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Herbster Trio -- Hymns Of Grateful Praise
The message inside the CD cover reads...
In American Christianity, over the last 20 years, we have seen a growing de-emphasizing of the old hymns. In an attempt to "revive" the congregations' passion and worship in singing, many churches and youth camps have replaced the hymns with shallow and trite songs. These worship services have become increasingly "man-centered" and "feeling oriented". Children are growing up never having learned the old hymn tunes and texts. Many teenagers view hymns as lifeless, irrelevant, and "old fashioned". It is our prayer that parents will teach their young children the hymns. We desire to see a revival of passionate hymn singing in our churches and youth groups.
What we sing and how we sing should be an accurate representation of our love and adoration for our Almighty, Loving, Sovereign, and Holy God. Our churches could benefit greatly from this portion of John Wesley's Instructions for singing the Hymns...
--Sing all. See that you join with the congregation as frequently as you can.
--Sing lustily and with a good courage. Beware of singing as if you were "half dead" or "half asleep", but lift up your voice with strength.
--Sing modestly. Do not bawl, so as to be heard above or distinct from the rest of the congregation, that you may not destroy the harmony.
--Sing in time. Whatever time is sung, be sure to keep with it. Do not run before nor stay behind it...and take care not to sing too slow.
--Above all, sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing. Aim at pleasing Him more than yourself or any other creature...attend strictly to the sense of what you sing and see that your heart is not carried away with the sound, but offered to god continually.