draw us deep into the presence of God. And as such they transcend time and trend and even culture and language. Most text that have endured throughout time have been popularly set to many tunes. This practice has taken place for hundreds of years because while the truth of God is transcendent our musical preferences are not. In recent years another cultural shift in popular music has once again sparked a reemergence in the rewriting of hymns. I am happy to be a part of that effort and to support others in it as well.


 

 

 

 

 

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daniellyle Daniel Lyle is a pastor and worship leader living and ministering in New Hampshire.