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Bringing Hymns to Life on Guitar
We’ve heard many of the great old hymns played beautifully with organs, pianos, and choirs, but their journey into the world of guitar-led worship can be awkward. Old tunes are often abandoned or significantly altered in the name of modernization, but such revision is not always necessary.
Video | March 08, 2017
Short Songs: Deepening Our Participation in Worship
Short songs do something different: they deepen, with music, the responses a congregation makes in an act of worship. Often tied to liturgical moments in a service, short songs enable us to gather, to pray, to prepare to hear God’s Word, to affirm, to go forth, to move, to rejoice.
Video | March 07, 2017
Wendell Kimbrough on Singing Creation Psalms
A regular discipline of writing psalm refrains helped one musician notice psalms in which creation and God’s people call each other to worship the Creator.
Conversation | February 21, 2017
A Mosaic of Faith and Hope: A Festival of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs
Alumni of the James Abbington Church Music Academy of the Hampton Ministers' Conference lead a festival of congregation songs.
Video | February 21, 2017
Celtic Psalms: Finding Light in the Darkness
In this vesper service, the congregation worships God by singing and listening to psalm settings with soulful Irish and Scottish melodies, exploring how God’s light shines even in the midst of the darkest nights, guiding his people into places of joy, forgiveness, and peace.
Video | February 20, 2017
Trumpets, Ashes, and Tears: New Psalmody for the Journey of Faith
In this vesper service, songwriters with ministries of writing congregation-friendly settings of the biblical Psalms lead the congregation in sung prayer, along with scripture readings and intercessions focused on ministering to the needs, challenges, and vocation of worship leaders, artists of all kinds, and pastors.
Video | February 20, 2017
Music, Congregational Identity, and the Relationships that Spark Effective Ministry
How does music express and form a congregation’s identity? How can that identity be defined and shaped by the relationships it seeks to nurture and the mission it seeks to promote?
Audio | February 17, 2017
Music from African-American Traditions for Use in Any Congregation
One of the remarkable stories about music that has emerged out of African-American communities is its reception in communities of diverse cultural backgrounds all over the world.
Audio | February 15, 2017
Christiane Bräutigam on Why Bach Still Matters
Christiane Bräutigam leads music in a church founded in 1702 by refugees in a city famous for its Bach heritage. She explains why J.S. Bach’s music and example are relevant for churches today.
Conversation | February 02, 2017
Learning New Worship Songs through YouTube
YouTube makes it easier to learn worship music, but it could also lead to cookie-cutter worship and unreasonable expectations for musicians.
Article | January 10, 2017
Benjamín Alicea-Lugo on Praise y Adoración Bilingual Hymnal
Praise y Adoración is a new private-market bilingual hymnal and worship resource by Benjamín Alicea-Lugo and Irma Cuevas Alicea. It has 950 song texts in English and Spanish and comes in three editions.
Conversation | December 14, 2016
Wendell Kimbrough on the Psalms
Wendell Kimbrough is a songwriter and worship leader in southern Alabama who believes church music should simply be good music that forms us as we sing it together. Drawing on the sounds of American folk and soul music, Wendell writes scripturally-rich songs with singable, memorable melodies. His music has been embraced by a growing number of churches, young and old, large groups and small, contemporary praise bands and traditional choirs.
Conversation | Video | December 08, 2016
Singing in Spanish and English: Reflections of Musicians and Educators
Carlos Colón and Maria Monteiro are Texas Baptists, educators and musicians. They serve on a team that is compiling a fully bilingual Spanish-English hymnal for Protestants.
Conversation | November 30, 2016
Irish Presbyterians on Singing Celtic Psalms
Kiran Young Wimberly and Karen Campbell are musically gifted Presbyterian pastors who have seen how singing Celtic psalms helps bridge communities in troubled places.
Conversation | November 29, 2016
Lily Constantine Kakish on the Arabic Lord’s Prayer Song
Lily Constantine Kakish created the Arabic Lord’s Prayer song that nearly every Arab Christian knows. Now an English language version is helping more people pray with, and on behalf of, suffering Christians.
Conversation | November 07, 2016
Tony Alonso on Liturgical Music as Communal Confession
Tony Alonso notices gaps between what we sing in worship and how we live, including how we choose bilingual songs.
Conversation | October 31, 2016
Rediscovering the Beauty of Rest
Resources in the Bahasa Indo language from the Malang Choral Festival II held in Indonesia.
Resource Guide | October 27, 2016
Richard Henry Boyd and the National Baptist Hymn Book
Richard Henry Boyd was determined to give Jim Crow-era African-Americans their own voice in worship. Calvin College history professor Eric Washington tells the story of how the hymnal he published helped do that.
Article | August 24, 2016
James Falzone on Saturday Jazz and Sunday Worship Synergy
James Falzone explains why being both a professional musician and church music director makes him better at each.
Conversation | August 23, 2016