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In addition to visiting several congregations and their corporate worship recently, I am also in the midst of leading a middle/high-school marching band camp. I'm starting to wonder if we have confused the role of worship leader with drum major.

hymnals

If you use any hymns that appear in any of over-5,000 common hymnals, you should take a look at hymnary.org.

This web site is a HUGE resource for all things related to hymns. It has histories of the texts and tunes as well as authors/composers.

In preparing to lead worship for Sunday (memorial day Sunday) I wanted to somehow include something related to our military families (we have some that have served and some who have children serving).

The only hymn that came to mind was "Eternal Father Strong to Save". This is known as The Navy Hymn.

Over the past few months I've had the opportunity to worship under the leadership of a large number of worship leaders. Some have been 'professional' worship leaders (having a paid position for the role) as well as volunteers who lead. In all of these I've noticed some basic skills missing that I learned in an introductory 'music in the local church' course in college.

Did everyone sleep through Worship 101?

If you've been around scripture and worship music as long as I have you probably do the same thing I do (at least I hope I'm not alone).

When someone starts reading scripture aloud you can think of several different worship songs or hymns that fit that scripture.

Of course, that's not usually the case when you're sitting down to plan a worship service ... usually I would sit there when the scripture for the message is being read (AFTER we're done with most of the singing) and think ... Oh THAT would have been a perfect song for that scripture.

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