Hymns and Psalms

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Hymns and Psalms is the hymn book of the Methodist Church in the UK. The hymnbook was first published by the Methodist Publishing House in 1983, to replace 'The Methodist Hymnbook', which was published soon after the unification of the Methodist Church in 1933.

The book's full title is Hymns and Psalms: A Methodist and Ecumenical Hymn Book, reflecting 'a degree of participation by many denominations' in its creation and a desire 'to build from accepted denominational traditions towards a richer sharing of ... diverse interests and ... common heritage'.[1]

The decision to produce a new hymn book was taken at the Methodist Conference of 1979, and the new book was authorised for use in all Methodist Churches in the Connexion at the 1982 Conference in Plymouth.

Of the 823 hymns, over 150 were written by Charles Wesley (1707–88), brother of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. Isaac Watts also has a significant number of hymns included. The most represented hymnwriter of the 20th century is Fred Pratt Green (1903–2000), who has 27 hymns included.

The hymn book contains some of the most well known and well loved hymns in Methodism alongside a number of newer hymns. The hymns are presented in three sections, covering, respectively, God's Nature, God's World and God's People, followed by a selection of Psalms and canticles.

This book did not last the 50 years that its predecessor did, as the Methodist Conference Faith and Order Committee has released a new book, Singing the Faith, approved at the 2010 Methodist Conference and published in 2011.

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  1. ^ Preface to 1983 Edition, p. v111