Dear Music Makers,
It’s time to pull out the Christmas Music!
As you prepare for the marathon of anthems, special concerts, and carol services that is the Advent and Christmas season, we are here to help!
- Check out the Advent Unwrapped At Church page. Pat Mayberry and David Kai have shared new music for the season. And by popular demand, we are reposting the Intercultural Hymn Festival by Bruce Harding of Evensong Music.
- Visit the Worship Resources section on The United Church of Canada’s website for lectionary-based hymn suggestions from Gathering, and sheet music for candle lighting and offertory music.
Recently I’ve heard from a few congregation who know what they would like to sing, but need help in singing it. Here are some suggestions if you are without music leadership:
- The Accompaniment Collection of popular Voices United and More Voices hymns is a series of CDs with piano accompaniment to sing along to.
- Sing Hallelujah is a video hymnal of songs from More Voices and Voices United.
- The United Methodists offer free piano accompaniment recordings that can be downloaded from their website.
If you are looking to revitalize your congregation’s singing life and have a few people to lead:
- Break into Song is a hands-on guide to renewing your congregation’s voice, with a series of helpful YouTube videos.
- Sing! The Center for Congregational Song offers resources and holds educational events throughout North America.
Be sure to browse Advent Unwrapped for accessible, faith-based resources to celebrate the season, and Connect with Us below to receive e-mail updates as new material is posted to this site.
Let’s get our sing on this Advent!