Worship

Recommended Reading on Worship and Stuff

Recommended Reading on Worship and Stuff

Looking for something to read over the weekend? A good place to start is Quivering Daughters’ new series Journey to Grace. Read the stories; add your own. This is a simply inspired idea and I’m excited to see where it will take us. (Well, to grace of course, but grace takes so many unexpected shapes […]

Recommended Reading: Chaplain Mike on Worship

Recommended Reading: Chaplain Mike on Worship

Over at the redoubtable Internet Monk blog, Chaplain Mike (carrying on for the sainted Michael Spencer) just posted a splendid piece about worship. It’s exceptional, in all the many meanings of that word. He emphasizes the necessity of congregational involvement and the false dichotomy of “form vs. freedom” (because every service has a form!). I […]

John Newton: Spirituality as Composition

John Newton: Spirituality as Composition

From a letter to Mr. B—-, 6 November 1777: MY DEAR SIR–You say you are more disposed to cry miserere than hallelujah. Why not both together? When the treble is praise, and heart humiliation for the bass, the melody is pleasant and the harmony good. However, if not both together, we must have them alternately; […]

Practical Tips for Worship Leading

Practical Tips for Worship Leading

Originally published August 2006. These ideas are in a rough and unpolished form. I wrote them down one evening while they were in my mind for some reason, and since then several people have told me this was very helpful in their own work in worship music. This is still very much how I do […]