I don't know about you, but I go to a church with an attendance of about 4,000. We don't sing hymns often, and when we do, it's usually on a huge jumbo-tron type of screen, complete with moving 3-D images. I kind of miss those old days when the "preacher" (not the pastor) said, "Please turn in your hymnals to page 421, and let's all sing "Blessed Assurance," or some other old hymn.
Keep in mind, I was a preacher's kid. I grew up in a tiny, century old, country church. We had hard wooden pews that got uncomfortable right around the "Please be seated." We didn't have coffee makers in our lobby. We didn't have children's church, because you were expected to sit up straight and listen to the preacher. (And if you didn't, your Mama probably carried a wooden spoon in her purse like mine did.) We always wore our Sunday best, which for girls, meant; a dress and tights, with patent leather shoes. Shiny black ones. We had Sunday dinner afterward, which was usually pot-roast. We went back to church again Sunday night for more preaching. And Wednesday night was "Prayer meetin' time." We had pot lucks once a month, with more food than should have been legal. We had Christmas pageants that could make the most hardened cynic get misty eyed. So I started to kind of panic the other day, when I realized that my children don't know some of the old hymns like, Great is Thy Faithfulness, and A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, and The Old Rugged Cross. (Which always reminds me of Andy Griffith, and makes me giggle. But not during church of course.) So... as I was picking out various Easter items, like this nail shaped cross... I also picked up a hymnal.
And my babies loved it! As we paged through it together, memories came flooding back to me. I'd find one I knew, and then hum the tune. Pretty soon, I had two children on my lap begging me to teach them the song. A memory created from memories. I couldn't think of anything more precious than teaching my babies hymns.
Do you sing hymns in your place of worship? Did you grow up with hymns, like I did?