Glory to God: Hymnal 101
January 25 at 3 p.m.
Rev. Dr. David Gambrell, contributing editor to the “Glory to God” hymnal and present Executive of PAM (Presbyterian Association of Musicians) will lead a session entitled “Hymnal 101” in the church sanctuary at 3 p.m. on January 25, 2020. He will describe the intensive planning that goes into the preparation of a hymnal that is intended to be used for the next twenty to thirty years. This is a particular challenge in a time of changing tastes in church music and a shift from printed material to digital sources.
The session will draw attention to the breadth of material in the new hymnal. Some hymns step back in time, including selections such as “I Love to Tell the Story” and “Bringing in the Sheaves” - hymns not appearing in Presbyterian hymn books for many years. Some of the steps forward encompass many new hymns and styles.
Rev. Gambrell is associate for worship in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Theology and Worship and coeditor (with Kimberly Bracken Long) of the Book of Common Worship (WJKP, 2018). He was an ex officio member of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song (responsible for the 2013 hymnal Glory to God) and coordinated the 2017 revision to the PC(USA) Directory for Worship (part of the denomination’s Book of Order). David is author of Breathing Spirit into Dust: Fifty Hymn Texts (GIA, 2015) and Presbyterian Worship: Questions and Answers (WJKP, 2019).