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New Songs for a New Year

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On Sunday I mentioned Psalm 96:1 and how it has inspired me to do something bold with the songs we sing as a church. My personal method for introducing new songs to the church has always been rather slow as compared to my other colleagues in the church music world. On average, at UBC we do a new song about every 4-6 weeks. My thought behind that was that it gives the people time to learn the new song and not feel overwhelmed by too many unfamiliar songs.

Well, over the last month or so I have been growing increasingly dissatisfied with our current song repertoire. It’s not that I don’t like the songs anymore, I am just craving something fresh. I am longing for more words to express all of the new feelings I have about our world, our country, our church, and my life. I believe the Lord is leading me to change our approach to new music in 2021. 

Psalm 96:1 says to “sing a new song to the Lord” and I want to push us a church this year to do just that. So, we’re going to be learning a lot of new songs at a rate way faster than I had been previously uncomfortable with.  We’ll sing new modern worship songs and we’ll sing hymns that we haven’t done since I’ve been on staff.

So I need your help! I need you to be flexible and ready to learn. Allow your heart to connect to new music and lyrics. I believe this is what the Lord is having us do, at least for 2021. 

As always, I’m looking forward to worshipping with you on Sunday! -Matt

Posted by Matt Bowen