News Release: August 22, 2017
Announcing Great Day of Singing October 22
Worship and Song Committee Releases First Sampler
HARRISONBURG, Va.—A 16-page sampler of the new Mennonite worship and song collection is available for free congregational download. Called the “Great Day of Singing,” the sampler is designed as a resource to plan worship for October 22, 2017.
This one-day event is planned by the Mennonite Worship and Song Committee as a way for individuals and congregations to sample some new music and worship resources, and to provide feedback to the committee.
“We want to bring Mennonites together around some new songs and worship resources while opening up a space for worshipers to reflect on God’s gift of song,” said Bradley Kauffman, project director and general editor. “The sampler offers six songs from outside our current collections along with worship resources and a proposed framework for planning.”
Resonate is the name chosen to channel enthusiasm for the new Mennonite worship and song collection. A 13-member committee is working toward the 2020 release of a new hymnal to be published by MennoMedia in cooperation with Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA.
Physical copies of the Great Day of Singing sampler were mailed to each congregation in MC Canada and MC USA, and were given out this summer at MennoMedia’s booth during the MC USA convention in Orlando.
Congregations may download additional copies at MennoMedia.org/Resonate. In addition to the 16-page sampler, links to selected accompaniments, tutorial videos, and an image inspired by the Psalms are available for free download. A survey for congregational feedback on the sampler is posted as well.
“The Great Day of Singing sampler is the first of several anticipated collections for testing new material. Plus it includes information on the new worship and song collection—with some rough projections about what this will cost congregations. We encourage churches to plan and budget now for this new collection,” said Amy Gingerich, editorial director at MennoMedia.
“We hope to be able to post pictures and feedback from congregations on the Resonate Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds,” Kauffman added.
For more information or to schedule an interview, contact LeAnn Hamby at 540-908-3941 or email LeAnnH@mennomedia.org.