Why you need to provide hymn-words to people attending your church service

If you want your congregation to sing you need to show them the words of the hymns/songs that you are using.


It sounds obvious - but you may be amazed by how many church-musicians assume that "everyone knows Amazing Grace" (or whatever), and how many set up self-perpetuating situations by assuming that "people here won't sing, so we don't need to bother them."

There are some songs that are very well known.  But, especially in a service that is open to everyone there may be:
  • Some young people, who haven't taken any notice of the words before,
  • Some older people who are struggling to remember things that used to be familiar
  • Tourists and/or migrants who don't know songs that "everyone" in your country or culture knows (especially if their first language is different from yours)
  • Visitors who are uncertain how you operate: they may assume that if you don't show them the words, you don't want them to sing.
  • People who know several different versions of the song.

In short, if you want your people to sing you need to tell them that you want them to - and enable them by providing at least) the words that you are using today.

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