Fred Pratt Green: The other Methodist hymn writer

Through the years, changes in worship style, culture, and musical preferences have increased the variety of congregational songs. There are hymns, contemporary songs, psalm settings, global songs, Asian hymns, gospel songs—among other genres. Which genre does your congregation love to sing?

An Irish prayer song for the new year

It is a tradition for choirs to present an offertory anthem during worship. At the TRAC 47th Session Ordination and Closing Service on 24 November 2022, the designated offertory anthem was “Christ Be With Me”.

Learning to pause

Without checking your calendar, take a moment to guess what day it is. If you have no idea, you are not alone. In
recent years, this question seems to have become more difficult to answer!

Come unto me

Come unto me

Worship for a Sunday church service usually begins with joyful praise. But how do those who come with sheer brokenness, anxiety, doubt, fear, anger or shame fully participate?

Faith exists in the community

Faith exists in the community

A brief look at the top ten worship songs on Christian Copyright Licensing International’s list reveals what many of us sing in church today—heartfelt songs to God about how he saved each of us, and how we each resolve to live for him. While there is nothing wrong with such songs, they tend to dwell on our individual salvation experiences and responses. If these are the only songs we sing, we will be missing out on a vital part of God’s redemptive plan—that God has called us to be “a holy nation, people of his own possession” (1 Pet 2:9).

A patriotic Christian?

I have sometimes found patriotism and my Christian faith incompatible. Songs, both new and old, about eschatological hope provide rich imagery of our destiny when we are finally with the…

Are worship songs of the youth too emo?

I received Christ when I was 13 years old, and so my faith was in its infancy during the tumultuous teenage years. Back then, doctrinal accuracy of the songs I…

Trinitarian hymns in the Wesleyan tradition

The bedrock of Christian faith is our belief in the triune God—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, as revealed in Scripture and in the Incarnation. This is the…

Our victory belongs to God

Victory is a sought-after but elusive commodity. People are quick to claim it, only to realise that it is still out of their reach. In recent times, countries were quick…