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22nd of January 2021

Accompaniment Tracks for Lent 2021

Introduction We know that planning worship during the global pandemic has not been easy. With all of the added stress, new skills (audio/video editing!!!), and constant curveballs, we know that you’re probably tired. With Easter just around the corner and plans being made, we hope that these accompaniment tracks will ease your burden a bit, […]


27th of December 2020

USCCB Committee On Doctrine Publishes Hymnology Document

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine recently wrote and distributed a document to their bishops, priests, and music ministers entitled “Catholic Hymnody At the Service of the Church: An Aid for Evaluating Hymn Lyrics”. While the document was referenced in a recent article by catholicnewsagency.com, it was not made publicly available […]


12th of October 2020

Free Christmas Resource Now Available

The Center for Congregational Song, in collaboration with Worship Design Studios and Marcia McFee, has just released a free resource for Advent & Christmas called “Park, Porch, and Sidewalk Sings.” This resource is an effort to equip people to sing this winter safely and with a new spirit. The resource includes 10 accompaniment tracks, a […]


8th of September 2020

Free Webinar Series Announced

**For Immediate Release**   Free Webinar Series   The Center for Congregational Song Ambassadors will be offering a free webinar series starting this month. Webinar topics will include: “Breaking Through The Traditional/Contemporary Divide” “The Hymnal Anthem Book” “Sing Praise At Any Moment: Paperless Music 101” “Black Hymnody Matters: The Music of Charles A. Tindley, C.P. […]


18th of August 2020

COVID-19 & Singing – An Update Based on Current Research

INTRODUCTION There are currently research teams across the world working on identifying how COVID-19 spreads and how to best protect the population from contracting the virus. Two ongoing studies are particularly focusing on music-making, which is what we will reference in this summary article. Before continuing, a few important considerations: The author of this article […]


9th of June 2020

Guia sobre la adoración durante la pandemia

Hemos elaborado un documento para ayudar a las iglesias a volver a celebrar juntos nuevamente. Haga clic aquí para descargar el documento.   El canto y la música La música es un regalo de Dios a toda la creación. Es un medio por el cual nos unimos a Dios y a nuestro prójimo, y conecta […]


Resuming Worship – A Guide

The Director of The Center for Congregational Song has been working for nearly a month on an ecumenical consultation led by United Methodist, Lutheran, and Episcopal liturgical scholars, medical experts, and in consultation with the CDC to create a document entitled “Resuming Care-filled Worship and Sacramental Life During A Pandemic.” The full 36-page document can […]


21st of April 2020

Hymn Society Conference Going All-Digital

The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada has announced that its Annual Conference, scheduled for July 12-16, will be an all-digital event. The conference was originally to have been held at Emory University in Atlanta, but in light of the current health crisis, the Executive Committee has decided to embrace the opportunity for […]


25th of March 2020

COVID CAROLS

That’s right…these are carols (new texts set to familiar Christmas Carol tunes) for the Covid-19 pandemic. DOWNLOAD COLLECTION* *UPDATED 4-2-2020 Watch the full collection including sign language interpretations here: Introduction & Guidelines In this time of fear, anxiety, and isolation, the concept of caroling might seem trite, ridiculous, or even inappropriate. We’ll let history decide […]


10th of March 2020

Corona Virus & Congregational Song

Last Sunday at my little congregation in Baltimore, the pastor decided that for the passing of the peace we would encourage people to say “peace be with you,” bow, wave, jazz hands…anything but touch. We made it clear that this was not out of panic, but out of thoughtful precaution. Although not hugging and shaking […]