Christmas Cracker #2- Discernment about Words

It’s that merry season of good tidings and cheer, when ye olde carolling chestnuts deck our halls with boughs of holly on a cold and frosty morning. Here’s a yule log-tide plea to keep Christ central amongst all the celebrations and carol medleys that make up the bulk of our…

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Christmas Cracker # 1. Music choices

It’s the beginning of October as I write this, but in a bid to out-do Tesco I’m trying to get all Christmassy. I know that many like to think far ahead so that they can be fully prepared for December. This article’s for them. It’s also an alarm call to…

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Facing a task unfinished

'Facing a task unfinished' is one of those classic old hymns that I grew up with. But it's also one of those old hymns I found thoroughly boring to sing as it comes with music that far too easily converts into a dirge. And so, because of the distractingly dull…

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PDF Hymnal G-I

Give to our God Glorious things TAB Glory be to God the Father God of the covenant God whose almighty word Great God of wonders Great is thy faithfulness Guide me O my great Redeemer Here_is_Love Hail the day Holy holy holy TAB How good a thing it is How…

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Planning Music for Remembrance Sunday

A few years ago some of us might have been hesitant of making too much of Remembrance Sunday. We’re perhaps wary of appearing overly nationalistic, and sceptical of too much formal ceremony. But increasingly, I think, we’re coming to see that it gives us numerous things that are positively, beneficially…

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PDF Hymnal J-L

Jerusalem the Golden Jesus lover of my soul Jesus the name high over all Jesus Paid it All Just as I am Let earth and heaven combine Let us sing the King Messiah Lord be my vision Lord it is not within my care Lord, speak to me

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PDF Hymnal M-P

Now thank we all our God O Breath of life O for a closer walk with God O for a heart to praise O for a thousand tongues O God our hope O Lord my God O sacred head Our Father God Our God stands Praise him, praise him Praise…

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5 great ways to use music in a service

There are a thousand good and bad ways to use music in a church service. Here are just five hopefully good ideas which combine both Biblical truth with practical advice… 1. Use music to help the congregation engage both mind and heart with God There is no stronger reason to…

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Behold our God

  ‘Behold our God’ is a song written by the guys at Sovereign Grace Music, and was released on the album ‘Risen’ last year. A YouTube link, the lyrics and the sheet music (free) can all be found here: http://sovereigngracemusic.org/Songs/Behold_Our_God_(Who_has_held_the_oceans)/1 I can think of at least 3 reasons why our…

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PDF Hymnal R-U

Rejoice the Lord is King! Rejoice the Lord is King (2) Ride on ride on Rock of ages new tune See the conqueror mounts Sovereign Lord TAB Sovereign Ruler Speak Lord in the stillness Spirit of God, our hearts inspire The church's one foundation The heavens declare your glory Lord…

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Who are we singing to anyway?

Paul writes: And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name…

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Wisdom on going to Music College

Reflections on a life at Music  College   “Work harder, be better, don’t cut corners, practice more, practice till it’s perfect and then practice again.” Ring any bells from childhood piano lessons? These common motivational nuggets were multiplied as I entered into my 1st Year BMus degree studying the Trumpet…

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