What Would Jesus Sing?

Experimentation and Tradition in Church Music

Edited by Marilyn L. Haskel, Introduction by John Bell

Sep/2007, 192 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9780898695632



Ten essays about what churches are doing that is not "business as usual" in their music ministry. Includes theological and liturgical rationale, basic "how-to" information, and personal testimony to the communal advantages of each ministry, as well as descriptions of alternative/additional worship services that are flourishing across the country. Includes material about contemporary ensembles, jazz, handbells, guitars, synthesizers, electronic music and the emerging church, organs and choirs, youth, amateur, professional instrumentalists, cantors, Taizé services, Compline, and the Hip Hop eMass.


Marilyn Haskel is a career church musician with more than thirty-five years experience working in parishes in West Virginia, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Texas, and California. She was chair of the Standing Commission on Church Music when it produced Wonder, Love, and Praise published by Church Publishing. Currently, she is Music Associate at Trinity Episcopal Church, Wall Street, New York City working at historic St. Paul’s Chapel, and she is a presenter with All Saints Company for their “Music That Makes Community” conferences.

John Bell is a preacher, teacher, and liturgical composer, living in Glasgow, Scotland. Influenced by frequent travels in Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and North America, he has collaborated on more than 15 collections of songs and octavos, and a wide range of liturgical materials, particularly for use by lay people.

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