New songbook celebrates the creative spark in Moravian Music
Many of us think of Moravian music as rich old hymns from hundreds of years ago. But today, there’s a creative spark alight in Moravian musicians bringing a new glimmer to the jewel of Moravian musical tradition.
To celebrate the musical gifts of today’s Moravian Church in North America, the Moravian Music Foundation and the Interprovincial Board of Communication have introduced Sing to the Lord a New Song: A New Moravian Songbook.
Compiled by the Moravian Music Foundation from more than 200 submissions, the songbook includes 80 new songs as diverse as the Moravian Church itself. Among the new selections are old-style hymns, praise songs, camp tunes and liturgies written and composed by 51 Moravian contemporary text-writers and composers of all backgrounds.
The songbook, introduced at last month’s Moravian Music Festival, is spiral-bound with a protective coating on the cover for durability. The songs feature words and music for vocal and piano or organ accompaniment, as well as chords for guitar accompaniment to allow congregations and praise teams to create the kind of worship experience they desire. Also included in the songbook are new liturgies, even for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, relevant to our lives today.
“Keeping with tradition, the new songbook is organized according to the ‘essentials’ as defined by Luke of Prague,” says Nola Knouse, director of the MMF. “Representing God’s part in our lives are the sections the good will of God, the saving work of Christ and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Representing the role of humanity are the sections faith, love and hope. Following these sections are hymns on the church and sacraments and finally, hymns on mission and life in Christ.”
The selected songs and liturgies are geared specifically toward congregational use and are meant to deepen the worship experience by adding to materials already available. Sing to the Lord a New Song: A New Moravian Songbook keeps alive the musical tradition held so dear in the hearts of Moravians.
Sing to the Lord a New Song is available for $10 through the IBOC. Call 1.800.732.0591 ext. 38, or visit store.moravian.org.
Introducing “Sing to the Lord A New Song”
In this hour-long special video, songbook committee member and Moravian musician Tina Giesler, joined by her husband Chris, introduce more than a dozen of these new works. Watch, listen, learn and sing to the Lord some new songs!
Editor’s Note: In future issues of the Moravian Magazine, we’ll feature some of the stories that inspired the new music in Sing to the Lord a New Song.
From the August 2013 Moravian Magazine