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THE ASAPH MUSIC LETTER
ENCOURAGING BELIEVERS TO SET AND MAINTAIN A BIBLICAL MUSIC STANDARD
To the chief musician and his choir
Vol. 4--No. 2--January 31, 2005
(Go easy on your eyes. Print this letter for a more enjoyable read.)
“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” —Ephesians 5:19
HENRY H. HALLEY ON MUSIC, PART 2--Below, please enjoy the continuation of the article we began last time. These notes and comments by Henry H. Halley are priceless.
A Continuous Song Service is better than one that is continuously interrupted with remarks by the leader, or the reading of a stanza, or by other parts of the service. That ruins the effect. Do nothing but sing, for twenty or thirty minutes, so as to give it a chance to make its impression. People like the singing so much better than they like the wise-cracks of the leader. It is the singing that counts, not the everlasting interrupting talk by the song leader.
Sing the Same Hymns Often. Only as they are sung often can the people become familiar with them. It is the hymns that we know that are the ones we love. And we never tire of the hymns that we love, never. Sing the old hymns. Sing them over and over. A church that would do this would not have to beg people to come to church. It could not keep them away.
Memorize Hymns. A congregation should be taught to memorize the hymns they sing most often, at least some of the verses. They will sing better, and feel deeper, the spirit and power of what they sing. It will give power to the service.
Train children to sing hymns, and to memorize them. It is the best religious education. It will develop their spiritual growth, and tend to tie them to the church for life.
[Taken from “Halley’s Bible Handbook” by Henry H. Halley. Halley’s Bible Handbook, Inc., Twenty-fourth Edition, Copyright 1965 by Zondervan Publishing House. Used by permission of Zondervan.]
NEW FROM THE ASAPH MUSIC COMPANY…
HEAR MY PRAYER by Mathew Burtner
Beautiful guitar reflections include favorite hymns and settings of new sacred music. Songs include:
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Wretched
Make Me a Stranger
Oh, the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
The Sands of Time Are Sinking
The Steps of a Good Man
O Love Divine
Hallelujah! What a Savior
Savior, Lead Us
Be Thou My Vision
As the Deer
O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
I Could Not Do Without Thee