The Rejoice! PLUS HymnBase
The Presbyterian go-to resource for hymns
HymnBase Features - What You Get for your Subscription
The Rejoice! PLUS HymnBase is the online version of the Rejoice! HymnBook. This hymnbook, the official hymnbook of the Presbyterian Church of Australia, contains 627 hymns (plus various other items such as doxologies, graces, creeds, and benedictions). The large majority of hymns in this book are in the Public Domain. This means that there is no copyright on these hymns. However, there are 232 hymns whose words are under copyright and there are 102 hymns whose tunes are under copyright.
Permission has been sought (or in some cases is being sought) to include these words/music in the database. Until such time as permissions have been granted copyright bound hymns (words and/or music) will not be available. As permission is obtained these items will be released and made available.
This program is called the Rejoice! PLUS HymnBase because it is the desire of the Public Worship and Aids to Devotion Committee that we will be able to provide an avenue of circulation of new hymns and spiritual songs. Hymn and spiritual song writers are invited to submit their work to be assessed for inclusion in this resource.
When choosing hymns for use in the church service there are many things to consider. Clearly the words must be suitable to support of the message or the particular part of the service. Often, the hindrance to using a particular hymn is the set tune. This tune may be unknown or simply unsingable for various reasons. HymnBase provides you a means of selecting an alternative tune that can be used in place of the set tune.
Another hinderence is that the hymn is new to the congregation and maybe even the music leader. The ability to find alternate tunes allows the hymn selector to locate a known tune to an unknown hymn.
Where permissions have been granted or the hymn tune is in the Public Domain a midi file is provided to listen to the tune and decide on use.
For the majority of the hymns in HymnBase PowerPoint slides have been provided for download. Where the hymns are not in the Public Domain permission has been sought to provide PowerPoint slides of the words. Where this has been granted the slide is available. As permission is granted these remaining hymn slides will become available.
When a hymn is chosen you will see the words displayed. Along side the words is a box containing the Meter, Tune, Files, and Alternative Tunes. To download the PowerPoint file of the chosen hymn click on the file name link and it will be downloaded to your computer.
First Lines Listing
All hymns are listed by First Line
There are various indexes included in the Rejoice! PLUS HymnBase. The Topical Index is an alphabetical listing covering a wide range of topics relevant to the life and preaching in the Church.
Occasion and Church Year Index
An index that covers such areas as 'Opening of Worship', ' Closing of Worship', 'Before Prayer', etc. it also includes a comprehensive lising of hymns for various events in the Church Year, for example, Christmas, Easter etc.
An index of hymns based on the meter of the tune.
An index of hymns based on the author of the tune.
HymnBase provides search functions in several areas. A full text word search is possible. Searches are also possible within the indexes.