Bob Kauflin on Songwriting for Children

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Recently, Sovereign Grace Ministries leader, Bob Kauflin, led a two-part songwriting workshop at our Midtown Campus. During the second session, Bob taught extensively about writing songs for children. Then, he answered questions on a wide range of songwriting topics in a Q&A session.

Advent Music Liturgy

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“The Light Has Come”: An Advent Music LiturgyContributors: Chandi Plummer, Mike Cosper, and Jared Kennedy for Creative Worship Sunday, December 6th Singers introduce themselves.

Male leader: So what are we celebrating today? (Pause)  Kids: Advent Female leader: That’s right! Advent is the month before Christmas, when we look forward to celebrating Jesus’ birth. Does anyone know what city Jesus was born in? (Pause)  Kids: Bethlehem Male leader: Good job! And do you know what kind of building he was born in? (Pause)  Kids: A stable Female leader: That’s right! Jesus wasn’t treated like a king when he was born.  He was treated like a servant. But from his humble beginnings, he came to be the most important man in history – because he was God’s son. Let’s sing songs about him!

1.  “He is Born (A Christmas Lullaby)” Words and Music by Jeremy Quillo © 2007

Verse 1 He is born! This happy morning, He is born! Go, tell the world! (echo: Go, tell the world) Go, tell the world  (echo: Go, tell the world) That Jesus is born! Our Jesus is born!

Verse 2 He is here! This happy morning, He is here! Go, tell the world! (echo: Go, tell the world) Go, tell the world   (echo: Go, tell the world) That Jesus is here! Our Jesus is here! Go, tell the world! (echo: Go, tell the world) Go, tell the world   (echo: Go, tell the world) That Jesus is born! Our Jesus is born!

Male leader: When Jesus was born, they wrapped him in cloths and laid him down in a manger. Does anyone know what a manger is?  It’s like a trough, a feeding box that animals would eat out of. Can you imagine laying a baby in a dog bowl? Or a pig sty? Yuck! But that was all he had. Isn’t it amazing that Jesus could have such a quiet, humble beginning? Let’s sing about that beginning together.

2. “Away in a Manger,” Words: Anonymous, 1885, 1892; Music: James R. Murray, 1887.

Verse 1 Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head; The stars in the sky looked down where He lay; The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.

Verse 3 Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay Close by me forever, and love me, I pray. Bless all the dear children in thy tender care, And fit us for heaven, to live with Thee there.

(Repeat Verse 1)

Female singer: An angel appeared to some Shepherds who were out watching over their sheep. The shepherds were very surprised to be visited by the angels. What did the angel tell them? (Accept reasonable answers from the children.) The angel said, “Don’t be afraid! We have good news for you and for everybody in the whole world! For today, in Bethlehem, the city of David, a Savior is born, Christ the LORD!” And then do you know what happened?  Suddenly the whole sky was full of angels praising GOD and singing, “Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth, goodwill to men!” We are going to be like the angels this morning, singing joyfully to God! We are going to sing: “Joy to the world!”

3. God Is With Us Words by Jeremy Quillo. Music by Jeremy Quillo & Dustin Neeley. Sojourn Music © 2002 from the album Advent Songs

Verse 1 The glory of God has come to the earth, The glory of God in our Savior’s birth, Join with the angels to sing and proclaim Glory to His name

Chorus Emmanuel, Emmanuel, God is with us Emmanuel, Emmanuel, God is with us now.

Verse 2 Eternity’s likeness has come into time, A light in the darkness, now hope is alive, Down from the heavens on this holy night, Our God in a manger, our God as a child.

Chorus Emmanuel, Emmanuel, God is with us Emmanuel, Emmanuel, God is with us now.

Oh, let us bring Him more than our silver and gold…

Teacher or Singer: We are going to pray.  Fold your hands and be still and talk to God. Let's talk to God.  “Jesus, you are wonderful! You are worthy of praise! The angels praise you and sing to you! The shepherds worshiped you. We want to sing and worship you too!

"Thank you for this time called advent, where we can remember how wonderful your arrival on earth was. Thank for coming to save us from our sins! Amen.”

Music Education In The Church


Chandi Plummer offers thoughts on excellence in children’s ministry, music education in the church, and the importance of doing all things in light of the gospel over at The article begins like this... I am thankful that my earliest musical exposure was an outstanding music program in a church. Unfortunately, while the gospel was in the church’s liturgy, it was not in its life and preaching. The choirmaster and organist oversaw such a fantastic program including both theory and sight-singing that we were invited to sing at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC when I was only about ten years old.

After coming to Christ, I went to a church that had the gospel in its life and preaching, but certainly was not training the next generation of musicians. As a result I was turned off from the church’s involvement in musical training because I was at the other extreme of thinking we only need focus on the Bible, make some music to worship Him and reach the lost definitely the right focus, but read on to see what was missing. As the Lord has worked in my life and heart to view all of life as sacred when redeemed by Jesus, I now see how important it is not to have our sacred and secular music in two separate spheres…. but to have EXCELLENCE in all things for Jesus, to do all for His glory.

Read the rest of the article here.