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If you’re looking for an individual article from the archives of URC Psalmody, entering keywords into the search bar at right is usually the best option.  However, we often group a number of related posts into regularly-scheduled series, which can be much harder to locate in our archives.  Below is a listing of the various series we’ve published thus far here on URC Psalmody, arranged alphabetically; the title links to the first article in each group, while additional numbers link to the other installments.  We hope this serves as a handy reference guide!

–The Authors

  • Countdown to Christmas: “Since this is, of course, a blog devoted to psalm-singing, we’d like to spend a significant amount of time (most of the month of December, in fact) wrestling with these questions.  Over the next few weeks we’ll be talking about various topics related to our churches’ celebration of Christmas.” (11/30/12 – 12/25/12)
  • Exclusive or Inclusive? (2, 3): “By far, Christians in nearly all Reformed denominations agree that the 150 biblical psalms should be sung in worship.  But though there is a consensus among Reformed believers on this point, disagreement arises with respect to singing other songs.” (4/10/12 – 4/21/12)
  • The Heidelberg Catechism and the Psalter Hymnal: “As the Reformed world commemorated the Catechism’s anniversary with special music, articles, videos, and conferences, URC Psalmody joined the festivities with a week-by-week meditation on each of the confession’s fifty-two sections.  Blue Psalter Hymnals in hand, we also suggested three to six psalm settings to complement the theme of each Lord’s Day.” (1/2/13 – 6/25/14)
  • Jehovah? (2): “I discussed the name ‘Jehovah’ and pondered its removal from the songs of the URC Hymn Proposal.” (4/23/12 – 4/28/12)
  • A Look at Liturgy (2, 3, 4, 5, 6): “Specific to the United Reformed Churches in North America, why do we worship as we do?  Are there areas in which we should improve our liturgy, and if so, how?” (7/8/14 – 9/9/14)
  • Meet the Psalm-Hymn (2, 3): “Where is the dividing line between psalm settings and hymns?  Or, to put it another way, how close must the lyrics of a psalm-based song be to the original Scriptural text in order to be considered a proper psalm setting?”  (2/21/12 – 3/9/12)
  • Psalm of the Month: “An attempt…to encourage churches and church members to begin exploring the wealth of new material in the URC/OPC Psalter Hymnal, both corporately and individually.” (1/1/15 – )
  • Sing a New Song: “Soon we realized that this would be an excellent book to discuss in depth on URC Psalmody.  For the first chapter we tried a new interview-style post format, which worked so well that we continued it through the rest of the book.” (9/6/12 – 12/14/12)
  • Synod 2012: “The 2012 synod of the URCNA was held on June 11-15 at Nyack College in Nyack, New York.  Since many of the items that came before Synod 2012 pertained directly to the music of our churches, URC Psalmody closely followed this meeting.” (5/11/12 – 6/20/12)
  • Tunes (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7): “Since one of the goals of URC Psalmody is to promote a greater awareness of the union between text and music in our psalms and hymns, I’d like to devote at least a few blog posts to discussing the tunes of church music in greater-than-usual depth.” (7/20/12 – 8/29/12)
  • Who Sings the Psalms? (2): “How do we read and sing the biblical psalms?  What’s the best way to understand them?  In whose voice should we read and meditate on them to get the most out of our study?” (7/11/12 – 7/12/12)
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