Hymn for the Week

I was going to get all fancy and make a long list of the most important hymns that I wanted to share with my kids. However, I’m such a Hot Mess that I probably wouldn’t sustain that for more than a few weeks or a couple of months at the most.

So I’m just going to use the order and listing on my Hymns for Kids CD right now.

If you’d like to follow along with our “A Hymn a Week” project, you can get free sheet music, audio downloads, and other resources at Hymns for a Kid’s Heart.

The first hymn that we will discover this year is the tune Holy, Holy, Holy.

Holy, Holy, Holy

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Who was, and is, and evermore shall be.

Holy, holy, holy! though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

While I am so glad that God sent His Son to be my Savior so that I can have a personal relationship with Him, I should never forget about the holiness of my Father. Too often, in our casual society where all people are equal, nobody should ever judge another, and all philosophies and lifestyles are equally legitimate, we forget that God is holy.

To forget about and de-emphasize the holiness of God is to trample underfoot our need for a Savior. Often, our songs don’t mention how holy God is.

There’s one song that is regularly played on our Christian radio station that totally steams me. The phrase “I’m gonna get my worship on.” displays a total disregard for the holiness of God. When we worship the God of Creation, we must do it with a sense of awe for his holiness. We can’t worship in the same way that we change our shoes or pick out a bracelet that matches our blouse.

In every instance in Scripture, when people came face to face with God’s holiness, they fell flat on their faces. This should be the position of our heart when we worship God–humble gratitude that his Holiness would reach down and provide a way for us to love him and have that relationship.

For more information on the history of the Hymn Holy, Holy, Holy, you can visit this site.

Isaiah 6:3 

And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”

Hymns for Kids

“Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.”

Ephesians 5:18b-19

This year, I am hoping to introduce a new hymn to my kids each week.

As much as I like some of the more modern praise hymns and choruses, I feel that knowing hymns is so important for Christians, both young and old.

Of course, as a hot mess, I expect that many weeks I will drop the ball on this one.  (Just like the Art on Fridays, Memory Verse Mondays, and many of the other weekly projects I can come up with at the beginning of each school year. )

Joni Eareckson Tada, a quadriplegic who has a ministry to the disabled, has shared her passion for hymns many times on the radio and online. She created a resource to help adults teach children a love for hymns.

hymns

She set up a site with free downloads for many wonderful, time-tested hymns of the faith.

You can download both the audio files and pdf files of all of the sheet music for the corresponding hymns.

I’ve been searching for a resource just like this. What’s even better? It’s absolutely free of charge!

So join with me this year in teaching your kids a new hymn each week.

If you don’t know many hymns, then that’s even better. Both you and your children will learn something, new, valuable, and comforting. Before too long, when tough times hit, you will be humming, “Great is Thy Faithfulness” or “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” to encourage yourself in the Lord.

I promise you, learning a hymn each week this school year will change you and your family.

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