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SANDRALEET
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The joy of music is personal It has to come from the heart love praise each his own way

I am not pussyfooting around. :)


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MIDLYN - you have prizes to deliver.
LOL - Loving Our LORD!!!!!




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That was a very sobering blog ... thanks for posting it.

I love to sing praises to the LORD ... in my house, in my car, in church. I also prefer contemporary Christian music (meaning from the late 70's and forward) *BUT* I make a distinction between "feel good" music and those songs that are actually praising Him.

Let me first say that I like loud music UNTIL you have a room filled with over 400 people and you cannot hear the person standing next to you singing because of the band up front and the decibel level. Also, this one church I went to a couple of times did that whole "dark auditorium, strobe lights, smoke" thing going on and the members of the band literally jumping and leaping all over the stage while playing their guitars.

I go to 2 churches ... one here in AZ and the other when we summer in OR. They both have a nice mix of singable songs at a reasonable volume. Every week, there's generally 3 or 4 songs everybody knows and 1 new one.

As others have said (here & in the blog), God knows what is in our hearts whether we're singing or not but I feel it's important to lift our voices to Him.

Marie

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12/7/13 8:34 P

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Midlyn, I wish that our church would have that variety of music. Usually the only older hymns are ones that the Pastor does near the end of his message. Otherwise it is all contemporary. I always liked a Christmas Hymn "Angels From the Realms of Glory" but nobody I know had ever heard it before. Now they do the new version at Christmas time, but no one knows that older version. Even looking for it on CD before the new version came out I always ended up with it to the tune of "Angels we Have Heard on High." I like a lot of both the older hymns and the new contemporary and I like the Southern gospel, too. They have only one station that plays that around here and it is only 2 hours or so a week (I just found out about that one).

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Our church is beg so we have lots of music

I am not pussyfooting around. :)


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12/7/13 12:52 A

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emoticon Winnie! Know what's funny? You bear an uncanny resemblance to a friend of mine in Massachusetts. So much so, that I checked your spark page to see if you were her. What's even funnier is that she would have said exactly what you just said: "Where's my prize?" With one eyebrow raised. ROFL emoticon

We have several worship leaders at my small church, and we take turns leading. Each of us is different - no two alike. One loves all things Gaither, another loves old Hymns, another the Integrity (Don Moen) worship of the 90's, another anything Bethel music-like, and me mostly the top 25 contemporary hits. It's really neat to have so much variety in genre.





Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:7, 9-10 NIV


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12/6/13 7:43 P

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MIDLYN - where is my prize?
I am too a P&W leader, and love to sing Upbeat Praise & Gospel, but I enjoy going back to the old hymnals often



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I like to make up and sing a song of praise to God Try it

I am not pussyfooting around. :)


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I think memory of songs is one of the last things people with dementia lose. I know in my mom's case, after 10 years of dementia and in her final weeks, we gathered several CDs of her life-long favorite hymns and choruses and had them playing for her. It was obvious she recognized them, and enjoyed them, even though otherwise her memory was completely gone. I'm so glad they comforted her. That's one reason I hope churches continue to share together familiar songs.

Another reason is that as a worship leader, I've found that songs so often express the inexpressible. People who are shy, or who feel they can never come up with the words they want to say to others or when praying aloud, can sing from the depths of their souls their praises to God in songs of worship. That doesn't happen by just listening to someone else sing.

A third reason is the community among and between the churches. It's awesome to attend a retreat, or visit another church, and sing with them a song or two that you share in common. That's why I'll often refer to CCLI's top 25 list of worship songs when I'm looking to bring new music into our mix at church. If I see something good there, especially if I've heard it on the radio, it's likely I'll bring it in. But if I do, I try and be sure we sing it at least a couple of more times in the coming months.

Wow, I wrote a book here. If you've read to the end you deserve a prize:

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Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:7, 9-10 NIV


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Our church does put the words up on a screen which is really nice. I think that the only ones who don't sing are those who can't carry a tune and most of them do anyway. We have a very small church. I wonder if that makes any difference on who sings. Of course, if I turn on something on TV, they are all those mega-churches and everyone seems to sing in them, so I don't know about that. The projection is a great way to get the words to people without having to buy new hymnals and song books (we mainly have the newer songs in our services) all the time.

Darlene


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SANDRALEET
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our church sings a youth group a older group and concurcation all sing


I am not pussyfooting around. :)


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Churches are different all over and this is a good history lesson. It helps to portrait songs on a screen for everyone to sing along as it is a form of praise. If men feel they no longer "need" to sing, that is a personal option. I love to sing and enjoy singing along, no matter how the songs are presented! emoticon emoticon


 
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thankfully, we do Not see anything like what that article portrayed. Our church is lively with song and teens dancing during the worship part of service. I would very much miss the music aspect of the service IF it should be phased out. Hugs, Cheryl


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9/20/13 12:38 A

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WHAT ????
I was expecting a joke
But
This is no laughing matter
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Luckily, I belong to a smallish
community church to which
this article doesn't apply

There would definitely be something MISSING
if we didn't have live, congregational singing
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One of the perks in heaven that I
greatly looking forward to is
SINGING PRAISES TO GOD IN TUNE
as opposed to how I do now !
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Thankfully, God hears what is in the heart
instead of what is the song's key


LOVE, PEACE and BLESSINGS !

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I don't think I'm making a joyful noise if I'm just listening. I DO think there are times when you worship God and are listening.

“Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else” ~ Alison Boulter

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We can praise our Heavenly Father in many ways and he loves our music.


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I agree with HOUNDLOVER1! Colossians 3:15-17 comes to mind, too.

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Let us sing to the LORD GOD together!!



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"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to GOD the Father through Him." Colossians 3:17


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Thank God for our musicians who lead us in worship. It helps me focus more clearly on why I am setting apart this time.



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When the praises go up, the glory comes down. Blessed be the name of the LORD. I am Praise & Worship singer/leader. I have sung in the choir, solos, duets & with groups. We have men, women & children singing at my church.


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I've been in churches with really good worship and lots of participation and churches with a "professional" worship team with poor quality music and no participation and everything in between. I do think there is a growing tendency among churches directed at people in there teens to thirties of professionalized worship that does not invite participation and I believe there are spiritual consequences to this. Singing allows people to experience God and to worship in a distinctly different way from just listening to worship music. We are expressing not just your mind but also our emotions to God when we sing. This can happen with hymns for some people and with contemporary music for other people, it can happen a capella, with just a guitar or with a big band with sound system, but it does require people to sing. Expressing our minds and our emotions and even taken a physical posture of worship is the holistic kind of worship that I believe God had in mind to bless US more than Him. It brings wholeness to our being and peace to our soul.
Birgit

Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 9/16/2013 (23:51)
You can talk to God all you want and that's great, but the changes happen when you start listening to him.

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without all the people singing then there really is no worship, Just as David came in singing and dancing to the glory of God that is what we need to do too.

Dorothy





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I never thought of our worship team "putting on a show." They encourage the congregation to sing with them. They do project the words on screens and they do use songs from the radio and sometimes even one that one of them writes (I think she is the only writer). She didn't sell her CDs, she gave them away. She only writes what she is given from the Lord.

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Glad it's not like that at our church.
We have a great worship team and everyone sings! emoticon


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My church still sings both sexes At one time we could not read the bible Now to many do not read and anyone can tell them every thing and they believe Feel good cure all God says we will have trials and hardships Put with him we have the strength to go trough all.

I am not pussyfooting around. :)


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Interesting article. Let me know what you think!

www.patheos.com/blogs/afewgrownmen/2013/05
/why-men-have-stopped-singing-in-church/


"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 2 Cor 5:17


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