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.

They tap into the emotion of worship songs, and they draw on the ancient tradition of chant, but they are neither contemporary nor traditional. The leader and the audience sang about 10 of these songs, gathered by the Iona Community from their own writers and from the world church. They are easily led, enable harmony, and encourage the participation of all ages and abilities.

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