General Conference 2008: Hymnal Revision Approved
Late Monday night, April 28, General Conference voted to establish a Hymnal Revision Committee to prepare and present a collection of hymns and worship resources to the 2012 General Conference. If approved, the new compilation of hymns, tunes, liturgical services and prayers will be available as early as 2013 in electronic and print formats.
Research conducted by the General Board of Discipleship and the United Methodist Publishing House found high readiness in UM congregations for a revised collection of hymns and other worship aids. This is the case, in part, because of changing worship styles leading to the desire for contemporary hymns and tunes that are theologically sound, of high quality and available in projection-ready formats.
"UMs teach our faith as we sing our hymns," said Karen Greenwaldt, General Secretary of GBOD. "This new hymnal will address emerging worship trends and will bring forward the base of the church's vast tradition of worship and music resources."
The UM Hymnal is currently used in well over 90% of UM churches but will be 24 years old when the revised collection becomes available, according to the expected timetable. "I am thrilled that as we look to the future with hope, the UMC has the vision and the means to invest in updating liturgies and increasing available options for musical resources that will enrich, deepen, and renew worship and witness to the glory of God," said Neil Alexander, the UMC's Publisher.-- Newscope reports