in defense of “7-11 songs,” part 2

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A while back I offered a post, giving reasons why the use of so-called “7-11 songs” is valid.  The phrase “7-11 songs” is usually used as a pejorative to encapsulate what many traditionalists criticize as the shallow, mundane, and overly repetitious singing of a song.  “Seven words, sung eleven times,” so they say.  My previous post stuck to mostly biblical argumentation, hoping to keep the door open to the concept of singing minimal words multiple times.  We certainly need to … Read More

New Year’s Resolution: More Lament in Worship

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About a year and a half ago, I threw our congregation a shocking worship curve ball.  We kicked off the fall of 2008 with a service of lament and mourning.  We devoted the entire liturgy to songs, Scripture readings, and preaching based on lamentation.  We read lament psalms corporately.  We sang another lament psalm in a chant-and-response format.  Those who were willing put ashes on their heads and came forward to kneel at our chancel to pray and lament…lament for … Read More

Worship Summary 12-27-09

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Every few months we hold a “cerebral” worship service where we sing hymns and praise songs that are very theologically dense. Here is what happened in this week’s service. If you haven’t heard already, we’re part of a network of worship leaders sharing our worship experiences each Sunday through Fred McKinnon’s blog carnival. Summary 1. Thou Lovely Source of True Delight  –  Anne Steele,  1760 / Kevin Twit, 1998A slow and contemplative song reminiscent of Christ’s life, death and resurrection, … Read More

Worship this week 12-20-09

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Here’s what happened in today’s worship service.  We’re part of a network of worship leaders sharing our worship experiences each Sunday through Fred McKinnon’s blog carnival. SummaryI loved worship today!  It was full of meaningful symbols, great songs, and a Christ-centered atmosphere.  Today, regrettably, some of our slides for congregational singing were severely off.  This is so disappointing, because I know that the enemy uses it to rob God of the glory He deserves.  Nonetheless, it was good to be … Read More

More traditions we’re engaging in modern worship: acolytes and Scripture processionals

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I’ve been cooking this up for quite a while.  Many know that my particular church’s context involves two services on Sunday, unique in musical style yet similar in liturgy.  Many also know my passion for traditional worship as well as modern worship.  I’m always looking for ways to bridge them, and I’m especially looking for ways to tastefully import elements of traditional worship into the modern worship grid.  One of the ways is, of course, my setting of old hymns … Read More

The Same Old List: Evangelicals and Our So-Called “Old Hymns”

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This has turned out to be a second installment of concerns over evanglicalism’s limited understanding of and approach to hymns.  My first installment was a critique about the limited creativity we evangelicals have exerted in “resetting” hymns.  The chief concern of today’s post is this question: Why is it that all evangelicals seem to know of “old hymns” are the late 1800s and 1900s gospel-era songs?  Over a year ago, I was leading worship for a group in our church, … Read More

Advent hymn-reflection: “Angels from the Realms of Glory”

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(there are other great verses…these are the ones we’re using) Angels from the realms of glory,Wing your flight o’er all the earth;Ye who sang creation’s storyNow proclaim Messiah’s birth. Come and worship, come and worship,Worship Christ, the newborn King. Shepherds, in the field abiding,Watching o’er your flocks by night,God with us is now residing;Yonder shines the infant light: Saints, before the altar bending,Watching long in hope and fear;Suddenly the Lord, descending,In His temple shall appear. All creation, join in praisingGod, … Read More

behind “The Glad Tidings”

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The Glad Tidings EP was the vision of the one-man think-tank known as Dave Farmer, foisting his bold ambition upon squeamish me.  I produced it, Gary Welker engineered it, and Josh Davis mixed it.  The result is a slightly haphazard yet fully enjoyable EP made available for free public consumption.  Save track 4, it is in keeping with our vision to set old hymns to new music. Track 1: Lo He Comes (Christmas Deconstructed Remix)“Lo He Comes” is one of … Read More

a great way to fight “American Christmas” in Denver

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This past Sunday, I preached on the concept of Advent in general, opening with a “riveting” explanation of Old Testament eschatology (end times teaching) and how Christ expanded and amplified that picture when He came.  The main thrust of the message was to encourage us to live in the reality of Christ’s second Advent by (1) confronting the idolatry of our hearts, and (2) subverting culture’s version of “Advent”–marketing, consumerism, “good feelings,” and what not.  After talking with many people … Read More

a creative way for modern worship to engage tradition in Christmas

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Within the past year, I have been having more and more conversations with pastors who are coming to me for recommendations of worship leaders who understand both modern and traditional worship.  At the same time, more are also coming to me asking, “How can we, as a more typical evangelical church, engage liturgy and hymns?”  People, if you’re not paying attention to this shift, you’re behind the curve. I often cannot help with the former question.  My response is, “Come … Read More