SING to the Lord a new song, a new hymn, a new anthem, a new worship chorus, a new children’s piece, a new cantata, a new spiritual, a new Introit, a new a cappella motet, a new carol, a new medley, a new psalm of praise, a new Christmas lullaby, a new communion canticle, a new hymn concertato, a new processional, a new call to worship, a new prayer response, a new gospel, a new Alleluia!


This issue of WORSHIPSONGSONLINE is dedicated to sharing our writer’s new creative offerings with you. These new resources are all created with the principal aim to partner with you and your music ministries. We have music from dozens of different composers and lyricists to consider. Click the WORSHIPSONGS cover on this Home Page and you will be whisked away to a playlist that will allow you to look and listen to our new release for Fall and Christmas. We appreciate the opportunity to share our efforts with you.


In this issue, our bloggers share their thoughts about renewal and its importance. Trying to find the proper balance between tradition and progression is a courageous conversation worth having. Each of us are “keepers of the Song,” but we are also “seekers of the Song.” God has given us such a lavish diversity in our sonic vocabulary. It is always a wonderful encouragement to intersect with the hundreds of musicians that are part of our publishing process. I stand amazed at their giftedness, and at the variety of approaches they use to express the mystery and majesty of our faith.


So with great joy, let us honor God with magnificent music, with great anthems and tuneful choruses, with rousing gospels and amazing fugues, with lofty hymns of the faith and the exciting songs of our youth, with trumpets and organ double forte, and with the whispered passages of the most delicate carols. Let us sing unto the Lord a new song, an old song, a simple song, a heart song. Let us always continue to learn and search for new ways to celebrate our shared faith. Let’s sing a cantata, sing a worship chorus, sing an anthem. Sing a hymn, sing a psalm, sing a spiritual song!   Let everything that hath breath… sing!


Joseph Martin, a native of North Carolina, earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Subsequently he earned a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Texas, Austin. Joseph taught for five years in the Piano Pedagogy Department of the University of Texas. His piano teachers include Jimmy Woodle, David Gibson, Amanda Vick Lethco, Martha Hilley and Danielle Martin. While at Furman University, he was accompanist for choral director and composer Milburn Price and, inspired by his teaching, Martin began to compose. He is a member of the staff at the Hal Leonard Corporation and Shawnee Press, Inc. as Director of Sacred Publications, with responsibilities for overseeing the editorial and creative direction of the company and also coordinating the recording and production aspects of future sacred publishing efforts. Joseph has performed solo piano recitals and has been the featured artist with symphony orchestras in the United States and Mexico. As winner of the Nina Plant Wideman Competition, he performed with the Guadalajara Symphony Orchestra. His solo recital in Ex-convento del Carmen was broadcast nationally throughout the country. Joseph is Artist in Residence at Concordia University in Austin, Texas where he lives with his wife Sue, and his children Jonathan and Aubrey.


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