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Martin Tel on Creative Movement and Placement for Church Choirs
How and where a church choir enters, stands, and moves can make a difference in how deeply a congregation engages in singing and other parts of worship.
Conversation | May 17, 2018
Stories of Indigenous Life
Join Cheryl Bear as she leads a vesper service at the 2018 Symposium on Worship.
Video | May 01, 2018
Quédate con nosotros/Abide with Us
A bilingual vesper service at the 2018 Worship Symposium.
Video | April 25, 2018
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
Paul S. Ryan and Luke Enders on the Calvin 50 Song Collection
What we sing in worship shapes our vision of who God is and what God cares about. One college chose a list of 50 worship songs to help its students sustain a life of faith.
Conversation | March 22, 2018
With Us, In Us, Through Us: Holy Encounters
Through testimonies and singing based on scripture, we re-live the encounters and the gradual and growing realization and celebration that Christ is among us still.
Video | March 20, 2018
Methodist Pastor-Musicians on Gaps in Worship Music
Teaching an intensive songwriting class in a North Carolina prison for women made Susannah Long and Michael Conner reflect on gaps in what churches sing about.
Conversation | February 14, 2018
What Inside Songwriters Can Teach Outside Churches about Worship
A songwriting class in a North Carolina prison taught eight women to write biblical songs that touch congregations inside and outside prison walls.
Feature Story | February 14, 2018
Renewed: Lord God, Now Let Your Servants Depart in Peace
Join Greg Scheer as he introduces one of his own songs, based on Simeon’s words in Luke 2:29-32. It works beautifully as a closing song in worship, especially during the season of Epiphany.
Video | December 11, 2017
Renewed: Mary’s Song (Our King of Peace)
Wendell Kimbrough’s setting of Mary’s Song captures the wonder, fear, and obedience of Mary’s response to Gabriel’s message. The song is a perfect fit for Advent, Christmas, and Lessons and Carols services.
Video | December 06, 2017
Renewed: Ready My Heart
What if we thought about Christ’s birth as an ongoing reality, rather than a one-time event? That’s just what Lois Shuford’s haunting Advent song “Ready My Heart” does: it helps us prepare our hearts for Christ to dwell in us every day.
Video | November 27, 2017
A Conversation with David Crowder
View this conversation with pastoral musician David Crowder and Noel Snyder, program manager at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.
Video | November 14, 2017
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
Indonesian Musicians on Inculturating Indonesian Christian Worship
Christians who bring the gospel to other cultures often struggle to discern the difference between the essence of Christianity and its cultural packaging. That is true in Indonesia as well.
Conversation | May 11, 2017
Conversation with singer-songwriter Sandra McCracken
This is a conversation with artist Sandra McCracken and John Witvliet.
Video | May 02, 2017
Marcelo Villanueva on Authentic Worship in Argentina
More people are training to lead music and worship in Protestant churches in Argentina. As in churches elsewhere, they must balance using popular songs from other cultures with creating music that helps worshipers live out their faith in the real world.
Conversation | March 23, 2017
Worship in the Heart Language: Dwight Kelly
Jamaican pastor, Dwight Kelly, reflects on how scripture songs can be written in the language of the worshiper's heart. Heartsongs use words that reflect the context and language of those who are singing them.
Video | March 23, 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