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Teaching Power of Music

Source Name: 
The Hymn: A Journal of Congregational Song, Summer 2005, Volume 56, No.3, “Hymns as Literature, Language and Discourse: Wesleyan Hymns as a Case Example (p. 23)
Source Author: 
Jean-Pierre Van Noppen

John and Charles Wesley in their founding of the Methodist movement in eighteenth century England understood the power of singing in the church. A modern author has stated it this way: "Singing attracts attention (music, rhythm, rhyme); it turns passive listeners into active participants; it engages members of an assembly in a common constructive activity… Moreover, singing allows people with no or low literary skills to become familiar with key texts; it has a mnemonic function, and may therefore be a more efficient and less tedious medium than, say, preaching: it could be, and has been, used to teach doctrine to the theologically untrained." Or as Paul said in Colossians 3:16, "teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs."

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 26:22

The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.