Hymns, or musical expression of worship in song, are older than the Psalms in the Old Testament. Who knows? Adam may have even sung.
Like most forms of expression, hymns have hit the digital age with a variety of websites and other offerings.
* Lds.org/music/library/hymns has many downloadable options for those interested in spiritual music as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or any denomination for that matter. You can get audio, vocals, printed music, lyrics and related scripture for hymns. Some offer renditions with The Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
With the online LDS piano version, you can change the tempo and key of the hymn from the song's initial key of, let's say, B-flat to little-used F-sharp with six sharps to account for. Also, for the hearing-impaired, there are American Sign Language videos.
Novice song leaders at church can rest assured there is help with a course on conducting, with patterns for 2-, 3-, 4- and 6- beat times.
The site suggests practicing conducting in front of a full-length mirror, eye contact with the congregation and keeping your arm movements from being too big or too small.
In case you're worried about what you can and cannot print, there is instruction on copyright laws.
* If you want to know more about the choir, go to mormontabernaclechoir.org for information on its history, upcoming concerts, its weekly broadcast, recordings and the names on its all-time roster.
* Hymntime.com calls itself the cyber hymnal. It says it has more than 9,500 Christian hymns and gospel songs. It also has quite a bit of hymn trivia.
For example, "Onward, Christian Soldiers" was sung at the end of the Academy Award-winning movie "Mrs. Miniver" and at the funeral of President Dwight Eisenhower. The hymn "Jerusalem" was in the Oscar-winning film "Chariots of Fire." "Nearer My God to Thee" has a role in history with the sinking of the Titanic more than 100 years ago when the band reportedly played the hymn as the end was near for many of the people on the ship. The song has been part of several Hollywood films on the tragedy.
The site offers background music for many hymns in downloadable MIDI files.
* Songandpraise.org offers lyrics to many Christian hymns. It has an extensive listing of lyrics and words to many songs. It has listings divided by subject, such as hymns for children, hymns for ascension, hymns for Lent, Easter hymns and wedding hymns.
* Hymnsite.com has what it calls a "Psalter," which looks at all 150 Psalms in the King James Version of the Bible and many of the musical adaptations.
* Hymnsradio.com provides continuous spiritual music with apps for iPhones, iPods, iPads, Android devices and other mobile electronics.
* Hymn.net and other sites offer stories behind many hymns.
Take a look at these many sites and give your electronics a spiritual break -- it's music that has withstood the test of time.