Short Guide No 20: Using Short Songs in Worship

The New Testament encourages believers to sing ‘Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs’, suggesting the Body of Christ needs a range of sung material. As well as hymns, the imaginative use of short songs of various kinds can enrich worship; this paper explores the repertoire of shorter songs and suggests ways of incorporating them into services. Chorus is the name which …

Treasure No 77: Canticles Old and New

(Hymn Society Conference Lecture, Durham, 28 July 2010 Edited for The Bulletin) As the daughter of a vicar I grew up knowing the Book of Common Prayer canticles very well from weekly chanting in church, and my father was working for the Church Pastoral Aid Society at the time when Psalm Praise (which has many metrical versions of canticles as …