John D. Witvliet thinks so:
- Hymnals are especially well suited to good group singing of many kinds of songs (though not all).
- Hymnals are portable.
- Hymnals are splendid for home piano or keyboard devotional playing.
- Hymnals are an efficient one-stop worship planning resource.
- Hymnals make it relatively easy to stumble on and fall in love with good music you never thought you would like.
- Well-designed hymnals offer a vision of a balanced thematic diet.
- Hymnals help connect songs with elements of worship.
- Hymnals give people access to a “cultural memory bank” that many desperately want.
- Hymnals can be appealing to seekers.
- A hymnal can be a surprisingly effective catechism for both brand-new and lifelong Christians.
I can’t remember the last time I used a hymnal.
And I can’t say that I miss them.
I don’t think my teenagers know what a hymnal is.
So it’s hard for me to think that hymnals have any kind of a future.
Do you think Mr. Witvliet is all wet? Or am I?
HT: Justin Taylor