Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Wonder Revgal Power - ACTIVATE!!!


Form of... A RAIN CLOUD!

Why did the Wonder Twins only use their powers to become a form of water (him) and a type of animal (her)?

Anyway, I digress. What I am REALLY looking for is help with resources for contemporary music that is NOT 'Jesus is my Boyfriend' music.

In the name of blended worship, we are going to sing something in worship a lot less organ/hymny as our second song of the day (out of 3). However, I need decent music to do this as bad contemporary makes me want to hurl and truly I am a church geek and traditionalist at heart.

Any ideas?

20 comments:

PPB said...

The catholic hymnal has a lot of guitary things that are easy and not barfy. I also really love the music from the 2/3rds world.

Anonymous said...

Another possibility is things you would sing with children, by which I mean good things. And I agree with the second part of ppb's suggestion (don't disagree with the first part, just don't know).

will smama said...

I don't know what you mean by 'the 2/3rds world' (she wrote feeling incredibly stupid).

And what good children's things?

Anonymous said...

By 2/3s world, I'm guessing she means things like Latin American folk hymns, etc.

I like the "Jesus is My Boyfriend" characterization.

Good luck -- there is a Westminster/John Knox little paperback hymnal that has some good stuff. I can't think of the name, "Hymns and Spiritual Songs", maybe?

more cows than people said...

ooh... i'm so with you ws. GREAT resource to recommend, its the Reformed church supplement, its green, and i cannot for the life of me remember what its called. shoot. and i've just done a zillion web searches and cannot find it. this has good, good music in it- from all the over the world. Ooh! Found it! Check it out here! Its called Sing! a new creation. I especially recommend the communion song therein "You are Holy. You are Whole." LOVE IT! Also love the African pieces "Listen Now for the Gospel" and "Mayenziwe- Thy will be done". "Lord, I offer my life to you." is pretty good too, but best introduced by an ensemble as it can be rhythmically tricky for we Presby types.

Iona also has some very good stuff, but its not all easy to sing.

The Lutheran Supplement "With One Voice" also has some good stuff as does the Presbyterian supplement which is actually a blatantly stolen, vaguely masked Methodist supplement. The original Methodist version is called "The Faith We Sing", some sifting is necessary, but I find lots of good stuff there.

Hmm.... what else can I share? That's all I've got for now. We have a pretty blended service. I draw on these resources frequently. Oh Taize is often good too!

Sorry to go on and on. Hope this helps.

Cathy said...

Taize is good and easy and nice

Anonymous said...

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has just put out a new hymnal. It is a mix of good old favorites and new, yet theologically sound, contemporary songs. It has 893 (yes 893!) to choose from. It is called Evangelical Lutheran Worship

Anonymous said...

I'm with Cathy. I love Taize!

Anonymous said...

all i can say is good luck!

could you be so sweet to perhaps list what you find?

we have a #contemporary# service with tons of ICKY "jesus is my boyfriend" crap. i'd love to hear about other stuff as well--especially that which is theologically sound!

unfortunately one of my biggest ministry weaknesses is christian music--choir, praise, traditional, etc. give me heathen stuff please!;>)

Anonymous said...

This is the same thing I'm trying to figure out right now, only I have 19 cds of "worship music" to listen to to decide what's crap and what's not.

what's the text/theme for the day? Then I might be able to help.

reverendmother said...

Good luck with this! I don't have anything of use to add...

St. Casserole said...

Wish I could help. Don't know nothing 'tall.

Sorry. I sure like the power twins pictures.

cheesehead said...

I have a little ring-bound book called "Songs for Life" that has a few things I really like, including some songs in Spanish. I think it's put out by the RCA.

CRC Publications
Grand Rapids Michigan
ISBN 1-56212-070-0

I echo ppb on the Catholic hymnal,("Gather") also "Voices United" from United Church of Canada.

My sacred music prof in seminary told us pastors should have at least five or six hymnals from outside their own denomination on the shelf. It was great advice that has saved my butt on many a Sunday!

Sue said...

Good suggestions here ws.

The UCCan has a new supplement to Voices United called "More Voices" which is really good.

One of the editors/contributors to the new hymnal is Bruce Harding, who has some really good material on his website. You can listen to some of it there.

evensong worship resources

I hope that helps...

towanda said...

The UCC has a resource called "Sing Prayer Sing Praise" which is pretty good. You can access it online here (scroll down):
http://www.ucc.org/worship/witgf/

A few of the songs are duds but quite a few are good and went over well at my home church, which demands good music and good theology (we especially liked "we are waiting for you" and their version of Micah 6:8). The songbook was developed in response to concerns for "praise music" that doesn't make progressive want to gag...

um, that's my language, there...

I'm not sure what's up with the permissions, but it's worth a look.

will smama said...

Y'all are awesome, thank you so much. Keep the ideas coming! I will keep you posted on how it goes.

zorra said...

Google Stuart Townend. This British worship leader and composer has written a number of wonderful, theologically rich contemporary hymns. I love "In Christ Alone (I Stand)" and "How Deep the Father's Love for Us", which we sang one Sunday when we were visiting an out of town church. At the same service in which we worshipped using those songs, we sang another great praise hymn, "I Will Glory in My Redeemer" by Steve and Vikki Cook.

I kept the bulletin from that service to remember that there ARE some people writing contemporary worship music that is not repetitive or dumbed down. If my own church ever sang music like this, I'd probably switch to the contemporary service.

Reformed Catholic said...

One came to mind, I Googled and found the lyrics here:
http://www.cis.ksu.edu/~aruljohn/lyrics/lyrics.php?ad=&cat=ce&song=Awesome_God

Then I found a few more there:
http://www.cis.ksu.edu/~aruljohn/lyrics/lyrics.php?ad=&cat=ce&song=Come_now_is_the_time
http://www.cis.ksu.edu/~aruljohn/lyrics/lyrics.php?ad=&cat=ce&song=The_Potters_Hands
http://www.cis.ksu.edu/~aruljohn/lyrics/lyrics.php?ad=&cat=ce&song=Power_of_Your_Love

I didn't think any of these sounded like 'boyfriend' music. :)

St. Casserole said...

What?

RuthRE said...

There's a Haas song "We Are Called" we've done it with our Choir.

The With One Voice supplement is great (and lots of it is in the new hymnal)from it:

Here in This Place (Gather Us In)- a Marty Haugen song

Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ- VERY catchy.