United Methodist Worship Resources Collections (UMWRC)
A New United Methodist Worship Resource Is Coming
John and Charles Wesley encouraged the earliest Methodists to sing so that our worship is “more acceptable to God and profitable to yourself and others.” Even during times of cultural disruption since the Methodist movement began 280 years ago, we still express our identity and our commitment when we “sing lustily and with good courage,” because together we “sing spiritually … with an eye to God.”
Thus we are developing a new digital and print collection of worship resources. It promises to combine all currently approved hymnody and liturgies, which will be expanded by a selected assortment of additional high quality resources that teach sound theology and can be sung or said by all.
- The new United Methodist worship resource will be available in multiple formats, including an online subscription and mobile digital app, as well as more than one affordable print format.
- Digital planning tools will be indexed to the Christian year and/or worship themes, and will be enhanced by easy access to scripture translations, such as the CEB and NRSV.
- With expertly curated, adeptly sorted, and easily accessed music or liturgical helps, worship leaders can save time in planning, practicing, and participating in worship experiences.
- Direct and easy access to the collection will lower costs for congregations of all sizes, including small churches with limited budgets.
The work of selecting the worship resources involves a team formed by the United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) and Discipleship Ministries (DM), which will carefully choose songs and liturgies that reflect and amplify UMC theology, values, affections, affirmations, and missional aims.
The team will initiate congregational engagement programs, including listening sessions, demonstration events, experiments, and training sessions in various settings over the course of the development and promotion of the new worship resource. We will conduct research and foster collaborative relationships with annual conferences, local churches, seminaries, and others such as local pastor training programs, as well as The Fellowship (FUMMWA), Hymn Society, and North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL).
The UMWRC could be available as early as Fall 2020.
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