The Committee on Local Arrangements (COLA) has commissioned Mary Louise Bringle to write a hymn text for General Assembly 223. The new hymn Draw the Welcome Circle Wider incorporates the GA’s theme “Renewing the Vision: Kindom Building for the Twenty-first Century” with biblical metaphors, social justice themes, and even a surprising nod to the GA’s location in St. Louis. The hymn will be sung to the pentatonic shape-note tune BEACH SPRING.
PAM members are well acquainted with Mel Bringle through her hymns, her teaching at conferences and her service as chair of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song. Through an arrangement with GIA Publications, Inc, the copyright holder of the hymn, we have made arrangement for local congregations to be able to download, print and use the hymn in worship services on Sunday, June 17, 2018 while the General Assembly is in session. Churches wishing to use Draw the Welcome Circle Wider after June 17 are asked to secure permission through ONE LICENSE (https://onelicense.net) for congregational reprints. GIA will publish the hymn in an anthology later this year.
Accompaniment for the tune BEACH SPRING may be found at #490, 498 or 716 in Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal.
We hope that you will be able to connect with General Assembly by using this hymn in your worship services on June 17!