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Nearly 100 churches report on their singing

   

Mennonite Church Canada/MennoMedia joint release
January 6, 2012
-Steve Shenk

WATERLOO, Ont. and HARRISONBURG, Va.—Nearly 100 congregations in Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA are reporting on the songs they sing. They are helping to determine what the next collection of music for the church will look like.

But the planners of the next hymnal or song collection are looking for more churches to participate in the current song survey.  There are three easy ways to complete the survey found at www.MennoMedia.org/worship: (1) fill out the online survey each week; (2) download a chart to fill out and send in at the end of the survey period; or (3) send worship bulletins to MennoMedia via email or regular mail.

Ingried Regier, the secretary at Erb Street Mennonite Church in Waterloo, Ont., says she hopes her congregation is “contributing in meaningful ways to a future hymnal or song collection” by participating in the survey.

Pastor Bryce Miller of Shalom Mennonite Fellowship in Tucson, Ariz., said he is participating in the survey by simply adding MennoMedia to their weekly bulletin email list. His church emphasizes “contemporary hymnody,” he said.  

The song survey is being conducted by the Bi-National Worship Council with the support of MennoMedia.  The council developed a four-session study guide, The Heart of Mennonite Worship: Five Vital Rhythms. It can be ordered—for free—by calling 1-800-631-6535 in Canada. It can also be downloaded at no cost at www.MennoMedia.org/worship.

The current hymnal used by Mennonites and Church of the Brethren—Hymnal: A Worship Book—will be 20 years old in 2012. Two Mennonite supplements were added over the years: Sing the Journey and Sing the Story. The Church of the Brethren also added a supplement for its congregations, Hymnal Supplement.

Congregations that participate in the song survey will receive a free copy of the book Proclamation by Design: The Visual Arts in Worship.

MennoMedia is a ministry of Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA.