Sunday Morning Worship Songs

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  1. FriendofSpurgeon

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    What do you use to sing on Sundays? Do you use hymnals or do you use screens with the music? If so, do you use multi-media?
     
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    We use screens and multi media.
     
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    We use screens and multi-media. But, the hymnal and chorus books are available in the pews for those who want to use them.
     
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    We also use screens and multimedia. My DH is the worship pastor and chooses both hymns and newer songs, although the newer songs are more numerous than hymns (we're working to get hymns back into the song list). We gave up hymnals a long time ago because we can do much more with the screen. I like this system. Especially since the screen and multimedia are my job!
     
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    We use hymnals and also have paid for the right to copy many, many hymns. So, we often sing hymns that are not in our hymn book.

    I really do not like projections onto walls or screens. Also I hate the modern "fluff" songs .... the ones that go like:

    Jesus is great
    Jesus is great
    Oh boy, hot dog
    Jesus is great
     
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    They are off-the-wall in more ways than one:laugh:
     
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    That's funny. I keep up on current worship music, and I've never heard of that song. (BTW, Jesus is great!)


    As for the OP, we use hymnals and words in our bulletin for the Morning Worship, and project the words and sermon outline in the Evening Worship. If we had a permanent screen, we'd probably do both hymnal/bulletin and project the words.
     
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    Hymnals are firmly in the pew-backs. Nothing like trying to get rid of hymnals to cause a church split. ;)

    But seriously, some prefer to read the music, so we leave them there. When hymns are sung (in every service) the titles and numbers are listed in the bulletin and at the top of every slide in our projection software. Obviously, the numbers aren't needed when songs are used that aren't published in the hymnal.

    We use some multi-media, and will probably use more in the future as the software we just purchased for our sanctuary does alot more than the Powerpoint we used to use.
     
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    We mostly use a hymnal but we do have the projector available if we need it for a hymn not in our hymnal.

    I think it is very important to keep the issues of music content, media and age separate.

    "Fluff songs" and there are plenty of them, would be just as "fluffy" and shallow if they were in a hardback hymnal and if they had been written in 1834 as they are on 2008 on a large screen.

    A song like Be Thou My Vision is just as relevant today on a screen as it was 600 years ago before the invention of the printing press.
     
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    This is what I do as well.
    I still announce the next song but I find that having the number and name of the hymn listed on the screen really helps.
     
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    I agree. Good songs stand the test of time.
     
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    The advantage to using projection screens is you get to hold your head up while you sing allowing for the opening of the throat and the ability to sing out better. Looking down at hymnals is ok if you have nothign else.

    Crabby and I agree on one thing shallow fluff songs are lousy. don't mnd them as a call to worship type thing. But 7/11 songs are ussually about workng up emoton than anything else.
     
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    Just to clarify... not every "new" song is a "7/11" or "fluff" song.

    A song doesn't have to be old to be good. The greatest thing that most of the old standards that we sing have going for them is that they have stood the test of time, on this I think we agree.

    The key is for a worship pastor/music minister to use discernment in choosing songs for his/her congregation. If a song is questionable theologically, don't use it. But not using a song until it's 50 years old is, in my opinion, overkill.
     
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    I agree. There are some really wonderful songs from the Northumberland Community and also the Iona Community.
     
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    ...and others.
     
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    Our early service is much more traditional/liturgical and uses hymns out of the hymnals. Our later service is more of a blended service -- using both hymns & more contemporary songs and uses the two large screens at the front of the sanctuary. See below -- taken from the Shane & Shane concert last year.

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    What'cha get?? What'cha get?? We're currently using Sunday Plus/Prologue and are looking to change to Macs soon. :)

    Hey - speaking of music everyone....I was in the post office picking up my mail today after vacation and I realized I was singing along to the music over the speakers in the PO. It was "Glorious" by Chris Tomlin! I wanted to ask the girl at the counter who chose the music but there were a few others around and I didn't want to draw attention to it. It was just before the PO closed so there were only 2 workers there (our PO is open until 7PM). :D
     
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    I'm surprised someone didn't report them for separation or church and state!!

    I'm so tired of hearing this remark I wish people realized they aren't using it in the way it was written.
     
  19. just-want-peace

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    Truth be known, most of the folk using that term would be totally at a loss to define the parameters if asked to do so. They are just repeating what hey have heard from all the liberal talking heads.

    Basically, spewing forth hearsay facts with no comprehension of the meaning.
     
  20. LeBuick

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    I like to use the analogy of the day Amazing Grace was written. It is a universal Christian hymn today but probably met the same difference of taste when first written.
     

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