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Community of Christ Sings FAQ

Community of Christ Sings FAQ

What is the full suite of products available for purchase?

What are the differences between the Pew Edition and the Musicians/Large Print Edition?

Musicians Edition/Large Print Edition serves two purposes.

  1. It is large print. The pages from the Pew Edition have been enlarged to on 8.5 x 11 inches.  Most of the pages are otherwise identical to the Pew Edition.
  2. It serves musicians by providing supplemental material, such as guitar chords, music for additional instruments, or alternate piano arrangements. 62 of the hymns in this edition contain supplemental material for musicians. For a complete list of the material included, see Musicians/Large Print Edition Supplemental Material. Finally, the Musicians/Large Print Edition is a two-volume set, and is spiral-bound to stay open on a piano or music stand.

Can you say something about the design of the hymnal cover?

Community of Christ Sings was designed to reflect the personality of the collection and who we are. In the title, the horizontal line distinguishes the name of the church from the word “sings.” It is broken, yet connected by a small and important element bubbling up and breaking through. It suggests movement and underlying joy. The debossed element that surrounds the name, Community of Christ Sings, is inspired by the timeless mark from our Community of Christ nameplate and is sometimes seen as the hint of the universal symbol of the spiral.

Did you standardize the introductions on the audio recordings?

No. You will need to listen to the recording before using it in the congregation. Most introductions play all the way through, but we gave the recording artists license to play shorter introductions if the music called for it (such as the two page hymn, “The Spirit of God like a Fire Is Burning”).

What if there is a defect with one of my hymnal products?

Contact Herald House, and they will be happy to replace it.

Did you intentionally pick numbers for particular hymns?

Other than the first hymn in the book, the hymns were assigned numbers as they fit according to topic and space on the page.

Could you explain what the core repertoire is? How will people around the world get a copy of the core repertoire?

The Preface to Community of Christ Sings includes an explanation of the core repertoire and its purpose. The goal is to have a collection of songs that we know regardless of where we come from. For a list of the core repertoire songs see the Pew Edition, page 824. For further explanation see the Preface of the Pew Edition.
 With regards to access to the core repertoire around the world, the goal is to have a flash drive available for our staff to use as a missionary tool outside North America.

I noticed that the hymnal still has “also known as Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints” instead of simply “Community of Christ.” Is that a legal requirement?

Yes.

Now that the hymnal is out, do we still need CCLI or OneLicense.net?

If you are going to project the text or make any copies, you need an umbrella license to duplicate any copyrighted hymn. We recommend OneLicense.net because it covers more of the hymnal. Use the Applicable Copyright Licenses spreadsheet to inform your congregation’s decision.

How do you know how fast to play a particular hymn?

We intentionally did not put tempo markings on the page. The tempo for a hymn really depends on the circumstances. You might play a hymn slowly to match the mood and needs of a particular occasion, and then play the same hymn faster another day. If the congregation is struggling to fit all the words in on a new hymn, maybe you need to play it slower until the congregation is more familiar with it. There are also regional differences. The church in Vancouver, Canada tends to sing faster than the church in the British Isles, but both sing with spirit!

My congregation has limited musicians. How do we become comfortable with new stuff?

We provided audio recordings because we recognize this is a reality. We suggest that gifted musicians consider providing guest ministry at congregations who would benefit most from these skills. In the long-term we suggest that congregations really invest in musical resources. Consider offering to pay for piano or organ lessons. Hire a local music student.

I heard there is a lot of new music. Will the songs in the hymnal be too hard to learn and sing?

Overall, the new collection of songs and hymns represent a bell-curve of material that’s about 10 percent “easy” to learn and play, 80 percent “average” to play and sing, and 10 percent “difficult” to learn and play. About 50 percent of the material in Community of Christ Sings is coming forward from Hymns of the Saints and the three hymnal supplements.

How do I know what is included in Community of Christ Sings?

See the complete list of hymn titles online. Check out the table of contents for a complete list of topics and the nature of the collection’s content.

How can we share the tips we learned at the Peace Colloquy/hymnal launch with musicians and congregations who couldn’t attend?

The hymnal pages include video highlights from the weekend including worships, hymn sings, and plenaries addresses. There are also links to texts of John Thornburg’s keynote address, and President Steve Veazey’s sermon. The tools section of the hymnal website includes presentation slides from the weekend.

Will other resources be available?

Several resources are already available under Tools and in the Resource database. Other online tools being planned include:

  • Restoration hymns from previous hymnals
  • PDFs of public domain and Community of Christ hymns
  • Piano Club
  • Inspired Version Bible Index
  • Pronunciation guides for non-English lyrics
  • Reverse scripture index that lists scriptures for each hymn (instead of hymns for each scripture)

I hear visits to mission centers are happening to introduce the new hymnal. How do I find out when and where these are?

Visits to mission centers are scheduled over the next several years. Check the calendar or contact your mission center office for events in your area.

Will we still be able to sing in parts?

Community of Christ has a long tradition of four-part singing and we expect that tradition to keep being strong going forward.  Approximately, 72 percent of the collection is in part-singing.

Are Community of Christ authors and composers represented?

Community of Christ authors and composers represent about 15 percent of the collection. If you add translators and arrangers, 38 percent of the material comes from Community of Christ members.

What criteria were used to select new hymns and retaining older, more familiar ones?

We followed a set of Conceptual Guidelines which outline the foundational principles for hymn selection.  We selected and retained hymns that:

  • Represent the diversity and global nature of Community of Christ.
  • Honor and affirm our rich heritage as members of a universal body of Christ and our identity in the Restoration Movement, mindful that the enduring values of the church will undergird this project.
  • Speak clearly to the current context of human life, using metaphors and rhythms of the 21st century.
  • Capture our calling as a prophetic people.
  • Incorporate topics pertaining to justice and peace, our global mission, the sacraments, Community of Christ’s heritage, witness and invitation, and our place in contemporary society.
  • Achieve a balance of old and new, celebration and contemplation, and variety in styles.

Is it possible to imprint additional words on the cover of the hymnal (like a person's name or congregation's name)?

Yes, this can be done. A die is made for each distinct wording combination. Books have to be stamped individually.  The process is expensive often involving $50-$100 for creating the die and then an additional per book charge. To locate local sources for imprinting, try searching the Internet for "engraver" or "foil stamp manufacturer" in your vicinity.

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