What if..

What if… … instead of reading all the blogs about the latest evangelical scandal, I spent that time praying for my pastor? … instead of talking about abstract philosophical things on Twitter, I spent that time praying for my wife? … instead of worrying if people like my songs, I spent that time praying for the friends in my music team? … instead of getting […]

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Barcelona photos

Some photos from our recent trip to Barcelona:

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Spring 7in7 coming soon!

Aaron Ivey‘s 7 in 7 songwriting challenge is happening again. The ‘Spring’ challenge is taking place February 12 – 18, and I’m signing up again to take part, as it was a really fruitful and instructive experience last time. I reckon I’ve got a good idea, this time, of how much time I’ll need to carve out for it, too. While it does kind of feel […]

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Deck Hymns

A friend recently handed me a little book of ‘Hymns and sacred poems‘ by James G. Deck. I’d never heard of him, but apparently he was a big deal for Brethren, especially in New Zealand. I can see why, he does have a great beard. Anyway, I’m looking forward to reading through this book, because the first hymn is a real corker. Here is it (minus a […]

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How to serve the congregation

It’s almost as if Stephen Miller read my mind – or my blog (read: probably not). Just as I highlighted his excellent advice to drummers and guitarists, noting that we’re there to serve the song because we’re serving the congregation an Jesus, he posts this: Leading a congregation in worship through singing is not about me. It’s not about my musical preference or how I most enjoy […]

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Things that make great drummers and guitarists

Stephen Miller has posted two helpful lists of things that make for good drummers and guitarists for congregational, church ‘worship’ bands. They’re worth reading if you play either of those instruments or lead people who do: 6 things that make a great drummer 7 things that make a great guitarist Something you’ll see in both of those is:  Less is more 99% of the time. […]

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Saturday Survey – 26/01/2013

Saturday Survey – 26/01/2013

I know, I know… I’m reeeeeally rubbish at regular things, but I’ll try. I’m going to be completely unoriginal and borrow steal the quiz format some other bloggers use.. Did you make a New Year’s resolution  If so, how has it gone in the last three weeks? What was the best new album you heard in 2012? If you could be invisible for a day, what […]

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New songs – part 2

So far I’ve posted parts 1 and 1b of my new song suggestions, and as I write about, here is the list of songs which I additionally suggested which are not ‘new’ but possibly would be new to our German congregation. It’s my sneaky way of making my list look shorter. In Christ Alone – Getty / Townend [Lead sheet] There’s actually a German version […]

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Many Places Many Faces now on Spotify

Many Places Many Faces now on Spotify

The IBC Many Places Many Face CD Project to which I contributed is now on Spotify, where you can listen to the whole CD. Check it out. Here are the two tracks I contributed – the first: a co-write with Tim Burstow, and the second a retune of Topolady’s Hymn: Download the Leadsheet Download the Sheetmusic

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New Songs – part 1b

New Songs – part 1b

Yesterday I posted a list of new songs I think we’ll start singing at International Worship sometime during the year. Basically, because I find it so difficult to narrow things down, I came up with a sneaky way of making the list look smaller, in that I also sent a couple of song suggestions to fit specific situations. Before I move on to the aforementioned […]

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New Songs – part 1

I wrote a few weeks back about choosing core song repertoire for congregational singing, and wrote that I might share my list… well, the music area leader at our church recently called for new song suggestions, so I thought I’d share what I put together as a list of new songs which I hope our International Worship team can draw from. The list is meant as a […]

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The world’s greatest worship leader

The world’s greatest worship leader

I came across this yesterday, one of those random suggested videos that YouTube likes to show; perhaps you’ve already seen it, but I thought it was funny. It’s worth watching till the end for the closing song:

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