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The printed version is scheduled to be shipped September 10th.
Please take a few moments to read the letter below from the editor of Call to Worship.
William McConnell, DMA
Presbyterian Association of Musicians
100 Witherspoon St
Louisville, KY 40202
A Message from the editor or Call to Worship:
July 16, 2013
Dear friends of Call to Worship,
Last week my colleagues at the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation sent the final files for Glory to God, the 2013 Presbyterian hymnal, to the printer. If all goes according to plan, the new hymnals will be shipped by the end of September. Already, more than 1,000 congregations have ordered Glory to God, and new orders are rolling in every day.
The next few issues of Call to Worship—in fact, all of Volume 47 (2013–2014)—will help to introduce Glory to God to the church.
Call to Worship 47.1 (Lectionary Aids, Year A), will be an invaluable guide for planning worship with the new hymnal. In addition to featuring hymn and song suggestions from Glory to God, this issue will provide a wealth of new liturgical texts coordinated with the Service for the Lord’s Day found in the hymnal. It will also include specific suggestions for ways in which choirs (including youth and children’s choirs) can help to introduce new hymns and songs to the congregation.
If your congregation hasn’t ordered Glory to God yet, don’t worry; we’ll still include references to the 1990 Presbyterian Hymnal—as well as Sing the Faith, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, The African-American Heritage Hymnal, The New Century Hymnal, The United Methodist Hymnal, the Episcopal Hymnal 1982, and the brand new CRC/RCA collection, Lift Up Your Hearts. However, pastors, musicians, and other worship planners will want to have a copy of Glory to God at the ready in order to make full use of this Lectionary Aids issue of Call to Worship.
Call to Worship 47.2 (Glory to God) will serve as an introduction, user’s guide, and all-around companion to the new collection. Members of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song (PCOCS) and other experts will orient you to the book, interpret its theological vision, open up its treasury of musical and liturgical resources, share stories about its development, and introduce related resources (including accompaniment books and electronic editions).
Call to Worship 47.3 (Daily Prayer) seeks to illustrate the connections between public worship, personal devotion, and witness and service in the world. This issue will include instruction on using the liturgies for Morning Prayer, Midday Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Prayer at the Close of Day found in Glory to God. It will also feature guidance on selecting music for daily prayer, particularly psalms, canticles, and songs for various times of day.
Call to Worship 47.4 (All Saints) will offer ideas and insight on how we remember and celebrate people of great faith and action (ancient and contemporary, well-known and unknown) in Reformed worship. Among other things, this issue will highlight hymns by a few of the “luminaries” in church history, demonstrating how their stories and songs bear witness to Christ, the light of the world.
I hope you’ll join me in celebrating this exciting new resource for the church, and pray that these special issues of Call to Worship will inspire and equip you as you introduce the hymnal to your congregation. Glory to God!
Grace and peace,
David Gambrell, Office of Theology and Worship firstname.lastname@example.org
Office of Theology and Worship, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)