CREATING LITANIES FROM HYMN LYRICS

Keeping worship fresh and the worshipper engaged can be as easy as selecting a favorite hymn lyric to create a short litany or responsive reading. It’s so easy to do, remembering these three simple guidelines: 1. Find a hymn lyric that SPEAKS to you and others in your congregation. This may not be the best…

FIVE KEY QUESTIONS FOR CORPORATE WORSHIP MUSIC PLANNERS

As a church leader who has engaged in weekly worship planning for 30+ years, I often get lost in the business and clutter of the week, losing sight of what’s really important when selecting music for worship. So, as I sit writing this article, I am reminding myself again what matters most. As you plan…

7 WONDERFUL WAYS WE WITNESS WHEN WE WORSHIP

Every time we gather for corporate worship, we are witnesses to those who worship alongside us. We testify of the greatness of our God and our love for Him through our worship expressions. Here are 7 key ways we witness when we worship:   We humbly SUBMIT ourselves to the Lord. We are a witness…

EVERY-DAY ALLELUIAS!

There’s nothing quite like singing spring’s first “alleluia” on Easter Sunday morning. The joy and refreshment of it never loses its appeal. What great power, deep emotion and joyous victory are expressed in just that one little word. I cannot think of another single word that bursts forth from the lips and expresses the heart’s…

REJOICING, REMEMBERING, AND RETELLING DURING THE LENTEN SEASON

  Gathering weekly for corporate worship is important to a vital and growing relationship with God and with our fellow Christ-followers. At no season in our worship cycle is this more obvious than during Lent. Many key tenants of our faith are brought to the forefront in corporate worship during this season; Christ’s sinless life,…

Have It God’s Way This Christmas!

The famous “Have it Your Way” campaign ran for Burger King for forty years, informing its customers that their burger could be ordered any way they like and BK would prepare it for them. I can still hear the 1974 version of the theme song rolling around in my head. Maybe you can too? Special…

Long Live the Hymnal!

For centuries congregants have given money toward the purchase of new hymnals for their congregations. Perhaps you are wondering why congregations need new hymnals? Or, for that matter, why anyone anywhere uses hymnals in worship? Hymns and hymnals go back thousands of years. That’s right folks, I said thousands of years. The earliest hymnal used…