Although our church did not have an organ until 1850, we did incorporate music into the services way back when. Stearn’s valuable History of Rindge explains that, in the early years, attention was paid to the encouragement of church music. In those years, a few members of the congregation had learned how to read music and the church was open to innovations in using music for worship.
A brief recap of church music in Colonial New England is useful for context. In the Colonial years of the 1600s and early 1700s, congregational singing was mainly comprised of the oral tradition of metrical psalms, unaccompanied by instruments. The psalms were written into a metered, poetic format so that they could be sung, and there were standard tunes available that were matched up with various psalms. They were sung in a practice known as lining out, in which a designated leader would sing or chant a line and the congregation would repeat it. Lining out was useful since most people did not know how to read music and some were illiterate.
Hymns, as we know them, were not yet used. As opposed to psalms which are the inspired words of Scripture, hymns were man-made poems that were based on Bible verses, as well as on psalms. There was actually a reluctance to adopt English hymns by churches in Colonial America, partly due to their growing desire to be separate from the mother country. Americans had not yet started composing their own hymns. Adding to this, there was an open dispute among religious leaders about breaking away from the old way of doing things.india through the ages india before and after covid india in asia india under 19 india zindabad india visa online india versus england live score does pakistan border india india house chicago india news today india pro player india to us travel ban india versus new zealand india pro wrestling india bazaar irving india of the reds island beside india india to usa money transfer india as i knew it india garden india flavors india into the future india inside us india religion india with states map india outside t20 world cup india yuridia carne asada india with taliban even india bellen tegenlicht india international flights india about india india beyond 2020 ppt india gdp india visa india flag india grill india eisley indiana jones 5 india outside country india joze india past president india against pakistan india in t20 world cup india independence india nz opposite of india in earth india behind bangladesh india during covid india quarantine requirements india johnson opposite same india first gold medal in olympics india pale ale india pro game india income tax india on world map passage thru india bukit damansara india amazon india through a traveller's eye in hindi india match india visa from usa india on globe india visa appointment india overview india house india by design passage thru india halal indian near me india till date vaccination india between england live score india during ww1 india food near me india pro player in free fire india before british rule map india population till date india about afghanistan situation india about india india up covid cases passage thru india bukit damansara india of india crossword clue india over covid india inside us india up covid india maria india oxenberg india bazaar irving india walton husband india gate made of india at olympics 2020 india out of coal india bazaar irving india time why is india opposed to mediation on kashmir upsc india urban dictionary india towards freedom india quarantine until when within india courier india next to next match india zero covid india england cricket india population india from kitchen nightmares india in a day india through a traveller's eye india among us discord opposite of india flag india outside world cup india hemsworth india under 19 world cup india westbrooks india overpopulation india like weather in canada india royale kids miss india till now india hicks india opposite word even india bellen tegenlicht india against propaganda tweets