A Mystery, the Holiday Care and Feeding of Church Musician’s

Chris Titko is a musician par excellence whether he is accompanying, directing, or editing the latest choral releases for the world’s largest music distributor. This classically trained church musician brings an impressive skill set to his daily enterprise that uniquely qualifies him for service to the modern church. An industry insider, he knows how to…

Everywhere Christmas Tonight

Even before school let out for winter, I knew it was Christmastime by the familiar signs that filled my childhood home with cheer: the scrumptious smell of Mom’s homemade Chex mix filling the kitchen, Dad pulling boxes of ornaments out from the garage, and classic Christmas melodies playing over the stereo. Next came the decorations….

What is the best holiday dish and worst holiday dish?

 For this issue, we asked out composers to tell us their favorite and least favorite holiday dishes. ROBERT STERLING: Best: my older sister’s homemade pies. Worst: fruitcake   TERRY YORK: Best holiday dish is oyster dressing. Worst holiday dish is mincemeat pie.   MOLLY IJAMES: Best: Corn casserole Worst: Either fruitcake or boiled vegetables  …

The Gift of Love

Every month I get a notice from my friend and yours, Joseph Martin, that it’s time for a new blog post (he’s nothing if he’s not persistent). This month, as in the past, the request came in an email addressed to a long list of contributors to this fine online establishment. Here’s what it said…

Hidden Christmas Treasures

After only a few years of assembling Advent, Christmas Eve, and Christmas services, I grew weary of the same old same old. Grab a few Messiah choruses, “I Wonder as I Wander,” and the rest of the usual fair I needed to begin looking for the “hidden Christmas treasures.” Of course, it is great when…

Joel Raney

Joel Raney is a multi-talented composer/pianist who has a reputation for musical diversity and meaningful texts. From sanctuary jazz and sacred theatre pieces to traditional anthems and classically inspired festival compositions, he can simply do it all! A favorite as a clinician, he is approachable and eager to share his faith and life journey. We…

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…