Ten Reasons Why Hymnals Have a Future – John D. Witvliet
The function of hymnals in the life of the church has changed dramatically over the past thirty years. Many congregations rarely use them. Thousands of Christians seldom, if ever, open one. When people hear of the publication of Lift Up Your Hearts (LUYH), it’s natural for some of them to ask, “Why would you ever want to publish another hymnal?”
On the Flexibility of Form in Worship – Scott Aniol
Debates over worship usually center on the issue of form. “Don’t elevate form over content,” the progressives cry. “We must have elasticity of form because they gospel is dynamic!” “Don’t put new wine in old wine skins.” In order to correctly understand the issue here, and avoid common straw men arguments, I’d like to comment just briefly about form and flexibility in worship.
Doxology and Theology – How the Gospel Forms the Worship Leader
Many in the church see worship leading and theological processing at opposite ends of a big room. Theology is considered the business of pastors and professors, while worship is the business of musicians and rock stars. But a new wave of young worship leaders is hungry for something different, the desire to think not just pragmatically (sound, charts, guitars) but theologically (the gospel, justice, pastoral ministry) about worship. Likewise, pastors and churches increasingly desire to be led by thoughtful worship leaders who combine doxology and theology.
New Doxology – Gateway Worship
For His merciful kindness is great toward us, and the truth of the Lord endures forever. Psalm 117:2 Worship is eternal. When we worship we are joining with Heaven, stepping out of natural time and, as Pastor Thomas Miller says, “practicing eternity”. Worship songs have an amazing way of lifting us out of our current circumstances.
A Lesson in Music Notation – Jonathan Riggs
I once had the privilege of leading worship at Holy Family Anglican Church in Hendersonville, TN. It’s a liturgical service that also uses modern worship songs. This is a trend that I’m seeing in liturgical services based on my experience at The Table and St. John’s Anglican Church in Franklin, TN. With the popularity of the “Ancient Future worship” movement, it’s quite possible that more and more of us modern worship leaders will find ourselves facilitating very traditional liturgies at some point, including ancient church music.