A Strange Song in a Familiar Land: Introducing New Music for Corporate Communities
By Cynthia Wilson
After reviewing some orders of worship from previous weeks, discuss some of the following:
- How/ Why is the song important to your worship context?
- Identify what motivates your congregation to sing well.
- How much does your congregation sing in a worship service, and how does the singing help advance the dialogue in worship?
- What is being done to teach your congregation to sing thoughtfully?
- Does your congregation actively encourage your musicians? In what concrete ways?
- Is your song diet balanced? Is there a fair representation of the three forms of songs? [see above]
- Is your song diet balanced? Is there a fair representation of the three spirits of song? Hymns, Psalms, Spiritual Songs
Ways to introduce text and tune:
- Organ/piano/choir/children’s choir as a Gathering, prelude, postlude, Sunday School classes, Bible Study, litany, prayer.
- Once the text and tune has been introduced in a variety of ways, the congregational is ready to sing.
- Offer a formal introduction of text/tune writer(s).
- Tell the story behind the song.
- Rehearse the song one more time before worship begins.
- A brief note about the song in the worship order.
- Choir/ Congregation/Children (when appropriate) alternate verses.
- Use the song again within the next few months.