GIVE HYMN THANKS

Please forgive the terrible pun that calls this edition of WorshipSongsOnline to purpose! As you have probably guessed, our new blogs are all centered around our legacy of hymnody. These musical and theological treasures have for centuries lifted our worship and praise. They are a treasured part of our sacred heritage and act as a…

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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. 2018 Spring, Lent & Easter Past Issues: 2017 Fall, Advent & Christmas 2017 Spring,…

Tell Me A Story

I live in an odd juxtaposition of church music worlds. Much of the music I write would be most at home in a traditional or liturgical church. Some of the music I write lives best in a blended service, and some of the music I arrange is performed best by contemporary musicians. When I’m on…

Hymns Go to The Movies

In this millennial age, there seems to be a clear line that separates the religious and secular sectors of public life. In movies, however, we can still find some examples where there is an overlap, particularly through music. Film scores are anything but arbitrary, and sacred music can bring important gravitas and character to cinematic…

CHILDREN’S MUSIC FOR THANKSGIVING and ADVENT/CHRISTMAS

November and December bring multiple opportunities for children’s choirs of all ages to sing in worship. From Thanksgiving to Advent and Christmas, children’s choirs bring their own gift of song to highlight God’s many blessings and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. As you plan for your children’s choir to sing during this special time…

It Only Takes a Spark “Pass It On”

When a person sets out on a new endeavor, a little help from an experienced hand can make a big difference. In the beginning, the smallest kindness from a friendly pro might keep the creative fire lit for another day. More than once, I benefitted from such help as I began my music career. I…

NOW THANK WE ALL OUR GOD –– GIVING THANKS IN DIFFICULT TIMES

This generation, like those that have come before, says that we are living in difficult times. We are not unique in making this declaration: All times are difficult in their own way to those living in them. What matters is how we live in those times. One of the Thanksgiving hymns of my childhood is…

CREATING LITANIES FROM HYMN LYRICS

Keeping worship fresh and the worshipper engaged can be as easy as selecting a favorite hymn lyric to create a short litany or responsive reading. It’s so easy to do, remembering these three simple guidelines: 1. Find a hymn lyric that SPEAKS to you and others in your congregation. This may not be the best…

Patricia Mock

Patricia Mock’s music reflects a life-long love of worship and music.  However, it was’t until a composer workshop in 2009 that Pat’s creativity took wing.  Pouring her faith into her pen, Pat has seen phenomenal success with her lyrics and tuneful songs.  Over 70 anthems are currently in print, and the list continues to grow. Primarily a song writer, Pat’s work…

SONG SWAPPERS AND HYMN HOPPERS

We all know that when we take a well-known text and sing it with a different melody, the words can seem fresh and, perhaps, almost new again. In fact, we find many contemporary Christian artists incorporating this technique, and their efforts have successfully introduced hymns to a new generation of younger believers. When I was…

BRIDGING THE GAP

One of the best parts of my job is that I get to work with all styles of church music… from the traditional hymn settings to the latest songs on Christian radio… and pretty much everything else in between. I love the variety, and that rich truth and heartfelt worship can be found in texts…

HYMNS ARE FOR EVERYONE

This fall my wife and I have been on a journey to find a new church home. After 27 years of being a Worship Pastor at the same church, I moved into a different position in a much bigger city. We moved from a town of 12,000 to a city of 450,000. It is sometimes…

Hooray For Hymns

Our composers choose their favorite hymns. PAMELA STEWART: Eternal Father, Strong To Save. I have strong memories of this (the Navy Hymn) being played at John F. Kennedy’s funeral. Despite the pain of that occasion, there is a comforting strength not only in the words, but in the music itself. Come, Ye Thankful People, Come….