What we sing about reflects our hopes and desires, the direction and impetus of our faith. Therefore, looking at the percentage of published hymns containing certain keywords over time can reveal significant trends.
We're in the process of adding half a million scanned pages of hymnals. Now there's an easy, fun way to get access to those scans on your iPad!
Point Safari to Hymnary.org's iPad page and put it on your music stand. Search for a hymn by first line or melody. Now you can browse and play the matching hymns by touching and swiping the screen!
Are you a fan of historic late nineteenth-century American hymnals? How about controversial constitutional amendments that impinge on the private lives of individuals?
...on the left sidebar. That's right, the search engine. After considerable cutting, gluing, nailing, sanding, and painting Peter Plantinga has crafted a new search engine that is much more powerful than the previous one--yet easy to use. We're still polishing it so send us any bug reports or suggestions you may have.
John Wakefield, Hymn Society life member and retired Milligan College (Johnson City, TN) prof, has taken on the task for the hymnal bibliography committee of compiling the bibliography of all hymnals published in the Stone-Campbell Movement. This American movement fostered three church groups: a cappella churches of Christ, The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and independent Christian Churches / Churches of Christ (instrumental). Today the three groups have a total membership about
The Congregational Resource Guide, a project of the Alban Institute and Lilly Foundation, interviewed Hymnary.org founders Harry Plantinga and Greg Scheer in preparation for the Hymnary.org interest session at the 2011 Calvin Worship Symposium. It presents a good overview of Hymnary.org and the way it serves congregations.
Did you know that Hymnary.org allows you to compare a number of instances of the same text side by side?