Church Musicians

  • Building Disciples through the Worship Service

    Building Disciples through the Worship Service

    Coming to church on Sunday, whether in person or virtually, is important for Lutheran Christians. Participating in the liturgy allows believers to come together to receive...

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  • Music of the Month: Piano Prelude Series, Volume 6

    Music of the Month: Piano Prelude Series, Volume 6

    The sixth volume of the Piano Prelude Series includes tunes J,K, and L from Lutheran Service Book. The Piano Prelude Series includes original compositions by various composers,...

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  • Understanding Worship: Service of the Sacrament

    Understanding Worship: Service of the Sacrament

    The Service of the Sacrament is the celebration of the Sacrament of the Altar. The Sacrament was instituted by Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins. It is to be celebrated by all...

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  • Teaching Today's Young Musicians with Musical Masters

    Teaching Today's Young Musicians with Musical Masters

    While reading a child’s version of the biography of Johann Sebastian Bach to my students recently, I was struck with how much Bach learned from the “masters.” When practicing and...

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  • Music of the Month: Light Divine: Three Pentecost Hymn Settings for Organ

    Music of the Month: Light Divine: Three Pentecost Hymn Settings for Organ

    This year, the Church celebrates the Day of Pentecost on May 23, marking the end of the season of Easter. The word “Pentecost” literally means “fifty,” as it falls fifty days after...

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  • 2021 Music Catalog

    2021 Music Catalog

    The 2021 Music Catalog offers a preview of brand new music for choir, organ, piano, and handbells to use throughout the Church Year.

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  • Teaching Psalms to Students

    Teaching Psalms to Students

    Every Maundy Thursday evening during the stripping of the altar, the choir at my church sings a version of Psalm 22, the Psalm that begins “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”...

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  • Sharing God’s Work through the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) with Rehema Kavugha44:57

    Sharing God’s Work through the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) with Rehema Kavugha

    From graduation at Concordia Nebraska, to teaching music in Lutherans schools, to returning to the students at CUNE, to her role at Lutheran Church Extension Fund, with a few stops along the way like

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  • How Music Affects Its Listeners

    How Music Affects Its Listeners

    During our recent spring break vacation at the beach, my husband and I encountered several people walking along the sidewalks, beach, and paths carrying speakers playing loud music,...

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  • Understanding Worship: Service of the Word

    Understanding Worship: Service of the Word

    Have you ever wondered why there are so many aspects of Lutheran worship? What about the style of music, the order of service, or even the weekly lectionary readings? Lutheran worship...

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  • Music of the Month: Go to Dark Gethsemane

    Music of the Month: Go to Dark Gethsemane

    Mitchell Eithun provides a plaintive arrangement of the tune GETHSEMANE. Based on the first three stanzas of the hymn, Eithun’s portrayal of the hymn’s narrative includes phrases of the...

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  • The Beautiful Routine of the Liturgy

    The Beautiful Routine of the Liturgy

    A day or two before Ash Wednesday, I remarked to my husband, “I can’t wait for Lent.” In a dreary year of isolation, anxiety, moral quandaries, political polarization, disease, and...

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  • Themes in the Season of Lent

    Themes in the Season of Lent

    To mark the first day of Lent, we’re sharing an excerpt from Heaven on Earth in which Arthur Just describes the theological accents in the season of Lent.

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  • Music of the Month: Good Friday Suite

    Music of the Month: Good Friday Suite

    Good Friday Suite features four hymns: “O Perfect Life of Love”; “Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle”; “The Royal Banners Forward Go”; and “O Darkest Woe.” The suite may be played...

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  • In Memoriam: Dr. Carl Flentge Schalk

    In Memoriam: Dr. Carl Flentge Schalk

    The life of Dr. Carl F. Schalk (1929–2021) is certainly one of the clearest and longest proclamations of the Gospel ever heard in the world of Lutheran church music. He was a beloved...

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  • Composer of the Month: Robert Powell

    Composer of the Month: Robert Powell

    Robert J. Powell (b. 1932) began writing music when he was in high school and, since then, has had more than three hundred compositions published by sacred music publishers. His works...

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  • Live Out Your Love for Traditional Church Music

    Live Out Your Love for Traditional Church Music

    How horribly unfair movies are toward Christianity. I am speaking generally, of course. But Hollywood is not a hotbed of orthodox Christian thought and practice. Movies often show the...

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  • Music of the Month: Cross of Jesus: Six Preludes for Lent

    Music of the Month: Cross of Jesus: Six Preludes for Lent

    Robert J. Powell has composed a well-crafted and accessible organ collection for Lent, Cross of Jesus: Six Preludes for Lent. This book offers settings that are appropriate to the...

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  • God Always Has Room for You

    God Always Has Room for You

    This post is from Praise and Honor: Hymn Inspired Devotions.  “Where Shepherds Lately Knelt” is a remarkable gift, but it is easily missed because it is placed a third of the way into...

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  • Teach Children to Play Beautiful Music through Stories

    Teach Children to Play Beautiful Music through Stories

    I’m a rule follower. I hate making decisions, and rules tell me exactly what I should do. They are easy to follow because I don’t need to think about anything. If it’s a rule, I follow...

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