Hymnals are generational. They reflect the rhythms of God’s Spirit moving among God’s people in a particular era. A forward-looking church refreshes its worship and song collection once a generation. As worship rhythms develop new currents, the language of a recent generation needs to expand too.
A worship and song collection marks a particular threshold between where the church has been and where the spirit of God may be leading. They earnestly and prayerfully look forward. They preserve some of what is familiar while leaning into challenge and prophetic action, to continue to welcome and inspire worshipers new to the church and those who have been present many years. As the urgencies of church life and identity shift from generation to generation, worship rhythms respond to this Spirit-led movement.
Mennonite hymnals have always reflected and impacted aspects of denominational culture and identity. Hymnal: A Worship Book (1992), for example, has reflected and cultivated a growing appetite for songs and worship resources that help us worship with a diverse, global church. What will be the next songs and worship resources to surprise and inspire a singing people?
Creating an extensive worship and song collection with broad resonance is a rigorous process. MennoMedia needs your support now to make this project a reality by 2020. This work is being fully funded by donations. Your donation goes to support project staffing, travel and expenses for our 13-member volunteer committee, and all the research and development that goes into creating a full suite of hymnal products for Mennonite congregations. Your donations to upfront costs now will help deliver an affordable, on-time release of the new collection. Consider making a donation to the Mennonite Worship and Song Committee today!
MennoMedia, on behalf of Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA, is working to create a new Mennonite hymnal by 2020. I have been tasked with raising more than $600,000 to pay for the work of a 13-person hymnal...Read More
The Mennonite Worship and Song Committee has received an $18,000 grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship as part of Calvin’s Vital Worship Grants Program. This grant will enable the committee—working under the mantle Resonate—to work with congregations in Mennonite...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
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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