PraiseCharts and the Christian Song Competition have whittled the field down to 25 songs and voting is open to the public.
To me, God working for the good of his people, is not exactly the same as working for my good. Does the subjectivity of the word "good" cause you any doubt?
If I had played the recording or had the praise team perform the song, the congregation would not have been a part of it. Without participating, they can not worship
I was in China during the holiday season, and I saw a marquee that said in English, “Lucky Christmas!” How about us? Do we believe in the coming of Christ because of what God can do for us – bring joy, peace, happiness, love?
The songs we sing at Advent and Christmas have some poignant, powerful truths to teach us.
When congregations gather on holidays so many good things happen.
When it comes to worship songs, there's an additional aspect that can make it tough to offer your creation for others to use. Can we offer our original songs and other worship creations, and still remain humble?
TJ has cerebral palsy so being confined to his wheelchair limits his physical activities, but with his absolute fervor for life he is not limited in his possibilities to get involved and be connected.
I feel stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to promoting music that is written for the church body. Can anyone provide guidance on the balance between self-promotion and humility?
When you think of some of your favorite hymns, do you ever wonder what draws you to those hymns in particular? Many of the tunes I love were written by Lowell Mason and William Bradbury.
Kevin Twit wrote that the hymns our grandparents sang and loved, are now finding a place in the set list of today's worship leaders and in the hearts of younger Christians. Like anything that makes a comeback they are not reappearing in exactly the same form.
Space may exhilarate and space may dishearten. How does your gathering space speak to those who enter into it?
I’ve been thinking lately about what makes a hymn or worship song last. What makes it enduring and grab people’s hearts and minds over time and even generations?
Synod 2016 adopted 13 new liturgical forms for use in the churches. Those forms, along with all of the previously approved forms are included in the links below.
Anima: The Forum for Worship and the Arts is a project concerned with including our youth and young adults in worship leadership. Training videos available on their website could be used as discussion fodder at worship committee meetings or planning groups.
When you’re in church singing from the shiny new Lift Up Your Hearts (LUYH) hymnal you’re holding in your hands, it’s all good. All the copyrights and permissions you need are included. Singing from the screen? Maybe not so good.
I raise this question because on the one hand I read in places like the Banner that this is true. But I also read in places like Calvin's Institute of Worship that convergence worship is worship of choice of young adults. How can both of these be true?
The new CRC hymnal Lift Up Your Hearts is more than just a songbook. Did you know that, in addition to songs, the hymnal also includes readings, Scripture, and prayers?
The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship has a variety of resources available for ministry to those living with disabilities.
One thing I've been trying to do in our church is build some ritual into our music. During this process I've discovered something I really like: singing a short song to begin the congregational prayer.
Can music become an idol?
I think Lift Up Your Hearts is outstanding. It has become my primary hymnal, the first one I turn to for planning worship.
Understandably, there are several selections I love and that the church I serve loves from the grey Psalter Hymnal and Sing! A New Creation that did not make it into ...
Students in your congregation may have recently returned to school or starting soon. Some will be anxious, some will be eager. All could use your support, encouragement and blessing.
This litany celebrates our unity in Christ through words and through the action of weaving ribbons into loose fabric, creating a wonderfully diverse tapestry.
A responsive reading.