If you’re wondering why the blog posts fall into categories with such unusual names, here’s a quick breakdown. The categories are Thoughts, Words, and Actions, which I chose from a line in a Psalter Hymnal setting of Psalm 19, “The Heavens Declare Thy Glory” (#31):
All heaven on high rejoices
To do its Maker’s will;
The stars with solemn voices
Resound Thy praises still;
So let my whole behavior,
Thoughts, words, and actions be,
O Lord, my Strength, my Savior,
One ceaseless song to Thee.
- Thoughts: A collection of musings about the psalms and the settings in the Psalter Hymnal. We try to write posts in this category regularly.
- Words: Discussions about issues and questions relating to psalms and the Psalter Hymnal. This is usually the category where most of the conversation happens, with general questions and discussion.
- Actions: Discussions about the Psalter from a current-events perspective, as opportunities arise.
I sincerely hope that many of my readers will take the time to share their thoughts, questions, and comments regarding the topics discussed here at URC Psalmody. For the well-being of everyone, though, I’d like to encourage you to keep the following guidelines in mind as you comment.
- We are interacting here as a body of believers. All of us need to be careful to speak with each other only in a spirit of Christian love. One URC pastor said it the best: “The tongue is a fire…and the keyboard is gasoline.” Let’s all be careful as we communicate in this manner.
- Music is a controversial subject. Christian music is even more controversial. Reformed church music, if possible, is more controversial still! There is a very hard-to-distinguish line between healthy discussion and exploding controversy. I would urge all my participants to be on the lookout for this line when the conversations begin to touch on sensitive issues.
- I would welcome comments and participation from members outside the URC as well! If you are a fellow Christian or a fellow musician, or just a sincerely curious visitor, we welcome you to join the discussion. But please bear in mind that this is a blog with a purpose, and with no room for unrelated or inappropriate comments.
As the administrator of this blog, I have the ability to remove any comments that do not conform to these guidelines, though I hope the necessity will never arise.
I have only one other request. When you fellow URC church musicians make a comment, at least for the first time, would you be so kind as to include the name/location of the church at which you worship? This isn’t a requirement, but it would be very helpful for the rest of us as we get to know each other better.
Thanks for taking the time to read these guidelines. Now, pull up your music bench or find a comfortable pew, and let’s have some good conversation! I hope to see you in the discussions soon. (Click here to return to the blog.)