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September 16, 2016

2017 Worship & Music Planning Calendar

PDF document of lectionary readings for each Sunday in 2017, as well as special days and times throughout the year. For […]

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General Music Articles
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
September 22, 2016

History of Hymns: “Santo, Santo, Santo”

By Diana Sanchez-Bushong

Among the most beautiful and lyrical choruses coming from Latin America, “Santo, Santo, Santo” is unmatched. Little […]

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History of Hymns
September 15, 2016

History of Hymns: “Cantai ao Senhor”

By Diana Sanchez-Bushong

Many versions exist of this strong, angular hymn that boldly encourages us to sing a new song to God. Originally […]

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History of Hymns
September 9, 2016

Come, Lord Jesus, Come

This simple song can meet many needs within the season of Advent, but use as a response with Advent wreath […]

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Worship
September 13, 2016

Carol of the Bells (Timerding)

Eric F. Timerding has created a wonderful arrangement of the Christmas holiday favorite, Carol of the Bells.  This setting […]

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Handbells
September 8, 2016

History of Hymns: “Canto de Esperanza (Song of Hope)”

By Diana Sanchez-Bushong

Written in 1984 by Alvin L. Schutmaat, a PC(USA) missionary to Latin America, this joyful hymn set to a traditional […]

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History of Hymns
September 7, 2016

Lift Praise to the Father (A Doxology)

R. Frederick Crider, Jr. has created a wonderful, one-stanza doxology for congregations to use in worship.  Set to the […]

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Doxologies
September 1, 2016

History of Hymns: “Pues Si Vivimos”

By Diana Sanchez-Bushong

This gentle and assuring Mexican folk hymn has quickly become a favorite song in both Spanish and English speaking churches […]

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History of Hymns
August 25, 2016

History of Hymns: “I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord,” by Timothy Dwight

By Beth Spaulding

Dwight gave classic expression to this evangelical ideal of the gathered church as the divine community in the hymn, &ldquo […]

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History of Hymns
August 18, 2016

When Children Seem Unbothered

Inspired by the picture of Omran Daqneesh, a victim of civil war in Aleppo, Syria, this hymn gives voice to […]

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Hymns
August 18, 2016

History of Hymns: “Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy,” by Joseph Hart

By Beth Spaulding & Jackson Henry

This hymn was written by Joseph Hart (1712-1768), a Congregational minister in England. In his early life, Hart was brought […]

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History of Hymns
August 11, 2016

History of Hymns: “Stand Up and Bless the Lord,” by James Montgomery

By Beth Spaulding

The hymn “Stand Up and Bless the Lord,” having been written originally for children, uses simple and clear […]

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History of Hymns
August 4, 2016

History of Hymns: “O Happy Day, That Fixed My Choice” by Philip Doddridge

By Beth Spaulding

The text of the hymn “O Happy Day” was written by Philip Doddridge (1702-1751), an English Non-Conformist minister  […]

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History of Hymns
July 26, 2016

Tuesday Tea with Melanie - The Power of Music in Children’s Faith Formation

How does ministry collaboration impact how our children grow in faith? How can children’s ministry leaders and other […]

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July 28, 2016

We’re Altogether Christians

Using a term of John Wesley, "Altogether Christian," Campbell has written this hymn in honor of Bishop Robert Schnase and […]

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Christian Experience
July 28, 2016

History of Hymns: “Your Grace is Enough” by Matt Maher

By Nelson Cowan

In 2003, Maher wrote the hymn “Your Grace is Enough” during a time of spiritual hardship due to burnout […]

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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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History of Hymns
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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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
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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Copyright & Licensing