Advent and Christmas are some of the best seasons for music in worship. Here are some of the songs we’re using for the Word & Table services… Read more “Songs of the Season”
This song was on an album I’ve ignored for a while, but when I was driving my wife’s car it came on – and I kept hitting… Read more “Behold (then sings my soul)”
Recently the song You Carried Me by Will Reagan and the folks over at United Pursuit came across my desk. What a great song! I love how… Read more “You Carried Me”
There are times a song will come on the radio – or come up on my shuffle and lift up exactly what I need to hear. This… Read more “Love alone”
There’s nothing like the joy on a child’s face as they open a toy, rip open the packaging and start playing with their brand new toy. Let… Read more “Brand New”
Leading music for worship in a contemporary/modern style can be tricky. There is the delicate balance between leading congregation singing and playing the music in a pleasing manner, which can quickly fall into performing for the congregation.
How does one approach this task in a manner which engages the congregation to participate fully in worship, yet also offer to God something pleasing?
There are those times when a song will grab me.
I’ll throw in a CD while driving the kids to/from school/dance/swimming/church/life to give a band a listen, or just to listen through a “mixed tape” to find some gems for use in worship – and one just jumps out!
Way back in 1524 Martin Luther wrote to George Spalatin, “Our plan is to follow the example of the prophets and the ancient fathers of the church, and to compose psalms for the people [in the] vernacular, that is, spiritual songs, so that the Word of God may be among the people also in the form of music.”
How’s that for jumping into the hot-tub time machine to start things off…
I love coming up with new arrangements of very familiar hymns. It is always fascinating to see folks’ faces light up as they sing a song from… Read more “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”