Christ Church Presbyterian, Jacksonville, FL & Livestream
Free | Registration Required
Creativity and the arts are an integral part of Christian worship, especially in the form of music and singing. But how are creating, playing, and singing music for congregational worship different than other contexts? What are the gifts, limits, and potential pitfalls of creating new music for worship, and what do pastors and music directors desire their congregations to know about music and singing for the sake of edifying and God-glorifying worship?
This special event is an opportunity to engage these questions, learn more about the intersection of worship and creativity, and enjoy worshipping together with the music of Yellowhammer Hymns, a collaborative project at Christ Church Presbyterian in Jacksonville between pastor, Chuck Colson, and Artist-in-Residence, Andy Zipf. The duo collaborates in the creative process to compose songs for congregational worship that also facilitate contemplation of the beauty, power, and goodness of God throughout the week. Inspiration for Yellowhammer’s work comes from in-depth reflection on the Scriptures, particularly the Psalms, where the promises of God intersect the everyday needs and struggles of the believer. From this rich fund, Colson and Zipf compose songs and field test them in the congregation to access their sing-a-bility and spiritual resonance. All albums are recorded at Christ Church by the musicians from their congregation.
Since this event will involve singing some of these hymns together, you may enjoy listening beforehand or even downloading the lyrics and chord charts on their website so you can sing or play along. No prior familiarity with these hymns or ability to sing, however, is required to enjoy this evening.
The Leighton Ford Initiative in Theology, the Arts, and Gospel Witness is pleased to sponsor this free event, but please note that registration is required in advance for both in-person and livestream attendance. If you are planning to connect via livestream, the link will be emailed prior to the event. The program will last approximately 90 minutes, and everyone is invited to stay afterwards for a reception. If you have any questions, please email Dr. Wes Vander Lugt.