Since the beginning of the movement, the people called Methodist have always been a singing people. We know that Charles Wesley himself wrote thousands of hymns that communicated Methodism's emphasis on God's grace and love in Christ, the transforming power of the Spirit, and the journey of sanctification. Many of these hymns are contained in the current United Methodist Hymnal, and while there have been some supplements to the hymnal that incorporate some more contemporary worship music, the hymnals that most United Methodists use is now more than 30 years old. Other Wesleyan traditions use different hymnals, and even more churches now use screens to enable congregations to sing more contemporary worship music. In the digital age, the idea of a new hymnal might seem like a throwback to a bygone era.
But a new hymnal promises to recapture the great songs of the Wesleyan tradition and bring them to a new audience hungry for both good music and good theology. Our Great Redeemer's Praise , published by Seedbed, will soon be available to churches everywhere. Dr. Jonathan Powers is one of the editors of this new collection, along with Julie Tennent and many other contributors. Jonathan is the Associate Dean of the E. Stanley Jones School of Mission and Ministry and Assistant Professor of Worship Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary.
Check out Our Great Redeemer's Praise.
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