Bryan and I had time over the 4th of July weekend to sit down together and select our memory hymns for the upcoming school year. As we memorize “I Want to Be Faithful” for the month of July, we’ll be wrapping up last year’s selections. It’s the first time we ever memorized a dozen hymns in a year. What an amazing way to worship our Lord!
Our current method for memorizing is working well. We sing through verse one and the chorus the first week of the month. Then we add verse two the next week and so on. If there are more verses than weeks, we simply add them in a bit faster–after four days or so instead of a full week. The kids are picking up the songs quickly.
Throughout the year, we revisit the songs we learned previously to keep the words and tune in our minds.
A quick note on tunes…those of you who know me in real life know that I cannot carry a tune! In fact, my college piano professor (I took beginning piano thinking it’d be an easy humanities credit…) told me that I had no rhythm and should try singing along with my playing. Until I started. Then she quickly said…um never mind!
So what’s a tuneless gal doing teaching all of these songs to her kids? Teaching them the words! I figure that they can always adjust to the “real” tune when they are singing with others, or in a worship type setting with piano in the background. The words are more important anyways! We also always listen to a YouTube video or two the first few days of the month, just to hear what it should sound like.
My husband has amazing musical talent. He works with us on Saturdays and Sundays, and is very patient with my invented tunes. We sound much better on the weekends when he leads us! But alas, his crazy work schedule doesn’t allow time for singing together during the week. So I do what I need to do–and lead singing most days.
I said all that to say this…don’t let a lack of musical knowledge or ability keep you from memorizing hymns. After all, the Bible says we are to make a joyful noise unto the Lord–not a perfect noise.
Here you are…our selections (and the section of our church’s hymnal that they are in…):
Just As I Am (Invitation)
A New Name in Glory (Salvation)
At Calvary (Repentance & Forgiveness)
Here Am I, Lord (Commitment & Consecration)
Go Tell It On the Mountain (Christ’s Birth)
Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus (Faith & Trust)
Tell It to Jesus (Prayer)
Lead Me to Calvary (The Cross)
He Lives (Christ’s Resurrection)
Blessed Assurance (Assurance)
Heavenly Sunlight (Peace & Joy)
Got Any Rivers (Comfort)
Do you have any plans to memorize hymns for the new school year?