Hymn Survey 2003

Hymn Popularity Survey May 2003

41 responses were received for the hymn popularity survey, reflecting 44 people’s choices. That is only half the normal Sunday morning congregation. The results from these have now been collated and they show just what a diversity of taste we have to cater for in hymns. Altogether one hundred and four different hymns were mentioned. No wonder it is so difficult to please everyone in choosing hymns!

The full results are posted on various notice boards around the church but these were the top hymns chosen with number of votes they received:

Be still for the presence of the Lord – 11 Votes
Make me a channel of your peace – 9
Lord for the years – 7
Dear Lord and father of mankind – 7
Father I place into your hands – 6
O Lord my God (How great thou art) – 5
Lord the light of your love is shining – 5
I the Lord of sea and sky – 5
To God be the glory – 4
Lord Jesus Christ – 4
Beauty for brokenness – 4
And can it be – 4
A new commandment – 4

You can see that there is very little consensus and that even the most popular was chosen by only 25% of the respondents. If we were to put all our choices into one service we could be there for seven hours and probably quite exhausted by the end. Even if they were all chosen for the services for the next few weeks you would have to come to every service for 12 weeks to guarantee hearing your favourite.

Full results listed below……

11 Votes

Be still for the presence of the Lord


9 Votes

Make me a channel of your peace


7 Votes

Lord for the years
Dear Lord and father of mankind


6 Votes

Father I place into your hands


5 Votes

O Lord my God (How great thou art)
Lord the light of your love is shining
I the Lord of sea and sky


4 Votes

To God be the glory
Lord Jesus Christ
Beauty for brokenness
And can it be
A new commandment


3 Votes

When I survey the wondrous cross
Thine be the glory
Tell out my soul/Go forth and tell
Morning has broken
I bind unto myself today
Holy holy holy
Guide me O thou great Redeemer
For the beauty of the earth
As the deer pants for the water
Abba Father


2 Votes

The Lord’s my shepherd
The day thou gavest
Rock of ages
Praise my soul the King of heaven
O love that wilt not let me go
O Jesus I have promised
O God our help in ages past
Love divine all loves excelling
Lord of all hopefulness
Great is thy faithfulness
From heaven you came helpless babe
For all the saints
Eternal Father strong to save
Come Holy Ghost our souls inspire
At the name of Jesus
Amazing grace
All people that on earth do dwell
Abide with me


1 Vote

You shall go out with joy
When morning gilds the skies
We plough the fields and scatter
We love the place O God
We have a gospel to proclaim
Unchanging God who livest
Thy hand O God has guided
Thine arm O Lord in days of old
The Lord’s my shepherd
The King of love
The church’s one foundation
Thank you for saving me
Tell me the stories of Jesus
Such Love
Steal away to Jesus
Stand up for Jesus
Sleepers wake
Shepherds’ farewell
Praise you Lord
Praise to the Lord the Almighty
Onward Christian soldiers
One more step along the world I go
O when the saints
O for a thousand tongues to sing
O brother man fold to thy heart thy brother
Now thank we all our God
My song is love unknown
My Jesus my Saviour
Majesty
Lord of the Dance
Lord I lift your name on high
Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour
Let all mortal flesh keep silence
Lead us heavenly Father lead us
Just as I am
It is a thing most wonderful
Immortal invisible God only wise
I vow to thee my country
I need thee every hour
I heard the voice of Jesus say
I cannot tell/But this I know
Hills of the north rejoice
He who would valiant be
Hark the herald angels sing
Hark my soul it is the Lord
Hark a thrilling voice is sounding
Gracious Spirit Holy Ghost
God is working his purpose out
God is our strength and refuge
God be in my head
Glory to thee my God this night
Glorious things of thee are spoken
Father hear the prayer we offer
Father God I wonder
Come let us sing of a wonderful love
Christian dost thou see them
Christ triumphant ever reigning
Breathe on me breath of God
Blest are the pure in heart
Before I take the body of my Lord
And did those feet in ancient time
Alleluia sing to Jesus
All my hope on God is founded