Communicating with your Millennial

Starting with this edition, WorshipSongsOnline is pleased to partner with guest bloggers to expand our conversation and present new ideas on sacred music and ministry.  In that spirit, we welcome Paul Thompson of House of EI Music. Do you ever find yourself in a group of millennials and not know what anyone is talking about?…

SING TO THE LORD AN OLD SONG

As I think back on my childhood, some of my fondest memories of church life were the occasions when the congregation would have a meal together after the Sunday morning worship service, and then reconvene back in the sanctuary for an afternoon “hymn singing.” This usually occurred on Homecoming Sunday, but I am sure it…

A Litany for Heritage Sunday or Homecoming.

LEADER:​ You are living stones, cut from Christ, who is our Rock and Cornerstone. PEOPLE:​ We are members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. Brought together by faith with those who testified before us, we stand on their shoulders. LEADER:​ In Christ, the whole building is joined together….

A CELEBRATION OF SERVICE

In these days of generational segregation, the church offers us a rare opportunity for building community between the young and people of age. It is natural for children and older people to have their own times of gathering to cultivate their individual sacred cultures. Yet, there is much to be gained by allowing each of…

COMPOSER SPOTLIGHT: DAVID ANGERMAN

It is indeed rare for a church musician to stay with a single ministry his entire career. In a culture where the average stay for church employees is under 5 years, to reach 40 years at the same congregation defies the odds. Composer David Angerman has done just that in his church position at Bethany…

Bridging the GREAT DIVIDE

I know I speak for all of us when I say “good riddance!” to the Church Music Wars of the 1990’s and early 2000’s! As musicians, our hearts broke when the beautiful gift we were given was used as a tool that divided the Church. Now that those times are mostly behind us, we are…

A Family Thing

I’m the first professional musician in my family. But had my mother, Sarah, had her way, she would have owned that distinction. As a teen-ager, her dream was to have been a big band singer. And I think she could have done it, only World War II, marriage, and five kids got in the way….

FIVE WAYS TO PROMOTE GENERATIONAL DIVERSITY THROUGH MUSIC/WORSHIP MINISTRY

Music is a powerful and useful tool to bring together people of all ages in the church. I’m sure you’re already engaged in several of these multi-generational activities, but if not, give these ideas some thought: 1. CHOIR/ORCHESTRA – If your church is like mine, the adult choir/orchestra is one of the few places where…

THE JOURNEY TO ALLELUIA (Walking in the footsteps of Christ)

All of life is a journey. Isn’t the purpose of the Christian life to glorify God? So it stands to reason that our entire existence is a journey that points to Christ. In essence our life should resonate with alleluias and praise. Since many of us serve as musicians in worship, how do we portray…

CHILDREN’S MUSIC FOR LENT, PALM SUNDAY, and EASTER

Children’s choirs bring a beautiful addition to worship services throughout Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. From songs of reflection and introspection, to songs of celebration and rejoicing, Shawnee Press is proud to provide an outstanding catalog of children’s choral music for the Lenten and Easter season! Be sure to check out these new children’s anthems…

ONE GENERATION TO ANOTHER

Several years ago I wrote an article that speaks to our theme of “From One Generation to Another.” It was a stroll down memory lane that I think reminds us of the value of sharing our faith in each stage of life. My life has been blessed to have had musical and spiritual mentors who…