“Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal” will be the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s first new hymnal since 1990. The Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song, formed in 2008, will submit a final list of hymns to the 220th General Assembly in 2012.
The committee distributed surveys to Presbyterians, hymnal advocates and staff to gather feedback and ideas about a title, said the Rev. Meg Flannagan, hymnal advocacy and relations coordinator.
“We wanted a title that would be inclusive and celebratory,” she said. “The hymnal is about God and, subsequently, about our response to God.”
The hymnal will be printed in two editions — one for Presbyterian congregations and one for ecumenical use. One edition will have a red cover and one will have purple, but it hasn’t been determined which edition will have which color.