Item description for The New Century Hymnal by Pilgrim Press...
This is a hymnal that invites us into a new century. The best hymns of the past are combined with exciting new hymnody from some of the finest contemporary poets and composers, reflecting the pluralistic church in which we worship today. The New Century Hymnal has been created with a high level of musical and theological scholarship -- including remarkable new translations of original texts. Its texts honor tradition while at the same time using inclusive language that will welcome and affirm all as members of Christ's church. -- a full 934 pages containing more than 600 hymns -- many new translations to bring freshness and clarity to older texts -- more than 100 psalms, fully set to music -- arrangements and harmonizations carefully selected for congregational singing -- includes orders for worship, with services for morning and evening prayer
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Studio: Pilgrim Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.34" Width: 6.43" Height: 1.52" Weight: 2.28 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2000
Publisher Pilgrim Press
ISBN 082981051X ISBN13 9780829810516 UPC 706055010222
Reviews - What do customers think about New Century Hymnal?
A New Century Hymnal: UCC Pew Edition Jun 2, 2008
The book was in excellent condition and was received shortly after the order was submitted
mis-represented product Jan 23, 2008
New Century HymnalThis product link does not state "large print", so it may not be the exact product that I am reviewing. The description on this site poorly represents the actual product of a hardcover hymnal in large print. It turned out to be a ream of paper with only the lyrics in large print, no music score at all, and included a less than 1 inch 3-ring binder (the so-called "hardcover") for the user to insert the selections from the ream of lyrics for the service. I expected to recieve a hymnal like the large print United Methodist Hymnal that truly is a hardcover hymnal with lyrics and music and very little bigger than the standard hymnal. I tried to give this product a 0-star rating, but this site requires at least 1 star to pass the edit in this review process.
Good Resource Sep 9, 2007
I think that the UCC Hymnal is a very good resource. I love that it uses old tunes and new ones that are accessible to the congregation. The modern language is great for those of us who can't remember what some of the archaic words mean. There is also the inclusive language for people that I also like, which I think is extremely important to have in hymnals as much as possible. However, I do not like the ultra inclusive language that it has when it comes to describing God. It sounds so awkward.
New Century Hymnal Aug 8, 2007
Deserving of high praise as a collection of hymns of the United Church of Christ. Gender-sensitive and ethnic-sensitive throughout. Contains valuable ORDERS OF WORSHIP, HYMNS of Praise, for the Christian Year, for the Faith and Order of the Church, for the Life and Order of the Church, PSALMS and CANTICLES, SERVICE MUSIC, WORSHIP RESOURCES, and valuable index helps of Author, Composer, and Source, Metrical Index, Tune Index, Scriptural Index, Lectionary Index, Topical Index, First Line Index, Descant Index. As a member of the UCC, I am grateful to have my own copy of this excellent hymnal available as a valuable resource at any time during the week.
This Pew Edition Should be in Every UCC Church Apr 28, 2007
A long time in coming, this UCC hymnal is what the title says, a hymnal for the new, that is 21st, century. The book presents all of the best loved hymns of the past, a fine collection of them. It also provides a remarkable sampling of the best of the hymn explosion of the second half of the 20th century. What a great way to live into God's future, by singing the songs of the faithful past and by sharing the ongoing growth of the Gospel in song!
Some highlights herein that congregations will not want to miss include one of the best songs anywhere about the Day of Pentecost: #265 "Come, O Spirit, With Your Sound!" Sung to the Early American hymn tune BOUNDLESS MERCY, it captures all the wonder and awe of the event of Acts Chapter Two and is scrupulously faithful to scripture.
Also in this hymnal is a great hymn relating to ecology and care for the world around us, #586 "Come to Tend God's Garden!" sung to that majestic tune, KINGS WESTON.
There is so much more to enjoy in this hymnal. For every committee in every UCC congregation who is contemplating a new hymnal, my recommendation would be this hymnal. No doubt some will be pushing that you pick a hymnal by some unaffiliated publishing house, but be careful. If you want your potential members from other places to feel at home, then this is one way to do it, have in your pew racks the hymnal that says "We are UCC".
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