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Christians at worship must praise God with their lips in order to be the people of God. Full-voiced, vigorous congregational singing is central to the identity and mission of the church of Jesus Christ.
Yet, something is happening to congregational singing in our day. The leaders of various churches which have long practiced congregational singing report that the practice is waning. Whole congregations are forgetting how to sing; and they are forgetting how to pass on a three-thousand-year-old legacy that reaches back to the practice of ancient Israel and the churches of the first century.
In this booklet, Darryl Tippens issues a rousing call to renew our great heritage of congregational singing. First, he recalls some of the main reasons why singing is central in the life of the church. And second, he offers specific suggestions for preserving and renewing the practice of congregational singing today.
Every Christian who reads this will be inspired with fresh vision for what it means to "sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord" (Eph 5:18-19).