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December 2, 2013

Christmas Resources



Looking for creative worship ideas for your Christmas services?  Click here to discover advent readings, prayers, responsive readings, drama sketches, sermon ideas, music ideas, fun stuff, and more.
October 7, 2013

Thanksgiving Music


Looking for something new to sing with your congregation this year for Thanksgiving?  Then check out this song list...

  1.  Come Into His Presence (Baird) - Hallelujah Choruses, volume 4, #51
  2.  Give Thanks (with a grateful heart) (Smith) - Hallelujah Choruses, volume 4, #55
  3.  Haven’t You Been Good (Steve Earle) - www.praisecharts.com (Sovereign Grace version)
  4.  He Has Made Me Glad (I Will Enter His Gates) - Maranatha Praise (purple book) volume 2
  5.  I Will Sing of the Mercies of the Lord Forever - Maranatha Praise (purple book) volume 2
  6.  In Thanksgiving Let Us Praise Him (Cloninger) - Celebration Hymnal (hymn tune: Austria)
  7.  It is a Good Thing to Give Thanks Unto the Lord - Celebration Hymnal
  8.  Let All Things Now Living (Katherine Davis) - Celebration Hymnal (hymn tune: The Ashgrove)
  9.  My Tribute (Andrae Crouch) - Hallelujah Choruses volume 11, Celebration Hymnal
10.  Sing and Make Music (John Larsson) - Hallelujah Choruses volume 1, Happiness & Harmony
11.  Sweeter (Cindy Cruse-Ratcliffe, Israel Houghton) - www.praisecharts.com - (either Lakewood or Cottrell version)
12.  Thank you Lord for Saving my soul (Sykes) - Maranatha Praise (purple book), volume 2
13.  We are So Blessed (Gaither, Nelson) - Celebration Hymnal
14.  When I Think About the Lord (Huey) - www.praisecharts.com (Jason Breland version)
15.  Forever (Tomlin) - www.praisecharts.com
16.  Worthy is the Lamb (Zschech) - Hallelujah Choruses volume 12
17.  This Thankful Heart (I Will Offer Up My Life) (Redman) - Magnify, #27
18.  Forever Grateful (Altrogge) - Celebration Hymnal, Maranatha Praise (green book) volume 4
19.  Giver of Life (Tim Hughes) - www.ccli.com (Songselect service)
20.  Above All Else (Vicky Beeching) - www.ccli.com (Songselect service)
21.  Indescribable (Chris Tomlin) - www.praisecharts.com
22.  Famous One (Chris Tomlin) - www.praisecharts.com
23.  Gracias (Marcos Witt) - www.ccli.com (Songselect service) - english lyrics here
24.  I Sing the Mighty Power of God - Celebration Hymnal
25.  O Come Let Us Sing for Joy to the Lord (Mason) - www.ccli.com (Songselect service)
26.  Thank you Lord (Paul Baloche & Don Moen) - www.ccli.com (Songselect service)
27.  10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) (Matt Redman) - praisecharts.com, musicnotes.com, CCLI Songselect
28.  Thank you Lord (Sykes, Laeger) - Hallelujah Choruses volume 19
29.  Because of Your Love (Paul Baloche & Brenton Brown) - CCLI Songselect
30.  I am Blessed (Garreffa)
31.  How Could I Ask for More (Morgan) - CCLI Songselect
32.  Thank you for giving me the morning - SA Tunebook #807, Sing for Joy Songbook
33.  Lord I Thank You for the Joy of Living - Sing On Songbook #81


September 20, 2013

Songs About Social Justice



The weekend of September 27th - 29th 2013 is a prayer-focus on the issue of human trafficking in The Salvation Army.  In light of that, below is a listing of worship songs fitting to that theme, and the theme of social justice in general.  Most songs can be found through CCLI Songselect, musicnotes, or praisecharts.  In some cases, Salvation Army source publications are listed.

A Song for the Nations (Rutledge)
Abide with me (SA Songbook 670)
Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) (Tomlin)
And Can it Be (SA Songbook 283)
Ascribe Greatness to our God (Kirkbride-Barthow, King)
Beauty for Brokenness (God of the Poor) (Kendrick) – The Source volume 1
Candle of the Lord (Webb)
Canticle of the Turning (Mary's Song) (Cooney)
Christ Has Called Us to New Visions (Rontgen, Huber) – SA Tunebook 408 or 435
Compassion Hymn (Getty) - available through CCLI Songselect
Day of Freedom (Bourgeois, Eaton, Morgan) - lyrics here
Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble (Smith)
Dreams of Your Heart (Laeger) - chord chart here
Embrace the World (Garreffa) - piano chart here
Face of Christ (Rice)
Faith of Our Brothers (Peterson, Walton) – SA Tunebook 499
Faithful (Ruis)
Follow You (Mooring, Cash)
Friends of Christ (Ivany) - contact Josh Ivany on Lotus notes
Go Light Your World (Rice)
Go Make a Difference (Angrisano, Tomaszek)
God of Justice (Hughes)
God of This City (Boyd, Bleakley, Comfort, Kernaghan, McCann, Jordan)
Great is the Darkness (Richards, Coates)
Hear Our Praises (Morgan)
Here I Am Lord (Schutte)
History Maker (Smith)
How Long (Townend)
How to Grow Up Big and Strong (Heard) - lyrics here
I Want to Meet You There (Park)
I Will Go (Neufeld, Salmon)
I’ll Fight (N. Rowe)
In the Heart of the Darkness (L. Rowe) - contact Lynnette Rowe on Lotus notes
It's Time for the Reign of God (Doerksen)
Just One Touch from the King (Birtill)
Let Justice Roll (N. Rowe) - guitar chart here
Let Justice Roll Down (Gibson)
Lord, Let Your Kingdom Come (Samuel) - contact Nick Samuel on Lotus notes
Love Will Save the Day (Laeger, Mikles) - lead sheet here
My Brother's Keeper (Garreffa)
Power of Your Name (Brewster) - available through CCLI Songselect
Reach Out in Love (Garreffa) - piano chart here, also in Hallelujah choruses volume 16
Revolution (Starfield)
Soldier's Hymn (Laeger, Mikles) - Hallelujah choruses volume 18, lead sheet here
Stir Your Church (Price, Butler)
Storm the Forts of Darkness (SA Songbook #696)
The Basin and The Towel (Card)
The Spirit of the Lord (Kendrick) – Magnify Songbook
The World for God (Laeger, Mikles) - lead sheet here
They Need Christ (Gowans, Larsson) - Hallelujah chorus series volume 19
Thou Art the Way (none other dare I follow) (Wiggins) – SA Songbook 529
Through Your Eyes (Garreffa) - piano chart here
You Said (Morgan)




July 9, 2013

Good Sound



Is the sound board a bit of a mystery to you?  A little intimidating?  Whether you're a novice or a pro, this website will educate you on the art of creating a good sound mix as well as demystifying all those buttons on the soundboard. 

behindthemixer.com

Also, check out this article on the key to making a good sound mix when performing live on stage.

June 4, 2013

The Mystery of Motivation



I must admit, even after being a worship leader for 18 years, it is still a mystery to me, and a weekly challenge, to discover what motivates a congregation (and each member of it) to worship.
 
Having said that, I recognize that God’s Spirit and the individual’s receptibility to it is a key factor that is completely out of my hands, and it would be arrogance on my part to think otherwise. Yet still I strive, as Paul wrote, “to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.” (1 Cor. 10:33). So I pay attention to what style of music causes the hearer to truly open his mouth and sing, to sway or move, and ‘enter in’. I recognize that we are a people of distraction, of noise, and it takes a lot of focus to center ourselves, tune out the clutter, and find the ‘still small voice’ of God in the moment. I also recognize that a person’s outward demeanor may not necessarily clue me in to the workings of their inner sanctum, or how God may actually be convicting them during the worship experience.  But despite knowing all this, I am still haunted by my own inadequacies, to say the right thing in the right moment, to be sensitive to the needs of my congregation, and to allow God the time He requires, instead of ‘moving on to the next thing’ in order to keep to the dictated schedule or avoid an awkward silence. So the question begs, does the Spirit of God depend on my own discernment of Him, in order to be able to move in the hearts of my congregants during our time of worship?  And does the ability of my congregants to open themselves up to receive God’s Spirit depend on my ability to facilitate the worshipful environment they feel they need in order to make that happen?
 
The appalled reaction of my heart is immediately “Heaven forbid!” Heaven forbid that it should be all on me. Heaven forbid that I would arrogantly think that it does, or that my actions could possibly limit God’s Spirit. Yet deep down I know that God must place partial responsibility on my shoulders, for He calls me to be obedient in preparation, obedient in prayer, and obedient in love and compassion for the congregation I serve. How can I ask God to use me as His vessel if I have been any less? Yet at the same time I recognize that there have been many past worship moments where God moved among His people in spite of my failings, and in spite of my disobedience that particular week.
 
The reality is that the weight is not 100% on me, nor is it 100% on God. Scripture makes it clear that the majority of the onus is on each congregant individually. Even God, in all His perfection, does not force His Spirit on anyone, but rather only enters a heart by invitation (Rev. 3:20). Jesus Himself wept brokenheartedly over Jerusalem, when He cried, "O Jerusalem…how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate” (Matt. 23:37). Jesus Himself could not motivate everyone to believe in Him, or to follow Him.
 
So perhaps instead my prayer each week must be that I not, by my actions or by my leadership, become a hindrance or a distraction to the people of God as they worship. Perhaps I need to pray simply, “Lord, help me get out of Your way”. And perhaps God is saying to me, like Mordecai said to Esther, “If you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise from another place… And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14).
 
- written by Kim Garreffa


May 2, 2013

Songs for Mother's Day



One of the most difficult themes in regards to songs and planning a worship service has to do with Mother's Day, and parenting in general.  Below I've provided a list of songs that might make your planning a little easier. Click onto each songtitle in order to download lyrics, music, or to listen to them in advance.

En Mi Hogar (In My Home) - translated from the Spanish SA Songbook.  Sung to Tunebook #529, "The Glory Song".

A Christian Home - sung to Tunebook #643, "Finlandia".

The Family Prayer Song

I Choose Life - listen to it here

Today (Doerksen)

O Happy Home (tune: Hold Thou My Hand, Tunebook #543)

I'm Something Special (Gaither)

Love Will Be Our Home (Steven Curtis Chapman)

My Mum (Gowans and Larsson)

For the Sake of the Children



For more Mother's Day ideas, click here.
February 13, 2013

Vocal Music of The Salvation Army



To view a comprehensive index of all vocal music published by The Salvation Army, click on one of the links below:

View by Title

View by Publication

View by Composer

View by Lyricist

View Publication Codes 
February 4, 2013
January 25, 2013

O&R for music organizations



Here are the Salvation Army's official regulations concerning music and gospel arts groups, worship teams and worship committees, brass bands and songster brigades:

Worship Committees and Gospel Arts Groups (e.g. Drama)

Music Groups (including worship teams)

Brass Bands (including YP Bands)

Songsters

Musical Meetings
September 4, 2012
External content from Ministry Resources Ministry Resources

Spanish Ministry Resources

Are you looking for Spanish Ministry tools?  Here are a few suggestions for music resources that have been useful in other ministries.

A great website to check out for Spanish lyrics is this: www.AllTheLyrics.com  Note that there are 40 pages of lyrics at that site!

Here is a helpful online English-Spanish dictionary:  www.spanishdict.com


The other thing that has helped immensely is Youtube. There are all kinds of Spanish worship videos (with lyrics) there. They are great in that not only can they be downloaded and played in a worship service, but it will also give your live worship band an idea of how to pronounce Spanish, and where to place all the syllables in a song.

Some sample titles to try are:

How great is our God (Tomlin)/Cuan Grande es Dios
He is the Mighty one of Israel/Elpoderoso de Israel (Paul Wilbur)
Agnus Dei/Agus Dei(Marcos Witt)
Trading my sorrow/ Cambiaré mi Tristesa
Mighty to Save/Cristo Puede Salvar (Hillsong)
At the Cross/En la Cruz (Hillsong)
King of Majesty/Rey de Majestad (Hillswong)
You are Holy/Eres Santo eres Digno
Jesus we celebrate your victory/Cristo tu triumfo Celebramos
I want to See Jesus Lifted High /Queremos a Cristo Proclamar
Renew Me /Renueveme
Lord I Lift Your Name on High / Tu nombre levantaré (note - there is more than one translation of this piece)
David Danced (Salvador)
Worthy is the Lamb / Digno eres Señor
Via Dolorosa (Sandi Patti)
You are here / Tu estas aqui de Jesus
You are my King (Amazing Love) / Inmenso Amor
Power of Your Love / Por el poder de tu amor (or simply, el poder de tu amor) - there are two popular translations of this piece

Itunes also has many of these pieces for download: simply type in the Spanish name of the song under Power Search. Once you find one title, you can investigate all of the performer's recordings... this will lead you to more and more songs.

We have also posted here a zip file that contains Spanish lyrics for 13 songs including:
Come, Now Is the Time to Worship
David Danced
Lord I Lift Your name on High
Open The Eyes of My Heart
The Power of Your Love
Trading my Sorrow
Via Dolorosa
What a Friend
Worthy Is The Lamb
You Are My King

Spanish Worship Songs