by Jody Killingsworth on Thu, 03/28/2013 - 11:06am
Here's a video of Psalm 1 shot during a recent recording session for Songbook Demos, Vol. 3, with some thoughts about singing the Psalms following after that I hope you'll take a moment to read...
(Thanks to Luke Trout and Nate Crum for the video)
It used to be that the Book of Psalms formed the backbone of the Church's worship. Sure, extra-biblical hymns were sung here and there, but historically it's been the Psalms that set the Church's liturgical curriculum...
This latest batch of psalm and hymn arrangements added to our Songbook includes a number that are especially suited for Holy Week worship: "O Sacred Head," "Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted," and "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today," for instance. We had high hopes of getting these published online in time for you to use this Easter, but something called reality kept getting in our way. C'est la vie.
Even still, these songs continue to have relevance regardless the liturgical season. So, help yourself to repeated listenings of our third, self-recorded demo bundle available below for free streaming, and inexpensive download here. And follow the links to free lyrics, charts, and lead sheets galore.
God bless you, and have a blessed celebration of our Lord's resurrection!
by Jody Killingsworth on Mon, 03/25/2013 - 12:21pm
Yesterday being Palm Sunday, the children of Clearnote Church, Bloomington, began our service with shouts of "Hosanna!," waving of palms, and a simple rendition of this golden oldy by Carl Tuttle.
As always, it was immensely encouraging to witness the enthusiasm and simplicity of childlike faith on display. But as if that wasn't enough, the children treated us again later on to an offertory based on the Triumphal Entry theme, this one a setting of portions of the Gospel of Matthew composed by Benjamin Gulick, a student of our pastors college worship course (he's the goofy one, bobbing up and down on guitar, obscuring your view of the children).
Thank you Ben, you're a genius. Thank you children for the encouragement of your faith. And thank you Archie, who had the presence of mind to whip out his smart phone in the nick of time.
For those inclined to want it, we'll work on making the sheet music for this available in time for Holy Week, next year.
Presbyterian Teaching Elder at large James Jordan is known for his, shall we say, "creative" Scriptural insights. I heard a man observe once that what Jordan gets right he gets astonishingly right, and you won't find anybody else today saying it. But he does go wrong at times, and when he does it's usually cringe worthy. Having never read Jordan for myself, I didn't know exactly what this meant. But the comment left me simultaneously curious, and more than a little nervous.
The influence of the erotic spirit is felt almost everywhere in evangelical circles. Much of the singing in certain types of meetings has in it more of romance than it has of the Holy Ghost. Both words and music are designed to rouse the libidinous. Christ is courted with a familiarity that reveals a total ignorance of who He is. It is not the reverent intimacy of the adoring saint but the impudent familiarity of the carnal lover. ~ A. W. Tozer