Contributors: James Abbington, Emily R. Brink, Kathleen Harmon, Lim Swee Hong, Deborah Carlton Loftis, David W. Music, Greg Scheer, and C. Michael Hawn. Foreword by John L. Bell; preface by Pablo Sosa
New Songs of Celebration Render explores the essential yet profoundly diverse role congregational song plays across cultures and denominations.
In his passionate pursuit of congregational song practices the world over, C. Michael Hawn calls all who lead worship to consider the variety and wealth of congregational music available to the church.
With this book—more than fifteen years in the making—Hawn brings together renowned practitioners and scholars James Abbington, John L. Bell, Emily R. Brink, Kathleen Harmon, Lim Swee Hong, Deborah Carlton Loftis, David W. Music, Greg Scheer, and Pablo Sosa.
Together, they reveal their diverse repertoire and practices, allowing us not only to find our own experiences mirrored within these pages but also to learn new perspectives. The included compact disc features music representing this broad range of repertoire.
Ultimately, this book is a profound call for worship leaders to open their ears, hearts, and minds to the panorama of new music available to enliven the song of their assembly.