Hymnals – Monday Musical Musings


Hymnals. These beautiful books line the pews of church buildings throughout the world. Within the pages of these books are hundreds of “psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.” (Ephesians 5:19) In our newer hymnals, you’ll find praise music in addition.


???????????????????????????????There is more to the hymnal than just music however. Oh yes, I love some of the old hymns. Songs like “I Love to Tell the Story” and “Praise Him! Praise Him!” will always top my favorite list. But there are little pieces of inspiration intertwined with these hymns. You’ll find them noted as “Call to Worship” or in some hymnals, “Services and Medleys.”


These calls to worship are words that would be spoken by the worship leader and in response, the people would respond. These words were passages of Scripture that would lead into a song or a grouping of songs. Here are a few that might interest you (if you click on the song, you’ll be able to listen to each piece).


The Name of Jesus

Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:9-11

Songs: “There Is No Name So Sweet on Earth,” “His Name is Wonderful,” “There’s Something About that Name,” and “Blessed Be the Name.”


He is Risen! Alleluia!

Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:1-6

Songs: “Alleluia! Alleluia!,” “Christ Arose,” and “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today.”


God’s Amazing Grace

Scripture Reading: John 1:16-17; 13:1; Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Ephesians 2:4-5; 1 John 4:9-10

Songs: “Grace Greater Than Our Sin,” “Amazing Grace,” and “And Can It Be?


How powerful these musical medleys are! As I searched for each song, I was stirred by their words and how music added to their meaning. How blessed we are!


I pray that you have felt like you’ve been in a worship service this morning. Each moment of our lives should express worship to our God and King. So as you go about your day, remember the grace, the love and the Name of Him who gave so much for you.


You have been called to worship.


Grace and peace be yours in abundance,



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