A new song for St Andrew … (new hymnals)

In 2004, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) authorized research into the feasibility of a new denominational hymnal. After several years of work, the General Assembly approved the collection of hymns in 2012. The new hymnal Glory to God was first published in 2013 and has been met with resounding acceptance.

“Glory to God has taken one big step toward the people! The editors of this new hymnal took great pains to determine the contents of our churches’ storehouses of song- the songs that a congregation can sing from the heart. But the hymnal is also broad. Any congregation will find their musical core in Glory to God, and also scores of songs they may not know. This is not the hymnal wherein musical aesthetes are pushing the church, saying, ‘these songs are good for you.’ No, these songs are sung from the heart by worshiping congregations, congregations that are testifying, ‘these songs are good for us.’ Let the sharing begin!”
-Martin Tel, C.F. Seabrook Director of Music, Princeton Theological Seminary

The Worship Committee and the Session recently approved replacing our current blue hymnals with copies of Glory to God. I’ve spent time with this new resource and am excited about bringing this hymnal to St Andrew. The good news – is that you can help make this a reality.

The current price for the hymnal is $18.00 plus shipping – we currently have nearly 200 hymnals in our building. In reality, we will be fine ordering slightly more than 150 pew editions along with an accompaniment edition and two large print editions. The total cost will approach $3000.00 – and the good news is, we are already halfway to goal!

At $20.00 each, would you consider covering the cost for one or more hymnals? We will have dedication bookplates to attach inside the front cover to will memorialize your contribution to the life of St. Andrew. Books can be designated in memory or in honor of someone or someone’s or dedicated to the Glory of God.

Our hope is that the new hymnals will be in the pews for Easter Sunday, April 12th.

Order forms and payment are due no later than March 29.

David Warfield,
Director of Music Ministries