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The Work of Visual Artists in Worship

What is visual about worship? Perhaps the question should be, "What is not visual about worship? Of course, the spiritual aspects of worship, the sounds of music and spoken word, the aromas, and mystery of God’s presence are not visual. But is not the impact of the nonvisual dimensions of worship and the proclamation of the Word strengthened or weakened by the visual in worship?

 

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Come, Gather to Hear

United Methodist hymn writer, pastor, and retired district superintendent R. Fred Crider has composed this text that speaks of change and new direction in the church. It was selected as the winner in the 2013 hymn search by United Theological Seminary (the author's alma mater) in the New Text/Existing Tune category.

 

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Psalm of Thanksgiving (Choral Anthem)

Gary Alan Smith, retired Chief Music Editor of Abingdon Press at The United Methodist Publishing House, has composed this challenging SATB choral setting based on Psalm 136.

 

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Christ Is Our Peace

Words: F. Richard Garland, 2014
Music: tune, FINLANDIA, Jean Sibelius, 1899
Scripture: Ephesians 2:11-20

United Methodist pastor and hymn writer F. Richard Garland has based this hymn, the latest in a series, on the Letter to the Ephesians.

 

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Weary of Wandering from My God

Charles Wesley composed this hymn text in 1749. All six stanzas were included in John Wesley’s hymnal, A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People Called Methodists, 1780, under the section titled "For Backsliders Recovered." The hymn was included in many eighteenth- and nineteenth-century collections and hymnals, usually omitting stanzas four and five.

 

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Keeping Easter Season in Year A

Historically, Lent and Eastertide have been all about discipling people in the way of Jesus and sending them into ministry in his name. The primary purpose of Lent has been to help people begin to live the way of Jesus as they prepare to receive baptism or reaffirm the baptismal covenant at the Easter Vigil or on Easter morning. Eastertide picks up where Lent leaves off.  It helps those schooled in living Christ's way during Lent both to understand what has happened to them in baptism, what it means to be part of the body of Christ, and to begin to take their place as ministers in Christ's name and in the power of the Holy Spirit who has given each gifts for ministry.

 

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The Work of Music Leaders

What is the real work of the music leader? Is it to be all things musical to all people in the congregation? Or is it to be a spiritual leader in the congregation who focuses intentionally on the music life of the congregation as a part of the larger ministry context? This article explores the specific jobs of the music leader of the congregation. It names specific tasks that must be done by the music leader and those that should be delegated to gifted helpers. It helps church musicians understand more fully their unique roles in the congregation and how to do them more effectively.

 

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How to Worship in Small-Membership Congregations

This article is designed to give practical ideas and suggestions for celebrating the type of vital worship that is central to the life of the congregation. Worship in the small-membership congregation is the gathering of the family of faith to praise God, simply and honestly. Worship is not performance; it is the presence and a shared experience of the risen Lord. With this understanding in mind, let us examine worship in the small-membership congregation.

 

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O Sacred Head, Now Wounded (Morrison)

This new setting by Dr. Kenneth Morrison of the familiar hymn is written for SATB choir, organ, harp, piano and synthesizer.

 

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God’s Love

Cantata for Holy Week and Easter By Dr. Kenneth Morrison
Themes: love, Christ's gracious life, life and teaching, Passion and death, resurrection
Seasons/Sundays: Lent, Holy Week, Palm Sunday, Passion Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter

This is a major work for SATB choir, piano, organ, and string quartet (2 violins, viola, cello).

 

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May 8, 2014
Developing Your Ministry Plan 4: Worship, Small Groups, and the Next 12 Months

Thursday, May 8, 2014
6:30 pm, Central Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour
Presenter: Craig Kennet Miller, Director of Pastoral Leadership at GBOD

Building on the previous three sessions, your team will be guided in a process to identify key steps for your congregational development. The focus will be on small groups and worship as well as thinking about putting your ideas into action.