For now, URC Psalmody is just a simple blog. But with an eye to the future, here are some possibilities for our eventual expansion.
- Open up the blog: If the discussions become so abundant that I can’t manage them all by myself, I can always add more authors or contributors. If you have any great ideas for topics, please let me know!
- Create a Psalter Hymnal database: Eventually, I would like to build an internet library of sorts, containing texts, tunes, recordings, and arrangements of Psalter Hymnal selections.
- Start a more formal Psalter Hymnal website: If this blog takes root, it wouldn’t be hard to set up our own website where information could accumulate while the discussions continue.
- Open an online store: Over the past few years I have compiled a set of arrangements for church musicians (preludes, offertories, and postludes for organ and piano with solo instruments) based on tunes in the Psalter Hymnal. If other musicians have enough interest in these arrangements, I would consider the idea of publishing them over the internet.
- Redirect focus to the new URC Psalter Hymnal: In a few years, there is the exciting possibility that the URC (in collaboration with the Orthodox Presbyterian Church or OPC) will have completed its own, brand-new Psalter Hymnal. When this hymnbook comes out, we will have an immense new wealth of material to study, practice, and sing. At that time, I’d like to focus this blog more centrally on the URC Psalter Hymnal to aid us as church musicians as we incorporate its songs into our worship and repertoire.
I would appreciate your input on all of these ideas for the future of URC Psalmody! Questions and comments, as always, are welcome.