Hymnal Introduction Resources

Several resources are available to help people gain an understanding of some key new hymnal features and to help pastors orient people when the books are first used.

Various presentations serve a widely varied audience:

  1. People in churches that have already decided to begin using the new hymnal in Advent 2021,
  2. People in churches that are undecided,
  3. People in churches that won’t realistically consider the new hymnal until 2022 or later, and
  4. Individuals wanting to learn more about new hymnal resources or about some broader worship topic.

Suggestions are provided beginning with the first Sundays in Advent after the hymnals are first placed in the worship space. These begin on November 28 and are coordinated with the Year C Planner (available in PDF or Excel). If introduction begins on a Sunday other than November 28, local adjustments will be needed. A dedication rite is included for the first Sunday.

Hymnal Introduction - Introduction Scripts and Dedication Rite

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Introduction Scripts and Dedication Rite (Word)Download
Introduction Scripts and Dedication Rite (PDF)Download

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The first two items below were prepared for National Hymnal Week, September 19-26, 2021. But if a congregation did not participate, these may still be publicized to build interest and excitement for some of the wonderful new (and old) texts and music.

Grace, Milwaukee Hymn Sing. (Video Link) (Service Folder) This is an example of what one large congregation with strong musical resources did to introduce some new hymns. Granted, few congregations have similar resources. If your church offers something similar (though on a more modest scale), this website can share your worship folder and video link for the benefit of others.

The hymnal introduction committee received permission this week to post these recordings of the three main canticles from The Service—Setting Three. Congregations following the Year C Planner (available for download in The Foundation worship planning resources) are learning this new setting during Epiphany. These recordings may be especially useful to help organists to understand optimal tempos and to become comfortable with the music. (But for the first usages of the “Gloria” and “Sanctus,” perhaps a slightly slower tempo until people become comfortable matching syllables with notes.) Recordings may also be shared with members and LES classrooms to help boost familiarity. Note that each song ends with an audio fade. These free recordings are not meant for actually leading the singing during worship. Later this year they will be available for use via the Service Builder Playlist add-on.

CW Setting 3 Gloria

CW Setting 3 Sanctus

CW Setting 3 Agnus Dei

Hymnal Introduction - The Service-Setting Five

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The Service-Setting Five - Now AvailableDownload
The Service-Setting Five - Q and ADownload
Press Release - The Service-Setting Five - Coming SoonDownload

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Hymnal Introduction Program - More Resources

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CrossAccent - Review of Christian Worship: Hymnal - Joseph HerlDownload
Just starting to explore the new hymnal?Download
Donations for hymnal acquisitionDownload
Hymn Comparison Cross ReferenceDownload
Some Perspectives on Tune OnlyDownload
Why a New Hymnal? - double-sided bulletin insert - 8.5x14 - Black & WhiteDownload
Why a New Hymnal? - double-sided bulletin insert - 8.5x14Download

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Hymnal Introduction Program - Hymnal Highlights

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Hymnnal Highlight - Jesus, Ever-Abiding Friend (09/18/2023)Download
Hymnnal Highlight - Christian Worship: Foundations (08/14/2023)Download
Hymnnal Highlight - All Is Well (07/31/2023)Download
Hymnnal Highlight - Christian Worship: Service Builder - Playlist Add-On (07/10/2023)Download
Hymnnal Highlight - Hail Thee Festival Day (05/08/2023)Download
Hymnnal Highlight - Three Articles on the New Psalter (05/01/2023)Download
Hymnnal Highlight - Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen (04/17/2023)Download
Hymnnal Highlight - The Seven Words (04/03/2023)Download
Hymn Preview - God's Right Hand and Holy Arm - (03/20/2023)Download
Hymnnal Highlight - Why the name change from Maundy Thursday to Holy Thursday? (03/13/2023)Download
Hymn Preview - Come Away from Rush and Hurry & As the Deer Runs to the River (03/03/23)Download
Hymn Preview - The Blood of the Lamb (02/17/2023)Download
Hymnnal Highlight - Musician's Resource (02/10/2023)Download
Hymnnal Highlight - Passion Sunday-Year A (01/27/23)Download
Hymn Preview - Christ Begins (12/28/22)Download
Hymnal Highlight - Two Christmas Dialogues (12/16/22)Download
Hymnal Highlight - Copyright Ethics (12/02/22)Download
Hymnal Highlight - Psalms (11/11/22)Download
Hymn Preview - All Is Well (10/21/22)Download
Hymnal Highlight - Newly Released Resources (10/14/2022)Download
Hymnal Highlight - The Service Setting 3 for Liturgical Ensemble (09/30/2022)Download
Hymn Preview - By Faith (7/22/2022)Download
Hymn Preview - My Soul Finds Rest in God Alone (7/8/2022)Download
Hymn Preview - In This Holy, Blest Communion (6/17/2022)Download
Hymn Preview - Lord, Have Mercy (6/10/2022)Download
Hymn Preview - What God Ordains Is Always Good (6/3/2022)Download
Hymn Preview - When God the Spirit Came (5/27/2022)Download
Hymn Preview - Here from All Nations (4/29/2022)Download
Hymn Preview - Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen (4/22/2022)Download
Hymn Preview - How Deep the Father's Love (4/8/2022)Download
Hymn Preview - Afflicted Saint, to Christ Draw Near (3/11/2022)Download
Hymn Preview - The Blood of the Lamb (3/4/2022)Download
Hymn Preview - Christ Begins - Transfiguration Day (2/18/2022)Download

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Interested in Christian Worship: Service Builder? Learn more in the videos below.

View past Service Builder webinars on the Northwestern Publishing House website.

Hymnal Introduction Program - CW Psalter

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CrossAccent - The Development of a New Psalter for the English-Speaking Lutheran Church - Paul PrangeDownload
CrossAccent - Singing the Psalms Using Christian Worship: Psalter (2021) - Dale WitteDownload
CrossAccent - Review of Christian Worship: Psalter - Samuel J EathertonDownload

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Christian Worship Shipping Updates

Check the NPH website for the latest information about when various hymnal suite resources will become available. This information is subject to change.

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