From the Staff . . .

Looking Back at the Old Year: Hymns Sung in 2021-2022

Happy New Year!

According to the liturgical calendar (see https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/) the Old Year ends with Christ the King Sunday, this year on November 24, and a New Year begins with the first Sunday of Advent this year on November 27. New Year’s is a natural time to reflect and consider what has been done and so, in that spirit, I present to you the Annual Hymn Use Summary! Let me explain why I find this important enough to keep these records throughout the year and present them to you.

We Value the Individual

In Western culture, we have a high regard for autonomy and an obsession with individualism. Think of almost any classic Western movie you’ve seen. The lone, rugged hero is the protagonist and always saves the day. For me Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, and Alan Ladd come to mind in these roles. In the same way, Baptists also highly value individualism. Soul competency is a fundamental tenet of the Baptist faith. Neither our family, friends, church, nor any religious authority can determine our relationship with God. Each individual is responsible before God.

We Are Called to Community

Conversely, we Christians are called to community. Think about the many communal concepts and analogies used to describe key persons and Christian principles.  The One God has three distinct persons. Humanity was created as a pair; it was not good for us to be alone. The New Testament church is expressed as many parts making up one body. Christ goes and finds the one, lost sheep and returns it to the flock.

Congregational Singing Transforms

So individuality and community are both important to our faith. We are individually responsible before God but we are called to live and thrive in community. This is why I believe congregational singing is important. It exemplifies both these ideas. We give our individual, unique voice to the community expression of worship through song.

The Belief Statement of The Hymn Society expresses the value and power of congregational song beautifully. We believe that the holy act of singing together shapes faith, heals brokenness, transforms lives, and renews peace (https://thehymnsociety.org). What we sing reflects who we are and what we believe as individuals and as a community. But it does more. The work of God’s Spirit and the act of singing together shape us and transform us as the unique community of faith of Parkway Baptist Church. I look forward to singing with you in the New Year!

 

Annual Hymn Use Summary

Hymns Sung in 2021-2022

One hundred and one different hymns were sung.

Used 4 Times

Have Thine Own Way, Lord

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Used 3 Times

Breathe on Me, Breath of God

I Am Resolved

More Love to Thee, O Christ

O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart

Spirit of the Living God

Take My Life, and Let It Be Consecrated

The Solid Rock

Used 2 Times

All Creatures of Our God and King

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

Angels from the Realms of Glory

Arise, Your Light Is Come

Be Thou My Vision

Because I Have Been Given Much

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Go, Tell It on the Mountain

Good Christian Friends, Rejoice

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Holy, Holy, Holy

I Am Thine, O Lord

I Surrender All

Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult

Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners

Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come

Let Your Heart Be Broken

Lord, Speak to Me, That I May Speak

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

My Shepherd Will Supply My Need

O Come, All Ye Faithful

Silent Night, Holy Night

Teach Me, O Lord, I Pray

There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy

To God Be the Glory

Trust and Obey

We Are Called to Be God’s People

We’re Marching to Zion

 

– Carey Huddlestun