Six Thanksgiving Hymn Favorites

By Marie Landskroener on Nov 21, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Ah, Thanksgiving. My favorite time of year. And of course it is a time not only to feast with family and friends, but also to give thanks to God for His bountiful goodness toward us. What better way to do this than by having a church service containing many beautiful hymns of thanks?

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Product of the Month: O Holy Night

By Peter Reske on Nov 14, 2017 9:00:00 AM

With its satisfying harmonies yet simple tune, “O Holy Night” is a familiar hymn that has become a staple in Christmas worship. This year, CPH Music released a new setting of this popular hymn in partnership with composer John Behnke. Learn more about this unique and captivating arrangement, and explore some of Behnke’s other works as a handbell, choral, and organ composer.

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Finding Rest in the Gospel through Music

By Marie Landskroener on Nov 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM

“Soon, soon to faithful warriors cometh rest.”

One of my favorite lines from the hymn “For All the Saints,” these words are a source of incredible comfort in a weary world. While we wait for the eternal rest the hymn mentions, music provides a temporary relief from struggle and labor.

Topics: Advent Christmas
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Words to Look for in Luther’s Hymns

By Anna Johnson on Oct 31, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Just as it was in Luther’s day, music is still a powerful tool the Church can use to convey the importance of Christ’s saving name. Luther’s words have greatly shaped our theology and hymnody over the centuries, and they will likely continue to do so for the next half millennium. In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we’re taking a closer look at some of the most commonly used words in Luther’s hymns according to the English translations in The Hymns of Martin Luther.

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The Rise of Hymnody During the Reformation

By Rachel Gonzalez on Oct 24, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This excerpt is taken from Christian Art: Its Place and Use in Lutheran Worship by Paul E. Kretzmann.

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Introducing New Music to Your Congregation

By Mark Knickelbein on Oct 17, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Introducing new music to your congregation is an important task that can require much patience and persistence. A little planning and coordination ahead of time can help eliminate some of the frustration that comes with it. Here are a few suggestions on how to roll out a new piece of music to your congregation.

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The Six Catechetical Hymns of Martin Luther

By Peter Reske on Oct 11, 2017 10:00:00 AM

This post is taken from The Hymns of Martin Luther, with historical summaries authored by Henry V. Gerike and edited by Peter C. Reske.

Music can be a powerful teaching tool, and Luther knew that well. By teaching his parishioners hymns about the Ten Commandments or the persons of the Trinity, he could reinforce Christianity’s essential teachings in a memorable and moving way. Learn about his six catechetical hymns below, and at the end of the post, you can download a set of devotions based on the hymns.

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Product of the Month: Four Advent Hymns for Twelve Bells

By Peter Reske on Oct 3, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Our featured product for October is Sandra Eithun’s new handbell collection, Four Advent Hymns for Twelve Bells. Learn more about Sandra’s composition process and listen to a preview of each of the hymns!

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Three Tips for Selecting Advent and Christmas Music

By Benjamin Kolodziej on Sep 26, 2017 3:05:31 PM

With Christmas less than three months away, many musicians have already started making selections and planning rehearsals. Our guest author and composer for this week, Benjamin Kolodziej, shares some of his favorite tips for preparing Advent and Christmas music.

Topics: Advent Christmas
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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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