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date: 21 January 2020

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This article looks at the practice of music and hymnody in various Asian contexts that are not necessarily Methodist, but are significant in affording us a glimpse of the general state of music and hymnody in Asia. At the same time, it offers some thoughts on the contextualisation of church music that can elucidate current developments in music and hymnody. It is crucial that ‘hymnody’ is not taken in its strictest hymnological sense, i.e., strophic verses set to music. Rather, it needs to be defined as pieces of music sung by the congregation in Christian worship. Hymnody needs to encompass strophic, composed, and short, repetitive song types.

Keywords: Christian worship, worship songs, Asian hymns, contextualisation, church music

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