Something that can add a lot of value to leading worship are to use classic hymns. For those who grew up in the church, these hymns and the memories associated with them come rushing back when singing them and you are immediately engaged and participating. For those who did not grow up with classic hymns being sung, these hymns often contain a level of lyrical depth that can reveal new understanding of God.
Using these classic hymns in a modern setting can be intimidating, because we equate hymns with organs, choirs, or simply a more traditional church setting. So we either don't feel worthy or equipped to use them! But again, they can be an enriching addition to any time of worship.
So I've compiled a list of some tips that I've found useful in reviving the classic hymns.
In part 1 and 2 of this series, I proposed the following tips:
1. Simplify the arrangement
2. Simplify the instrumentation
3. Slow down the tempo.
4. Adding a modern band instrumentation
5. Combining original content with classic hymns
In Part 3, I wanted to suggest some hymns that you could try out and modernize for your own setting. These are all hymns that I've found success with using in modern worship, and a couple of which I've recorded and you can access on this website.
1. All Creatures of Our God & King (available in the "audio" section)
2. His Eye is on the Sparrow (available in the "audio" section)
3. How Great Thou Art
4. Holy, Holy, Holy
5. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
6. It is Well With my Soul
7. Nearer my God, to Thee