The last two Mennonite hymnals have spanned over two decades. It’s been 24 years since we released Hymnal: A Worship Book in 1992, and much good church music has been written in the meantime. Of the 57 songs sung at Mennonite World Conference in 2015, 60% were new. Only 40% came from the three Herald Press song books, Hymnal: A Worship Book, Sing the Journey and Sing the Story. New music added to the excitement and impact of the majestic international worship experience at the conference.
On May 2, 2015, Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion radio program opened with the audience’s a cappella rendition of “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow,” affectionately known by Mennonites as “606”. When the song ended, 4,000,000 listeners heard Keillor exclaim, “Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. You’re stunning me.” He went on to speak of early Anabaptist trials and the rich tradition of four-part a cappella singing. We think Project 606 is an apt title that conveys a sense of continuity of faith in modern times.
Creating an extensive, well-researched songbook is a long and exacting process. The new hymnal is scheduled to be published and available by 2020. Herald Press needs your support now as we embark on a lengthy development phase requiring financial support for project staffing, travel, and expenses for committee members. Your donations to upfront costs now will help make the hymnal affordable later.
What songs connect you to God and your community, and empower you to serve? What songs do you turn to in joyful or difficult times? What are your heart songs? These are questions the Mennonite Worship and Song Committee...Read More
Posted on 10.3. 2016 at The Mennonite. Written By: Mary Oyer. Reposted with permission. Mary Oyer, Goshen (Indiana) College Professor Emeritus of Music and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary professor, reflects on her all-time favorite hymns. Oyer served on two...Read More
Adam Tice, left, gathers input from Karen Moshier-Shenk, a member of Park View Mennonite Church at the songfest prior to the start of Mennonite Worship and Song Committee meetings in Harrisonburg, Va. September 22-25, 2016. Tice noted that for him,...Read More
How our hymns influence and reflect our changing theology Dr. Kenneth J. Nafziger, longtime and noted professor of music at Eastern Mennonite University—plus a key figure in putting together a hymnal and two song supplements—spoke at a recent breakfast meeting of a...Read More
Donations totaling $500 or more over the duration of the project entitle you to place a name in honor or in memory of another person, or to be named in the new hymnal yourself.
The new hymnal will be available in 2020 and will offer a variety of print and digital formats to allow congregations to access the music in various ways. The music will emphasize Jesus, reconciliation, community, justice and the global church. The language will be inclusive.
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