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Hymns for a Pandemic: A Brief Historical Introduction
Centuries before 2020’s novel coronavirus, COVID-19, Christians around the world responded to plagues, pandemics, uncertainty, and sin with faith in God’s presence and care—a faith expressed in many theologically rich hymns that can remind modern believers of God’s faithfulness.
Resource Guide | May 05, 2020
Best Tips and Resources for Small Church Choirs
Kai Ton Chau is well acquainted with unique challenges faced by small church choirs. He has gathered a wealth of tips and resources to help choirs nurture worship in small congregations.
Article | March 29, 2018
Kai Ton Chau on Small Church Choirs
Small church choirs can do far more than sing anthems. Despite perceived challenges, small church choirs can successfully help lead and enliven worship.
Conversation | March 29, 2018
Renewed: Come, Holy Ghost
Introducing the worship song “Come, Holy Ghost / Be Not Afraid” by Bruce Benedict and Ray Mills.
Video | October 16, 2017
Worship Songs about Care for Creation
Caring about God’s good creation includes lamenting whatever harms it and joining God’s mission to make all things new. Songs from around the world explore these ideas.
Article | June 15, 2017
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
Singing Bilingually in Spanish and English: A Vision and Resources for Singing Together on the Journey of Faith
In North America, we have a splendid opportunity in the years and decades ahead to learn to sing bilingually, transcending a language divide in ways that help us all learn and grow together as we discover scripturally inspired songs from a variety of contexts and cultures.
Video | March 02, 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
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
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
Lift Up Your Hearts Hymnal App for iPad
Learn more about the iPad App and FlexScores for "Lift Up Your Hearts" hymnal.
Article | November 20, 2014
God, We Sing Your Glorious Praises: Hymns and Prayers for Devotional Use
To express gratitude to God for the gifts we received through Bert, the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship offers this collection of some of Bert Polman's litanies and prayers, hymns and psalm versifications.
Reflection | July 18, 2013
Ten Reasons Why Hymnals Have a Future
Hymnals make several valuable contributions to Christian life today, in dynamic interaction with all the other ways we access and project music and information. Further, a hymnal is a valuable resource for all kinds of Christians, as well as congregational leaders, whether or not their congregation uses a hymnal in worship.
Article | May 03, 2013
Brian Larson on Planning a Psalms for All Seasons Psalmfest
Brian Larson is cantor at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. His was one of 40 organizations that recently hosted a public congregational singing event based on the new Psalms for All Seasons: a Complete Psalter for Worship. In this edited conversation, he discusses the Psalmfest that Trinity Lutheran hosted on January 27, 2013.
Conversation | April 19, 2013
Psalmfests Bring Psalms into the Heart of Worship
Psalmfests, public festivals based on Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship, help worshipers cross boundaries of time and tradition, to explore the full spectrum of psalm singing.
Feature Story | April 08, 2013
Seven Psalmfest Tips to Design Your Song Festival
Dozens of Psalmfests held throughout the U.S. and Canada yielded advice that your congregation, college, seminary, or organization can use to plan a festival of psalms, hymns, or other Christian songs.
Feature Story | April 08, 2013
Larry Visser on Planning a Lift Up Your Hearts Hymnfest
Larry Visser is minister of music and chancel organist at LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In this edited conversation, he discusses the hymn festival that LaGrave hosted on February 10, 2013.
Conversation | March 11, 2013
How to Use the Lift Up Your Hearts Hymnal
Pastors, teachers, and church musicians share tips.
Feature Story | January 07, 2013
- 3 Songs of Consecration / 3 Cantos de consagración
- Calvin Seerveld on The Passion and Poetry of the Psalms
- 3 Songs about the Lord's Return / 3 Cantos sobre el retorno del Señor
- 3 Songs About the Name of Jesus / 3 Cantos sobre el nombre de Jesús
- Teacher-Scholar Panel: Community and Social Justice Themes
- Teacher-Scholar Panel: Historical and Contemporary Cultural Themes