CHILDREN’S MUSIC FOR LENT, PALM SUNDAY, EASTER, and MOTHER’S DAY!

Children’s choirs bring a beautiful addition to worship services throughout Lent, Holy Week, Easter, and Mother’s Day. From songs of reflection and introspection to songs of celebration and rejoicing, Shawnee Press is proud to provide an outstanding catalog of children’s choral music for the Lenten/Easter season and Mother’s Day! The titles below include new children’s…

Blessings

Probably the most meaningful gesture shown to me is when someone prays over me. Not just an “I’ll pray for you,” and we both go our separate ways; but when someone stops and actually prays over me, it becomes intensely personal. I feel like my fellow-believer is actually carrying my burdens up to the throne…

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…

WORSHIP FROM A PURE HEART

Worship is not what it was when I was a kid. Think about how worship has changed in the last 50 years. Think about the number of conversations (arguments), articles, blog posts, podcasts, and on and on that have addressed the topic of worship in the church. Do we really need another viewpoint on this…

NOT YOUR FATHER’S WORSHIP SERVICE

Five things in worship that are different today compared to when I was a child I ‘came of age’ in the 1970’s and 1980’s, and to me, a lot has changed in corporate worship over the past three decades. Enjoy this little trip down memory lane as we review five things that have changed in…

CURIOSITY CORNER

If you could have dinner with an influential sacred leader from the past, who would you choose?   PAMELA STEWART If I could have dinner with any sacred leader from the distant past, it would be Peter Marshall, the Scottish-born Presbyterian minister who became the Chaplain of the U. S. Senate, to talk with him about writing prayers….

I FEEL. THEREFORE I AM.

Music appeals first to our emotions. And if it has a great beat, it appeals to some primal drive in us all. Music can also appeal to the intellect, but that mostly happens to music nerds, who have spent decades studying the intricacies of music theory and form. And there are no nerds quite like…

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…

BACK TO THE FUTURE

When I reflect upon the experiences that have influenced my musical and spiritual life, I am overwhelmed at the grace that has been shown to me. Music and faith were nurtured in me from the very start, and my life has been in cooperation and celebration of that legacy of service and song. As I…

SIX WAYS to PAY IT FORWARD IN MUSIC MINISTRY

As we contemplate the legacy we’ve been given, consider these ideas for passing on the song in music ministry: 1. Sing Robustly – You can influence congregational singing for the future by singing with great enthusiasm during congregational worship. Family and friends will remember your example and will often follow suit. 2. Scholarships & Endowments…

Benefits of Traveling with Your Choir

As a tour project manager for nearly 10 years, I have assisted many choirs as they plan trips abroad. As a singer, I have had the opportunity to sing with some of the groups as they experience the joy of taking their songs outside the sanctuary. There are many benefits of traveling abroad with your choir….