As a brief introduction to the focus of this website, especially for readers who are unfamiliar with the URC and the Psalter Hymnal, allow me to begin by explaining the title “URC Psalmody.”

What is Psalmody?

Psalmody is, quite simply, the singing of psalms (a collection of songs) from the Bible.  As Christians, we believe that the words of the Bible were inspired by God himself; thus, the psalms are much more significant than songs or hymns written by men.  The content under discussion on this website, for the most part, relates to the singing of these psalms using the texts and tunes found in a songbook known as the blue-covered Psalter Hymnal.  Psalm-singing has been a key element of Christian worship for centuries, particularly in the Reformed tradition of Christianity.

What is the URC?

The URC (or URCNA) refers to the United Reformed Churches in North America, a conservative federation in the Reformed tradition whose churches have emerged over the past twenty years or so from older denominations such as the Christian Reformed Church (CRCNA).  The URC currently encompasses over 110 congregations in the United States and Canada.  Although I created this blog from the standpoint of a URC member who is relatively unfamiliar with other churches, I am eager to interact with members of other Reformed denominations as well.

Whose blog is this?

I (Michael Kearney) started URC Psalmody at the beginning of 2012 with the hope of opening up a discussion point for Reformed church music, specifically within the United Reformed Churches in North America. Starting this summer, I’ve been sharing the task of writing articles with seminarian James Oord.  Although we are communicant members within URC congregations, I should note that the URC as a federation does not have direct management or oversight of this blog–so all opinions we post here are purely our own! While this is partially an endeavor to satisfy my own curiosity to learn more about the music of God’s people, I hope this blog will, by God’s grace, become a regular point of contact among us as Reformed church musicians. So please–post and comment as much as you like! Your thoughts are many times as valuable to us as our own.

What is the purpose of this blog?

URC Psalmody’s tagline is “Discussing the union of text and music in the singing of God’s Word.” Our goal is to build a discussion base on Reformed church music, and also to build connections with like-minded church musicians–with the end intent that God may be more purely glorified as we worship him in song.

Your comments, as always, are welcome on these topics. But before you begin posting, you may want to glance at the Post Guidelines page, just next door.



1 Response to “About This Blog”

  1. 1 Princess January 14, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Go Michael! i’m so proud of you! this blog will be awesome. =]

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