April 25, 2017
Worship and Song Committee Calls for Congregational Input
HARRISONBURG, Va.—The Mennonite Worship and Song Committee invites congregations to appoint three leaders to give input toward a new hymnal to be released in 2020. Specifically, the committee wants to hear feedback from a pastor, a worship leader, and a music leader in each congregation.
“We want to hear what is giving life to worship across the denomination,” said Bradley Kauffman, project director. “It is essential to hear from these voices—people whose investment will deeply inform our work toward a successful collection.”
Postcards asking churches to appoint three people to complete this important survey were mailed to all congregations in Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA last month. The survey can be found at MennoMedia.org/Resonate. Laypersons are also welcome to offer suggestions through a “heart song” survey accessed at the same site.
In addition, MennoMedia has unveiled Resonate: Join the Everlasting Song as the Worship and Song Collection project’s brand. An actual title for the bound collection will be decided at a later point.
“Resonate evokes a common experience across many approaches to worship,” said Kauffman. “It brings together the physical vibration of singing with the ways ideas resonate when we worship together.”
The Mennonite Worship and Song Committee is working toward a 2020 release of a new hymnal to be published by MennoMedia in cooperation with Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA. Currently, the committee is engaged in a period of intentional listening, discerning what to preserve from past collections, receiving submissions of new and original content, and considering what thematic areas might need more coverage in a 21st-century collection. To submit content for consideration, visit http://mennoniteworshipandsongcollection.org/.
For more information or to schedule an interview, contact LeAnn Hamby at (540) 908-3941 or email LeAnnH@mennomedia.org.