Monthly Archives: October 2010

Blessed Be Your Name

Having interrupted the numerical order to get Advent suggestions out there, it’s back to No 14 in AOV NG. “Blessed Be Your Name” by Matt and Beth Redman uses Ps78 so if you can find a use for this as … Continue reading

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Like a Candle

A big jump to No 91 “Like a Candle” by Monica O’Brien and Gina Ogilvie, published through Willow. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Verses Hope is like a candle, shining like a light in a dark place. (week … Continue reading

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Blessed Be Our God

Thirteen in the collection is a wonderful song for the procession of the gifts.  I am actually getting fond of some of the praise and worship songs in this collection, but from a practical point of view I’m looking for … Continue reading

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Bless the Lord

No 12 in AOV NG is Bless the Lord (Ps 103:1-6) and is by Marcy Weckler Barr, a very experienced music liturgist from Chicago.  The refrain would be fine for when this psalm comes up, as it is straight from … Continue reading

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Be Lifted High

No 11 in AOV NG is “Be Lifted High” by Joshua Blakesley and Matt Maher.  I was skeptical about this song until I heard it sung full throttle at the AOV conference.  It was great.  It would be ideal for … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong with Christian Music?

I’ve been trying to figure out what I find underwhelming about “Christian” music.  While there are all sorts of Christian versions of music genres – rap, country, deathmetal etc, there is also a genre of Christian sounding music and I find … Continue reading

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Be God’s

As One Voice: The Next Generation has lots of songs that aren’t designed for liturgy.  No. 10 “Be God’s” by Danielle Rose is however a terrific song for Eucharist, gathering or recessional.  It does seem to work best with a … Continue reading

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At the Cross

Number 9 in AOV NG is “At the Cross” another Hillsong song by Reuben Morgan and Darlene Zschech.  I can’t think of a liturgical place for it but it is the “slow song” for a praise and worship situation, you … Continue reading

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Among All

“Among All” by Chris de Silva is number 8 in AOV NG.  This is a recent Mary song of all things and for all that it’s fine, even for a recycled Presbyterian like me.  De Silva is another GIA artist, … Continue reading

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Banned Liturgical Songs

There are recommendations floating about of a provenance of most uncertain intelligence. Songs that say Yahweh were removed by the Vatican a couple of years ago, because they showed disrespect to the tetragrammaton and because Yahweh had never been used in Catholic material.  … Continue reading

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