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Bob Kauflin is the Director of Worship Development for Sovereign Grace Ministries, a family of 80+ churches led by C.J. Mahaney. His responsibilities include equipping pastors and musicians in the theology and practice of congregational worship, and contributing to Sovereign Grace CDs. He was a writer and arranger for the group GLAD from 1976-2006, and is one of the worship leaders at Covenant Life Church, in Gaithersburg, MD, led by Josh Harris. His first book, Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God was released by Crossway in April, 2008. He writes a blog at www.worshipmatters.com and hosts the bi-annual WorshipGod conference (www.worshipgodconference.com). He and his wife, Julie, have six children and ever growing number of grandchildren.

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Planning Sunday's Songs-Plan Contextually

Bob Kauflin | January 18, 2011 | Categories: Blogs | Tags: , , ,

The context for choosing your songs includes background details such as the sermons that have been preached, your congregation's demographic mix andlevel of spiritual maturity, plus weekly variables such as special occasions or events. More

Focus on Projecting Lyrics

Bob Kauflin | January 12, 2011 | Categories: Blogs | Tags: , , , ,

If your church doesn't use hymnals or songbooks, the person handling the projection of lyrics plays a crucial role in enabling people to engage with truth about God. If they're frequently late in putting up lyrics, show the wrong verse, leave a blank screen, or project misspelled words, that can counteract whatever good leadership you might be exercising. That's why I want that person to be humble, trained, and faithful. It also helps when they More

Music Should Display Variety

Bob Kauflin | January 11, 2011 | Categories: Blogs | Tags: , , ,

What did Paul mean when he encouraged us to sing “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” (Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 5:19)? No one's completely sure.Most scholars agree he seems to be encouraging diversity in the songs we use to praise God. “Psalms” might be referring to the Psalter, “hymns” to songs that praise Christ, and “spiritual songs” to more spontaneous expressions. If that's the case, Paul is encouraging us to sing all our More

Hearing Familiar Words in a Fresh Way

Bob Kauflin | January 10, 2011 | Categories: Blogs | Tags: , , , ,

Musical variety enables us to hear the same words with different effect. “Amazing Grace” has a different emotional impact when it's accompanied by a black gospel choir, a large orchestra, a sustained synthesizer chord, or a lone acoustic guitar. Hymns are especially suited for innovative treatments that help us hearthe words from a new perspective. Moving beyond traditional tunes and arrangements shouldn't bother us too much since most hymns were More

Planning Sunday's Songs-Plan Selectively

Bob Kauflin | January 8, 2011 | Categories: Blogs | Tags: , , , , ,

We have more songs available to sing than anyone in church history. That means we don't have to settle for those that “kind of” say what we want, orsongs that are boring, or songs whose music is more memorable than their lyrics. And we certainly don't have to use songs just because they're popular. Great songs come from a variety of sources. We've used hymnals,worship web sites, independent band CDs, nationally known worship artists,quarterly More

Planning Sunday's Songs

Bob Kauflin | January 8, 2011 | Categories: Blogs | Tags: , , , ,

Every worship leader knows the feeling, the pain, the anxiety, the utter discouragement. Your song list for next Sunday is due in thirty minutes,and you have no idea what to do. Or maybe next Sunday is tomorrow morning. It's late. You're tired. You're staring at a blank computer screen surrounded by stacks of CDs, three hymnals, your worship songbook, and a list of what you've sung for the past five months. Nothing's helping. You pray. And you start More

Selecting Sunday's Songs-Plan Creatively

Bob Kauflin | January 7, 2011 | Categories: Blogs | Tags: , , , , ,

Effective leadership involves more than coming up with a song list. For one, we can vary the way songs are sung. A soloist can sing one verse or a whole song, we can use a choir, or the church can sing responsively with the leader or in groups. Singing congregationally isn't the only way of fulfilling God's command to address “one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” (Ephesians 5:19). We can also change arrangements, tempos, and song More

Planning Sunday's Songs-Plan Progressively

Bob Kauflin | January 6, 2011 | Categories: Blogs | Tags: , , , ,

  First misconception: Playing a song faster will make people worship God more passionately. Not necessarily. Usually it just means they'll have a harder time thinking about the words. Try recording your version of an up-tempo songand comparing it with the recorded version. You'll see what I mean. Speed doesn't equal spiritual impact. If you're not playing to a click track, take your time setting the tempo. Thewrong tempo can hinder a song's effectiveness. More

Planning Sundays Songs-Plan Thematically

Bob Kauflin | January 4, 2011 | Categories: Blogs | Tags: , , , ,

Our unchanging theme every week is the grand story of deliverance that God accomplished for his people through the life, death, and resurrection of JesusChrist. We want to remember this, rehearse it, celebrate it, and respond to it. More

Adjust Your Musical Arrangements and Volume

Bob Kauflin | December 13, 2010 | Categories: Blogs | Tags: , , ,

Most play-by-ear musicians think that being up front means you should alwaysbe playing. Wrong. Varying when we play, how loudly we play, and what we play affects how people hear the words. More

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The Leader

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Truth and Music

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Motivating Congregations to Worship

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Right Relationships

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The Leader

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Prepare Him Room Giveaway Contest Winners!

Thanks to all those who participated in the Prepare Him Room giveaway contest. I learned a few things along the way. 1. People can have a hard time counting to 50, or else the joy of commenting on a post can cause a person to wax eloquent and ignore silly contest rules, e.g., a 50 word limit. 2. O Come, O Come Emmanuel is a really popular Christmas song. 3. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day has more content than I thought. I had forgotten how meaningful the words are: “Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: ‘God is not dead, nor doth He sleep! The wrong shall fail, the right prevail, with peace on earth, good will to men.’” I picked five winners for their creative entries. Here they are: From Aden: Labor of Love (Andrew Peterson) There in a hole in a ground, there was a manger. It was a filthy hole, a hole full of oozy smells. No Hobbits dwelt here, or would ever want to. There was agony, a foreshadowing of what was to come later on a tree. Blood and tears flowed mingled down onto the straw floor. But amongst the first screams of the newborn, hope had finally breathed it’s first breath as well. This is the True Tall Tale of the Birth of Christ. From Aryan Kevin Catalnan: it is A song about the Newborn kinG, it is an Elegantly Lovely Song. FROM its simplest, it is about THe angEls heRalding this great news about thE infAnt in the manger who wilL eventually be our Mighty Savior. cOme Forth and join in GLoriously wORshipping Yeshua the newborn king. From Luke: One of my favorites is “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”. And yes, I also appreciate the irony of calling people to worship with a song that calls for silence. From Tim Sharpe: My juvenile humor one first — I always enjoy I hear a recording of “What Child is This?” because I try to guess what words they’ll use for Verse 2: Why lies he in such mean estate
Where ***** and ***** are feeding? Current favorite of this would be Chad Lister, who forsakes the ox and the lamb and the donkey, and just goes with “Where animals are feeding.” Makes me chuckle like an immature middle schooler. Joe I’m hoping for a random selection. And the following people were selected by the Random Number Generator, whose every decision, of course, is determined by the Lord (Prov. 16:33). Christine John Grubb Nathan Mike Chambers Josh Scott Thanks to everyone who participated! You’ll be receiving an email shortly with your download code. And if you’re still up for a contest, you can go over to Twitter and try to win an album there! In the meantime, please help us get the word out about Prepare Him Room – Facebook, Twitter, iTunes or Amazon ratings and reviews… I think this is one of the best projects Sovereign Grace Music has produced and would love to see as many people as possible benefit from these songs that highlight the glory of the Savior who was born an infant to redeem us from our sins and reconcile us to the Father. (Image courtesy of Shutterstock)

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Win a Free Download of Prepare Him Room!

In another post I shared the story behind our new Christmas album, Prepare Him Room. Now you can be one of ten people who can win a free digital copy. Here’s the deal. Leave a comment below telling us your favorite Christmas carol and why in 50 words or less. You can enter three times. I’ll pick some of the most creative answers as winners and the rest at random. How many random comments I pick depends on how many creative responses I get! You have until midnight on Tuesday, Sept. 30 to enter. I’ll announce the winners around noon (EST) on Wednesday, October 1. We’ll contact the winners by email with your download code. And if you don’t win, you can always help support Sovereign Grace Music by getting a copy from Amazon, iTunes, or Bandcamp. You can also order them directly from our online store beginning October 6. (Image courtesy of Shutterstock)

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Prepare Him Room Releases Today!

In June of 2013 I received an email from my friend, Marty Machowski. Marty serves on the pastoral team of Covenant Fellowship Church, a Sovereign Grace Church near Philadelphia. He has writes children’s books and devotionals, most notably The Gospel Story Bible. Marty asked me if Sovereign Grace Music wanted to produce an album to accompany an Advent devotional and curriculum he had written for New Growth Press. I was instantly intrigued by the idea. Our first and only Christmas album, Savior: Celebrating the Mystery of God Become Man, came out in 2006 and I thought we were long overdue for another Christmas project. Marty’s devotional had 13 lessons, each based on a particular Scripture. He had already picked traditional carols for each lesson, but some weren’t a great match, and others lacked any clear reference to the gospel. He wondered if we could come up with a mix of traditional, altered, and original Christmas songs that could not only accompany what he had written but could stand on its own as a Christ-exalting Christmas album. After a number of phone conversations, face to face meetings, a songwriting retreat, 200+ emails, numerous Skype sessions, many hours in the studio, and a lot of prayer, we have an album: Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus in Song. And I couldn’t be happier with the result. From the start I wanted us to produce an album that “sounded” like Christmas. It had to have intimate moments as well as celebrative ones. It would be an album you’d want to sing along to as well as listen to. It would feel familiar and fresh at the same time. Most of all, it would help us focus on the joy, awe, mystery, and wonder that God becoming man should produce in our hearts. J.I. Packer wrote: The Word became flesh’ (John 1:14); God became man; the divine Son became a Jew; the Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, unable to do more than lie and stare and wriggle and make noises, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child. And there was no illusion or deception in this: the babyhood of the Son of God was a reality. The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets. (Knowing God, p. 53) That’s what we tried to communicate through these songs. Staggering mercy, amazing grace. We ended up with six Christmas carols and eight originals. Of the six carols, “What Child is This” is the only one that remained untouched. “Come All Ye Faithful,” “Joy to the World (Our God Reigns),” and “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” received some minor melodic variations and lyrical additions. We wrote three new verses for “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and Kevin Hartnett, a NASA scientist and poet, contributed two new verses for “O Holy Night (Hear the Gospel Story).” As the title implies, the new lyrics take us into the redemptive meaning of that holy night: Humbly He lay, Creator come as creature Born on the floor of a hay-scattered stall True Son of God, yet bearing human feature He entered earth to reverse Adam’s fall Here’s a sample of lyrics from some of the original songs: He Who is mighty has done a great thing Taken on flesh, conquered death’s sting Shattered the darkness and lifted our shame, holy is His name (He Who is Mighty – Rebecca Elliott & Kate DeGraide) One still night, while Joseph dreamed, he saw a vision within his troubled sleep One small child, his bride would give, Deliverer delivered, to save us from our sin (One Still Night – Neil & Kate DeGraide) And who would have dreamed or ever foreseen That we could hold God in our hands? The Giver of Life is born in the night Revealing God’s glorious plan to save the world (Who Would […]

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The Gathering: Coming to New Orleans Next Weekend

In 2011, Sovereign Grace Music recorded The Gathering, a collection of 15 songs that walk through the flow of the gospel and our response to it. Among others, the album included Greater Than We Can Imagine, Shine Into Our Night, Show Us Christ, and All I Have is Christ. The idea for the project had its origins in Bryan Chapell’s excellent book, Christ-Centered Worship: Letting the Gospel Shape Our Practice. Chapell makes the case from Scripture, history, and our personal need that, “Corporate worship is nothing more, and nothing less, than a re-presentation of the gospel in the presence of God and his people for his glory and their good.” While the gospel can be “re-presented” in different ways, rehearsing and reveling in God’s salvation each time we meet. For Christians, that means we focus on the gospel and its implications. Our songs, sermons, symbols, and structures should all reflect the fact that the holy God has reconciled a people to himself through the substitutionary death of Jesus on the cross, and that our lives are meant to be a Spirit-empowered grateful response to that reality. Since we recorded the album, we’ve had a number of opportunities to lead similar evenings in Orange County, Indianapolis, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Sydney, and the Philippines. Next weekend, we’ll be in New Orleans for a Gathering event co-sponsored by Lakeview Christian Center and First Baptist Church of Kenner. Erik Schmaltz and Ron Laitano have been doing the lion’s share of work to pull the weekend together. The event begins Friday night at 7 PM with Gathering Around the Gospel. I’ll share a brief message on why the gospel is meant to be at the heart of our gatherings, followed by 90 minutes of singing, praying, and Scripture that propel us deeper into the joys, realities, and implications of the gospel. Our goal will be to understand better how the gospel is central to our gatherings and how we can insure people leave our times together with a greater love for God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ. Saturday will run from 9am-5pm and will include teachings on The Quest for Humility and Why Do We Sing? We’ll also have a session of band evaluation and a Q&A panel. Throughout the weekend, I’ll be joined by Devon, my son, and musicians from the sponsoring churches. This will be a great event for pastors, leaders, and teams to attend together. Of course, you can come by yourself, too. The cost is only $20 and you can register online or at the door on Friday night or Saturday morning. If you’re from East Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, or the Florida panhandle I’d love for you to come and join us for 24 hours of glorying in the Savior who is the best news the world has ever heard. And if you’re around Sunday morning, Devon will be leading the music and I’ll be preaching at the 10 AM service of Lakeview Christian Center. (New Orleans image coutersy of Shutterstock)

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The Unbelievable – Acoustic Preview

This coming Monday, Sept. 29, our second Christmas album, Prepare Him Room, is coming out. And we’re pretty excited. I’ve been breaking all my rules for “no Christmas music before Thanksgiving” and loving it. In preparation for the album, we’ve put together four acoustic videos to preview some of the songs. They aren’t the versions that went on the album, but they give you an idea of what to expect. The Unbelievable is the fourth video we recorded, written by my good friends Steve and Vikki Cook. We’re so familiar with nativities, carols, and the Christmas story, that we often lose the sense of awe, wonder, and amazement that the incarnation should produce in us. So we need to labor to be affected by what is truly inconceivable – God became a baby to redeem us from his judgment and to reconcile us to himself. It’s amazing grace. In this video Devon, my son, is on acoustic and lead vocal, Neil DeGraide plays electric and sings, and Jonatan Barahona adds keys and vocals. For the album, Meghan Baird added her voice to make this song a duet. Enjoy. VERSE 1 Come and see the inconceivable And believe the unbelievable God has come to dwell with us Begotten Son born into Adam’s earth Promised One fulfilling ancient words God has come to dwell with us BRIDGE Who could ever know the depths Of the myst’ry of Your grace? Though our minds can’t take it in Lord, our hearts are filled with praise VERSE 2 He will heal the unhealable He will save the unsavable God has come to dwell with us Heaven’s joy will drink our bitter cup Emptied out as He is lifted up God has come to dwell with us VERSE 3 Lord, we’re lost in overwhelming awe At the thought of such amazing love God has come, God has come God has come to dwell with us © 2014 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP) We’ll have charts, lead sheets, and piano scores available for free when the album releases. If you’d like to help us get the word out, you can share about it on Twitter, Facebook, or other social media, or better yet, pre-order the album on iTunes. Thanks!  

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Thoughts on a Call to Worship

For most of the thirty three years I’ve been involved with Sovereign Grace churches we’ve had a fairly free and simple liturgy. Singing, welcome/announcements/offering, sermon, ministry time. While simple liturgies have some advantages, there are good reasons to consider including liturgical elements that have been used in church gatherings for centuries. One of those is the call to worship. I remember being less inclined to use a call to worship after reading Harold Best’s thoughts years ago in his insightful book, Music Through the Eyes of Faith: There can only be one call to worship, and this comes at conversion, when in complete repentance we admit to worshiping falsely, trapped by the inversion and enslaved to false gods before whom we have been dying sacrifices. This call to true worship comes but once, not every Sunday, in spite of the repeated calls to worship that begin most liturgies and orders of worship. These should not be labeled calls to worship but calls to continuation of worship. We do not go to church to worship, but, already at worship, we join our brothers and sisters in continuing those actions that should have been going on – privately, familially, or even corporately – all week long. (p. 147) Yes, there is only one call to worship. But since we planted Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville nearly two years ago, we’ve begun each meeting with a call to worship. Why? Here’s the way we’ve thought through it as a pastoral team. Every Beginning Says Something There are different ways of letting people know the meeting is starting. Some churches run a countdown video. Others have the band kick in to the first song (our practice for decades). Some churches find it effective to have some kind of warm up song before the meeting actually starts. They may or may not invite the congregation to sing along. Some churches begin with a friendly welcome by a leader, and other churches open with announcements. But every beginning communicates meaning, sets an atmosphere and leads people to expect something. The church is the ekklesia, the “called out ones.” When we gather as God’s people we are being called away from other pursuits to worship God together in a specific place and time. We can worship God indirectly as we play soccer through good sportsmanship and serving others. But we worship him more directly on Sunday mornings as we gather to sing, pray, hear God’s Word preached, and share the Lord’s supper. A call to worship tells us the meeting has begun, but it communicates much more than that. It emphasizes the primacy of God’s Word, who has called us together, and what we’ve come to do. The call to worship God can only come from God himself. Few things make that clearer than starting our meeting with Scripture. While we can certainly read it from our phone or iPad, it communicates something more focused and lasting when we read from a physical Bible we hold in our hands. A call to worship reminds us that coming together isn’t our initiative. We didn’t think this up. God is the one who has called us out of the world to rehearse the gospel in his presence for his glory and our good through the power of his Spirit. That should encourage us to engage fully with God because we come by invitation, not presumption, through the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ. Finally, we come together for a specific purpose. After a week when we’ve been tempted to worship money, relationships, control, sensuality, and ourselves, a call to worship God wakes us up to the fact that we are sojourners and exiles in this world (1 Peter 2:11), that there is one true God, that he deserves to be exalted in our minds, hearts and wills, that he calls us together so that we might build each other up, and […]

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Prepare Him Room – A Video Preview

This is the third video we put together in anticipation of our upcoming Christmas album, Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus in Song, due out Sept. 29. It’s the title track, Prepare Him Room, and was written by Rebecca Elliott and Dave Fournier. They started it at our songwriter retreat back in January and after a number of revisions came up with the current version. The lyrics are loosely based on Luke 2:25-35, where Simeon meets the newborn Christ. The last line added to the song was this one in vs. 3: “Through the cradle, cross, and grave see the love of God displayed.” I love the way it succinctly brings together the significance of Jesus’ birth. Jesus was born, died, and rose again to display the Father’s heart of love. Amazing grace. In the video it’s performed by Neil DeGraide on electric, Jonny Barahona on keys (courtesy of our friends at Sojourn Church), Devon Kauflin on acoustic, Kate DeGraide on vocals, and Rebecca on lead. Lyrics are below. If you missed them, I posted two other preview videos, Who Would Have Dreamed and He Who is Mighty. O behold, the mystery now unfolds See the star shine on the virgin foretold Angels sing and light up the sky Hope rings out in a newborn’s cry Swing wide, you ancient gates For Christ is born today! Prepare Him room Prepare Him room Let the King of glory enter in God with us, the promise has come to be This, the one the prophets were longing to see In the darkness a blazing light To the hungry the words of life His kingdom now is near For those with ears to hear Oh, our hearts, as busy as Bethlehem Hear Him knock, don’t say there’s no room in the inn Through the cradle, cross, and grave See the love of God displayed Now He’s risen and He reigns Praise the Name above all names! © 2014 Sovereign Grace Praise

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Do I Lead To Impress or To Serve?

One of the things I’ve enjoyed about moving to Louisville two years ago and helping to plant Sovereign Grace Church is the opportunity to train interns from Southern Seminary and Boyce College. I meet weekly with a group from each school to talk theology, focus on heart issues, and work on music and leadership skills. They also serve on Sundays and help out with Sovereign Grace Music. Young musicians and leaders are often overly self-conscious and nervous. While confidence comes with experience, we don’t want to overcome self by becoming more assured in ourselves. So one of  my goals for the interns is that they get to the place where they can comfortably and joyfully get up in front of people spontaneously and lead us in a song that helps us exalt Christ. To that end, a couple weeks ago when I met with the Boyce interns, we talked about 2 Corinthians 4:5: For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. Paul wanted the Corinthians to know that he and his co-laborers weren’t in ministry to draw attention to themselves, but to Jesus. And it was a specific Jesus they were drawing attention to – the Jesus who is Lord. The result was that rather than promoting themselves they humbled themselves and became servants to the Corinthians. They did all this “for Jesus’ sake” because they wanted the Corinthians to join them in treasuring and following Christ. This verse helps clarify the choice we have to make when leading people in song on Sunday mornings. Are we going to proclaim ourselves or Jesus? Are we going to seek to impress or to serve? Leading to Impress Seeking to impress, or promoting ourselves, is revealed in a variety of ways. I’ve experienced all of them. Sometimes we’re afraid we aren’t going to impress people. Our rehearsals and preparation are tense and demanding. We struggle with clammy hands and sweat-producing anxiety. We obsess over whether or not people will like our leading, playing, or singing. We battle discouragement when we do poorly. We fight condemnation when no one notices our contribution or when we receive negative feedback, however slight. We’re offended when a leader doesn’t give us sufficient time to prepare so that we can look our best. We’re trying to promote ourselves and are afraid we’re not doing a very good job. Other times, we’re confident we do impress people. We frequently reference our contribution. Our monitor mix gives little to no indication that we’re leading with other musicians. We’re shocked when someone else gets scheduled more than we do. We view the church as a platform for our ministry. We don’t have time for pastors that want to get to know us before they let us lead. We don’t understand why everyone else isn’t as enamored as we are with our voice, playing, leading, or songwriting. We’re promoting ourselves and want everyone else to join in. Leading to Serve In contrast to that attitude, God wants us to view leading worship in song as an opportunity to serve our brothers and sisters for Jesus’ sake. You might notice that in both scenarios above, Jesus doesn’t even make it into the picture. What does it look like when musicians seek to serve others for Jesus’ sake? We take time to pray when we prepare because we want to know God’s heart for the people we’re leading. We receive encouragement or criticism gladly because the first assures us God’s Spirit is working through us and the second helps us grow. Our joy doesn’t depend on whether or not we did particularly well that morning, but on whether people encountered God and grew in their love for Christ. We listen to other people in the band. We practice because we don’t want to do anything that will distract people from focusing on […]

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He Who is Mighty – Video Preview

I know it’s a little early to be talking about Christmas songs, but the last few weeks I’ve been listening to the tracks of our upcoming album, Prepare Him Room. I am so excited for you to hear these songs. We’ll be releasing the digital album on Sept 29 (not Sept 1 as I previously wrote) and the physical CD at the same time. As I explained in an earlier post, this album came about through the request of my good friend, Marty Machowski. He had written an Advent curriculum and devotional, Prepare Him Room, and wondered if we wanted to record an album to accompany it. We were more than happy to do so. In anticipation of the full release we’ve put together a few acoustic videos of the songs. I posted our first video, Who Would Have Dreamed, last month. We recently posted He Who is Mighty, written by Kate DeGraide and Rebecca Elliott. It’s based on Is. 9:6-7, but also references the Magnificat: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this. (Isaiah 9:6-7 ESV) “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.” (Luke 1:46-55 ESV) Enjoy!    

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Songs from WorshipGod14: TRIUNE

We just wrapped up the last session of WorshipGod14: TRIUNE, where we spent 3 days exploring the depths, joys, and significance of worship the God who has revealed himself to us as Father, Son, and Spirit. I’m so grateful for the folks who made it all possible as well as the people who made sacrifices to attend. We all know God better than we did three days ago. I’ll be posting a summary of the conference in the coming weeks, but here’s the list of the songs we sang. Not surprisingly, a lot of them specifically reference the Trinity in some way. Click on the title to access charts and/or original sources. Wednesday PM – Bob Kauflin and Band Praise God There is One Reason Our Only Hope is You Man of Sorrows My Redeemer’s Love Here is Love    Mike Reeves – Why the Trinity is So Delightful Behold Our God Thursday AM – Devon Kauflin and Band There Is One Reason    Congregational Reading: The Nicene Creed Come Praise and Glorify Shine into Our Night Not in Me Grace Alone Jesus Paid it All Mike Reeves – The Trinity and the Cross You Made Us Your Own Before the Throne of God Above Thursday PM – Enfield How Great You Are No Other Savior O My Soul, Arise There Is A Fountain Grace and Peace My Redeemer’s Love    Bruce Ware – Worshiping God as Father How Deep the Father’s Love Friday AM- Matt Boswell and Band The Solid Rock Come Thou Fount O God of Our Salvation There is a Fountain Filled with Blood Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery All I Have is Christ    Jon Payne – The Unique Role of the Holy Spirit O Great God Friday PM- Devon Kauflin and Band and Conference Choir Holy, Holy, Holy All Creatures of Our God and King Come Praise and Glorify Now Why This Fear Here is Love O Great God Be Thou My Vision    Bob Kauflin – Singing and Praying to the Triune God You Made Us Your Own Saturday AM- Bob Kauflin and Band All Creatures of Our God and King The Father’s Love Shine into Our Night Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery Grace and Peace    Rick Gamache – Living in Light of the Trinity Grace Alone

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