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Plantinga and Scheer interviewed by The Congregational Resource Guide

The Congregational Resource Guide, a project of the Alban Institute and Lilly Foundation, interviewed founders Harry Plantinga and Greg Scheer in preparation for the interest session at the 2011 Calvin Worship Symposium. It presents a good overview of and the way it serves congregations.

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Fun with the Text Comparison Feature

Did you know that allows you to compare a number of instances of the same text side by side?

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Hymnsearch now at

William S. Smith has graciously made his Hymnsearch: Indexes for the Presbyterian Hymnal, 3rd ed available to 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.

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John Julian author biographies now online!

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'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.

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Revised search engine

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

Try it out and add your feedback here!

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Two opportunities for hymn writers: Psalm settings

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.

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

Worshiping Church page images

The Worshiping Church now has page scans for all non-copyrighted hymns. Just click on any hymn with the icon, or click the Read this hymnal link on the hymnal page!

New Hymns of Hope

Another new collection of hymns has been added to the site: Hope Publishing has given us 73 new hymns written between 2000 and 2010 but never published in any hymnal. All of them include full texts, and most have page scans. Take a look at them here: New Hymns of Hope

New Hymnal: "Hymns of Faith" is partnering with Hope Publishing to index several of Hope's hymnals and put them on our site. We've just finished our first new addition, the 1980 hymnal "Hymns of Faith", with complete text information and page scans for reading. Receives Prestigious NEH Grant recently received a $266,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities* (NEH) to expand and improve its online database of hymn texts and tunes. The grant money will be used to incorporate the Dictionary of North American Hymnology, a comprehensive index of hymnals.