Michael Van Patter – Songs in the Night

Michael writes that "This is an album borne of long nights, impossible questions, fear, waiting, and hope. These are songs for the brokenhearted."  Michael is one of my favorite artists in the church. He is a talented songwriter and arranger, an astute liturgical pastor, and a lover of good design.  This new album grows out... Continue Reading →

Resources on grief and worship

i {image} Georges Rouault, "Miserere #2 I've been thankful for the postings over at "My Song in the Night" on grief, lament and worship.  My wife and I lost our first child a few years ago and we have found so few sojourners willing to sit with us in the "valley of the shadow of death."... Continue Reading →

The Vertical Habits:Music

See Part #1 of this post on some background for what The Vertical Habits are. - The Vertical Habits was initially developed as an exercise to correlate the basic parts of human communication with the communication that happens in worship between God and us, and through that deepen our understanding of the role of communication... Continue Reading →

Learning to Lament

Many of us in leadership in church's are wrestling with how to shepherd our people through the tragedy in Haiti right now.  Most of us don't know how to lament, and the church hasn't taught us.  At Christ the King we are repenting of this and trying to provide some basic materials to help people... Continue Reading →

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