So far in 2022, 11 million people from 200-plus countries around the world have benefitted from the Hymnary website! Thank you to all who use and all who support it with gifts of time, talent and treasure. If you feel moved to support our work today with a gift of any amount and a word of encouragement, we would be grateful. You can donate online at our secure giving site. Or, if you'd like to make a gift by check, please send it to:, Calvin University, 3201 Burton Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. May the hope, love, joy and peace of Advent be yours this day and always.


Web developers: Hymnary is hiring! is developing a new website, My.Hymnary, with several innovative features designed to streamline and simplify worship leaders' work. Examples of these features include in-browser music editing and annotation, AI-powered worship planning suggestions, and more. We are currently seeking to expand our development team for this project. Because worship leaders are a key audience for My.Hymnary, it would be ideal to fill this position with a developer who has experience leading worship or playing in a praise band at church.

New Hymnal Apps Available is pleased to announce the release of brand new, next-generation mobile hymnal apps for iOS and Android. The hymnals include Glory to God, Lift Up Your Hearts and the United Methodist Hymnal (see links to all apps at the end of this post).

Said Nyna Sykes, associate director of the Christian Classics Ethereal Library (the umbrella organization for Hymnary): "Our amazing developers have spent over a year rewriting these apps from the ground up to deliver all the functionality our hymnal users rely on every day, now with an even better user experience."

My.Hymnary Beta Launches

The beta version of a new product from the Christian Classics Ethereal Library and is live, online and ready for user test drives and feedback.

Dubbed My.Hymnary, the website can be found at: My.Hymnary Beta Version

Already early reviews of the site are glowing with "this is awesome," "so cool" and a simple "excellent" among some of the comments from Facebook users who stumbled upon the tool even before the beta launch.

So what is My.Hymnary?

June Fund Drive Response "Overwhelming"

We are overwhelmed (but in a good way). 

Over the past few months, we have watched as COVID-19 has changed our world in so many ways, including how we worship. In the first six months of 2020, we had almost 4 million users of our Hymnary website, up 25 percent from the year prior. We could trace a lot of this increase to COVID-19 and more people worshiping at home. And we were pleased that our site could be such a valuable resource in a time of trouble for people around the globe.

An Update on Hymnary Downtime

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.

New Tool for Worship at Home During COVID-19 is launching a new tool called FlexPresent aimed at helping churches and people worshiping at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is available free of charge to any and all who might need it. 

CCEL story

EDITOR’S NOTE: We at are proud to be part of the Christian Classics Ethereal Library family, which includes not just but also We present this piece below for your reading pleasure because of our close connection to, including the fact that 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.

Hymnary Provides Foundation for Academic Research on Hymns, Faith and Work

On any given day, 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.

Did You Know - My Hymnals

Did You Know?

The "My Hymnals" feature at can be used to easily limit search results to those that are found in your set of hymnals.

And look for "Add to my hymnals" on a hymnal page.

Now you know!



Major Additions Planned for Hymnary

In the recently concluded online fund drive for, 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.


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