Jesus is mine! Oh what a foretaste of glory divine!
I grew up going to churches where we sang out of a hymnbook, and many times we sang every verse. From an early age, I had favorite hymns that I could sing every word of. Today, many times a passage of Scripture is read (esp from Psalms) and I will sing the rest of it in my head! :) I am very thankful for my background in traditional church music.
I also love the more modern worship style...many times using lots of instruments. In fact, our family goes part of the time to the more traditional service at church and sometimes we go to the more contemporary service. I love both. I love how some of the more contemporary songs tend to focus on our feelings to God, how we can express our love to Him. And it's language like how I talk to God!
But I also love how the more traditional hymns focus on TRUTHS of God, many times using Scripture as the lyrics. And I want my children to have that background RICH in hymns too.
I remember growing up we'd play Name that Tune a lot in the car where my Dad would whistle a hymn and we would chime in with him when we knew what it was. We sang a lot as a family in the car.
Our family does this too, but I've noticed that I tend to play more modern praise music for my kiddos. My daughter LOVES songs like Mighty To Save, Firm Foundation, and Believe. But how often do I play traditional hymns for her? This week I've tried singing some to her...she has loved this and has picked up on them quickly.
So...I'm not a chooser of sides here, and honestly, I don't think it really matters what style you prefer, as long as you are worshipping God the best way you can to bring honor to Him. BUT...I am going to try to introduce my children to some more hymns because I think they are such a strong foundation to have.