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9th of June 2020

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 […]


2nd of March 2020

Consumerism and Congregational Song: Part II

Blogger David Bjorlin is a worship pastor at Resurrection Covenant Church (Chicago), a lecturer in worship at North Park Theological Seminary (Chicago), and a published hymnwriter. In my previous blog post, I argued that, for most people in the United States, consumerism is one of the most prevalent forces that drives our national economy and […]


24th of February 2020

Wandering in the Wilderness

Author – Ginny Chilton Maxwell is Music Minister at Church of the Ascension in Norfolk, Virginia, where she serves as organist, choirmaster, and elementary music teacher. I’m back! I started a new position in August of last year and, while I didn’t plan to take a 6-month hiatus from blogging here at the Center for […]


13th of February 2020

Why won’t people sit through my postlude?

Guest Contributor – Hannah Cruse is the founder of The Church Musician’s Assistant. She has been working in the church music field for a decade and has a Master of Sacred Music from Perkins School of Theology.     “Why won’t people sit through my postlude? So rude. I spend hours every week practicing, and […]


3rd of February 2020

Album Review – His Mercy Is More: The Hymns of Matt Boswell and Matt Papa

The Context Matt Boswell and Matt Papa have been cowriting hymns for over a decade, and this album represents the fruit of their co-labor. Boswell is a lead pastor at a church in Texas while Papa serves as artist-in-residence at a Nashville church. Papa has described their regular practice of connecting using video chat or […]


28th of January 2020

Album Review – Cardiphonia, “Hollow Square Hymnal”

The Context Cardiphonia is a collaboration of artists and musicians who give their first fruits to the church.  Bruce Benedict, Chaplain of Worship and Arts at Hope College is the founder and director for Cardiphonia, and thus responsible for curating the artists who participate on each record. “Hollow Square Hymnal” was released in 2016 and […]


13th of January 2020

Roman Catholic Song Spectrum

While I am not personally Roman Catholic, I have spent and continue to spend a lot of my time in Roman Catholic spaces, with Roman Catholic musicians, and leading song within/from/of the Roman Catholic church. There are scholars and professionals within the Roman Catholic Church who have found their life’s calling studying and leading Roman […]