Grants Pass, Oregon

Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. — Psalm 25:4
Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth! — Psalm 96:1

Contemporary Praise Songs and Traditional Hymns

We currently have five musical worship teams that lead us in a blend of contemporary praise songs and traditional hymns.  We encourage joyful singing to take place in our Lord’s Day services and in our members’ homes during the week, as well.  That’s why we focus on learning a new hymn each month, with some mastering the vocal parts.

Hymns of the Month 2016

Jan – Come Christians, Join to Sing # 32
Feb – Rejoice the Lord is King #302
March – Thine is the Glory # 138
April – When We All Get to Heaven # 603
May – The Love Of God # 111
June – When Morning Gilds the Skies # 141
July – Eternal Father Strong to Save # 643
Aug – God of Grace and God of Glory # 115
Sept – For the Beauty of the Earth # 638
Oct – All the Way My Savior Leads Me # 474
Nov – We Praise You, O God, Our Redeemer # 9
Dec – He is Born # 190

Hymns of the Month 2014

January       To God Be the Glory #28
February     More Love to Thee O Christ #559
March         At the Cross#255
April           There is a Redeemer#279
May            ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus #502
June            I Stand Amazed in the Presence #237
July             Eternal Father Strong to Save #643
August        When I Survey#234
September   I Surrender All#433
October       O For a Thousand Tongues#136
November   Rejoice Ye Pure in Heart #578
December    O Little Town of Bethlehem #196

Hymns of the month 2013

JAN     Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us 161
FEB    How Deep the Father’s Love for Us 101
MAR    There is A Fountain 224
APR    Christ Arose 273
MAY    Fairest Lord Jesus 47
JUN    This is My Father’s World 46
JUL    Lead On O King Eternal 659
AUG    The Solid Rock 511
SEP    How Great Thou Art 6
OCT    I Know Whom I have Believed 353
NOV    Great is Thy Faithfulness 96
DEC    Come Thou Long Expected Jesus 176

Ideas for using the hymn of the month in your home:

Use the index to find the hymn number by title, subject and hymn tune (alphabetizing, using different indices).
Find the hymn number (which way to turn are the numbers larger or smaller)
Copy the verses (examples of different skill levels)
Print the text on one line and have the child copy below
Have the child copy by looking at the hymnal
Write from dictation (allow them to study first or not)
Select choice vocabulary words from the hymn and study their meaning
Identify the rhyme scheme
Draw a picture of the images evoked by the words
Find scripture related to the theme of the hymn
Talk about the hymn tune, find other hymns that use this tune
Find out more about the author and/or composer
Sing the hymn a couple of times each week or whenever you have family worship
Practice vocal parts. Little ones can sing melody (soprano) while older (more musically skilled ones) can sing parts

What is the “matter,” the spiritual “stuff,” we bring to God, and is it really important what words we say and sing in worship? Read Brad McMurray’s thought-provoking essay, “Worship Matter (the stuff we bring to God).”