We’re going to riff off of Jonathan Aigner today. Over the weekend he noted a post by Chuck McKnight over at Hippie Heretic: “Top 25 Hymns of Progressive Christians.” Then, Jonathan asked his readers, from a more diverse theological and ecclesiastical background, to share some of theirs.
Here are the top ten hymns that still work for progressive Christians, according to McKnight’s unscientific poll:
- Amazing Grace
- How Great Thou Art
- Be Thou My Vision
- It Is Well with My Soul
- In the Garden
- Great Is Thy Faithfulness
- For the Beauty of the Earth
- Come, Thou Fount of Ev’ry Blessing
- Let There Be Peace on Earth
- Morning Has Broken
I encourage you to go to Happy Heretic and check out the rest of the list, along with Chuck’s comments.
Jonathan listed a few of his favorites in response, to prime the pump for his readers. He listed them in no particular order.
- God Is Here
- Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know
- Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
- Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
- A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
- Sing Praise to God, Who Reigns Above
- There Is a Fountain
- Thine Is the Glory
- Of the Father’s Love Begotten
- Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord God Almighty
Generously, Jonathan provided YouTube samples so that you can those with which you are unfamiliar.
Here is what I would like us to today.
- Give me your top 3 hymns,
- Explain briefly what it is that you like about each one.
To get us started, here are my top 3.
Third: All Creatures of Our God and King
One of the most beautiful and joyful melodies carries a call to all creation to praise Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It delights me to sing a hymn of St. Francis, and I love to think of his spirit when I do.
Second: This Is My Father’s World
I’ve loved this hymn since childhood. I was first attracted to its gorgeous melody, but as I’ve grown older, I find that the third verse is the real reason this hymn packs a punch for me.
First: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
A great sturdy English hymn calling us to worship God, whose sovereign care, providence, and eternal love keep us now and forever.
Here is a marvelous rendition from the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey (2013).