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I once took a course entitled The Hymnal as a Tool of Christian Education.  The hymn book is still one of my primary tools for ministry, but I am also grateful for online resources like hymnary.org, which is a vast database of hymns and songs.  It is searchable by title, first line, subject, scripture text, tune, and more.  Texts and tunes that are in the public domain can often be copied from the site.  It also refers searchers to published choral and liturgical works that are related.

I also frequently use the online edition of Glory to God, our newest PCUSA hymnal.  It has been well worth the cost.  It is searchable, and it includes liturgical resources that go with the Revised Common Lectionary.  PDF files of hymns in the public domain can be downloaded and printed, plus there are a few newer hymns and songs where permission to reprint has been granted purchasers of Glory to God.  The copyright information on each hymn is easy to find, along with what to do to get permission if permission is required for reprints.

I came across a welcome commentary on why reports of the demise of hymn books have been greatly exaggerated.  In Ten Reasons Why Hymnals Have a Future John Witvliet

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