Psalter Hymnal Handbook

An indispensable guide for worship leaders, pastors, or anyone interested in the history of the songs we sing.

By:
Emily Brink     Bert Polman    
Publisher:
Faith Alive, 1998

Discover the stories and the many uses of your favorite songs in the 1987 Psalter Hymnal—and much more!

This handbook contains

  • entries on all 641 songs in the Psalter Hymnal.
  • information on the circumstances under which the songs were written.
  • biographical data on more than 800 authors, translators, composers, and arrangers.
  • tips on effective singing of the songs.
  • liturgical suggestions for when and how to use each song in worship.

Also included are . . .

  • entries on all the creeds, confessions, and liturgical forms, including background and liturgical suggestions.
  • articles on psalm and hymn singing from Bible times to today, including a history of worship and music in the Christian Reformed Church.
  • many indexes, indicating songs keyed to the Heidelberg Catechism, songs for use with the Revised Common Lectionary, songs with guitar chords, and more.

 

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About the Authors

Emily Brink

Emily R. Brink is Senior Research Fellow of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and editor emeritus of Reformed Worship. Read more »
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Bert Polman

Bert Polman served as chair of the Music Department at Calvin College and senior research fellow for the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Read more »
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