Singing has the capacity to create an emotional response in us and allows us to express and communicate with each other at a deeper level than mere words alone. It often has the power to remind us of occasions and people from the past; it creates atmosphere and can make us smile or cringe, sometimes even at the same time. Singing has the power to motivate people. You just have to look at the faces of rugby or football players singing their respective national anthems before a big international match to see the effect it has on the players and the crowd alike.
Singing helps us to remember. Charles Wesley knew this, which is why he wrote so many hymns for the early Methodists to sing. Methodism was birthed during the industrial revolution of the eighteenth century and many of the workers who joined those first Methodist Societies were barely literate, so for them to sing their faith was a means of them learning their faith. That’s why so many of the hymns of that era were packed full of Christian doctrine.
The Reverend Brian Hoare, a past President of the Methodist Conference, has said that Methodism was ‘Born in song.’ And it’s true in my experience that Methodists, of all people, certainly enjoy a good sing.
Rev. Nick Lakin