NASHVILLE, Tenn. – United Methodists who lead congregations in worship and song will gather in March for three days of singing, workshops, and worship during the formal introduction of a new collection of songs, hymns, and worship resources.
The event, Rethinking Worship & Song, will be March 1-3 and will mark the release of the music resource Worship & Song, which has been jointly developed by the General Board of Discipleship and The United Methodist Publishing House.
"I think one of the by-products of this new collection is to bridge what I think are really ambiguous terms – traditional and a so-called 'contemporary' music – and to say, 'This is what it means to be in both camps,'" said Carlton R. Young, an editor, composer, teacher, consultant, and conductor, who will be the event's keynote speaker.
Young, who edited both the 1966 Methodist Hymnal and the 1989 United Methodist Hymnal, said the collection is very accessible to all levels of musical talents within the church.
"The quality of the music is so well selected that it brings immediate results for the average person – the average player and the average singer," he said.
Worship & Song contains 190 hymns and worship songs, including new hymns, old-time gospel favorites, and the world's most popular contemporary praise songs. New worship planning resources in the collection are designed to supplement The United Methodist Hymnal and other songbooks.
Rethinking Worship & Song will be held at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville and the nearby West End United Methodist Church, where worship, a hymn festival, and organ workshops with the church's 150-rank pipe organ will be offered.
A dozen workshops, plenary sessions, worship services, a reception, exhibitor displays, and an on-site Cokesbury Store will be at the hotel. In addition to Young, there will be 13 leaders and presenters, including:
- Marcia McFee, national consultant on worship, Truckee, California
- C. Michael Hawn, Professor of Church Music and Director of the Master of Sacred Music Program at Perkins School of Theology, Dallas
- Mark Miller, faculty member at both the Drew Theological School and the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, Plainfield, N.J.
- Lester Ruth, Professor of Christian Worship at Asbury Seminary, Lexington, Kentucky
The event will be limited to 500 participants. The registration fee is $200, and all paid registrants will receive a free copy of the new Worship & Song collection.
A block of rooms at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, located one block from West End UMC, will be available through January at special rates. Additional information on the hotel and rates is available at http://tinyurl.com/36ghsrj.
GBOD's mission is to support Annual Conference and local church leaders for their task of equipping world-changing disciples. An agency of The United Methodist Church, GBOD is located at 1908 Grand Avenue in Nashville. Visit www.gbod.org for more information or call the Communications Office at 877.899.2780, Ext. 1726.