I love classic hymns. The older and bolder the better. I mean the ones you can really belt out. The ones that everyone – young or old – somehow knows by heart.
I grew up in the Dutch Reformed Church and traditional hymns were a big part of the service (though unlike Anglicans, singing wasn’t exactly among our top skills…). Like a lot of churches, we eventually started moving towards the projector screen, the acoustic guitar and contemporary worship songs. I like this kind of music in certain contexts, but for me, it just doesn’t hold a candle to a rousing traditional hymn.
Choosing the hymns for our wedding service was nostalgic and a little bit challenging. We decided to limit ourselves to only two hymns, so we had to make them count! I choose This is My Father’s World (one of my favourite hymns of all time, which incidentally has the same opening melody as the Shire motif by Howard Shore in the Lord of the Rings movies…) and Andrew chose Guide Me O, Thou Great Redeemer. So without further ado…
- This is My Father’s World
- Guide me O, Though Great Redeemer
- Be Thou My Vision
- How Great Thou Art
- All Creatures of our God and King
- Great is Thy Faithfulness
- Praise to the Lord, The Almighty
- Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
- To God be the Glory
- A Mighty Fortress is our God
These songs not doing it for you? Here are some other websites that I found really helpful for choosing wedding music:
- YourChurchWedding.org: Hymns for your wedding
- APracticalWedding.com: 40+ hymns for your religious wedding
Looking for tips on how to put together a wedding service bulletin? Download a template from last week’s blog post.
Feature photo credit: David Beale