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Blog – Centered In Song

Blog – Centered In Song

A blog connecting you to deep conversations, valuable resources, and challenging ideas

Centered In Song is a blog that features a core team of writers who care deeply about the congregation’s voice and who seek to have deep and meaningful conversations. Our team of bloggers are always on the lookout for great events, fresh ideas, and artists who are passionate about congregational singing. Because the team is made up of folk from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, this blog offers a variety of viewpoints and opinions on congregational song, celebrating the diversity that the church’s song embodies each and every week.

 

Blog Team


6th of January 2020

Why Sing in Worship?

Author – Adam Perez is a doctoral student in liturgical studies at Duke Divinity School.   In this blog post, I want to offer some simplified responses to the question, “Why do Christians sing in worship?” My response is not simply my own, but a compilation and summary of a wide variety of church music and […]


18th of December 2019

The Church Is Dying – And I’m Not Bothered

The Church Is Dying This morning I read yet another headline from a denominational news source to the effect of “9 things the church must change immediately so it doesn’t die.” The article was filled with claims of the church’s decline and our impending doom unless, of course, we made the urgent changes the author […]


3rd of December 2019

Questions for the Director – CCLI or Onelicense?

Here’s the next question that I sometimes get from you church musicians and pastors out there. This one is about copyright. I’m sure many of you will relate to the question posed.       The Question Dear Brian, I am looking for an answer to why I might need both a CCLI license and […]


21st of November 2019

Lessons & Carols Ideas

We’re grateful for friend of The Center and Hymn Society member Greg Scheer for sharing his document of “Lessons and Carols Brainstorms” that includes general background on this type of service, guidelines and advice on how to pull it off, and specific songs and resources for each lesson. We hope you find it as helpful […]


18th of November 2019

Ten Artists Kanye Obviously Doesn’t Know About

We weren’t going to post anything about Kanye West and his new album. Frankly, he gets enough press already and most of his music isn’t designed nor does it lend itself well to be considered “congregational.” But the latest news of him claiming to be the “greatest artist God has ever created” does open up […]


4th of November 2019

An Interview with George Shorney

Many times the people who are most passionate about a topic and those who do so much to empower and enable good and important work are never given the spotlight. In some ways, that is the case with the late George Shorney. A long-time member of The Hymn Society and long-time chairman of Hope Publishing […]


21st of October 2019

5 Simple Answers

Blogger Brian Hehn is the Director of The Center for Congregational Song, adjunct professor of worship at Wingate University, and Director of Music at Light Street Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, MD.     Common Quotes “We should sing songs & hymns with good theology” “5 ways to get your congregation singing” “This song has good theology” “This […]


15th of October 2019

Recharge Your Light

Felicia Patton is a lifelong Chicago native and worship leader at Urban Village Church. Felicia received an undergraduate degree from North Park University followed by two graduate degrees from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.       Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord. (Isaiah 2:5, NIV)   How do we tell the story How […]


30th of September 2019

How to Use a Hymnal

Blogger Brian Hehn is the Director of The Center for Congregational Song, adjunct professor of worship at Wingate University, and Director of Music at Light Street Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, MD.     This kind of information may be old news to some of our readers, but there are those of you who may not […]


16th of September 2019

On “Faithful Feelings”

Author – Adam Perez is a doctoral student in liturgical studies at Duke Divinity School.       Wins If the so-called “worship movement” has accomplished anything, it has helped to make Christian worship more emotionally expressive. Where some of the “frozen chosen” (I’m from the Reformed tradition, for the record) used to stand in icy […]