ABILENE, Tex. — "Bringing in the Sheaves" is out because it's too rural, but "Victory in Jesus" is in as the Churches of Christ adopts its first completely revised hymnal in nearly half a century.
"The younger people under 40 wanted music and words that fit them," said Jack Boyd, a musicology professor at Abilene Christian University who served as music editor for the project. "We are now more of an urban society; far too many of the hymns have rural imagery."
The first copy of the "Great Songs of the Church, Revised," which Boyd and a colleague spent five years editing, was presented this week to Abilene Christian President William Teague during the university's annual Bible Lectureship.
(The American-born denomination, founded in the 19th Century, embraces more than 13,000 autonomous congregations. Because it has no central organization and no decision-making national conventions, the annual Bible Lectureship programs serve as major gathering times for Churches of Christ members. Pepperdine University will have its 43rd annual program April 22-25.)