For discussion

August 31, 2011 | Feature | Number 17

1. How are the songs and music chosen in your congregation? How much thought is given to the words when songs are chosen? Do you agree that we focus on the style of music more than the words we sing? What might help us focus on the words?

2. If someone analyzed the songs your congregation has used in the past year, what would they say about what you believe? Are the songs balanced with a wide range of emotions and a variety of texts? How might you work at broadening the types of songs you sing?

3. Are there some songs that have special meaning or are used at specific times in your congregation? What makes them special? Are there songs that are congregational favourites? How do they become favourites? How are new songs taught?

4. At this summer’s Mennonite Church Canada assembly, Mark Diller Harder reported on the work of the Mennonite Binational Worship Council, which is considering how to best provide worship and music resources for our churches. What advice would you give this council regarding hymnbooks or other music resources for the Mennonite church in the 21st century?

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