The Liturgy Plan Ingredients

Starting Out Series

This series is for you, the musician at the parish who is just starting out. Perhaps you were just asked by your pastor, or music director to take on leading a weekend or weekday liturgy. This is the first in a series of posts to get you prepared and running down the path of leading […]

Out Of Memory

Last week at my parish, we hosted the Gospel of John Live Performance by Brad Sherrill. It was a well attended event, and Brad’s performance was outstanding. The link to Brad’s website is HERE. As the music ministry teams gathered this weekend for practice, everyone was sharing their thought’s about the performance. The one common […]

Teens In Music Ministry

Teenagers in music ministry? This is a widely debated topic amongst music directors and liturgists. Most often, the answer to the opening question is a resonant “No”. Overall, I have found that the music community in most parishes is closed to teenagers. I think this is unhealthy, and actually opposes what the mission of the […]

When it absolutely, positively has to get there…

Anyone remember this?   I am sitting on my couch, hanging out with my wife, and working in my laptop on ProPresenter Lyrics. You see, tomorrow morning, my parish is hosting the Peachtree City Ecumenical Good Friday Service. It’s Thursday night (after playing Holy Thursday Mass), and that means our favorite shows are on, so […]

Batteries and Bunnies

Batteries and Bunnies Nothing will make you look as dull as a dead battery. Three weeks ago, we had our lenten parish mission, and I handed our presenter a lavalier mic without applying all the rules below. Know what happened? After the speaker began his presentation, the mic began to put out a low level […]

Ask And Receive

Do you ask God for things? If not, you should. God worked a miracle in my life this week. Let me explain… I am not suggesting your prayer life should resemble a request line for a radio station, where your conversation with God simply reflects your wishes. We can’t treat God like the “genie in […]

Podcast – Jumping The Octave

This past Sunday, I was talking with our music team about this new trend in modern worship songwriting of singing verses in the basement (below the staff), and then jumping an octave or more in the refrains. These songs are powerful, emotional prayers, but are they right for congregational worship? Check out the podcast and […]