SUMMERTIME AND THE SINGING IS EASY

Welcome friends to WorshipSongsOnline.  Our summertime edition is dedicated to all of the new releases for fall and Christmas.  I know it sounds strange, but this is the time directors are able to plan and make decisions about the quickly approaching choir season.  While the heat is simmering, take a little time to refresh your…

Current WorshipSongs Promotion

Our online catalog lets you read all about our newest releases as well as listen to them by clicking the “Open Playlist” link. When scrolling through the new releases click the “ScorePlay” icons to see the actual score and hear it play. Click here to see current edition: 2017 Fall, Advent & Christmas Past Issues: Spring,…

Martin and the Doors

John Parker is a writer who needs no introduction – and so I won’t. Fred Bock Music Company recently released a new children’s musical to help churches commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which happens this year.  Did you know that?  500 years of Protestants arguing about predestination, whether the clergy or the laity…

THE IMPORTANCE OF SIMPLICITY

Author’s Note: The theme of this edition of WorshipSongsOnline is “Summertime and the Singing Is Easy.” I thought I’d use the opportunity to share an installment from my own web blog on how I learned the lesson of simplicity in composing and arranging. (From the blog series “On the Job Training” at RobertSterlingMusic.com) On November…

Of Cathedrals, Carnegie and Classrooms … a visit with one of the nation’s most influential and successful choral composers… JOHN LEAVITT

It is rare when a composer finds success in both academic and church marketplaces.  John Leavitt has distinguished himself time and time again in both these arenas.  As a pianist, conductor, educator and composer, John has reached audiences around the world with his artful, yet approachable music. From Carnegie Hall, and thousands of other notable…

Sunday Singin’ and Dinner on the Grounds

With summer in full swing, my mind returns to memories of simpler times. Growing up as a Baptist in the South meant summers spent amongst friends and family. Every Wednesday evening, my grandfather (then the pastor of Bee Cave Baptist Church) would bring the church community together beneath the live oaks to sing the old gospel…

FINDING MEANING IN THE “ORDINARY”

The long stretch of weeks we refer to as “ordinary time,” the period between Pentecost and Advent, makes up half of the liturgical year. It is called “ordinary” not because it is commonplace or routine, nor because it doesn’t contain a major Christian holiday, but because its Sundays are counted by ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd,…

SUMMER SURVIVAL KIT

It’s summer! So does that mean the choir must cease and desist all until fall? No, and I again I say NO! For many years my choir would sing throughout the school year and then take a sabbatical for the summer months. After all, many of our singers are taking vacations and spending more time…

7 WONDERFUL WAYS WE WITNESS WHEN WE WORSHIP

Every time we gather for corporate worship, we are witnesses to those who worship alongside us. We testify of the greatness of our God and our love for Him through our worship expressions. Here are 7 key ways we witness when we worship:   We humbly SUBMIT ourselves to the Lord. We are a witness…

CHILDREN’S MUSIC FOR SUMMER CHURCH EVENTS

Summer is a wonderful time when children enjoy a variety of church activities not usually experienced during the school year: children’s camps, mission camps, confirmation camps, Vacation Bible School, and many others. These annual events are always filled with music and singing songs of faith. As you plan your summer children’s events, be sure to…

NOT JUST FOR KIDS

Summer is the season that we do things we don’t have time for in our normal life routines. Sometimes this is a great thing (vacations); sometimes….well, maybe not so much. But we all accept that these extracurricular events are the nature of summertime. So how about an extracurricular activity that benefits your music ministry? Have…

THE ANTHEM IN MY POCKET

Over the years of leading various ensembles, I’ve learned that it’s always good to have a song or two “in my pocket” that I can put in front of my group and have them “Sunday morning ready” with a very limited amount of rehearsal time. These often-called “one (or two, if I’m lucky!) rehearsal wonders”…