Within a church, hymns perform an important function. They are the element of the worship service that allows the congregation to have a voice. They also lead us to a greater understanding of scripture and lift our spirits to a more profound experience of worship. Therefore, it is very important that the hymns that we sing are familiar to the congregation, singable, and have a meaningful resonance with their hearts and minds.
Having this goal in mind, I have undertaken, with the support of Stacy, as well as the Music Committee, a project of designing our own Hymnal. In order to make this as democratic a process as possible, I invite every member of the congregation to submit their favorite hymns or worship songs to be considered as part of this “UCW Hymnal.” As we may not be able to include every submission, I would ask for no more than five hymns per person. We are thinking of a collection of approximately 40 to 50 hymns or songs at the most. We may not be able to include every favorite hymn, but we will try to do our best to have a hymnal that will be representative of the Union Church congregation.
So that we can complete this project during the start of the church year, we would like your responses by Labor Day at the latest. We will contact any members of the congregation without e-mail access so that they may have a voice in this. I would ask that, in general, you not submit either Christmas or Easter hymns, as these are usually quite standard in the liturgical year.
I thank you all for your participation, and although we will still use our New Century and Pilgrim Hymnals, my hope is that this effort to create our own collection of beloved hymns will lead us to a deeper experience of worship.
With sincere thanks to all,
William Merrill, Music Director
Please send your selections to Luisa at the office.
Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully With a loud noise. –Psalms 33, 2-3
The music program is one of the great strengths of the church and a source of joy for the whole congregation.
We have a talented adult choir on Sundays and the children’s choir for special occasions such as the much-loved Christmas carol and Christmas Eve services, as well as Easter and Children’s Sunday.
The adult choir is comprised of men and women who love to sing and who enjoy being part of the musical tradition at the Union Church. The choir is open to newcomers at any time. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7:30 at the church and again at 9:00 a.m. on Sundays, just prior to the service. The children’s choir meets immediately after the service to fit as well as possible into their families’ busy schedules.
“If anyone would like more information regarding singing in the Choir, please contact Bill Merrill, Music Director, at 617-522-7633. Parents interested in having their children join the Children’s Choir should feel free to speak to him following the Sunday service. The first Choir rehearsal is on Thursday evening, September 6th, at 7:30 pm. No sight reading ability is required, just a desire to sing with the Spirit and make beautiful music together.”