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North: Bethlehem, Pa.
South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Moravian Music Foundation seeks new music

musicrequestimageWhile Moravians are known for their rich musical heritage that dates back hundreds of years, there is also some great new music being written that continues that tradition.The Moravian Music Foundation has been gathering up this new music for a new publication. The Foundation continues to seek submissions for a collection of newly-written Moravian songs and hymns.

While we rejoice that many of our congregations are already using a wide variety of newer songs for worship, we do not plan to publish a collection of pieces which are available elsewhere – instead, this is our opportunity to make available the songs and hymns that Moravians have written within the past few years and are writing now. Songs included in the collection will be those judged most appropriate for congregational use.

With the help of the Provincial Elders Conferences of both Northern and Southern Provinces, a committee has been formed to guide this project to completion, projected for Summer 2013 to coincide with the 24th Moravian Music Festival July 14-20, 2013.

We don’t yet know how big the collection will be. We do know, however, that a lot of Moravians are writing new songs and hymns, and we will carefully and prayerfully consider each submission. To date, the committee has worked its way through more than 130 songs; the deadline for receiving new songs is July 31, 2012.

This collection will be available in both paper and electronic formats, to allow the greatest flexibility and usefulness.

We invite you to send your songs and hymns to: New Song Book, c/o Moravian Music Foundation, 457 S. Church Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101; or e-mail them to nknouse@mcsp.orgThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You may send words only; music only; words and music together; or audio files. We can accept electronic files in Sibelius or Finale; Word documents for the text or text and chords; .MP3 files; people showing up to sing for us while we record it and try to write it down; and so on.

In order to be considered for the collection, all songs should be received by July 31, 2012 — so start writing!

The Rev. Nola Reed Knouse is director of the Moravian Music Foundation.


From the April 2012 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Monday, June 18 — Psalm 77:16–20
Numbers 33:10–56; Luke 2:41–52

Thus says the Lord, “I will rejoice in doing good to them.” Jeremiah 32:41

Jesus said, “I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.” John 10:9

Dearest Lord Jesus, you are the good gate. We turn our faces to you, and thank you for your gentle might. May all we do and say bring someone to your opened gate today. Amen.

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