Are you a fan of historic late nineteenth-century American hymnals? How about controversial constitutional amendments that impinge on the private lives of individuals?
...on the left sidebar. That's right, the search engine. After considerable cutting, gluing, nailing, sanding, and painting Peter Plantinga has crafted a new search engine that is much more powerful than the previous one--yet easy to use. We're still polishing it so send us any bug reports or suggestions you may have.
John Wakefield, Hymn Society life member and retired Milligan College (Johnson City, TN) prof, has taken on the task for the hymnal bibliography committee of compiling the bibliography of all hymnals published in the Stone-Campbell Movement. This American movement fostered three church groups: a cappella churches of Christ, The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and independent Christian Churches / Churches of Christ (instrumental). Today the three groups have a total membership about
The Congregational Resource Guide, a project of the Alban Institute and Lilly Foundation, interviewed Hymnary.org founders Harry Plantinga and Greg Scheer in preparation for the Hymnary.org interest session at the 2011 Calvin Worship Symposium. It presents a good overview of Hymnary.org and the way it serves congregations.
Did you know that Hymnary.org allows you to compare a number of instances of the same text side by side?
William S. Smith has graciously made his Hymnsearch: Indexes for the Presbyterian Hymnal, 3rd ed available to Hymnary.org users. This is an essential resource for all those who plan worship with the Presbyterian Hymnal. It includes a comprehensive scripture index, an expanded index of topics and categories, a liturgical index, a reverse index (from hymn to scripture), and more.
Thanks to the work of tireless Hymnary volunteer, Nancy Naber, all author biographies from John Julian's classic Dictionary of Hymnology are now part of Hymnary.org's PEOPLE records. So if you've been itching to learn more from a trusted source about, for example, William Gaskell, this is your lucky day.
Peter Plantinga built a revised search engine this past summer that allows certain kinds of searches that were previously not possible, such as searching for "Amazing Grace" in the key of F. It also introduces a "hymns" tab for hymn instances as published in particular hymnals. It's available for testing at beta.hymnary.org.
Try it out and add your feedback here!
In 2012 the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship will publish a Psalter with Faith Alive Christian Resources. It will feature multiple settings of all 150 Psalms. They have made available a "wish list" of Psalm settings needed to fill out the publication. View it here.
CHURCH OF THE SERVANT 2010 NEW PSALM CONTEST
In an effort to encourage Psalm-singing, Church of the Servant invites congregational songwriters to submit a Psalm-based song to its 2010 New Psalm Contest. The winner will