Saturday, August 14, 2010

Carolyn Arends on Worship, Hospitality, and Song

In her next "Wrestling with Angels" column for Christianity Today (due out in October), singer/songwriter Carolyn Arends talks about what characterizes the best worship services she encounters in her travels. "I recognize certain commonalities," she writes. "Each of those services ... was thoroughly Christocentric and profoundly reverent. No surprises there. The common characteristic that I least expected?" The answer is "hospitality," and she relates a Robert Webber anecdote that ties hospitality to the way congregations sing.

It's a thought-provoking column for those of us who lead church music. You'll have to wait for the October CT read the full column.

But in the meantime, you can listen to Carolyn discuss her thoughts on worship in a free webinar sponsored by CT's sister e-pub Kyria. Register for the August 26 webinar here.

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