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Mostly Canticles by George van Popta

After being rescued from grave danger, David sang, “Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.” (Ps 34:3)  Throughout the Bible we are encouraged to praise God in times of joy, trust, confusion, understanding, sadness, and despair.  We pray while we sing and sing while we pray and, obviously, the words that […]

Celebrating Ascension Day

Tomorrow is Ascension Day, the day we celebrate that Jesus went to heaven. But why is that a cause for celebration? Why is it good that Jesus went to heaven? First of all, of course, he is interceding for us at God’s right hand.  (Romans 8:34) And, amazing thought, he is busy preparing a place […]

Thank the Lord and Come with Praise

Occasionally something one has worked on for months suddenly and unexpectedly comes together.  I’ve been thinking deeply about Christian education, its ‘why’ and ‘how’ and ‘what’, and things are finally making sense to me, just in time to discuss them with others at a conference. Full of relief and grateful joy, I can’t help but sing this adaptation […]

Glory to God

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!  (Luke 2:13,14) This, the greatest song ever sung on earth, has been dreamt about for millennia, and here are three human […]

Review: 21 Lessons in 20th Century Music Appreciation

Do you want to engage your older students with music that they already know something about? 21 Lessons in 20th Century Music Appreciation begins with the marches of Sousa and ends with movie scores of the last few decades, showing a breadth and flow of music history that will resonate with teens as well as children. […]

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