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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


Friday, March 23 — Psalm 38:9–16
Exodus 29:1–30; Matthew 26:1–13

The commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes. Psalm 19:8

Jesus said, “The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” John 6:63

Dear Lord, we ask your blessing upon our churches today. The week ahead is a special one that provides the opportunity to remember the story of Holy Week—the journey Jesus took to the cross. Help us draw close to you to remember. Amen.

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