Let's all stand and open our song books to number 129. That has always been my favorite part of church, the part when everyone sings together. I especially love the old time hymns. Some of them are foot-stomping, some are comforting, some are powerful and inspiring and some have ingenious harmony. They are all a balm to my spirit.
I didn't grow up in a church going family, except for when I was 7 or 8 and my family attended a Unitarian church for a while. When I was around 11 years old I started attending church with a neighbor family....I think I was their "project". If so, I guess I was a successful project. I continued to attend that church three times a week through high school. Though I am not at all musically talented, the songs I heard week after week during that time came to mean a lot to me.
I was a regular church attender through much of my life. I don't attend regularly now and when I go it is with my youngest daughter and her family to a church that features very contemporary Chrisitan music, rock band and all. I like it, but I still love the old church songs best.
Some of my favorites are....
The Old Rugged Cross
When The Roll is Called Up Yonder
Abide With Me
Mansion Over The Hilltop
Beautiful Isle Of Somewhere
Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Just A Little Talk With Jesus
And of course.....
Amazing Grace and How Great Thou Art
I just wish I could carry a tune well enough to sing them the way they deserve to be sung.
Do any of these songs bring back good memories for you?