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  • The Histories of Some of Your Favorite Christmas Hymns

    The Histories of Some of Your Favorite Christmas Hymns

    Did you know that one of the most famous Christmas hymns came about because a church’s organ broke just in time for Christmas Eve? Read on to learn about some of the season’s most...

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  • Product of the Month: Piano Prelude Series, Vol. 1

    Product of the Month: Piano Prelude Series, Vol. 1

    This month, we’re introducing a new series of hymn preludes written for pianists. Not only are these pieces great for use during worship services, but they can also be played at home or...

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  • The Divine Service in Lutheran Service Book

    The Divine Service in Lutheran Service Book

    Lutherans believe that worship is an act of receiving God’s gifts. That’s why the worship service we use is called the Divine Service. It’s a time during which God comes to us through...

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  • Evening Hymns for the Close of the Church Year

    Evening Hymns for the Close of the Church Year

    Abide with me, fast falls the eventide.The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide.When other helpers fail and comforts flee,Help of the helpless, O abide with me.(“Abide with Me,” LSB...

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  • Five Simple Ways for Church Organists to Improve Their Playing

    Five Simple Ways for Church Organists to Improve Their Playing

    Between learning music for each week, leading rehearsals, teaching, and keeping up with regular life responsibilities, it can be hard for working church musicians to focus on their...

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  • Product of the Month: Carol of the Lamb

    Product of the Month: Carol of the Lamb

    The Old Testament is full of promises of a Savior, so what better way to celebrate Christmas than by looking at how those promises are fulfilled in the New Testament? “Carol of the...

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  • Reformation Hymns for Hope and Comfort on All Saints’ Day

    Reformation Hymns for Hope and Comfort on All Saints’ Day

    Sola Scriptura, sola gratia, sola fide, solus Christus. Scripture alone, grace alone, faith alone, Christ alone. This Reformation teaching is especially poignant on All Saints’ Day,...

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  • Prayer Hymns: One Immense Voice Raising Supplication to God

    Prayer Hymns: One Immense Voice Raising Supplication to God

    Have you ever attempted an extempore prayer? I know I have been in many situations in which someone calls upon me to offer a prayer, and I confess I don’t have many memorized beyond the...

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  • How Worship Rites Changed during the Reformation

    How Worship Rites Changed during the Reformation

    The Reformers sought not to overthrow existing church traditions but rather to bring them back to their pure states. As a result, the orders of worship Lutheran churches use today are...

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  • 5 Notable Reformation Hymns That Aren’t “A Mighty Fortress”

    5 Notable Reformation Hymns That Aren’t “A Mighty Fortress”

    It’s almost Reformation Day, and that means we get to enjoy hearing some of Lutheranism’s most famous hymns. (“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” I’m looking at you!) If you’re looking for...

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  • Product of the Month: Luther’s Morning Prayer and Luther’s Evening Prayer

    Product of the Month: Luther’s Morning Prayer and Luther’s Evening Prayer

    Scripture teaches us to bring our needs daily to our Heavenly Father in Christ’s name. To help families and children understand this important truth, Martin Luther wrote two short...

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  • The Importance of Acoustics in Church Music

    The Importance of Acoustics in Church Music

    Worship encourages even the most hesitant participant to take part in the hymns, songs, and liturgy. This post considers the role that good acoustics play when encouraging full...

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  • Reflection on “O Love, How Deep”

    Reflection on “O Love, How Deep”

    The Christian faith presents certain truths about Jesus Christ—His birth, death, and resurrection, to name a few—and teaches that these events were real. Many people consider our faith...

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  • 4 Ways to Incorporate Music into Sunday School

    4 Ways to Incorporate Music into Sunday School

    With such a short amount of time for instruction, Sunday School teachers can find it difficult to fit music into class time. Especially challenging is having the music support and add...

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  • Product of the Month: LSB Text-Only Pocket and Ebook Editions

    Product of the Month: LSB Text-Only Pocket and Ebook Editions

    There’s no question that Lutheran churches often love tradition, and yet many churchgoers benefit from the options technology brings. Along that vein, CPH Music is excited to release...

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  • 5 Networking Tips for Church Music Directors

    5 Networking Tips for Church Music Directors

    God created us to be in community, and that applies to every aspect of our lives, including our jobs. If you’re a church music director, you need musicians to make music with, coworkers...

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  • Why Ancient Music Matters in the Church Even Today

    Why Ancient Music Matters in the Church Even Today

    A music history professor once painted this picture for me: “Imagine you are a commoner in the Middle Ages, slaving away in the fields every day. Now imagine you walk into church. When...

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  • Music in Worship: Thoughts from Composer Mark Bender

    Music in Worship: Thoughts from Composer Mark Bender

    Having served on the committee that created Lutheran Service Book and being a church music director, Mark Bender has a complex understanding of how music functions in the Divine...

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  • Product of the Month: Worship Planning Book

    Product of the Month: Worship Planning Book

    Worship Planning Book assists pastors and musicians in preparing services for Sundays and for holidays, such as Good Friday, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Eve. To make worship planning...

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  • 5 Essential Tasks for Music Directors before Summer Ends

    5 Essential Tasks for Music Directors before Summer Ends

    The end of summer is drawing near, which means that regular music rehearsals will begin again for most church musicians. Here are five essential things for music directors to do in...

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