Methodist Church invited to 'Sing a New Song'

The Methodist Music Resources Group is asking people to offertheir opinions on a new collection of hymns and songs in their'Sing a New Song' consultation.

The aim is to produce a music resource that retains the best of theold and includes the best of the new, reflecting a diversity oftheological and musical traditions. The new compilation contains294 hymns from the 1983 collection Hymns and Psalms, and draws onthe best new material that has emerged since Hymns and Psalms wasoriginally compiled.

The Revd Barbara Bircumshaw, Chair of the Music Resources Group,said; "Worshipping God in music and song is in the very soul ofMethodism. This consultation offers people the chance to engagewith the draft collection and let us know their thoughts before thefinal list is submitted to the 2009 Conference for approval."

The draft collection contains over 700 hymns and songs, includinginternational and previously unpublished material. It is arrangedby subject, covering themes such as the love of God, suffering,justice and peace. At this stage the list is incomplete and therewill be additions and doubtless deletions.

The consultation will run from 1 December 2008 through to the 31January 2009. The full list of hymns, together with an onlineresponse form, is available here. The listwill also appear in The Methodist Recorder on Thursday.