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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 19, 2013
New Book Helps Congregations Improve Worship Attendance
WASHINGTON, DC – Worship is at the center of a congregation’s life, and improvements in worship tend to spur improvements in the church’s other ministries. In the new book Overflow: Increase Worship Attendance & Bear More Fruit, authors Tom Berlin and Lovett H. Weems, Jr., share research-based insights, tactical ideas, and practices that lead to increased worship attendance.
The authors instruct church leaders on the importance of paying attention to factors critical to worship growth, and demonstrate new approaches to worship planning. They present church leaders with another resource that is foundational and practical, convicting and accessible. Overflow encourages and equips church leaders who yearn to see more people worshipping God.
More information about Overflow: Increase Worship Attendance & Bear More Fruit is available at http://www.churchleadership.com/resources/overflow.html. The book was published this year by Abingdon Press, an imprint of The United Methodist Publishing House. Overflow is the second book in a series by Berlin and Weems. It follows the best-selling Bearing Fruit: Ministry with Real Results published in 2011.
Worship in Small Groups?
by Kimberly MacNeill
So often we think of worship music as something reserved for the weekend church service and never consider that it could be part of our small group gatherings. The idea of singing in an intimate setting where someone might hear us is intimidating enough to wipe the idea off the schedule! And yet, so many people are moved and inspired to worship God through music, we might be missing an opportunity for worship when we don’t include song in our small groups. READ MORE
Links to worship resource people & places:
Director of Music Resources
GBOD | The United Methodist Church
PO Box 340003
Nashville, TN 37203-0003
GBOD Web site: www.gbod.org
GBOD Worship Web site: www.GBOD.org/worship
Toll-free: (877) 899-2780 Ext. 7073
5 Things Churches Need to Know About Music Performance License
- You do not need to obtain a performance license to play, sing, perform or present music in your congregational worship service in your church. This is allowed by the religious exemption clause in the USA copyright law. It is important to understand that this exemption covers only your congregational worship service in your church. It does not cover copying, broadcasting, telecasting, webcasting, recording, or any other use of the music. These uses may be covered by obtaining permissions from the copyright holder or obtaining one of numerous other types of licenses.
- The following activities commonly engaged in by churches are not covered by the religious exemption clause or by CCLI or other music licenses. For any of these activities, the church must obtain permission from the copyright holder of the music to be used or performed (live or recorded) or obtain a performance license:
- Summer camps (including talent shows, campfires, group singing, worship)
- Picnics & BBQs
- Vacation Bible School
- Carnivals and festivals
- Church dinners and banquets
- Special programs outside of your worship services
- Youth events and meetings
- Conferences, festivals, convocations
- Daycare programs
- Coffee houses
- Normally, performance licenses for music in the above settings can be obtained from ASCAP, SESAC and BMI for the music that each one of those organizations covers. If the music you want to use is handled by more than one of these organizations, then you will need a performance license from each company involved.
- Private companies are beginning to emerge that will handle these copyright and licensing tasks for churches for a fee, much as CCLI, LicenSing and OneLicense.net provide similar services for the copying and projection of hymn and song lyrics for use by churches in bulletins and worship. One such company is Christian Copyright Solutions, www.copyrightsolver.com through its PERFORMmusic License. And there are other companies, as well.
- Copyright and licensing have become complex and challenging for churches. It requires dedicated time, research and follow-up to remain legal in ministry today. And we must be aware that copyright laws exist, not for the benefit of churches, but solely for the financial benefit of the copyright owner.
For more information:
- Performance Licenses for churches
- Top 5 Myths of Performance Rights White Paper
- Resources for Copyright and Licensing on the GBOD Website
Are the practical needs of church musicians in conflict with the provision of US copyright law? Here are three questions often asked by local church musicians dealing with copying of individual pages of music in specific circumstances:
- Can copies legally be made of music being played in an organ recital so that the program can proceed smoothly and without the need to stack books on top of each other and constantly move them around?
- Also, if one owns a collection of arrangements and the editing is such that the page turns are all but impossible, can copies legally be made so the music can be arranged in sheet protectors, etc., to facilitate page turns as long as both the collection and the copy will not be used at the same time, but rather one or the other?
- I am an organist and want to make and use photocopies to avoid awkward page turns and books that refuse to stay open. Can I do this legally?
There is no provision in the copyright laws that provides for photocopying and using protected music in these situations without the permission of the copyright owner. As logical as this kind of copying appears to us, and as restrictive as the law appears in denying it, it is still the law. Your options are to contact the copyright owner for permission or to act upon the assumption many musicians hold that publishers will not prosecute such use. Music licenses like CCLI, OneLicense.net and LicenSing do not cover copying for these purposes.
PENALTIES FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT (USA ONLY)
If you or your church is found guilty of copyright infringement, what are the penalties?
- The copyright holder can calculate the actual amount of financial loss resulting from your infringement and sue you for that amount, and may add other punitive damages to the suit.
- Rather than calculating and proving actual damages, the copyright owner may opt for statutory damages. These statutory damages have already been set by the US government and range from $750 to $30,000 per infringement.
- Statutory damages may go up to $150,000 per infringement if determined to be “willful.”
Copyright owners have discovered over time that it is often to their advantage to claim willful infringement for every claim and then settle for a lesser amount once the copyright offender has been frightened by the charge.
COPYRIGHT 101: Enlarging Hymns & Music (USA ONLY)
QUESTION: ENLARGING MUSIC FOR THE VISION IMPAIRED
I have older choir and congregational singers with poor vision who enlarge their music to see it. Is that legal? Read the answer.
Copyright 101: Music and Public Domain
When is a hymn in the public domain? When does copyright on a hymn expire?
Counting down the top ten myths, false beliefs, and misperceptions about church music copyright, none of which are true. For help, see the Copyright and Licensing section of the GBOD website.
Myth #9. We’re not going to sell the copies. Explanation: The false belief persists among many church musicians and members that it is legal to make and use copies or projections of copyrighted hymns and music so long as you don’t sell or otherwise make money from those copies. The fact is, if you want to make copies of a copyrighted piece of music, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner to do so, or obtain a music license that covers the specific copying and use you want to make of the music. Whether you sell those copies or not has no bearing on the legality of the copying. However, be aware that if you make illegal copies and then sell them or make a profit from those copies by your use, you may have given the copyright owner additional justification for legal action and seeking monetary damages from you. The right to financially exploit or make money from a copyrighted piece of music is a right reserved exclusively to the copyright owner.
Myth #7: It’s from our own denominational hymnal. Explanation: Here’s the myth: “We’re a United Methodist congregation and we purchased copies of The United Methodist Hymnal at considerable expense for all of our pews and the choir. That allows us to copy lyrics for the bulletin or project the lyrics on a screen during worship for all of the songs in the hymnal,” or some variation. The United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) is the publisher of all of our official hymnals and Abingdon Press, a division of UMPH, is the publisher of our supplemental songbooks, like The Faith We Sing and Worship and Song, with other collections (Upper Room Worship Book, Global Praise) published by other United Methodist general agencies like GBOD and GBGM. Read the rest of the explanation HERE.
Myth #6. We’re a church and want to use it in our worship services. Is making copies for bulletins, handouts, newsletters, and projection legal if it’s for use in our worship services? You probably already know the answer, but read about it here.
Myth #5. It’s Fair Use. http://bit.ly/1acocUh
Explanation: FAIR USE is a provision of the copyright law that allows for reproduction of copyrighted material under very limited circumstances, including: for comment, for criticism, and for parody. But be warned that FAIR USE almost never applies to the church, to worship, to choir music in concert in church, to copyrighted hymns in worship, instrumental or vocal or choral music used in the church, or to any use of music in the church, including worship, rehearsal, Sunday School, day care, youth groups, retreats, congregational worship, concerts, devotions, meetings, mission projects, -- almost any situation in the church is not covered by FAIR USE. Read more in the article.
Timely Articles about available worship resources:
- Michael Hawn’s History of Hymns http://bit.ly/14suATx
Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” no. 140 in The UM Hymnal, in the top five favorites of UMs.
Read all about it here. http://bit.ly/15a2UT6
- Michael Hawn’s History of Hymns
http://bit.ly/13VeTq6 “Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive”
United Methodist Hymnal, no. 390
Words by Rosamond E. Herklots, 1966
Music from Supplement to Kentucky Harmony, 1820; harm. By Gerald H. Knight, 1980
In this week’s column Dr. Hawn discusses this exploration of The Lord’s Prayer phrase from Matthew 6:12 with some fascinating connections to modern 20th century events.
- Music Resources for World Communion Sunday, Oct 6
Free downloads from GBOD: Hymns, Songs, Responses, Choir, Solos, Liturgies
- United Methodist Worship and Music in Cameroon, West Africa http://bit.ly/18PxiTF
There is good news to tell about United Methodists in Cameroon, West Africa, who are using their still-new hymnal, published in 2009, along with new staff in the Cameroon Mission Initiative, a new UM church, and new methods to train and mentor pastors, worship and music leaders in that nation.
- CELEBRATING THE MYSTERY: A HYMN FESTIVAL ON HOLY COMMUNION
Using hymns, Scriptures, readings, and prayers, this hymn festival is organized around the theme of Holy Communion. It is not intended to be used as an actual service of Holy Communion since it does not contain the Great Thanksgiving. Rather, it should be used to explore and celebrate the nature of the sacrament, its meaning and mystery. It might be used as an evening worship service, a Sunday morning service, or as a combined Sunday morning Sunday school gathering that would then lead into a worship service of Holy Communion. Especially effective as a lead-up to World Communion Sunday, Oct 6, 2013.
- Hymn Study: “Some Children See Him” In plenty of time for Christmas, learn about the beloved and beautiful Alfred Burt Carol, “Some Children See Him,” no. 3065 in Worship & Song. Good for congregation, choir or solo.
- Michael Hawn’s History of Hymns “God of the Sparrow” by Jaroslav Vajda
Exploring this hymn (no. 122 in UM Hymnal) by the preeminent Lutheran hymn writer of the 20th century. Answers the questions of why and how God’s creatures (and children) serve God. And why is there no punctuation or rhyme?
- HISTORY OF HYMNS
By Dr. Michael Hawn, Perkins School of Theology
"Have Thine Own Way, Lord" United Methodist Hymnal, no. 382
Words by Adelaide A. Pollard, 1902
Music by George C. Stebbins, 1907
The author of this favorite hymn was a teacher, missionary and had a healing ministry. Her hymn was inspired by a comment by an elderly woman in a prayer meeting. It caused considerable controversy and debate in the Hymnal Revision Committee that developed our present hymnal. Read the full story in Dr. Hawn’s article.
- 2014 Planning Calendar
This 12-month calendar for 2014 is especially designed for churches – pastors, staff, musicians, worship planners & leaders, choirs, committees, Sunday School teachers, youth leaders. Contains all four lectionary citations for every Sunday and special liturgical days of the year, plus many special days of the church and civic calendars.
- Worship & Music Resources for 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Aug 28, 1963 March on Washington http://bit.ly/1cTnuPf
- “Gather Us In,” by Marty Haugen http://www.gbod.org/lead-your-church/history-of-hymns/resource/history-of-hymns-gather-us-in-2
Dr. Michael Hawn of Perkins School of Theology writes in his latest History of Hymns column about hymn writer Marty Haugen and his "Gather Us In," no. 2236 in The Faith We Sing. Dr. Hawn says, "Marty Haugen (b. 1950) is perhaps the most prolific and influential composer of liturgical music of his generation. His hymns, psalm settings and paraphrases, services set to music, and anthems are widely used in both Protestant and Roman Catholic congregations around the world."
- “Nothing but the Blood,” by Robert Lowry United Methodist Hymnal, no. 362
Robert Lowry, among the most popular of 19th century hymn writers, also composed “Shall we gather at the river,” “Up from the grave he arose,” “Marching to Zion” and “How can I keep from singing.” Dr. Hawn discusses the theology and history of the blood hymns in congregational singing.
- A GREAT DAY OF SINGING http://bit.ly/12OZxQz
Special service from GBOD, lots of hymn singing, choir optional. Ideal for summer months without a choir or for pastor's vacation. Free download.
- History of Hymns: “I Surrender All”
History of Hymns by Michael Hawn, "I Surrender All" by JW Van DeVenter, who had a major impact on the young Billy Graham.
- HISTORY OF HYMNS"Break Thou the Bread of Life" by Mary Lathbury
UM Hymnal #599
Commentary by Dr. Michael Hawn, Perkins School of Theology
- Hymn: “We Pray for Youth We Dearly Love”
Words by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, 2013
This hymn was written in the aftermath of the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida and the trial that followed in July 2013. Hymn writer Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (photo, bio, contact information and links to other hymns), herself a foster mother for a four-year-old African American boy, asks broader questions regarding racism, guns, violence, fear, sin, guilt and justice. In addition to the hymn, there is included a brief commentary by the author.
- United Methodist Hymnal Table of Contents Online Listing
(Listing of Common Titles & First Lines of Hymns)
- HISTORY OF HYMNS by Michael Hawn June 27, 2013
“O God of Every Nation” by William W. Reid
United Methodist Hymnal #435
GBOD is now hosting this weekly column on its website, here.
- “God Bless Our President” , Words: John Thornburg; Music: tune, AMERICA
This one-verse hymn prayer is provided for use specifically around presidential inauguration day, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013.
- FAITH OF OUR FATHERS (alternate text) Rev. Lawrence A. Wik has taken the first stanza of the familiar hymn and added two new stanzas, one for mothers, one for children. Free download. UMHymnal editor Carlton Young writes: "Perhaps most who sing this hymn are unaware that it was written to be sung by Roman Catholic parishioners who in their newly granted freedom of political expression in the parliamentary acts of 1833 and 1850 were calling for the conversion of England and the return of Roman rule to the Church of England" ....and.... "The hymn has been altered and abridged by USA Protestant and Roman Catholic hymnal committees into a non-Christian hymn." (Companion to the UM Hymnal, 329-330).
- Resources for Church Musicians, Pastors, Worship Leaders & Planners, Issue #12 Hymns, anthems, worship resources, links from GBOD.
- Africana Worship Book for Year C Wonderful book of resources moving into Revised Common Lectionary Year C. On sale now for $20 (41% discount).
- “Remembrance” (“Once Crimson Poppies Bloomed”) A Hymn for Veterans Day (USA) and Remembrance Day (Great Britain), November 11; Words by Andrew Pratt, 2012. British Methodist pastor and hymn writer Andrew Pratt (photo, bio, contact information, links to other hymns) has composed this remarkable text for Veterans Day (USA) and Remembrance Day (British Commonwealth nations). Veterans/Remembrance Day, also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day, is observed each year on November 11 to commemorate the end of World War I on that date in 1918 and, more broadly, to remember the members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty.
For many congregations church music is synonymous with ensemble music—the
chancel choir rehearsing and singing anthems, the handbell choir playing in
worship, children's choirs, youth choirs, brass and other instrumental groups,
and so forth. At Saint Mark's United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro,
Tennessee, the congregation is the most important choir. All of the church's
musical ensembles understand that their primary role is to support and enable
the congregation to experience the presence of God in worship through
singing. (Read the full article HERE.)
- RESOURCES FOR CHURCH MUSICIANS, PASTORS AND WORSHIP PLANNERS & LEADERS - ISSUE #11 Periodic E-Newsletter with SO MANY resources – music, liturgy, articles, links, more.
- Resources for Church Musicians and Worship Leaders & Planners, Issue #9
Wide range of music & worship resources, including: lectionary hymn recommendations, new hymns, global hymns, choir music, piano/organ duet, articles, events, much more.
50 Ways to Guarantee Poor Congregational Singing
Most congregations will recognize some of these
- Hymn suggestions for Revised Common Lectionary, Sunday, June 9, 2013
Hymn suggestions for Revised Common Lectionary, Sunday, June 16, 2013
With suggestions from United Methodist hymnals and songbooks.
- HYMNS, PRAYERS, LITANIES IN TIME OF HURRICANE AND FLOOD
When It Won’t Stop Prayer by Safiyah Fosua
A Prayer-Poem for Those Who Are Wet By Kwasi Kena
A Prayer for Storm Survivors By Lisa Ann Moss Digrenia
A Prayer for Those Facing Flooding By Taylor Burton Edwards
At a Time Like This A contemporary worship song in time of crisis or need by Tom LeFevre.
By the Waters of the Levee A litany and prayer by Lyne Stull-Lipps.
Prayer and Musical Response in Time of Disaster By Dean Reed and Brian Henkelman
Flooding By Marilyn E. Thornton
Homes that Once Held Joy and Laughter Hymn by Andrew Pratt
In Search of Higher Ground By Safiyah Fosua
- FIVE SUNDAYS OF CONGREGATIONAL SINGING Celebrate five centuries of congregational singing on Reformation Sunday,
Oct. 28, 2012, with this service.
- A Labor Day Blessing for Workers and All Seeking Work
A Service of Holy Communion for Labor Day
- A Hymn Festival for Holy Communion
This musical service of worship is designed to be used at any time of the year, but especially leading up to World Communion (1st Sunday of October). The congregation experiences a variety of readings, scriptures and hymns all on the sacrament of Holy Communion. The service may be adapted to fit within a Sunday morning worship service but it should not be used in place of The Great Thanksgiving and it is not designed to be used in a service in which the sacrament is actually observed. Both bulletin and script are provided.
- Resources for Church Music & Worship Planners #7
Practical and instructional items for musicians, pastors, worship leaders and planners.
- A Blessing of the Backpacks and the School Year
Ask your children and youth to bring their backpacks to worship for this special blessing.
- An Act of Worship for a Time Between Pastors
By John Peterson
Use this liturgy for worship during the time of a departing previous pastor and the arrival of a newly appointed pastor.
- Complete Works of Charles Wesley Released http://divinity.duke.edu/news-media/news/20120501wesley
The Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition at the Duke Divinity School has announced that with the publication of the transcription of “MS Acts,” it has completed a project to make publically available in a single setting every known poem or hymn of Charles Wesley. The complete collection of verse by Charles Wesley that survives in original manuscripts is available online, either individually by work or in a convenient zipped file of the entire collection. The center had previously posted transcriptions of all known verse that Charles Wesley (or his brother John) published during his life. This collection is also available online. “Combined, these two collections comprise every poem or hymn known that can be traced with some confidence to the pen of Charles Wesley,” said Randy L. Maddox, William Kellon Quick Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies.. “They are the equivalent of around a 15-volume printed edition of his works.”
July 8-12, Lake Junaluska, NC - Experiences for children, youth and adults that will nourish the soul, strengthen your faith, transform your life. Sponsored by Upper Room Ministries, GBOD, Nashville.
- Free Music Downloads for Lent and Easter:
- Hymns and songs
- Lead sheets
- Communion settings
- The Church as a Place of Hope and Renewal
From GBOD Best Practices
- Our Over-Messaged Lives – Finding Time for a Spiritual Life
Latest installment of GBOD’s 5-part Dreaming of Vital Congregations series.
- Is your church a Vital Congregation?
Here’s a Promo Video for Vital Congregations.
- Worship & Music Resources for Time of Drought & Famine
Free downloads from GBOD.
- Hymn Study: “He Touched Me” All about Bill Gaither’s hymn,
a favorite of United Methodists.
- Shaping Your Church’s Worship from Congregational Identity
Shaped by Identity
- Forming disciples is a natural part of the holy work of worship, preaching, and music.
- FREE online membership for students to The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts (FUMMWA):
- Looking for ways to keep your worship experiences fresh and relevant - and distinctly Wesleyan? Are you aware of the wealth of worship planning resources available through the United Methodist denomination? Worship tools of all types come together here, thanks to the work of our GBOD colleagues. You'll find research, ideas, preaching helps, and pastoral prayers for situations like the recent unrest in Egypt. And, did we mention the word FREE? Check it out!
- Many churches are finishing up one year and beginning to plan for another. As you do so, you may be able to use these free, downloadable 2011 and 2012 pdf calendars from GBOD containing liturgical, sacred, secular and civil holidays and observances as well as all of the Revised Common Lectionary citations for each Sunday and many special days.
2011 Worship and Music Planning Calendar
- What To Do When There Is No Accompanist for Hymns?
UM Hymnal Accompaniment on CDs: piano/organ accompaniments to all hymns, baptism, communion responses, Psalter
UM Hymnal Accompaniment CD Sampler
Selected Hymns from The UM Hymnal Midi Disk (I believe there are 20 separate disks; this link is to vol. 1. These are also available in “Symphony” editions which package 4 disks together in one pack, and there is a Christmas disk.)
The Faith We Sing CD Accompaniment edition
The Faith We Sing MIDI Edition
- Free downloadable worship resources for this time of flooding:
Worship Resources In a Time of Flooding
- Evaluating Your Church’s Worship and Music
- Children’s & Children’s Choir Music Resources
Worship in the Wilderness http://witwabq.webs.com
ongoing monthly hikes, fellowship and worship.
please contact Rev. Melissa Madara to make arrangements
Sing to the Lord New (and Some Great Old) Songs!
In Interpreter Magazine, Jan-Feb 2011 Issue
"Sight Psalms,” a new daily devotional intended to help people reflect on God’s presence in their lives through the use of images, is now available on GBOD’s website as a part of a new page on Prayer. Each day, a new photograph will be posted to evoke reflection and inspiration with a brief verbal message accompany most photos. Sight Psalms can be found at www.gbod.org/sightpsalms where users also will have the opportunity to subscribe to have each day’s image delivered via email.
The Silver Tsunami
Baby Boomers, those born 1946-64, have transformed almost every aspect of public life as they have grown up and aged, including the church. They are now poised to have a dramatic effect once again upon the life of the church as they increasingly reach retirement age. Are you ready? What will you and your church do with this growing demographic?
Conference Banner Sharing Program:
Over the past 35 years, the NM Annual Conference banners were the original designs and creations of Cheryl Hicks. Many of them are offered to local churches for 2-4 weeks so that they may be shared with your congregations. There are a number of them available at most any time, and you can arrange to use them by contacting in the conference office. We will try to post pictures of them here, with approximate sizes to help you determine if they could be accommodated in your church.
AC 2011 "Walls Come Tumbling Down!"
5' x 10' each All or either may be borrowed.
AC 2010 "Imagine!" (Parts of set may also be borrowed.)
5'x10' 8' sq. 5'x10'
includes pulpit hanging
AC 2009 "Arise, Shine!"
AC 2006 & 2008
"Jesus Christ, Hope of the World"
"Hope, with Confident Expectation"
strips 3'x12' center disk 10' diameter
(Ctr. orb has special rigging to facilitate hanging)
AC 2007 "Following the Shepherd"
5'x12' 5'x10' 5'x12'
3 pieces, 15-17' span
AC 2005 "Connected by the Cross"
12' x 10' (?)
AC 2004 "Open Doors" [no longer available, destroyed
by fire, 2010]
4'x12' (sides) 10'x11'?(center) 4'x12'
AC 2003 "Open Minds" [no longer available, destroyed
by fire, 2010]
10'x11' (with or without added side panels above)
AC 2002 "Open Hearts" [no longer available, destroyed
by fire, 2010]
Center panel with accompanying side panels (see 2004 above)
10'x11' (navy blue background)
AC 2001 "Win, Nurture, Send"
AC (year?) "Go, Teach, Learn"
5-panel display, Center 5'x10' at point, sides 3' wide(?) ea.