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This is the official iPad edition of The United Methodist Hymnal (1989) authorized by The United Methodist Publishing House. The app includes page scans of the hymnal, powerful search capabilities, information about songs and their authors, and the ability to access several different versions of songs including pew, large print, lead sheet, and instrumental (strings, brass, and woodwinds).

This free app includes the 281 public domain songs in The United Methodist Hymnal. Through in-app purchases, you can add the following editions which includes all public domain and most copyrighted hymns:

• Pew edition for the complete hymnal* ($24.99)
• Keyboard edition for the complete hymnal** ($24.99)
• Large Print edition for the complete hymnal** ($19.99)
• FlexScore edition for the complete hymnal** ($99.99)
• Transposed editions (scores for specific instruments) for the complete hymnal** ($39.99)
• Individual FlexScores – one version of one song ($1.99)
• Individual FlexScores – all versions of one song ($9.99)

* Hymns and services only
** Hymns only, no services or readings

Many songs include links to resources for background information and for worship planning, such as related scripture passages, topics, worship notes on the text and tune, PowerPoint slides, and available choral and instrumental arrangements.

The search box allows you to search for songs by first line, author, composer, topic, or scripture passages quoted or alluded to. A handy keypad lets you jump immediately to a song by number.

Our revolutionary FlexScores are available for most songs. Through FlexScores you can adjust the music and text size of the scores, transpose the key, and change capo. The versions offered for FlexScores include pew, lead sheet, violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, alto saxophone, soprano or tenor saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, and tuba. For instrumental versions, the music is transposed into an appropriate range and displayed in an appropriate clef for the instrument (based on the same part arrangement of the printed hymnal).

You may use the "setlist" feature to pre-arrange hymns in your preferred order (for example, the song sequence in a worship service). When you "play" the "setlist" you can go to the next pre-determined songs with one flip!

Flip the page with a foot pedal! With an optional, Bluetooth enabled, foot pedal (bought separately) you may turn pages back and forth using a compatible foot pedal. A great convenience for instrumental players!

- This app does NOT play any audio of hymns.
- A network connection is required to access hymn background information, and view most FlexScores.
- While editions (such as the Pew Edition or FlexScore Edition) of the hymnal can be transferred to other devices, individual FlexScores -- both the $1.99 and $9.99 versions -- cannot be transferred to other devices.
- Due to copyright permissions, we cannot display the following hymns in the app, even after you purchase one of the editions of the hymnal: 132, 161, 499, 632, and 728. We are continually working on gathering the necessary permissions to display such hymns.

What's New

Version 1.5.1

Fixed a bug where the play button would not show up on hymns with audio
-(2/6/2018) New Hyperlinked table of contents indicating titles of hymns available and identifying which hymns are in the public domain and which hymns are copyrighted. The table of contents is hyperlinked to both the hymn itself (including words) and the tune associated with it.

Ratings and Reviews

1.6 out of 5

8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Acceptable value, purchases can be restored on a new device.


When I upgraded to a new iPad from backup, I lost the hymnals I bought, and no one could tell me how to reload them, or buy them again. Copywrite issues were blamed. The site that sells the app did not return emails. Restore Purchases did not work.

As it turns out, the problem has an easy solution. Delete the application from the iPad. Reload it from the cloud. Purchase the hymnals again and the App Store will recognize your previous purchase and download it for free, OR use RESTORE PURCHASES, which will now work.

This information should be readily available.

Developer Response

Thanks for providing this feedback. First, I would like to apologize that you did not receive a reply sooner. If you are having trouble getting a response, contact me at ccel@calvin.edu. I will respond and attempt to answer your questions. Second, I’m happy to report that CCEL/Hymnary has been working on the hymnal apps. Most notably, we’ve added a table of contents to most of our Hymnary apps which was a featured requested by many of our users.

Great Resource for Pastors


I have really enjoyed using this app as a pastor. I load my bulletin and sermon notes on the iPad and now can use the iPad as my hymnal. I do much better when I have all these things in one place.

**Unfortunately, I’ve had an issue where there is a 20-30 delay when I open the app before it is responsive to anything at all. This is not really long except in the context of leading worship. I’m sure this will be worked out soon in the next update.

Unable to use


I am now no longer able to use the app. It opens, but I am there’s no response - nothing responds to touch.

Developer Response

This problem can be easily solved by removing the app and reinstalling (there's no charge to do this) the app.


Christian Classics Ethereal Library
67.1 MB
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2017 Hymnary.org
In-App Purchases
  1. Pew Edition $24.99
  2. Keyboard Edition $24.99
  3. One FlexScore Version $1.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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