As many of you know, we had some issues with Hymnary this past weekend. The problems began on Saturday morning around 9:30 am EST with a hardware failure. Our on-call team began investigating right away and determined the issue was the storage server. From approx. 11 am to 8 pm on Saturday, we worked to get the storage server to work without losing any data but could not. We then had to do a factory-reset, and at midnight on Saturday, two of our team members began to work through the night to rebuild servers.
EDITOR’S NOTE: We at Hymnary.org are proud to be part of the Christian Classics Ethereal Library family, which includes not just hymnary.org but also CCEL.org. We present this piece below for your reading pleasure because of our close connection to CCEL.org, including the fact that CCEL.org once housed the precursor to Hymnary, the Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary. Enjoy!
Soon after the new Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL) website went live, the compliments came rolling in.
On any given day, Hymnary.org has some 20,000 or more users from a wide variety of countries accessing the 6,000 hymnals and one million hymns on the site.
But it's not too often that the site is called on to form the foundation for an academic paper.
In the recently concluded online fund drive for Hymnary.org, many donors also left short messages of thanks and encouragement. One donor's comment was this: "I love hymns ... If you asked for money, it means you need it! Please keep the work going. And please, accept my widow's mite. God bless you."
For Nyna Sykes, associate director of the Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL), such words mean a lot.
Author: William R. Featherstone (1864)
Tune: [My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine] (Gordon)
Author: Henry Van Dyke (1907)
Tune: HYMN TO JOY
Author: Anna Bartlett Warner (1859)
It has been said that the three most beautiful words of all are “I love you.” Jesus said “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love” (John 15:9 ESV). In every stanza of this hymn and in the refrain, we repeat with the assurance that “Jesus loves me.”
I returned recently from the annual conference of the Hymn Society in the U.S. and Canada. I’ve been a handful of times over the years. As usual, it was a wonderful conference with hundreds of worship leaders, pastors, priests, hymn writers, publishers, hymnologists, and people who just love to sing hymns.