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Old Guidelines For New Songs

Matthew Starner on old books, new music, and what matters in our worship songs:

I’m a sucker for old worship books – not just hymnals but books about the topic of worship. A few weeks ago, I came across an old copy of The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal, written in 1942. It was on ebay for a song, so I picked up a copy. I grew up worshipping with The Lutheran Hymnal, and it’s still a favorite of mine that I use in my personal devotion and worship time along side of more modern music too.

The Handbook is a gem, as it offers history and background on all of the hymns in the hymnal. But what caught my attention was the brief preface and introduction. In the preface, the author shared their criteria for selecting songs. It could have been written for today…

Matthew shares six criteria from an old hymn handbook and asks how they apply to new music being written for the church.

How would the songs you select hold up?

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