by Liam Beadle
The choice of hymns in a service is rightly the province of the minister, because what we sing is bound to form and re-form us. But when the hymns appear on a screen, the ordinary Christian is only exposed to what the minister has chosen, and cannot allow his or her eye to wander to neighbouring verses. To ask a provocative question, is a form of evangelical popery? When Cranmer produced the Book of Common Prayer, he placed in the hands of the layman the prayers of the Church. Perhaps it is time to put the hymns of the Church back in their hands, too.
Most of the Evangelical churches I regularly attended had abolished hymn books and used a screen. Maybe one day they will realize what they have lost.