MULTI-LINGUAL WORSHIP SERVICE

Multi-lingual worship moments for the local community of faith Corporate worship provides great opportunities to celebrate diversity and unity in the local community of faith. After all, in every Christian worshipping community all over the world, although in different ways, we practice basically the same things we have for more than 2000 years. Consider these…

Cultivating Respect and Celebrating Diversity by Icy Monroe

It’s 8:30 in the morning. It’s also cloudy and humid. My home smells of residual poop because I just spent the night before trying to fix a stopped up toilet (toddlers have a lovely way of using too much toilet paper). As I sit here next to my son, watching a movie called Ferdinand, I…

THE JOURNEY HOME

No man learned anything original from looking in a mirror. With technology connecting our world more than ever before, we can access and connect with the diversity of the human experience with almost miraculous ease. How can it be that with all of this technology available to us, distinctions in perspective seem more disparate than…

WE ARE THE CHURCH

This is my friend Fanny. She is one of the strongest, most remarkable women I have ever met. A few years ago, she and her husband won the American Lottery (yes, that’s a real thing!) where people are carefully vetted and given the opportunity to move to the US. She had to quickly learn American…

A Sterling Treasure

There are few contemporary composers who have impacted the Christian music soundscape more than Robert Sterling.  Through his original songs, anthems, arrangements, and musicals he has touched millions with his craft.   Gold albums and Dove awards are a regular feature for this industry giant, and his heart remains committed to elevating the communicative impact of…

CHILDREN’S MUSIC FOR MOTHER’S DAY and CHOIR YEAR END

Mother’s Day often marks the final time children sing in worship before the start of summer vacation. As you prepare music for that special Sunday – as well as music for the end of the choir year – check out these outstanding selections from Shawnee Press! Here you will find the finest music and resources…

Don’t Fence Me In….signed God

We hear a great deal about diversity these days.  Truth is, we’ve always been a diverse society in the US.  Our population comes from everywhere. Literally.  The American culture is really a combination of influences from Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America.  We even have absorbed traditions from the natives who occupied the land for centuries before the explorers…

CELEBRATE DIVERSITY

In this edition of WorshipSongsOnline, our bloggers speak to the subject of musical and cultural diversity.  At no other time in church history has there been so much variety in our worship vocabulary.  From lofty anthems to the latest contemporary worship music, from intimate a cappella soundscapes to sacred songs accompanied by soaring orchestrations, there…

Travel Bucket List

Jeff Reeves: My 3 bucket list destinations are: Amsterdam Brussels Berlin Why: Culturally progressive; celebrates diversity   Joseph Martin: The Grand Canyon because I’ve never been. Alaska, but I’m going for my 60th birthday! Mackinac Island   Stacey Nordmeyer: Alaska The Grand Canyon Niagra Falls   Pamela Stewart: My three bucket list destinations: Greece: for…

DIVERSITY IS A GIFT FROM GOD

One of the greatest experiences in my life was travelling to India to teach music at the Asian Christian College of Music in Thiruvanathampurum, Kerla. (And yes, I can pronounce the name of the city I lived in for a month.) What a beautiful way to experience a different culture and truly connect with the…

MANY PEOPLE, ONE BODY

The word “bread,” in the original languages of the Bible, appears close to 500 times in the Old and New Testaments. It is a prominent symbol, woven throughout Scripture. Christ, the bread of heaven and the bread of life, was born in Bethlehem which means “house of bread.” Bethlehem was the home of Naomi, who…