How Does Your Church Do Music?

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  1. CubeX

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    We tend to have hymns in the Sunday morning servece and sometimes choruses like "I Can only Imagine" and even some songs for the kids (and those at heart) like "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands" and "Jesus Loves Me" (even though these are now being considered hymns...I think Jesus Loves Me really is..anyways...).

    Then we usually have a choir special and even sometimes a short skit. We then also have a person do a singing special or the children's choirs do one.

    Then, at night, We usually use up-beat choruses and throw in a hymn somewhere or another. We also have a Special Singing at night too. The Youth Choir does the night service while the Adult choir does the morning.

    Wednesday, the youth have a little more up-beat music and onece a month, the band Silent Stones plays redone choruses and Christian songs. They do anything from Relient K to Mercy Me.

    So, I was just wondering...how do your churches do it?

    -CubeX
     
  2. Dale McNamee

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    Dear CubeX,

    My church has two services on Sunday. The music for the 8:15am service is traditional hymns and classical music pieces for the prelude,offeratory
    ,and postlude.

    The 11am service is a "blended" service with the same traditional hymns and classical pieces for the prelude,offeratory,and postlude as the 8:15 service along with contemporary P&W music.
    The choir sings at both services. The "P&W" group plays at the 11am service only.

    This is our usual arrangement,but sometimes the "P&W" group will do the prelude & postlude as well as the 4-8 songs that we normally do if our music director and pastor wants us to do so. We play music by Stuart Townhend,Matt Redman,
    Hillsongs Music,Kingsway Music,Integrity,etc. as well as some contemporary arrangements of the traditional hymns done by my music director.

    I play the conga drum in our unique "P&W" group
    and I term it "unique" because we play and sing the contemporary music with the classical music sense of discipline,order,and beauty.

    My music director(who is also the organist,choir director,as well as the pianist for the "P&W" group)teaches voice & organ at the local conservatory.My bass player is a multi-instrumentalist(piano,organ,trumpet,percussion)who was in the US Army field band and Jazz Ambassadors. My guitarist is at home playing any type of music(classical to rock). My 3 female vocalists all studied voice in college and sing opera,broadway,as well as the contemporary songs.
    And my set drummer is a retired big band drummer. So when I say we're unique,we're unique!

    I hope that this helps!

    In Christ,
    Dale
     
  3. Ben W

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    We have just the one meeting on a Saturday afternoon. We usually have at least two hymns and a couple of praise and worship chrouses. We generally use tapes for music.
     
  4. Chrift

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    We usually sing 3 or 4 hymns and 1 Psalm per service. All music is very traditional. Music is generally either organ or piano, but sometimes a violin or flute and All instraments are played from behind the congragation. Sometimes children's choir will sing too. We don't clap afterwards, something I failed to tell my Baptist wife :eek: Oops - oh well, she figured it out on her own, she's a fast learner [​IMG]
     
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    We have a blended service every time we meet (except on special Sundays when we focus on just one style once or twice a year).

    Although not an ideal way to do it in my opinion, this is how our services on Sunday AM are generally laid out:

    A Call to Worship (choral or conregational)
    Welcome of Visitors
    Set of songs... 3 or 4
    Children's Sermon
    Set of songs... 3 or 4
    Offering
    Message in Song (Special Music)
    Sermon
    Invitation
     
  6. Molly

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    I've heard people say they have a blended worship style and I would like to ask...do you mean on just the basis of the song choices it is blended...a few hymns and a few choruses? Or does it men style(like music)...you do both traditional piano and also have a praise band(with praise singers,etc)

    I have seen a church say they are blended but everything sung(hymns included) was sung with a praise band and such...but,because they threw in a few token hymns,they considered themselves blended....To me this is not blended. :eek:


    About our church....we have a music pastor who leads all music,choir,and orchestra. The orchestra plays about once a month and the choir sings maybe 2 times a month.

    We sing mostly hymns,anthem type music,some psalms,and maybe a few newer hymns,or shorter songs.(We have never sang*He came from heaven to Earth to show the way* *Lord,I life your name on high*....not that that song is terrible,but we do not sing camp-like songs in corporate worship.)

    All the songs pertain to the message. We sing before the preaching and also sometimes we wait and sing in response to the message. I like singing after hearing the Word of God preached.

    I consider the music very excellent,reverent,and God-honoring. The style is a conservative one,I guess. (Not contemporary at all....no focus on style whatsoever.)

    Molly
     
  7. Joshua Rhodes

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    Molly,

    I consider what we do to be extremely well blended... but then again, I'm biased. I've heard many say that true blended services cannot be achieved. I would invite these to attend our services for a month and then say that. Not to blow my own trumpet, but I believe we acheive it quite well. In answer to your question, we very rarely have a band. Most of the time, it's piano and keyboard. My church does not have an organ at all. Many times we add the hand drums, guitar and bass to the piano and keyboard to change it up a little, but this is no more than once a month or so, as it is a lot of equipment to transport and set up. Hope this helps.
     
  8. Pete

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    We start off with 4 or 5 modern (Scripture in Song, Kendrick, etc) songs with piano & organ, sometimes canned music (CD). 2-3 hymns on organ throughout the rest of service.

    This coming Sunday first section will have addition of bloke on drums, another on bass & Strat, and self on Strat. Play-list for that part of service this week is I've Been Redeemed, Glorify Thy Name, Amazing Love (My Lord, what love is this), Your Unfailing Love (Hills)....I've seen better lists, but also seen much worse ;)

    Pete
     
  9. Dr. Bob

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    We sing one or two Gospel songs of testimony or praise (like Fanny Crosby, PP Bliss), then preaching. After that we have testimony, offering, specials and usually 2 more songs, this time more solid hymns.

    Once a month we might have "old" choruses in a p.m. service. Never any CCM. Ever.
     
  10. I Am Blessed 24

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    Congregation sings a praise hymn

    Pastor does announcements

    Congregations sings a praise hymn

    Choir sings a special

    Congregation sings the 'chorus of the month' (during which time we shake hands and greet our visitors)

    We then have a special singer

    Sermon

    Hymn during altar call

    Musical ensemble plays during offertory

    We do this Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday evening (although Wednesday's are a little more flexible)

    Sunday nights before the sermon we do sing Happy Birthday to people having a birthday during the previous week and Happy Anniversary to the couples celebrating. (Yes, the husband and wife get to have a brief kiss) [​IMG]
     

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