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Hymns of Truth & Light

Hymns of Truth and Light What began as a simple idea, born in the frustration of not finding an existing hymnal that met enough of our needs, soon grew to a project of considerable proportions.

We started by choosing a pool of 800 hymns and 150 responses based on suggestions from the entire congregation. Many of the newer selections in this pool had demonstrated their appeal and 'staying power' during the past ten years. Next, a Hymn Selection Committee representing diverse congregational backgrounds sang and rated each of the hymns, selecting more than 500 for inclusion here. Because half our membership comes from a denomination other than Congregational or UCC, the hymn choices reflect many religious traditions, and feature expansive language and progressive theology.
Initially our effort was to be a one-time only printing, just for our congregation. But word of our project spread and, by press-time, we were joined by four other churches, all UCC-affiliated:
  • North Congregational Church of St. Johnsbury, VT
  • First Congregational Church of Hendersonville, NC
  • First Parish Church Congregational of Dover, NH
  • First Congregational UCC of Appleton, WI
Since the first printing, there has been an overwhelmingly positive response from other churches. Today, 111 churches listed below are singing from the hymnal. The 14th printing was completed in the summer of 2016.

A unique and popular feature of this hymnal is the opportunity for churches to customize the hymnal (add a supplement of hymns, church history, etc.; create a customized cover design, select a custom cover color). Inquiries are welcome; please contact hymnal co-editor Maggi Tucker (maggi@bobandmaggi.com), who can provide information to interested churches. She is also the liaison with the computer service and with copyright owners.
These one hundred and two churches are singing from Hymns of Truth & Light:
Foster City, Island United
Hayward, United
Los Altos, Foothills Congregational
Palo Alto, First Congregational
San Diego, University City United Church
Colorado Springs, Black Forest Community Church
Bloomfield, First Congregational
Chester, United Church
Clinton, First Church of Christ
Darien, First Congregational
Haddam, First Congregational
Hartford, Asylum Hill Congregational
Kensington, Congregational Church
Meriden, Center Congregational Church
New Canaan, Congregational Church
New Haven, United Church on the Green
Old Lyme, First Congregationalh
Redding, First Church of Christ, Congregational
Riverton, Riverton First Congregational
Simsbury, First Church of Christ
South Windham, First Congregational
Westbrook, First Congregational
Sanibel Island, Congregational UCC
Crystal Lake, First Congregational
Des Moines, Plymouth
Freedom Fellowship
Boothbay Harbor, The Congregational Church
Bristol, Congregational Church
Brownfield, Community Church
Gorham, First Parish Congregational
Hancock, Union Congregational
Houlton, First Congregational
Newcastle, 2nd Congregational
Newfield, Community of Friendship & Fellowship
Portland, Woodfords Congregational
Saco, First Parish Congregational
Scarborough, First Congregational
South Portland, First Congregational
Standish, Congregational Church
Westbrook, Pride's Corner Congregational
Wiscasset, First Congregational
Arlington, Park Avenue Congregational
Belmont, Plymouth Congregational
Cambridge, First Church, Congregational
Dover, The Dover Church
East Longmeadow, First Congregational
Falmouth, First Congregational
Georgetown, First Congregational
Lexington, Hancock Church
Marblehead, First Church (Old North)
Marshfield, First Congregational
Natick, First Congregational
Newton Center, First Baptist
Pittsfield, South Congregational
Plymouth, Church of the Pilgrimage
Sharon, First Congregational
South Dartmouth, Congregational Church
Wellesley, Wellesley Hills Congregational
Wellfleet, First Congregational
West Barnstable, West Parish Church
Weston, First Parish Church, UUA
Williamstown, 2nd Congregational
Wrentham, Original Congregational
Comstock Park, Congregational
Grand Blanc, First Congregational
Manistee, First Congregational Church
Glencoe, First Congregational
Wayzata, Community Church
Cameron, Crossroads Correctional Ctr
Gerald, St Paul
New Hampshire
Dover, First Parish Church
Jackson, Community Church
Lee, Lee Church Congregational UCC
New Jersey
Short Hills, Community CC
New York
Binghamton, First Congregational
Brooklyn, Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims
Garden City, Community Church
Saratoga Springs, Presby-New England Cong.
Snyder, Amherst Community
Tonawanda, Salem United Church of Christ
North Carolina
Cary, Good Shepherd UCC
Durham, Pilgrim UCC
Hendersonville, First Congregational
Tryon, Congregational Church
Hudson, First Congregational
Ravenna, Edinburgh UCC
Unionville, UCC
Eugene, St Mary's Episcopal
Schwenksville, Heidelberg
Rhode Island
Four Corners Community Chapel
South Dakota
De Smet, First Congregational Church
Dallas, Central Congregational Church
Houston, Cathedral of Hope Houston
Houston, First Congregational Church
San Angelo, The Gathering
Charlotte, Congregational Church
Greensboro, United Church of Christ
Guilford, Community Church
North Bennington, Congregational Church
Orleans, Federated Church
St Johnsbury, North Congregational Church
Hampton, First UCC
Appleton, First Congregational
Eau Claire, First Congregational
Elcho, United Church of Christ
Kempster, United Church of Christ
Land-o-Lakes, Ely Memorial Church
Phelps, Congregational UCC
Rhinelander, First Congregational
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