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NUMBERING KEY

  • A song number alone, for example "145", indicates the whole song is sung.
  • A number followed immediately by "arr" indicates the same words, but a changed musical arrangement from that presented in our hymnal.  For example, "461arr".
  • A number followed immediately by a "v" indicates that some of the verses (or words in the verses) may not be the same as those in our hymnal.  For example, "443v".
  • A "dash" followed by a "v" with numbers indicates the verses sung which match those in our hymnal.  For example, "323-v124" indicates that the first, second and fourth verses only are sung of song number 323.

SINGING, A CAPPELLA STYLE...


From New Testament times until today, Christians have sung praises a cappella (literally, "in the manner of the chapel" ) to God as part of their worship to Him. Following the example of Ephesians 5:19, they have sung psalms, hymns and spiritual songs unaccompanied by man-made musical instruments.

Perhaps surprisingly to some who are accustomed to churches with pianos, organs, guitars, drums, etc., even today many different groups around the world including the Eastern, Greek and Russian Orthodox churches, the Amish and Quaker communities, Anabaptist and Mennonite churches, Primitive Baptist churches, non-denominational churches of Christ, the Free Church of Scotland, the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, and the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, still all worship without the use of mechanical instruments of music.

This page is in two parts:

The first section below includes a cross-section of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs from various hymnals, some now out of print or difficult to find.  We have selected a variety of groups singing some of the songs we sing ourselves – male quartets, mixed quartets, and congregational groups from around the world.   You will find some duplication of a few songs, to highlight different styles of singing, or perhaps, additional verses.  These songs are numbered respectively from the hymnal cited.

The second, larger section is an attempt to put together good quality renditions of our songs in four-part harmony as a teaching tool for the church.  All the songs are found in (and numbered from) our hymnal, Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, published in 2016 by Sumphonia.

 


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Ephesians 5:19

"Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord."

FROM "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs"

Songs and numbers from the "Psalms, Hymns, and  Spiritual Songs" hymnal (2016) published by Sumphonia

SONGS FROM LEGACY HYMNALS

A selection of songs from hymnals published by Legacy Music Publishing

 FROM "Songs of Faith and Praise"

Songs and numbers from the "Songs of Faith and Praise" hymnal (2000) from Howard Publishing Co.

 SONGS FROM "Songs of the Church"

Songs and numbers from "Songs of the Church  21st Century Edition"  (1990) and "Songs of the Church"  (1977) from Howard Publishing Co.

 MORE FROM "Songs of Faith and Praise"

Songs and numbers from the "Songs of Faith and Praise" hymnal (2000) from Howard Publishing Co.

ARRANGEMENTS FROM OTHER SOURCES

Favourite arrangements sung by male quartets, mixed quartets, and full congregations around the world

The following songs, numbered from our hymnal "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs", are sung in traditional SATB four-part harmony by different groups around the world.

Where not marked otherwise, the songs are from the church of Christ meeting at Cloud Nine in Sierra Vista, Arizona, USA.  We praise them for their commitment to the truth of God's Word and for their recordings.