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United Methodist young adults gather at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, sharing moments of faith sharing, worship, dance and communion. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Where the hymnal stops, they step in

A team of United Methodist experts gives guidance on which contemporary Christian songs to use in worship, with a focus on theology, language and sing-ability. Read More

Pews and hymnals photographed inside Monroe Street United Methodist Church in historic Germantown, Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Ask The UMC: Why does The United Methodist Hymnal include more than songs?

The answer has to do with developments in both Methodist ritual and published resources over time. Read More

Kaitlin Kendel from Abilene Emanuel UMC leads a group practicing to lead worship at the Great Plains Annual Conference session during the recent Amp It Up! music camp at Southwestern College. Photo by David Burke

Amp It Up! at music camp

High school students develop talents and a love for leading worship at this annual music camp at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. Read More

Chase Crispin, a senior at Nebraska Wesleyan University, practices the organ at First United Methodist Church. His interest inspired the church's music director, Brent Shaw, to start a scholarship at Wesleyan. Photo by Emily Case, Journal Star

Student’s interest spurs growth of Wesleyan organ program

Blind student's dedication to read braille sheet music and memorize his music pieces inspires the creation of a scholarship at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Read More

Church, bishop celebrate pianist’s 70 years of Sundays

"This is my contribution," says Betty Trotter, who was 16-years-old when she started playing piano for the Spring Creek United Methodist Church in Riceville, Tenn. Read More

The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts exists to assist worship leaders in creating meaningful worship experiences that bring people into deeper relationships with God and each other.

Transforming the World through Worship

The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts assists worship leaders in creating meaningful worship experiences. Read More

Privilegium Gospel from Finnsnes Metodistkirke in Finnsnes, Norway, inspires their audience with a rendition of Todd Dulaney’s “Greater” during a concert tour. Photo by Arne Ivar Hanssen, used with permission.

Traveling United Methodist youth choirs sing the Good News

Tours of church music groups offer more than new scenery. They create both teaching moments for the chaperones and lifelong memories for the choir members. Read More

The choirs of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis sing during a Sunday service. Photo courtesy of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church.

Choir members enjoy health, spiritual benefits

Singing in church creates better worship, a greater sense of community, and improves health, say United Methodist music ministers. Read More

Jesus' ascension has been celebrated by Christians through the centuries. Stained glass by Francois Denis, photo by Crochet.david, via Wikimedia Commons.

Why Ascension Day matters to United Methodists

The Wesleys, leaders of the early Methodist movement, called this an important holy day. A hymn explains its significance. Read More

Charles Wesley’s “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” is sung in church of many denominations on Easter Sunday. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Risen today! A Wesley hymn devotion for Easter

United Methodists sing, “Raise your joys and triumphs high!” as we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. The final word is life, eternal life with God. Read More

Sung or read, the hymns of Charles Wesley draw us closer to God. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Lost in love: A Wesley hymn devotion for Lent

The hymn “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” is Charles Wesley’s prayer for God to fill us with love more and more each day. Read More

The Rev. Leandro Cordero leads a song at A Place of Hope Methodist Church in Santa Clara, Cuba. He is accompanied on the keyboard by his wife, Yenisel Ramos. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Cuban worship: Music, prayer and passion

For Methodists in Cuba, praising God is about being supported by a community, not just about individual faith. Read More

Gospel music artist Guy Penrod portrays a circuit rider. Photo courtesy of Gaither Music.

Hardships, faith of Methodist circuit riders inspire new music

A new video project uses excerpts of letters and journals from the circuit riders who first brought Methodism to rural America. Read More

“In Their Own Words: Slave Life and the Power of Spirituals” traces the heart of the spiritual and uses the history of this music to tell the compelling story of slavery in the United States. Illustration from the Baltimore-Washington Conference.

Slave life and the power of spirituals

“In Their Own Words” traces the heart of the spiritual and uses the history of this music to tell the compelling story of slavery in the United States. Read More

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History of Hymns

This series highlights the history, text and theological meaning of a variety of hymns, both traditional and contemporary. More

Image of Charles Wesley. Courtesy of United Methodist Commission on Archives and History.

Charles Wesley’s Gift of Music

John's younger brother made his own contribution as “the poet laureate and great writer of Methodism.” View

A Tulsa United Methodist church posted a tribute within hours of the singer’s death, and it promptly went viral online. Photo courtesy of University United Methodist Church.

Church, writers pay tribute to Prince for his music and his faith

A Tulsa United Methodist church posted a tribute within hours of the singer’s death, and it promptly went viral online. More

The current hymnal of the United Methodist Church dates to 1989. Plans call for a new version that will be Internet cloud-based and printed on demand, and able to be customized to meet the needs of individual congregations. UMNS photo Mike DuBose

GC2016: Turning the page on The United Methodist Hymnal

Delegates asked to support a new hymnal that will be Internet cloud-based, print on demand and offer more worship resources Read More

Country music star Tim McGraw sings “Humble and Kind” in music video.  Video image courtesy Vevo.

Life lessons: Song links new country music and early Methodism

Tim McGraw is a country music star and a parent. Read how the singer's latest single echoes advice shared in 1869. Read More

Jonathan Palant, music minister at Kessler United Methodist Church, leads rehearsal for a performance of

Music minister steps out with Street Choir

Jonathan Palant recruits opera star to sing with ecumenical choir and homeless ensemble in “Street Requiem.” Read More

Jane Marshall, hymn composer, plays piano. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

‘My Eternal King’ launched top Methodist composer

Jane Marshall's first anthem remains a choral favorite on the 60th anniversary of its sheet music publication. Read More

The African-American hymn

Part of history, African-American spirituals still heal

Songs allowed slaves to freely express true feelings and offer prayers to God. They could lay their burdens down and find strength to face another day. Read More

The Rev. Barbara Day Miller

Music director makes room for everyone’s song at assembly

The opening worship service of the 2004 General Conference will literally start with a bang. Read More