Another field report to encourage you in congregational song. From Elizabeth Blevins at Forest Lake Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC:
In preparation for World Communion Sunday, we taught "Halleluia! We Sing Your Praises" to our Children's Choir. On October 2, the children sang the verses and the congregation joined in the chorus as several church members carried breads from around the world to the Communion table. Several children kept the beat with maracas as we sang, and 2 adults joined in on African drums.The entire church family sang the hymn again as our closing hymn for that service. We heard many positive comments about the hymn and the service. I have been able to introduce the topic of new hymnal/new hymns--the "whys" and "hows"--to many people in our choirs and congregation. And, yes, we will be singing "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" on October 30!