Hymnal Selections Completed!
BY JANE GARDNER, Hymnal Steering Team
The new hymnal is taking shape. Of more than 4,500 submissions, the Hymnal Steering Team, chose about 650 songs. There has been an outpouring of creativity throughout the church and beyond! We are blessed to have such a rich supply of material for use in this book and far into the future.
In September, the Hymnal Project Team began contacting church members who have written, arranged, and composed items that will be included in the 2013 book. Several factors guided the selection process. (For details, see www.CofChrist.org/hymnal.) We wish we were able to include many more pieces than the space of the book allows. In the end, roughly 19 percent of the collection will come from Community of Christ authors and composers.
We are deeply grateful to all who contributed texts and compositions. While we have capacity to notify only those whose work has been selected, we want to express how important it was to the process to hear from people throughout the church. Thank you!
Preparing this hymnal has been an amazing journey with a multitude of participants—more than 2,000 volunteers to date! The Holy Spirit has been moving in the lives of people and through the processes of creating this vibrant resource. May we continue to be blessed as a community prepared to share our message and mission through song.