The ‘five big boxes’ to check when choosing songs

Here’s some great advice from Jamie Brown on how to select congregational worship songs for your church’s repertoire: Biblical faithfulness, theological correctness, gospel centeredness, musical richness, and congregational accessibility are the five big boxes you should be able to check. If a new song is really popular but doesn’t check all five of those boxes, then maybe you shouldn’t use it. There’s other good points there too, […]

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Promises… acoustic session

Here’s a rather impromptu and unrehearsed live acoustic recording of ‘Promises were made (You are faithful)’ with Thomas on the piano: Don’t forget, you can download the song as an MP3 and sheet music here.

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Testing some new gear

I whipped up a little demo track this week, in order to test out a bit of new recording gear. It’s a bit rough and ready*, with improvised parts, but it gives and idea of the sound (not too mention the song). So here it is, followed by a run-through of what’s being used: I’ve been using an MXL 2006 condensor mic for my demos, […]

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Some stream of consciousness on a Summer Sunday evening

I was standing during the service today, and it came into my head, “our church is in a really good season”. I’m very excited about the art project I’m helping organise at our church which will compliment a 4-part sermon series called ‘the season of the soul’. I’m excited about encouraging artists within our congregation, and celebrating the creativity God has blessed us with. I’m […]

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How great your love – a rough demo

I spent a bit more time on the draft I posted the other day and significantly reworked parts of it, to the point where it’s no longer called ‘This is love’ (those lyrics don’t exist anymore!) but ‘How great Your love’. I realised that the chorus just didn’t work – a hard decision to make, because it was the initial part I came up with.. maybe […]

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Worship: It’s all about Jesus

“I’m coming back to the heart of worship, and it’s all about You, Jesus.” This lyric by Matt Redman is from one of the best-known contemporary worship songs. It was probably sung at hundreds, if not thousands, of church gatherings this weekend, including ours in Germany. It is from a song which is a response to the way sung worship can easily be distorted into […]

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Lyric video for ‘Promises were made’

Here’s a lyric / chords video I’ve made (my first attempt at one of these things)  for ‘Promises were made (You are faithful)‘: Don’t forget, you can download the lead sheet & chord chart, and the MP3, to use yourself, or give to your music team.

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Promises were made (you are faithful)

I was asked for a copy of this song, after I sang it at TLM on the weekend, so I re-recorded the vocal track (so it was better, as well as having changed a word or two). I’m going to stop messing with this now. The demo is pretty decent* (given that I did it all myself, with one mic). The photo, btw, is this […]

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Lamentations 3:22-23

Lamentations 3:22-23

  As I’ve been sporadically making my way through Lamentations (I know.. it’s not that long…) I got to this verse: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV) This is one of those really famous verses, which you might see on a poster with a […]

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7 in 7 Day 6: Psalm 96

7 in 7 Day 6: Psalm 96

Day 6 of the 7 in 7 songwriting challenge; I’ve never written a call-and-response song, so I thought I’d give it a go. This call to worship is based on Psalm 96 (the first time through is the C&R version – with a very reluctant Peta helping out as a makeshift congregation! – the second is straight through – preferences?)     Here are the […]

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All the world – a rough demo

All the world – a rough demo

I’ve put together a rough demo of my Acts song All the World. It’s pretty epic, as the bridge is half a dozen different languages (which I sing very badly in here!) but that can be adapted to the languages of the group one sings it with; we just happen to have a very multikulti home group! Anyway, as I’ve note, the usual disclaimer: it’s […]

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Prodigal Grace – new song on Luke 15

Prodigal Grace – new song on Luke 15

I somehow missed TGC’s call for songs for the book of Luke, and only found out because Bruce Benedict posted his submission last night (be sure to check his song out, it’s a bluesy take on Jesus’ temptation in the desert). Anyhow, the point is that the deadline is tomorrow…. so I wrote a song today. Well, I came up with the chorus before I went […]

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