Hymnal Dedication Fundraiser

Donate to Dedicate

Join us in an exciting opportunity to replace our 70-year-old hymnals with brand new, updated books from Harvard University Press!

We are asking members and friends to help us raise funds for 75 books by dedicating hymnals in your name or in honor of loved ones. A memorial label will be placed on the inside cover of the hymnal. Each book requires a donation of $25. Feel free to sponsor more than one!

You may contribute online through PayPal or donate by mail or in person to the Swedenborgian Church at 3200 Washington St., San Francisco, CA 94115

Please complete this online dedication form: tiny.cc/hymnal2019

From our Music Director:

Since 1892, Harvard University has compiled its own non-denominational hymnal for use in Harvard Memorial Chapel on the Cambridge campus. In 2007, the fourth iteration of this hymnal was created, following ten years of revision and examination of hymnody by three of my musical colleagues and friends (Harry Huff, Carson Cooman, Matthew Burt) and distinguished theologian, The Rev. Peter Gomes. Containing over 370 hymns, this hymnal is ideally suited not only to worship services at Harvard, but also for us, here in San Francisco: It updates our 70-year-old hymnal with several hundred of the hymns that have exploded into American worship since 1950. The Spirit has been at work inspiring composers and poets to breathe new life into our Sunday worship!

Beloved old hymns are also included, such as the great chorales from Germany (with Bach harmonizations), English Victorian classics, Irish tunes, African-American spirituals, American folk tunes, as well as newly composed hymns.

In August, the Parish Council voted unanimously to adopt this hymnal for our worship services. This is a bold statement of hope, a statement that embraces the many cultural changes that have taken place since our 1950 hymnal was published. The Council is asking parishioners to consider contributing memorial/thanksgiving funds to aid in the purchase of these hymnals. I hope you will join me in this endeavor. The hymnals will cost us approximately $25 each. Every hymnal that is given in memory, or thanksgiving, of someone will have a nameplate inside the cover of the hymnal, listing your name and the name of the loved one.

I will have a copy of the hymnal at Coffee Hour for the next several Sundays. I invite you to peruse it and to talk with me about it.

With gratitude and joy,
Jonathan Dimmock