Songs for my Soul

Here's What People Are Saying....

 
"Lutheran Songs Today Live" is more than an evening filled with Prayer & Praise - and lots of GREAT music; it's an experience with the Spirit.  God's Spirit works through the music, the Hip-Hop dance, the bands and the incredible fellowship these musicians have with each other.  After this concert, you'll be singing new music on Sunday morning. Don't be surprised if you leave the concert changed."
 The Rev. Dr. Richard H. Bliese
President, Luther Seminary
Saint Paul, Minnesota

 "Our Music Director and  our musical group loved the music."  "It was fresh, easy to pick up, fun to sing!" 

The Rev. Dr. Richard Schlak, Pastor, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Foxborough, Massachusetts

 

"Our contemporary worship team loves the songs in Vol. 1 of 'Songs For Worship.'  We find them easy to learn, easy to sing, and both beautiful and inspirational.  Many of the songs work equally well as 'performance' numbers and as songs for the whole congregation to sing.  Our church's young people will enjoy using them during our monthly youth service, as well.  We are looking forward to Vol. 2!"

Susan Bracken, Worship and Music Coordinator, Bethany Lutheran Church, Onamia, Minnesota

 

 "The songs on Lutheran Songs Today, vol. 1 have touched me deeply.  I use songs which speak to me as an integral part of my prayer and preaching life.  When something 'speaks' to my heart, I play it again and again, often for weeks on end.  Some of these songs are used regularly in our contemporary worship and also in our combined contemporary and traditional worship services.  I am eagerly awaiting the next volume."

    Cammie Bella, Spiritual Director, Licensed Lay Preacher, Retreat & Class Leader; worshipping at the Church of  the Good Samaritan (Episcopal), Corvallis, Oregon.

 

"Not since John Ylvisaker's Borning Cry materials, Handt Hanson's Spirit Calls Rejoice, or Jay Beech, or even Bread for the Journey, has there been the variety that Lutheran Songs Today offers.  Now [there is] something different from Hillsong, Casting Crowns, Don Moen, Paul Baloche and other CCM from Integrity/Maranatha, WOW...  Now there is more to choose from.  This supplements music even from Marty Haugen and David Haas.  Looking forward to volumes 3, 4 and 5. Keep up the good work. "

Thomas Loy Bumgarner, Organist/Director of Music, Holy Cross Lutheran, ELCA, Lincolnton, NC."

 

"Lutheran Songs Today contains music that will engage, excite, and inspire singers of all ages.  The accessible arrangements and intuitive melodies make this collection a must in your piano bench!"

Kajsa Teiltelbaum, Minister of Music, Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Warwick, Rhode Island.  Licensed Cantor in the Church of Sweden.  Graduate of the Royal College of Music, Stockholm, Sweden.

 

"What a delight to find this superb collection of music, complete with lectionary helps, ready to play right out of the box!  It fits our ELCA theology perfectly, emphasizes both law and gospel, and makes use of innovative harmonies to restate profound biblical themes. The Good News comes through loud and clear! 

All I can say is...keep it coming! I've told everyone I know about your website, and will check frequently for more of the high-quality music resources you provide."

Kathy Schuen, Worship Leader, Prince of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Portage, Michigan 

 

"In Lutheran Songs Today, vol. 1 Pastor Eric Wefald has put together an impressive collection of some of the best of contemporary worship songs by Lutheran Singer-Songwriters and Bands.  The songs are effectively and conveniently transcribed for keyboard and guitar, complete with lead sheets, with helpful introductions regarding theme, scripture references, suggestions for how and when to use in worship and the liturgical year, illustrations of the chords used in each composition, and brief introductions to the authors/composers. 

    Lutherans who wish for contemporary music from Lutheran sources will find this a welcome resource, and I heartily recommend the accompanying CD as well, with recordings by the original artists." 

Stephen Reed, Director of Music, First Lutheran Church, New Oxford, PA.  Music Retreat Leader for Camp Calumet, NH.  (Former Music Director of Christ the King Lutheran Church, Holliston, MA.)

 

"I listened to it again and again in my car.  It's very exciting music.  Easy to sing with."
Lorrie Guthrie, Contemporary Choir Member + Professional Folk Artist, Christ Church United, Lowell, MA 

 

"There is a lot of talent in [Lutheran Songs Today] that is dedicated to the worship of the Lord.  A taste of this is revealed on these CDs.  Each of these tracks on Volume One will resonate with someone."

Steve Misch, Area A, Texas District Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, Mission and Ministry Facilitator

 

 "I actually was very pleased to find this music resource.  Our worship planning team especially appreciates the scripture key for each song.  It's a very good resource.  Will there be additional songs in other books to come?  I would recommend this resource to folks hoping to broaden their repertoire and to any congregation seeking additional songs for congregational singing."

The Rev. Jill Doherty, New Promise Lutheran Church, St. George, Utah 


"Lutheran Songs Today is an excellent tool for our contemporary choir.  It's easy and accessible for guitars.  This resource has helped breathe new life into our contemporary service."
The Rev. Dr. Peter Lovett, Christ Church United, Lowell, MA
 

 

 "I'm glad that Volume 2 is almost completed!  I'm looking forward to receiving more Gospel-proclaiming congregational and accompanist user-friendly songs for worship.  I have yet to come across any other music and ready resource materials like you have provided in Volume 1, and since we don't yet have a specifically "contemporary service", we offer "blended" services to meet the needs and comfort zones of a diverse congregation.  Anyway, really looking forward to getting Volume 2. Also waiting to hear about a Florida concert tour.  Winter time is a good time to leave your snow behind!  (Just ask my many Snowbirds)!

God's blessings on your continuing worship ministry!"
Pastor Steve Marko
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Fort Walton Beach, Florida

 


 

June 19, 2009     First Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    "The Lutheran Songs Today tour rolled into town with a boatload of amazing post-modern worship songs that blew us away. What is vital is that these are songs both theologically-sound and musically excellent-- beautiful, energetic songs in a variety of styles designed for congregations to sing with confidence. Eric has gathered the best [Lutheran] songwriters in the country, and we are overjoyed that Lutheran Songs Today introduced our worship musicians to them. A number of songs have made their way into our rotating contemporary worship repertoire. Thanks, Eric and crew!"
Richard Bruxvoort-Colligan
Director of Contemporary Worship
First Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  


                                                                                                        

June 21, 2009   Grace Lutheran Church, Andover, Minnesota

  "Grace Lutheran in Andover, [Minnesota] was very happy to host a great workshop/concert by the artists included in the compilation 'Lutheran Songs Today.'  The music and the insights of the artists are wonderful, and the songbook/CD is a very valuable resource.  My only question is, 'Why didn't someone think of this sooner?'  Thanks Eric W!"

Scott Stivers
Director of Music
Grace Lutheran Church, Andover, Minnesota 

 

June 30, 2009 at the Torrskogs Lutheran Church, Torrskogs, Sweden.
 
" En harlig kvall med bra och upplyftande musik. Jag tyckte mycket om det aven om jag inte forstod varenda ord. " -Gertrud Wallin (age 89)   ("A great evening with exciting and uplifting music. I loved it even though I did not understand every word.")
 
"In Torrskog, Sweden, on June 29th, Warwick, Rhode Island resident Kajsa Teitelbaum offered a concert featuring music [gathered] by Eric Wefald. Pieces during the concert came from Eric's latest publication, 'Lutheran Songs Today,' including All are Welcome, Glory in the Highest, and Abba, I belong to You. Though all music was performed with the original English text, reception was positive among the Swedish audience, and expectations for future performances are high."