The Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song (PCOCS) gathered for their final meeting this week. A daunting task awaited them: examine the complete contents of "Glory to God" in their proposed order. Members arrived early on Monday morning to begin singing, sorting, and discussing. Conversations went long into the night as PCOCS questioned correct grammar, theological implications, singability, and accidental notes in accompaniments.
PCOCS, Presbyterians, friends and fans repeatedly remarked on the significance of this service. These are the songs that children will soon learn in Sunday School. These are the songs that will be sung at weddings, funerals, and daily prayer. Within this new collection of hymns will be new favorites, old friends, and surprising challenges; thus, decisions were not made lightly. Prayer and worship surrounded each day. Controversial topics were treated respectfully and lovingly. The end result is a collection of 800+ hymns, Psalms, and spiritual songs that, we hope, will glorify God!
During worship, the PCOCS were blessed and sent in song, sign, and symbol. Stoles were given to each committee member. Their generous service will now continue as they teach, sing, play, and preach around the denomination. With thanksgiving for their time, talents, and God's grace that accompanied them -- soli deo gloria!
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