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Recommendations for New Hymnal

January 5th, 2017

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...

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Professor Mary Oyer’s top 10 hymns

January 4th, 2017

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...

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Hymnal & Song Committee Meets for the First Time

October 19th, 2016

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,...

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A Short History of Mennonite Hymnals – Presentation by Ken Nafziger

September 19th, 2016

  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...

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Love Song by Dorothy Beidler

September 13th, 2016

We arrived late to a funeral at my childhood church so we sat in the back, beyond the pews and songbooks. The song leader was as I remembered, with a pitch pipe and do-me-sol. I was thrilled as I...

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Hymnal Committee appointed

September 9th, 2016

Six women and six men from across North America have been chosen to serve on the committee for the new song collection for Mennonite churches planned for release in 2020. The committee selections were announced by Bradley Kauffman, recently...

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Song Collection Project Director Hired

September 9th, 2016

Bradley Kauffman brings passion for Anabaptist theology, music, and worship Bradley Kauffman of Cincinnati, Ohio, has been hired as project director for the new song collection for Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada. The print version is slated...

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Expressing Reality by Greg Yoder

September 8th, 2016

My aunt Louise tells stories about me as a two- or three-year-old, singing my heart out on car trips, loudly writing new verses to “The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night” from the backseat with reckless abandon and...

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Music That Transforms by Tim Shue

September 8th, 2016

Forty odd years after it happened, my friend, Chris, had only to recite the number 555 to get me to laugh. The number is not a punchline to any joke. It is simply the easy-to-remember number of a favorite...

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