Unique Books of Hymns everyone should know with melodies, all stanza, biography of authors and composers, and devotionals on the meaning of the text.
Our Hymns, Our Heritage
Hymnal, Textbook & Devotional
Our Hymns, Our Heritagewill enable children and youth to learn and know a carefully chosen selection of 120 of our greatest hymns, ancient, historical, and modern. Most adults say the book is beneficial to them as well. “Knowing” means not only the melody and text, but the history of the author and composer. Knowing an event or story that connects to the hymn’s creation is helpful. A brief devotional is also offered under the heading “As you sing this hymn”, It is written to reveal some hidden truths within the hymn text.
Our heritage of Christian saints is of great importance to our discipleship. If you own a family picture album that includes photos of long-deceased relatives, you do not want to remove or destroy the pictures just because they are no longer alive. Neither should a Christian’s knowledge of hymns and songs only include those who are living and modern saints.
This book includes four sections:
1. Hymns from the Church calendar year—including Christmas, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost. 2. A section of hymns on the many attributes of God 3. Hymns of our responses to God. 4. A selection of powerful African-American Spirituals, all of which are prayers.
Many people use these books for private or family worship. Additionally, they can be important for homeschooling families or for worship leaders to quickly find information for use in a worship service.
"Effectively compiled, this inspiring, informative collection of Christmas hymns is an essential resource, rejoicing the hearts of those who envision themselves as participants in the incarnation narrative. Emphasizing the church year, Hosanna in Excelsis invigorates the inner spirit, bringing expectation, fulfillment, and light to our darkened world."
Loren Wiebe, Emeritus Professor of Music, Biola University
David and Barbara Leeman have done it again. Their newest hymnal, Hosanna in Excelsis—a collection of carols and devotions for the Christmas season—unlocks the riches of the rescue mission we call the incarnation. Each hymn is accompanied by three sections: 'Text' (on the background of both author and song), 'Tune' (on the melody), and 'As You Sing This Hymn' (practical application for thought and life). What a terrific resource to help families and churches lift their voices to the King in the manger, resting in the shadow of a cross.
Matt Smethurst, Managing editor, The Gospel Coalition
One of the most encouraging trends of recent years is the recommitment of God’s people to family worship. Hosanna in Excelsis is ideal for family devotions during the Christmas season, providing the stories behind beloved carols, while presenting the music in a lovely form. What a treat to families to read these stories and sing these songs during the Christmas season! Hosanna in Excelsis will also be valuable to pastors in connecting God’s people to our heritage of faith in celebrating Jesus' birth. David and Barbara Leeman have opened their hearts and poured forth the beauty of God’s gift of His Son. Their wonderful book will inspire hearts and inform minds, prompting to our Savior the songs of joy that His coming deserves.
Richard D. Phillips, Senior Minister, Second Presbyterian Church, Greenville, SC
The history of Christian music is 2,000 years deep and a whole world wide. This collection of carefully selected songs and hymns connects children and their parents with generations of Christian voices who have fallen silent yet still speak through the musical heritage preserved for us today. Our Hymns, Our Heritage is a must-have for family devotionals and a treasure to pass on to the next generation.
Janie B. Cheaney, Senior Writer, WORLD News Group
Psalm 145:4 proclaims, ‘One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.’ Our Hymns, Our Heritage reminds us that we stand on the spiritual shoulders of those who came before us, but equally challenges us to pass the faith once given on to the next generation. To this end, Barbara and David Leeman have given the church an extraordinary, multi-use resource. At one and the same time a hymnal, hymnal companion, and devotional guide, Our Hymns, Our Heritage seeks to foster the love of singing God’s praise for generations to come. I heartily commend this hymnal to churches, families, Christian schools, Sunday schools, choirs, and anyone who seeks to love the Lord with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength.
Colin Howland, Director of Music, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA
What a stewardship we have received in the church’s heritage of hymnody—a gift that we must not fail to pass on to the coming generations. That is why I am delighted that Barbara and David Leeman have edited this hymnal. While their intended audience is elementary children, believers of all ages will find soul-stirring edification in these pages. The Leemans offer us a twofold service. They have curated an excellent collection of many of the finest hymns in the English language, and they have provided brief, illuminating, devotional material to make these songs come alive in our hearts. I commend this excellent resource for families, churches, and schools, praying that the Lord would tune your hearts to sing his praise.
Matt Merker, Director of Training for Getty Music; hymn writer, "He Will Hold Me Fast;" Author, Corporate Worship