Hymns in Times of Crisis

A Resource of The Hymn Society in the US and Canada

The Hymn Society

Scripture informs us of “a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance” (Ecclesiastes 3:4, NRSV). When times of tragedy arise, churches deeply need hymns that embrace grief, pain, and anger, but also express hope and God’s grace amidst crisis and adversity. Singing of both lament and praise are essential to worship as members of the community—locally and globally—support one another and continue to pray for God’s healing and restoration.

The Hymn Society in the US and Canada has created a resource titled Hymns in Times of Crisis, which contains hymns to equip churches in their response. These works put the words of lament, prayer, and hope on the lips of the church and offer a prophetic word of love and compassion to those who struggle.

The following categories and topics aptly describe the themes of hymns included in the collection:

            AGING: Dementia, Alzheimer’s

            CARING: Compassion, Confession, Inclusion, Lament

            CARE OF CREATION: Ecological Damage

            HOPE: Assurance, Comfort, Facing Difficult Times

            NATURAL DISASTERS: Earthquakes, Floods, Hurricanes

            OVERCOMING: Division, Doubt, Fear, Restoring Faith

            PEACE: Seeking Freedom, Justice

            PERSONAL LOSS: Grief, Loneliness

            VIOLENCE: Abuse, Rejection, Migration

            VIOLENCE: Acts of Terrorism, Overcoming Despair

            VIOLENCE: Conflict, War, Overcoming Divisions


Fifty-three hymns are included, so there are plenty of choices to make as you prepare for worship. Instructions on how to use the resource, copyright information, and suggested tunes for each hymn are also included. When you click the link that directs you to the Hymn Society’s website, you will see a request for information—name, church name, email address, reason for using the resource, and date of first usage—which you will need to submit to download the collection.

May these hymns give voice to deep emotions that exist beyond what words alone can express, and may your community experience hope and healing in times of crisis.

Visit The Hymn Society's Hymns in Times of Crisis page »

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