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Monthly column on hymns and songs

Last month this column made a brave attempt at distinguishing gospel songs, Scripture songs and worship songs. Before we go on, while these labels have some value, they are all misleading if we press them into anything more than a rough and ready guide.

Christopher Idle

The first fall short of the gospel; the second are not truly Scripture; the third have no more to do with worship than any other item in the service, or for that matter with what you do on Monday morning. The standard length for 'A time of worship' is three score years and ten; see Psalm 90 and Romans 12.