Church Music with Limited Resources

By Marie Landskroener on Sep 19, 2017 9:00:00 AM

I recently played at a church that had a very limited organ. I had always thought the regular organist did a fine job but could have been more creative. Then I discovered that the instrument did not offer much to encourage creativity. Each manual had about five basic stops, and I struggled to lead the congregation in a way that encouraged singing.

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Editor’s Picks: Last Part of the Church Year

By Mark Knickelbein on Sep 12, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Looking for ideas for music to incorporate into worship this fall? Here are five choices that align with the readings for the last part of the Church Year. Read more about each piece and listen to a preview below.

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Equipping Families to Use the Hymnal at Home

By Peter Reske on Sep 6, 2017 12:00:00 PM

With the school year beginning, many families are still trying to adjust to new schedules and establish new routines. This change of pace offers a great time to encourage them to incorporate daily devotions into their time together.

Here are some ideas for how church musicians, pastors, and teachers can help families use the hymnal at home. You also download a free family devotions guide with hymns and readings for each week during the school year.

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Keeping Children’s Choir Christ-Centered

By Marie Landskroener on Aug 29, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is taken from Children Sing His Praise edited by Donald Rotermund.

Of all acts of corporate worship probably none is more inspiring than the singing of a well-trained, well-disciplined choir of children. To hear the pure voices of children produce freely floating tones in perfect unison or in harmony is one of the most uplifting of musical experiences. An even more spiritually profound impression is made if the song is an integral part of the theme of the day and if the singers actively participate in worship by listening, singing, and praying as full partners in the worshipping community.

The Problem with the Modern Approach

And yet singing and worship leadership of this kind are rare in the modern church.

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Lesser-Known Tidbits about Favorite Reformation Hymns

By Peter Reske on Aug 22, 2017 4:30:00 PM

What’s the legend behind the tune for “Thy Strong Word”? What influenced the writing of “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast”? Learn these tidbits and more about some of the most well-known Reformation hymns.

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DIY Hymnology: Research Tips for Studying Hymns

By Peter Reske on Aug 15, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Researching hymns can feel like going on a wild goose chase that leads to a dead end or, if you’re lucky, a tiny tidbit of information. But there are some things you can do to make that research less frustrating and more fruitful.

When I was editing Lutheran Service Book, I learned the best strategy was to go back to the primary sources for hymns. That’s what I encourage you to do as well. Here are some tips for finding useful sources without spending a fortune—or any money at all.

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Advent and Christmas Music Options for Your Church

By Mark Knickelbein on Aug 8, 2017 10:00:00 AM

We know many of you are getting started recruiting musicians and selecting music for this year. To help you with that, we’ve put together a list of pieces you may want to consider for Advent and Christmas. Feel free to check out our Advent and Christmas playlist on YouTube as well!

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Recap: LCMS Institute on Liturgy, Preaching and Church Music

By Peter Reske on Aug 1, 2017 2:30:00 PM

At the LCMS Institute on Liturgy, Preaching and Church Music last week, a visiting pastor told us something that reminded us why music is so important in the Church.

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Principles of Liturgical Music

By Rachel Gonzalez on Jul 25, 2017 1:00:00 PM

There are a lot of ideas about what makes music appropriate for church. This post is an excerpt from 
Ceremony and Celebration and provides a few principles as defined by Paul H. D. Lang. 

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Organ: The King of Instruments

By Marie Landskroener on Jul 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Talk to nearly anyone today who has any sort of opinion about church music and they’ll tell you that the organist is a dying breed. But instead of getting fatalistic, let’s encourage others in whatever sort of musical pursuit they enjoy—and then encourage them to learn the organ.

Topics: Organ
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