*** DEBUG END ***
Important information: We are currently experiencing technical issues with the webiste and it is currently running with reduced functionality, some category pages may not contain a full list of articles and the search is not currently working. We apologise for the inconvenience and should have everything back to normal as soon as possible.

Hymn aficionados pick ‘How shall I sing’

23 September 2010

by a staff reporter

IN A poll organised by the Church Times and the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) this month, “How shall I sing that Majesty” was voted the best hymn. The survey was conducted to mark the publication of Sing Praise, a new collection of hymns and songs. The organisers asked respondents to nominate “the best hymn or song used in worship today — one whose words and music combine to lift worship and express profound truths”.

Four out of the top five were classic hymns such as “Love Divine, all loves excelling”, but there was one contemporary worship song, “In Christ alone”, written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend. The other most popular choices were “All my hope on God is founded”, and “When, in our music, God is glorified”. Eighty-five respondents named 121 hymns or songs.

“The Christian teaching of some familiar hymns is worth 100 ser­mons,” said the Precentor at Salisbury Cathedral, Canon Jeremy Davies. “But most of us love hymns for more than their theological weight.”

Sing Praise is published jointly by SCM-Canterbury Press and RSCM, and is intended to supplement Com­mon Praise and other main­stream hymn books.

Its 330 items were chosen to rep­resent “the breadth of musical forms current in today’s ‘mixed economy’ Church”, said Anne Har­rison, who chaired the editorial team. “While having Anglican wor­ship as its primary focus, Sing Praise reflects the ecumenical sharing of resources which has become natural in recent decades.”

Ms Harrison said that the editorial team wanted “to cherish the treasures of the past while being open to [the] new”.



Forthcoming Events

29 September 2020
Festival of Preaching
A one-day online version of our popular preaching festival. With Mark Oakley, Sam Wells and Anna Carter Florence.   Book tickets


19 October 2020
Creativity out of crisis: Hymns and worship webinar
In association with RSCM, this online event will explore creative uses music and liturgy in the context online and socially distanced worship.    Book tickets

Welcome to the Church Times

​To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)