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February 5, 2016

CCLI 2015 Top 100 Songs for United Methodist Congregations

One of the most significant indicators of the use of newer music in Christian congregations in The United States is […]

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Contemporary & Emerging Music
July 21, 2016

History of Hymns: “You Are Good” by Israel Houghton

By Nelson Cowan

In an unprecedented turn of events, this week’s History of Hymns series takes us into the former arena […]

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History of Hymns
July 14, 2016

History of Hymns: “Hosanna” by Brooke Ligertwood

By Nelson Cowan

This week’s hymn journey takes us to Sydney, Australia, home of Hillsong Church, an international Pentecostal megachurch affiliated […]

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History of Hymns
July 7, 2016

History of Hymns: “Blessed Be Your Name” by Matt Redman

By Nelson Cowan

This month, the History of Hymns series is dedicated to hymns written by contemporary Pentecostal, Evangelical, Charismatic (PEC) artists […]

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History of Hymns
June 30, 2016

History of Hymns: “For Everyone Born” by Shirley Erena Murray

By T. Wes Moore

Shirley Erena Murray’s hymns transcend time and place. One of Murray's hymns that has gained popularity […]

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History of Hymns
June 23, 2016

History of Hymns: “Two Fishermen” by Suzanne Toolan

By T. Wes Moore

One of the simplest, yet most profound, types of hymns are those of folk origins or influences. Typically, folk hymns […]

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June 21, 2016

God of Love, We’ve Heard the Teaching

This thoughtful hymn, penned by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, directs us toward the marriage relationship and the responsibilities to love, honor, […]

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Dignity
June 20, 2016

Out of the Depths (Psalm 130)

Thurlow Weed has written this new tune, ISHAM, which is here paired with a paraphrase of Psalm 130 by Christopher Webber.  […]

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New Hymns
June 16, 2016

History of Hymns: “Rescue the Perishing” by Fanny J. Crosby

By T. Wes Moore

In 1869, Fanny J. Crosby was inspired to write “Rescue the Perishing” after she met the men who were […]

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June 9, 2016

History of Hymns: “We Sing to You, O God” by Gracia Grindal

By T. Wes Moore

Since the Second Vatican Council in the early 1960s, there has been an explosion of hymnody, particularly in the English […]

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June 2, 2016

History of Hymns: “Grace Greater Than Our Sin” by Julia H. Johnston

By T. Wes Moore

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the suffrage movement was intensifying in the United States. It was a […]

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May 26, 2016

History of Hymns: “Now Let Us from This Table Rise” by Fred Kaan

By Colleen Toole

There are certain voices in hymnody that ring out clear in their commitment to peace, justice, and God's kingdom. […]

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History of Hymns
May 4, 2016

Song Selection: Team Building, Learning, and Listening

By Jeremy Hearn

Song selection is one of the most important worship planning tasks. It can make or break the congregation’s […]

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Song Leaders
May 19, 2016

History of Hymns: “Holy Darkness” by Dan Schutte

By Colleen Toole

Dan Schutte, best known for the hymn, "Here I Am, Lord," is a major figure in Catholic liturgical music post-Vatican […]

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May 12, 2016

History of Hymns: “God Moves in a Mysterious Way” by William Cowper

By Colleen Toole

The phrase, "God works in mysterious ways," has become a popular saying for moments when we seek answers that we […]

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May 5, 2016

History of Hymns: “Out of the Depths,” by Ruth Duck

By Colleen Toole

Central to biblical models of prayer is the practice of lament: crying out to God in pain, anguish, and grief. […]

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April 28, 2016

History of Hymns: “Jesus, Thine All-Victorious Love,” by Charles Wesley

By Jonathan Hehn

Methodists need no introduction to Charles Wesley. For that matter, neither do most singing Christians! Perhaps no other hymn writer […]

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April 21, 2016

History of Hymns: “Alleluia,” by Fintan O’Carroll and Christopher Walker

By Jonathan Hehn

The “Celtic Alleluia” is nearly ubiquitous among today’s Roman Catholics, and indeed well known among many […]

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April 14, 2016

History of Hymns: “Man of Sorrows! What a Name”

By Jonathan Hehn

One might be tempted to pass over the hymn, “Man of Sorrows! What a Name,” when planning for […]

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April 7, 2016

History of Hymns: “Loving Spirit”

By Jonathan Hehn

“Loving Spirit” is a hymn celebrating the many ways the Holy Spirit acts in our lives. It is […]

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March 24, 2016

History of Hymns: “Day of Arising”

By David Bjorlin

If asked to think of a meal where Christ breaks bread with his disciples, many of our minds naturally go […]

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March 29, 2016

They Found Purpose for Their Living

This hymn was created by F. Richard Garland as a resource for the 2016 Older Adult Ministries programming, and in it […]

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New Hymns
March 24, 2016

History of Hymns: “O Christ, You Hang upon a Cross”

By David Bjorlin

As we approach Good Friday, many who commemorate the crucifixion of Christ in worship will sing the familiar hymns of […]

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March 17, 2016

History of Hymns: “Were You There”

By David Bjorlin

As we continue our journey through Lent and prepare for a Good Friday where many of our congregations will no […]

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March 3, 2016

History of Hymns: “You, Lord, Are Both Lamb and Shepherd”

By David Bjorlin

As we journey through the season of Lent, the Gospel lessons in the lectionary’s three-year cycle give us […]

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March 9, 2016

Christ Modeled Faithfulness

A continuing part of Garland's hymn series on Paul's letter to the Philippians, "Christ Modeled Faithfulness" can be […]

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Lent/Holy Week
March 4, 2016

In Christ We Find New Life

F. Richard Garland's series of hymns based upon Paul's letter to the Philippians continues with this hymn, which […]

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Lent/Holy Week
March 3, 2016

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling - Fusion

This is a new setting of Charles Wesley's "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling" that features a new tune written […]

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Lead Sheets
September 2, 2015

2016 Worship & Music Planning Calendar

PDF document of lectionary readings for each Sunday in 2016, as well as special days and times throughout the year. For […]

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August 18, 2015

Copyright and Licensing for the Church Musician

These documents can be used either for personal learning or to lead a class in presenting important parts of the […]

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