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) In these well known lines from the hymn ‘When morning gilds the skies’, Caswall uses the word ‘canticle’ in the general sense of a song, derived from the Latin ‘canticulum’, a little song. Canticles, in the plural, in some contexts refers to the biblical book the Song of …