Interview with Jeffrey Honoré

By Peter Reske on Apr 17, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Composer Jeffrey Honoré is releasing a new handbell piece with CPH in 2018: “Meditation on ‘Crown Him with Many Crowns.’” We sat down with Jeffrey to learn more about the piece, his background, and how he got into the composing world.

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Adding New Music into Worship while Honoring Tradition

By Anna Johnson on Apr 11, 2018 12:00:00 PM

All art was once new. Over much time, works now considered classic earned that status and were adopted into people’s traditions. How do we embrace new music in our churches today, whether to adopt those works into our congregations’ traditions or simply to enjoy them on their own? Robin Leaver discusses this question in an excerpt below from “The Theological Character of Music in Worship.”

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Product of the Month: Why Do You Peer into the Skies?

By Mark Knickelbein on Apr 3, 2018 9:00:00 AM

“Why Do You Peer into the Skies?” features brilliant work by two skilled artists—writer Lisa M. Clark and composer Jacob B. Weber. The text and tune tie very closely to Scriptural accounts of Jesus’ ascension, working together to share the message of God’s salvation and what His Son’s ascension means for us even today.

Topics: Choral Weber Clark
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How Church Musicians Can Find Rest during Holy Week

By Marie Landskroener on Mar 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

One church musician cancels her piano lessons during Holy Week. Another decides not to travel to visit family during spring break because Holy Week is coming up too soon. The looks and brief conversations between church musicians during this time admit an exhaustion that accompanies this premier week of the Church Year.

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Music for Holy Week

By Mark Knickelbein on Mar 20, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Holy Week is almost upon us! May God use that week to help you reflect on His great love for you, shown in the sacrifice of His Son to earn your salvation. Listen to the pieces below as part of your daily devotions during Holy Week, and encourage your members to use them in the same way. You can also use these pieces if you are still making last-minute additions to your worship music.

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Training Kids to Be Church Musicians

By Marie Landskroener on Mar 13, 2018 9:00:00 AM

As church musicians, we understand the necessity of training young people not only in music generally but in church music specifically. With all the talk of a lack of young church musicians, how do we begin to recruit the children in our own churches?

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Product of the Month: I Am Making All Things New

By Mark Knickelbein on Mar 6, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Revelation 21:4–5, which talks about God wiping away every tear from our eyes, is not a usual text for Easter Vigil services. But David von Kampen is all about using the unexpected in his compositions. He’s a master at creating musical experiences that reinforce scriptural truths, and that’s exactly what he did with his new piece “I Am Making All Things New.”

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Reflection on “A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth”

By Marie Landskroener on Feb 27, 2018 8:00:00 AM

As the recently arrived Lent spurs Christians to reflect on their mortality and sinfulness, to give up vices, and to contemplate the suffering of Christ, we begin looking forward with great eagerness to Easter. While Lent may be a beautiful and necessary part of the Church Year, the solemnity of this time can sometimes turn discouraging. This year, I have turned to Paul Gerhardt’s text of “A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth” (LSB 438) to seek comfort, assurance, and confidence in the hope of the resurrection.

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Rev. Dr. Thomas Winger on the Role of the Hymnal in Worship

By Peter Reske on Feb 20, 2018 9:00:00 AM

As a musician, pastor, and liturgy committee member for Lutheran Service Book, Rev. Dr. Thomas Winger has a unique and informed perspective on how music functions in the liturgy. We recently interviewed him to learn about his new book, Lutheranism 101: Worship, and to hear his perspective on incorporating the hymnal into worship and daily prayer.

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Lenten Reading Plan 2018

By Anna Johnson on Feb 13, 2018 3:15:00 PM

The Church’s hymns are filled with rich and beautiful texts that provide congregations the opportunity to put words of Scripture to song. This Lenten season, we invite you to join us in our 2018 Lenten reading plan. Each day, we’ll focus on a new hymn stanza and the associated Scripture reading that inspired it.

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