It's time for a new song collection

The last two Mennonite hymnals have spanned over two decades. It’s been 24 years since we released Hymnal: A Worship Book in 1992, and much good church music has been written in the meantime. Of the 57 songs sung at Mennonite World Conference in 2015, 60% were new. Only 40% came from the three Herald Press song books, Hymnal: A Worship Book, Sing the Journey and Sing the Story. New music added to the excitement and impact of the majestic international worship experience at the conference.

We have a duty to our family of faith to offer them the very best worship resources available. Many churches have been waiting for a new hymnal to be published so they can replace worn volumes in use for decades.

Why Project 606?

On May 2, 2015, Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion radio program opened with the audience’s a cappella rendition of “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow,” affectionately known by Mennonites as “606”. When the song ended, 4,000,000 listeners heard Keillor exclaim, “Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. You’re stunning me.” He went on to speak of early Anabaptist trials and the rich tradition of four-part a cappella singing. We think Project 606 is an apt title that conveys a sense of continuity of faith in modern times.

What's In The Hymnal? New formats, distinctive topics

Song Submissions Information for Songwriters

Your Donation is Needed!

We estimate the project will cost $606,000. We simply can’t do it without your help

Creating an extensive, well-researched songbook is a long and exacting process. The new hymnal is scheduled to be published and available by 2020. Herald Press needs your support now as we embark on a lengthy development phase requiring financial support for project staffing, travel, and expenses for committee members. Your donations to upfront costs now will help make the hymnal affordable later.

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To date we’ve raised $369,000

News & Stories

Congregational Feedback Wanted

June 15th, 2017

The Mennonite Worship and Song Committee invites congregations to appoint three leaders to give input toward a new hymnal to be released in 2020. Specifically, the committee wants to hear feedback from a pastor, a worship leader, and a...

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The Mennonite Worship and Song Committee receives $18,000 grant

May 19th, 2017

The Mennonite Worship and Song Committee has received an $18,000 grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship as part of Calvin’s Vital Worship Grants Program. This grant will enable the committee—working under the mantle Resonate—to work with congregations in Mennonite...

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Recommendations for New Hymnal

January 5th, 2017

What songs connect you to God and your community, and empower you to serve? What songs do you turn to in joyful or difficult times? What are your heart songs? These are questions the Mennonite Worship and Song Committee...

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Professor Mary Oyer’s top 10 hymns

January 4th, 2017

Posted on 10.3. 2016 at The Mennonite. Written By: Mary Oyer. Reposted with permission. Mary Oyer, Goshen (Indiana) College Professor Emeritus of Music and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary professor, reflects on her all-time favorite hymns. Oyer served on two...

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