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Potential of Music in Worship

Music has been described as “lifting the ceiling” within a faith community’s worship. Music has the ability to orient the worshiping community away from the weight of the secular world and transition them into a posture of worship and receptiveness to spiritual teaching. Music...

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Reflect on Worship Music

  • How would you describe the culture or style of your congregation?
  • What musical resources are readily available to you? This can include electronic and print music, technological hardware and software, instruments, vocalists, musicians, etc.
  • Think of a scenario when you were proud of how your...
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Music in Worship Resources

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You Can Easily Refresh Worship

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Center for Congregations Southeast Director Doug Hanner highlights the common mistake of overlooking your existing music resources and three guiding principles to adjust your focus on worship.

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This active blog has new posts at least once a week. It covers a variety of subjects including worship planning, media, church year, contemporary worship, and song selection. The site is...

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What makes worship boring is not style but monotony. So says Dr. Marcia McFee, a worship consultant with a background in music and theatre, as well as theology and liturgy. Marcia’s popular...

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In this guide, musician Andrew Boesenecker and pastor Jim Graeser unite to offer readers a bit of theology and a heavy dose of practicality for establishing and improving contemporary worship...

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The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship is a study center located at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary. The Institute partners with congregations, organizations, and publishers to...

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Here author and professor Mary McGann uses the lens of worship music to explore the culture of an “authentically Black and truly Catholic” parish; namely, Our Lady of Lourdes, San Francisco....

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Annie Strickland’s blog is for those that desire to follow the Lectionary, but are looking for alternatives to traditional music. Her blog features sheet music of original songs written by Annie...

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Copyright infringement is a serious - and potentially costly - legal offense. CCLI provides congregations the legal means to utilize copyrighted music in worship. Their basic service is the Church...

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This website is designed as a resource for worship leaders. It helps pastors and musicians find hymns that relate to a particular lectionary week, topic, or part of worship. It has a listing of...

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Esteemed professor, composer, and author C. Michael Hawn edits this church hymnody resource that identifies, describes, and discusses seven “streams” of Christian music since Vatican II. The...

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GIA is not only a well-respected publisher of sacred music it is the exclusive publisher in America of music from the Taizé community. On this website, you will find reasonably priced “bundles” of...

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The Church Music Institute seeks to be an agent for improving music life in both church and culture. This Texas based organization is a resource for congregations that use sacred music in worship...

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Composer, church planter and staff-person Isaac Everett demonstrates that what was old - “psalm singing” - can become new again in this work that is designed to serve the musical and liturgical...

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Nine articles in this resource guide, presented in English and Spanish, feature interviews with Protestant North American Latino worship leaders, pastors, and musicians. The collection offers...

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GIA Publications provides music resources for a number of different types and styles of church music, including choral works, traditional hymnody, folk-style music, Hispanic music, music for the...

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Natalie Sims states “I like singing and I like the Lectionary, so I really like suggesting songs that fit Lectionary themes!” This blog is the result of her passion. Natalie posts weekly blogs with...

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If you are on a worship committee and you want to collaborate with staff on the design for worship, this book will prove useful for you. Likewise, if you are either a music leader or a pastor who...

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With worship being so divergent nowadays, it is problematic for one resource to be useful in multiple contexts. This book is an exception. The author, a worship professor and practitioner,...

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This book begins with the author stating, “I’ve always had worship dreams.” Her dreams have served her ministry well, especially as addressed through this book which covers many topics related to...

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Much preaching today avoids the topic of death except in funeral sermons. This book by a pastor and scholar asserts that the sermon that cannot deal with death - the “big” death all mortals face,...

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One challenge faced by many congregations is the meaningful integration of public ministries of the church with the weekly rhythm of worship. This article from the Calvin Institute of Christian...

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