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.
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