There are a lot of resources for listening to hymns. The goal of Hymns at Home is to create simple sung recordings of hymns where the music serves the the text – words can clearly be heard to aid in learning the words of the hymns. But once hymns are learned, a beautiful and stylistic performance can be enjoyed perhaps even more than before. Additionally, once a hymn is known and loved, there are sites that can provide more information about hymn stories.
Here are some good resources we have found to enjoy hymns at home.
- Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church
This website has over 500 quality hymn histories and hymn studies.
- The Lutheran Quartet
A capella recordings of a number of hymns. Available to listen online or download.
Provides information on hymn writer and composer, free sheet music and PDF’s of the hymn from a variety of hymnals.
- Cyberhymnal or NetHymnal
Vast database of over 10,000 hymns. Provides hymn history, full texts, and MIDI’s of tunes (no recordings). This website is comprehensive so we often use this as our primary source for hymn information, though not for hymn listening.
- Center for Church Music presents Songs & Hymns
Searchable database of choral recordings of hymns. Available to listen online and download. Includes hymn study devotional and hymn history.
- Hymn stories by Kenneth W. Osbeck.
- Amazing Grace: Illustrated Stories of Favorite Hymns, Kenneth W. Osbeck
(some of the content available to view on Google books.)
Osbeck is a hymnologist who writes hymn stories for both adult and child audiences. This is a resource that is great for children.
- Hymns for a Kid’s Heart (3 volumes), Joni Eareckson Tada and Bobbie Wolgemuth
(also Christmas Carols for a Kid’s Heart)
These collections include for each hymn the hymn story, illustrations, sheet music, lyrics, a Bible verse, and a prayer. (May be difficult to obtain.)
We also listen to professional recordings of hymns for free using Spotify.
Hymns at Homes favorite performances/performers of hymns:
- Peace Like a River: The Hymns Project, Chris Rice
- Fernando Ortega
- Songs for Christmas, Sufjan Stevens
- Hymns at Home YouTube channel
- Sam Robson or David Wesley offer unique a capella videos of hymns on YouTube
- Andrew Remillard provides straightforward piano performances of hymns directly from hymnals