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     The David Crowder Band:           Vol. II No. 4
  Music for Generation Y
       October 3, 2007 

If you were born before 1980, you might not guess what a powerful impact David Crowder has had on the university scene merely by seeing his picture.

More than half the students attending Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where David was enrolled in the 1990s, were not churchgoers—even in a college with strong Baptist ties. His efforts and unique style in leading worship led to the formation of University Baptist Church, where almost 1,000 attend, the majority, university students.

You can hear the wide-ranging styles of each of the songs of his latest album online (not demos) by going to www.worshiptogether.com and clicking on "NEW SONG JUKEBOX" (top left, under the upraised hands). More information and resources (including tabs and chords) are at the David Crowder Band website, and, for that matter, on numerous sites throughout the web.


   Quick Picks for Your Planning

Each week WorshipToonz posts a new QuickPicks Worship List, one of the ways we try to help you in your worship music planning. Below is our current list, from Zion Christian Church in Troy, MI. See other lists for download on this page at WorshipToonz.

List of the Week, September 30, 2007

A Blessed Be Your Name Beth Redman/
Matt Redman
D Friend of God Israel Houghton/
Michael Gungor
Bb How Great Is Our God Chris Tomlin/Ed Cash/
Jesse Reeves
Bb Shout to the Lord Darlene Zschech 1406918
F You Are Good Israel Houghton 3383788

For your convenience,
you can download this list.

Site Spotlight

When I had to leave the Detroit Battlecry event early this past April, after finishing my previous commitment, I returned home to watch the concluding session online. And it was even better than being there earlier in the day, since I was able to play piano along with Hillsong United next to my computer screen.

God TV broadcasts numerous events throughout the year, and should be your first stop online if you can't attend one of the many inspirational Christian worship and revival events held around the U.S. each year. Video on Demand is a part of online offerings for a free login account.

U.S. and U.K. websites are live.

     True Worshipers of God Series

This is another installment of Pastor Dan Gardner's series, True Worshipers of God. For this complete series on audio, go to WorshipToonz on this page. You can also find much of Dan's music, recorded and published, on this page. Each song has its own audio and leadsheet demos.

Session 6: Music in Worship (cont.)         Dan Gardner



Music in the Early Church

I Corinthians 14:26 - “How is it then, brethren? When ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.”

Ephesians 5:17-21 - “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord: Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”

These scriptures instruct us in HOW to be filled with the Spirit; by letting the song of the Lord fill your heart with music of worship and praise.

Colossians 3:16 - “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

I Corinthians 14:15 - “What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.”

Romans 15:9 - “And that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.”

Paul is quite possibly referring to Psalm 18:49 here. The idea of music in praise, that others might know of God’s glory, is a common theme in the Psalms. Psalm 40:3 says, “And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.” The ungodly will hear the song of the redeemed and desire God for themselves.

Hebrews 2:12 - Christ singing in the midst of the church, “I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.” Zephaniah 3:17 speaks to us of the action of God in our midst, “The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy (he will delight in you); he will rest in his love (he will still your soul with his love), he will joy over thee with singing.”

James 5:13 - “Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray. Is any merry? Let him sing praises.”

Acts 16:25,26 - “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.”

Rev 5:9 - “And they sang a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by the blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”

In the early centuries of the church, it is recorded that music played a vital role in expressing praise, and it should be noted that this was a time when many were born into the church. Tertullian, who lived in the second century, reports that early Christian worship was sometimes marked by spontaneous outbursts of praise on the part of individual worshipers. He also records that when a believer was invited to sing a song of praise, he might choose something either taken from scripture or of his own composition (from E.E. Ryden, The Story of Christian Hymnody, pgs. 6-7; Phil Kerr, Music in Evangelism). It is apparent here and from Scriptures already noted that early Christian church worship was marked by Holy Spirit-anointed worship, with the fresh inspiration of new songs.

Around the fourth century, more elaborate forms of worship became the trend, more structured, formal, etc.; the personal experience of worship was stressed much less, and finally around 590—604 A.D., congregational participation in the music of worship was dispensed with. But God is restoring His song in the church once again in this day.


Download of the Month

The Worship Package for download this month is I Was Glad, and includes: a Windows Media audio file, Lead Sheets in Bb and C for 3-part Worship Team, Lyrics & Chords for Guitar in A and C, and a Lyrics Sheet for your convenience—five pages of music and lyrics!

Go to the following web address to pick up this month's download:

http://www.worshiptoonz.com/#zip file

Christmas Arrangements

Our Christmas page is back up! Download guitar arrangements of many Christmas favorites for free. For those who have brass or orchestral groups, five arrangements are available at very low cost.


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