Learn Truth and Worship God with New Student Hymnal

Matt Smethurst | April 30, 2015


Hymns. I wonder how you feel when you ponder that word. Nostalgic? Happy? Intimidated? Bored? 

Whatever your background and tastes, it’s hard to deny that the Lord has used hymns to give voice to some of the richest and sweetest theology we know. Hosanna, Loud Hosannas: Essential Hymns Every Child Should Sing, compiled by David and Barbara Leeman, is a unique new resource every Christian parent should consider acquiring and using [website and Leemans’ contact information]. The 115 selected hymns cover the Christian year, the attributes of God, and our responses to him for all he’s done. Moreover, 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). 

This 300-page student hymnal can be used in a variety of settings, whether Sunday school, children’s worship, or family devotions at home. With beautiful artwork and detailed indexes for easy searchability (topical, alphabetical, art, author, composer, source), Hosanna, Loud Hosannas is a gift to students, parents, and grandparents alike. 

I recently corresponded with the Leemans, longtime music teachers, about why hymns are still necessary today, advice for disinterested—and non-musical!—parents, and more.


You tell students that “hymns are friends.” Why are they necessary—even for young people?

We’re using the term “friend” to describe someone who helps…


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