Hymn Society Short Guides


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Here are a number of brief papers on different aspects of hymnody which may be of interest and use to anyone with a love of hymns, but in particular to those who have responsibilities for choosing, leading or teaching hymns, whether clergy or lay. Please feel free to download these papers for local use; and please do come back, as further titles are in preparation for this series. Feedback would also be welcome – is there a specific aspect of hymnody on which you would like to see a Guide like these? We may be able to help!

The Short Guides are produced under the remit of the Hymn Society’s Publications Committee.

Topics

The Short Guides are grouped by Topic, with some appearing in more than one group. Please click on the topic of interest to see a list of Short Guides that fall within this topic.


Titles

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Short Guide 01 ~ What Is The Point Of Singing Hymns?
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Short Guide 02 ~ What Types of Hymns And Songs Are Available?
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Short Guide 03 ~ Which Hymns And Songs Should We Use?
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Short Guide 04 ~ Which Hymn Belongs Where In The Service?
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Short Guide 05 ~ How Can We Encourage The Use of Hymns In Worship?
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Short Guide 06 ~ What Makes A Good Hymn?
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Short Guide 07 ~ What Are The Best Places To Find Hymns On Specific Subjects?
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Short Guide 08 ~ How Can We Use The Psalms In Worship?
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Short Guide 09 ~ Our Musical Resources Are Limited; What Can We Sing?
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Short Guide 10 ~ What Are The Pastoral Considerations When Using Hymns?
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Short Guide 11 ~ Using Hymns With Holy Communion.
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Short Guide 12 ~ How can we Introduce New Hymns and Songs?
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Short Guide 13 ~ Using Hymns in All-Age Worship.
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Short Guide 14 ~ Building a Hymn Repertoire.
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Short Guide 15 ~ How does the choice of tune affect a hymn?
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Short Guide 16 ~ What are the Relative Benefits of Hymn Books, Service Sheets or Projectors?
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Short Guide 17 ~ What are the Arguments For and Against Revising Hymn Texts?
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Short Guide 18 ~ Getting Hymns Published.
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Short Guide 19 ~ What is a Hymnal?
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Short Guide 20 ~ Using Short Songs in Worship.
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Short Guide 21 ~ Wedding Hymns.
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Short Guide 22 ~ Funeral Hymns.
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Short Guide 23 ~ Baptismal Hymns.
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Short Guide 24 ~ Confirmation Hymns.
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Short Guide 25 ~ Ordination Hymns.
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Short Guide 26 ~ Myths About Hymns.
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Short Guide 27 ~ Hymns and Ministry to Those with Dementia.
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