Melodies From the Heart

Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre! Psalm 149:3 ESV

One thing I delight in discovering, is how much people of all ages love to sing to God, and they love to do it together! Much is said about how we need to be setting time aside to be alone with God. But it is equally important that we join together to praise and there is nowhere I have seen that better than in long term care. Whether we are meeting in memory care or assisted living, residents really enjoy singing, as much as they are able to.

Maybe that is because music welcomes us to participate, in a way that preaching does not. Praising God also means putting God’s word into action. It shows unity, because we join our voices to sing the same words and notes (mostly!). It gives us joy because we can clap our hands, or just close our eyes in quiet worship no matter the situation we are facing. Most of all, worship puts our focus on God. He becomes the center of our attention when we as members of His family join as one to praise His name! Today’s video tells the story of two friends and their two parakeets, and how we used to sing together. I hope you can take the time to join us and sing along with these good old-fashioned gospel songs!

Free Book Week

Over the next week we will be offering three separate titles for free beginning with

“Music Matters in Nursing Home Ministry”

This newly revised edition includes a workbook section for helping to put some of the ideas in this short book into practice. The title is available in e-book format on amazon or you can follow the link directly to the title. Music Matters will be available from now till Saturday June 4th. Be blessed!


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Music Matters

Encouraging Aging Voices to Sing

This is part two of a series on music ministry in the nursing home. Some of these principles will work both in your nursing home ministry as well as with the senior ministry at your church. Be blessed.

Music Ministry in the Nursing Home

Have you ever been  involved in music ministry at your local nursing home? Even if you have just tried going in sing Christmas carols, you will identify with many of the issues that “Music Matters” addresses. Do you have questions or are you struggling with trying to improve your nursing home ministry music? This small book gives both hope and practical guidance with a special emphasis on using both classic hymns and vintage popular Christian songs. There is also a special section on encouraging aging voices.

Available today on Amazon in e-book format.

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Music Matters in Nursing Home Ministry