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Speaking to One Another in Song

Have you ever noticed how we usually sing to the back of the head of the person sitting in front of us? Wouldn’t it be strange to carry on a conversation with someone and never see his or her face?  The Bible says, “Speak to one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs,” yet we […]

Living, Active, Breathing Word of God

How are the Scriptures presented in your assemblies? When people are assigned to read passages to the congregation, do they prepare and present the Word with passion? We enjoyed an area-wide singing at the Park Plaza Church in Tulsa. After hearing some of the most inspiring singing ever, I was moved by the numerous comments, […]

Lift Every Voice

“Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.” – Psalm 150:6 Professional music has been a major focus of my life.  A career of creating beautiful harmonies through a cappella music required developing an ear for pleasing, quality sounds.  It’s no surprise that churches seek out worship leaders who possess this kind of formal experience […]

The Beauty of A cappella Music

Countless times I’ve heard the question, “Aren’t you the group who prefers worship without music?”   Without “music”?  I understand what they mean, but I’m reminded again of the incomparable beauty of vocal “music.” This common question makes me appreciate the repeated choice of words by an instrumentalist who was exposed to beautiful a cappella […]

Lively Praise in Laurel, Maryland

The Laurel Church is certainly alive with praise as they prioritize worship and the introducing of new songs. No congregation that we have worked with through Praise & Harmony Workshops has learned more songs than this church. “Some think singing is for singers.  Singing is for believers!” declared Michael Ray, preaching about the privilege that everyone […]

Mobilizing Praise in Mansfield, Texas

It was our second Praise & Harmony Workshop in Mansfield, Texas, building upon the momentum of the previous year’s weekend experience.  Here are some of the many things that the Mansfield Church covered very well: 1. The church mobilized all their members to understand the value of participation. 2. Through singing classes, the Mansfield Church […]

Beyond Vicarious Worship

Vicarious adjective: “Experienced in the imagination through the feelings or actions of another person.” Recently a friend shared something very special with me. He has a family member whose singing voice can only be described as discordant, lacking all qualities of what most would call “beautiful.” This family member sings out with abandon, however, and by […]