"In 1977, General Synod XI of the United Church of Christ directed the Executive Council to create a new official hymnal using language that is inclusive. .... Within the historic Protestant traditions that shape the United Church of Christ, the hymnbooks serve as a primary vehicle to nurture the faith of church members. All who worked on this project were guided by the affirmation that 'The New Century Hymnal' should provide rich, varied metaphors for singing about God, and language to sing about people that excludes no one -- words that all people can sing." -- Intro.
Contents: [Table of] Contents -- Foreword / Thomas E. Dipko, Executive Vice-President, United Church Board for Homeland Ministries -- Preface / Ansley Coe Throckmorton, General Secretary for Education and Publication, United Church Board for Homeland Ministries -- Introduction / James W. Crawford, Chair, Hymnal Committee -- Acknowledgements -- Editor's Notes / Arthur G. Clyde, Editor, The New Century Hymnal -- Orders for Worship --  Hymns -- Psalms and Canticles -- Service Music -- Worship Resources -- Indexes and Copyright Acknowledgements.
Worship Resources section contains: Prayers Before Worship -- Opening Words -- Invocations -- Confessions, Words of Assurance -- Offertory Sentences and Prayers -- Prayers -- Prayers for Home Use -- Prayers of Benediction -- Litanies -- Creeds, Affirmations of Faith.
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