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.

Featured Hymn: "My Jesus, I Love Thee"

Author: William R. Featherstone (1864)

Tune: [My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine] (Gordon)

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Featured Hymn: "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee"

Author: Henry Van Dyke (1907)


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Featured Hymn: "Jesus Loves Me, This I Know"

Author: Anna Bartlett Warner (1859)

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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.”

Worship Notes


Harry Plantinga on the 2019 Hymn Society Conference

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.


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