NEW BEGINNINGS

New beginnings. Sounds redundant, I know. I almost changed that opening, but it’s really correct. New beginnings. One thing that all new beginnings have in common is that they are built on something that came before it. If you’re starting from scratch, then this isn’t a new beginning. It’s either new or it’s a beginning,…

LAYING FOUNDATIONS by Daniel Gawthrop

My wife and I have always been avid readers and listeners. When we met, mumblety mumblety years ago, that meant books printed on paper and music recorded on LPs. We used to joke that our marriage simply formalized the merger of two of the world’s great libraries. Moving days were particularly dreaded in our home…

PREPARING THE WAY

Every Sunday, the church is called to worship, and the choir serves a vital role in that sacred call. The new choir year offers directors an opportunity to remind our singers of the value of treating practice as sacred time. Beyond crunching notes and marking scores, there are many things about the time of preparation…

Pamela Stewart

Pamela Stewart uses words like composers use notes and rhythms. With each new lyric she reveals fresh perspectives on treasured truths.  Her texts are always thoughtful and filled with layered purpose and meaning. Her words have been set to music by many of the leading writers of church music as well as composers from the…

“GO TO” Anthems.

For this edition of WorshipSongsOnline, we asked our composers to tell us their “go to” anthems.     JEFF REEVES Make a Joyful Noise (Jeff Reeves) Love One Another (Roger Thornhill/Brad Nix) Dem Bones (Audrey Snyder)   PATTI DRENNAN My Eternal King by Jane Marshall What Grace is Mine by Kristen Getty The Lord is…

A LESSON OF SPRING

At the close of winter and the dawning of spring, new hope is born that love will triumph and peace will cover the earth as wildflowers blanket the land. Spring has a welcome way of announcing its arrival. Like the tap at the door when a loved one visits, spring greets us with familiarity and…

Sing To the Lord An Old Song

For this issue of WorshipSongsOnline, we asked our composers to tell us about their favorite “old timey” hymn. PEPPER CHOPLIN I like “Wonderful Grace of Jesus”. It is so hearty and strong – a great celebration. It was written during the time that John Phillip Sousa was active. During the chorus, the men sing what…

KEITH CHRISTOPHER

Keith Christopher has been creating beautiful music for sanctuaries and classrooms for more than three decades.  His choral canon includes a great diversity of styles and subjects. From festive anthems to tender songs of of worship and devotion, his music is always characterized by superb craftsmanship.  He is a leading orchestrator and producer and is…

Creation’s Cathedral

Julie Myers is a thoughtful composer/lyricist whose work is presented with a number of today’s leading choral writers. Her texts are fresh perspectives on timeless truths and have inspired many wonderful anthems.  In this WorshipSongsOnline guest blog she provides ideas for creative presentations of one of her latest efforts.   A Devotional Liturgy based on…

ELEMENTS OF FAITH (The ancient sacred made new)

Before the establishment of our modern religious practices, there existed among ancient cultures a simpler understanding of the mysteries of the spirit. During these early times, humans related to their existence in a basic creationism founded on four essential elements that comprise our world: earth, fire, water, and air. While these simple symbols may seem…

Composer Spotlight: Lee Dengler

Lee DENGLER is one of the sacred music industry’s nice guys.  Lee is a man who has successfully worked for decades as an editor, engraver, composer and arranger.  He and his wife Susan, (a lyricist) have provided many significant anthems into the choral canon in a variety of traditional styles and genres.  His compositions range…

Composer Spotlight: Richard Nichols

Richard Nichols is one of those rare talents who is able to live as a composer/arranger in both the instrumental and choral worlds.  His orchestral and brass writing sparkle with originality and his choral compositions are filled with stylistic diversity.  Widely published his works are growing in popularity with each passing release.  He took time…