(And Im sure that there are other churches that use music that they gather from a variety of sources, and in fact, some churches print their own music sheets.)
But one thing Ive wondered about is how much of a shock a new hymnal will be to a church that is using our green hymnal exclusively. That book is almost 30 years old.
The church I attend, as Ive mentioned before, has used music from a variety of sources. We have come to love the With One Voice (blue hymnal.) The copyright date on that is 1995. We love the new music in that hymnal.
Hmmmm, New Music? Well, I counted the hymns today [while watching the Twins pound the Cubs 8 0.] Since the blue book came out in 1995, I figured that Id count anything copyrighted in 1990-1995 as new. Anything before would be old. That means that new music could actually be 16 years old.
There are 201 numbered hymns in the blue book. Of those, 175 are more than 16 years old. What really surprised me was not that many are from other cultures, but that a large number of the hymns are many centuries old. Of course, at some time, those were new music as well.
Our churchs pianist has used the blue book with the Sunday School kids, teaching them the liturgy and a number of they hymns. They love it. I personally believe in also teaching the Sunday School kids some of the old beloved hymns.
No wonder some people seek to use much more contemporary music as a means to draw in the unchurched.
The Roman Catholic Church as been commissioning much new music, and, in fact, employing some Lutherans to write it.
New music doesnt have to be loud or rock or any of the things that set the generations apart.