Cover designs for new hymnal released

‘Glory to God’ to be published in red, purple

January 31, 2012

Presbyterian Hymnal cover purple

The purple cover version of the new hymnal. —Courtesy of Presbyterian Publishing Corporation


The Presbyterian Publishing Corporation has released the cover design of “Glory to God,” the new Presbyterian hymnal to be published in the fall of 2013.

“Glory to God” will be the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s first new hymnal since 1990. The Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song (PCOCS), formed in 2008, will submit a final list of hymns to the 220th General Assembly this summer.

The hymnal will be printed in two colors — red and purple — and two editions — one for Presbyterian congregations and one for ecumenical use.

The red cover version of the new Presbyterian Hymnal —Courtesy of Presbyterian Publishing Corporation

Starting Feb. 1, organizations and individuals can order the hymnal online from The Presbyterian Leader.

“As the PCOCS worked their way through the more than 800 selections that will make up “Glory to God” there were several times I know I said aloud without even realizing it, ‘This hymn is going to be such a gift to the church.’ In fact, there's no doubt that the whole collection will be an incredible gift,” said committee member the Rev. Eric Myers in a press release.

 Pre-orders for the new hymnal will begin Feb. 1, 2012. The following per-copy prices are in effect:

  • $15.00 for orders and pre-payment by June 30, 2013
  • $17.50 for orders by June 30, 2013, with payment due upon publication
  • $20.00 for post-publication orders and payment



  1. Will there be a CD piano/organ accompaniment for churches that do not have/cannot afford piano/organ player?

    by Sarah Cochran

    February 28, 2012

  2. I wholeheartedly agree with Rob's comment. Creative and innovative denominationally-affiliated churches DO use the hymnal as the backbone of their music program. It's the foundation upon which rests a vibrant music ministry. It speaks to the beliefs of the denomination - what it values, what it holds dear, and what it strives toward. Each congregation tweaks it's music vocabulary to give voice to its own community, but the hymnal is where it starts. Sandra Billy, Director-The Center for Sacred Music, Virginia Wesleyan College, and Director of Music Ministries at Wycliffe Presbyterian Church, Va Beach

    by Sandra Billy

    February 3, 2012

  3. Actually, many creative, innovative churches DO still use hymnals; in fact some of us use several hymnals, multiple song books, and a variety of online resources to create and build our repertoire of congregational song. It's sad but true that may churches may not be blessed with leaders who have the skill, training, and knowledge (or inclination) to create their own repertoire. A new denominational hymnal is a tool --a suggested play list, if you will -- that can guide those congregations as they venture to explore new ways to worship God in song. Rob Passow, Director of Music Church of the Pilgrims, Washington, DC

    by Rob Passow

    February 1, 2012

  4. Why is the PC(USA) spending all the time and money required to publish a new hymnal? Innovative, creative churches don't use hymnbooks amymore. Is anyone working on developing a better pay telephone? People in the 21st century use cell phones, not pay phones. Just one more example of the way PC(USA) churches are becoming museums for the way people did church in the 19th and 20th centuries.

    by Jim Caraher

    February 1, 2012

  5. I must have missed the information where we can get a hint at what's inside before ordering? Please point me in that direction. Thank you, Carol Stewart-Smith St. Mark Presbyterian Church Portland, Oregon

    by Carol Stewart-Smith

    January 31, 2012