PRESSING ON THE UPWARD WAY in 2018

Resolutions for your music program:  Starting the New Year off with purpose and passion Out with the old and in with the new. The wheel turns faster and faster, and if we’re not careful, it’ll run right over us! So, in an effort to stay ahead of the game, let’s pause and set some sustainable…

CHILDREN’S MUSIC FOR SPRING!

Even though Advent and Christmas are now upon us, children’s choir directors know that Spring will arrive before we know it! That means directors will soon be planning music for Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Mother’s Day, and end of the choir year programs. Shawnee Press is proud to provide an outstanding catalog of Spring music…

Experience Christmas

Christmas is a unique time of year for the church. We have a message to share, but it seems people are so busy during the holidays it becomes hard to find the time to prepare for a big event or even find a date when people will be able to attend. How do we effectively…

COMFORT AND JOY – CHRISTMAS AND BEYOND

It’s mid-December, and the radio airwaves across this country are teeming with romantic Christmas tunes and cheerful holiday songs. Let’s all “Deck the Halls” for a “White Christmas” while enjoying a magical “Sleigh Ride” to the merry sound of “Jingle Bells.” As Andy Williams sings to us every Christmas, “It’s the hap-happiest season of all.”…

Thank you, Lord, for the things to come!

Like setting new year’s resolutions, this is the perfect time to think about goals for our choirs and music ministries. Just consider how blessed we are to start afresh, with renewed passion and purpose, to serve the Lord through music! I encourage you to set aside time to consider where your music program might need…

O Chrismon Tree! O Chrismon Tree!

Many churches decorate a Chrismon tree during the Advent and Christmas seasons. The Chrismon (literally, Christ’s monogram) tree is decorated with symbols of Christ’s birth, life, death, and resurrection. As we recall his birth, the tree stands as a remembrance to his overall life. Either an evergreen tree or a bare-branched tree may be used….

John Parker ~ Composer of the Month

Composer, lyricist, librettist, singer, clinician, entrepreneur? How does one best describe John Parker, one of sacred music’s leading publishing personalities? Perhaps “Minister Through Music” best describes this versatile musician. John’s craftsmanship and commitment to excellence is evident in all of his endeavors. His ministerial heart beats strong in every effort, reflecting a devotion to sharing…

THE SOUNDTRACK OF CHRISTMAS

THE SOUNDTRACK OF CHRISTMAS In my last BLOG, I highlighted a selection of hymns that have been featured in major films. I have decided to extend this to the Christmas season, which is without a doubt the number one holiday in the United States, to truly intersect the religious and secular sectors of our population….

Curiosity Corner

For this issue of WorshipSongsOnline, we asked our composers….What was your best Christmas gift ever, and what was your worst Christmas gift ever? Kevin Boesiger: We have some very dear friends that each year give us a gift card to the Lied Lodge in Nebraska City. My wife’s birthday is in January. We have made it…

LET THERE BE CHRISTMAS, HURRY UP SPRING

… on the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, loads of new anthems for your Spring/Easter planning. That’s right, just when you thought it was safe to open your WorshipSongsOnline email, we announce all of our new products for your Spring consideration. Your stocking is going to be overflowing this time…