Posts Tagged ‘hymns’

Traditional hymns ‘dying’ Comments 0

Thursday, June 20th, 2019
Hymns

Churches are shunning traditional hymns in favour of more modern songs backed with guitars and bands. A world-wide lack of organists and pianists is partly to blame for the shift to guitar-backed music, but churches are also changing to appeal to newer tastes. Retired Nelson church organist and teacher Alan K Gray said churches were struggling Read more

Beer and Hymns Bar draws the crowds Comments 0

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Newcomers are flocking to a new kind of church — one that combines hymns and beers, and brings a whole new meaning to bar service. Grand Rapids residents, Dan and Carrie Elzinga discovered Beer and Hymns two years ago when they were attending a religious festival in North Carolina. “After the close of each day’s Read more

TVNZ ends production of Praise Be after 30 years Comments 0

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

TVNZ has quietly ceased production of 30-year-old local series Praise Be, New Zealand’s fourth longest-running TV show – and it happened more than a year ago. The last new episode of the Christian choral show actually screened in late 2015, while the 2016 season – funded to the tune of $388,000 by NZ On Air – consisted Read more

The church of U2 Comments 0

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

A few years ago, I was caught up in a big research project about contemporary hymns (or “hymnody,” as they say in the trade). I listened to hundreds of hymns on Spotify; I interviewed a bunch of hymn experts. What, I asked them, was the most successful contemporary hymn—the modern successor to “Morning Has Broken” Read more