Nic Cook has posted a long list of modern hymn arrangements. He starts with four reasons to include hymns (modernized or otherwise) in your worship services:
- The older generation might not like the more modern worship music of Bethel, Elevation, or Hillsong but will put up with it if they know they can sing at least one familiar song they know and love each week.
- The hymns may likely be tied to significant spiritual memories for the older generation and can help call those memories into the present. If you are younger you may think back fondly on church camp worship songs (it’s the same thing only for the older generation).
- The younger generation often needs reminding that they are not the first generation of believers but are the inheritors of a faith that reaches back thousands of years and they are mostly likely not the last generation either.
- There are some really great lyrics that make us say things that many contemporary writers are not addressing (ex. “be of sin a double cure, saved from wrath and be made pure”).
- These modern arrangements can be very helpful in transitioning a more traditional church into a differnet worship style by maintaining some familiarity.
What would you add to this list of modernized hymns?