May 172017
 

Good News! And a Special Offer

We are pleased to announce a new resource from Songs for Disciples. Now available are four CD piano accompaniments of ALL of our hymns and worship responses! In the possible short term or long term absence of organists or pianists, congregations some times use prerecorded accompaniments for worship services. Choirs and soloists use this convenience in learning new hymns.

Every hymn has been recorded on the piano. Descants are provided for eleven of the hymns. The descants may be played by any C instrument and, of course, transposed by others.

  • Volume 1 of 4 contains 19 tracks of “Songs in the Lives of Disciples,” i.e,, from baptism to funerals and memorial services.
  • Volume 2 of 4 contains selections for worship services as well as songs about the Bible and major church historical events.
  • Volume 3 of 4 includes a series of songs about Hebrew prophets, building friendships, and Social Justice hymns.
  • Volume 4 of 4 emphasizes music regarding liturgical seasons as well as appropriate songs for holidays such as Thanksgiving and Independence Day. Details about the collections are provided below and on our website.

Special Offer – HALF-PRICE SAL(or better!) Here are our GET ACQUAINTED prices at the end of 2016!!!

For example,buy the Advent/Christmas/Epiphany hymn collection at the reduced price of $15.00 (normally $30.00) and receive Volume 4 of 4 of the CD Piano Accompaniments for only $40.00 (HALF PRICE)! Vol. 4 includes also the piano accompaniments for Lent/Easter and the Holidays/Special Observances hymns.This offer is for a limited time only. Order today so you have the music available before Epiphany begins.

Each hymn in the music collection includes background information.

Introductory Sale Prices

  1. Individual songs may be purchased online at www.songsfordisciples.com.
  1. There is always a savings when buying a collection. For example, the collection of four hymns for Advent/Christmas/Epiphany is $25.00 rather than $40.00.
  1. Each single piano accompaniment CD normally costs $25.00. Now each is only $12.50. when all four are purchased, the price is reduced to $40.00. For a limited time only!

 

 

Chart I

Individual Music Collections  (in the order in which they appear in Chart II)

Title # of Songs Price
Special Songs in the Lives of Disciples 13 $49,00
Worship Service Elements 9 $33.75
Bible/Church History 6 $22.50
God’s Truth-tellers 8 $30.00
Social Justice/Just Peace 11 $41.25
Let Me Be a Friend 4 $15.00
Advent/Christmas/Epiphany 4 $15.00
Lent/Easter 7 $26.25
Holidays and Special Observances 7 $26.25

 

Chart II

CD Piano Accompaniments

Vol. Title (total number of tracks, including descant tracks) [no. of descants] Cost by itself (with related Music Collection(s) Total Cost

(not including shipping/taxes)

SALE PRICE

1 Songs in the Lives of Disciples (19) [6] $12.50 $33.50 $92.00
2 Worship Service Elements

Bible/Church History (19)[4]

$12.50 $37.50

$45.00

$50.00

$99.00

3* God’s Truth-tellers

Social Justice/Just Peace

Let Me Be a Friend (12)[1]

$12.50 $30.00

$82.50

$22.50

$74.00

 

$148.00

4 Advent/Christmas/Epiphany

Lent/Easter

Holidays/Special Observances (18) [0]

$15.00

$ super discount

$xx.00

$40.00

 

*Disk 3 Since the same tune is used for all 8 prophets, only 2 tracks are provided = one without and one with the descant. Social Justice tracks are numbers 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, and 12, a total of 8.  While there are four text versions of “Friends,” there can be sung to either the piano version (track 7) or the Calypso/Soca version (track 7). The Soca version, which is a recording by a group of singers, is an example of an alternate interpretation. It does not include all the text verses.





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May 172017
 

We join with others in praying for the families of those slain and wounded at the Pulse night club in Orlando June 13. May God bring comfort and healing to them, their relatives and friends, their communities of faith, and their fellow citizens. The motives of this shooter and others before him are many and complicated. But we do know that far too many innocent victims, individual and groups, have paid the ultimate price.

After this shooting in Orlando, former U.S. Congresswoman Gabbie Giffords, herself a victim of gun violence, was quoted as saying “once again.” Too often have we heard those two plaintive words, “once again.”  Just a year ago, after the Charleston, South Carolina church shooting, before that with San Bernardino, Newton, on the Virginia Tech campus. We heard it in Kileen, Texas, following a Luby’s Cafeteria shooting, in Edmond Oklahoma at a post office, and in San Ysidro at a California McDonald’s. A recent Time article (June 27, 2016) cites evidence that since 1976 mass shootings in the United States have claimed the lives of 3,712 persons. Once again.

It was after the horrific shooting of children and teachers at the Sandy Hook School in Newton, Connecticut in 2012, that we felt compelled to write a song. We entitled it “Once Again” in light of  these recurring mass shootings.

The themes of the song’s verses are:

Verse 1 – Violent deaths keep occurring
Verse 2 – False security in guns
Verse 3 – Are more guns needed?
Verse 4 – Call for peaceful solutions (Isaiah 2:4)
Verse 5 – Put ultimate trust in God

Almost rap-like, symbolizing the rapid fire of rounds, each phrase ends with either “once again” or “never again.” The first four verses are in c minor, reflecting the dark cloud of senseless death and inaction that the nation is under. The fifth verse is in C major, symbolizing the sunshine of hope that new legislation and court victories will “triumph again” with common-sense regulations.  A solo with piano arrangement will be available soon.

To be clear, we join those who are calling for meaningful legislative actions that limit access to firearms prepared for the military. Such legislation does not mean a ban against all guns.

For now, please join us in continuing to pray for the victims of these shootings and praying for legislatures to do what is right.

Charles and Lynn

Please click here for more information on the song “Once Again.”

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May 172017
 

It is here! We want to get acquainted with you. So we are offering our hymns and worship responses for $5.00 each. At that price you can sample, at a small cost, a piece that you may have heard about, one on a favorite season or perhaps is on an issue close to your heart.

A distinctive feature of our downloadable hymns is a “left hand” page in addition to the music on the “right hand” page. In addition to the text in poetic form, the left hand page features scriptural references, background information and/or story about its development, and alternate tune (if available). For this additional information, we believe the $5.00 sale price(tax and transaction fee additional) is a bargain. A buy button is present on each song page, and payment can be made through Shopify or PayPal.

We are also excited to announce that eleven of our hymns are currently available for viewing on You Tube. A link to those hymns are at the song site. Text and audio samples are found on the web pages.

We also offer additional exciting resources.  One is piano accompaniments for each of the 61 selections. They are available on four CDs. Another resource is zip files of each of eight collections of our songs, arranged by topics. THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE AT HALF PRICE.

A new endorsement —


I have been a colleague of Lynn Zeigler for decades and a friend of Charles Kniker for several years. I have tremendous respect for the work they do in their respective areas (music and “words”), so I eagerly awaited the fruition of their hymn project. I was honored to be asked to write descants for several of the hymns. This turned out to be easier, and even more enjoyable, than I expected; the hymns grew on me more and more, and the beauty of the music Lynn wrote seemed to write the descants for me. These hymns are unmatched in their beauty and expressive character. I especially like what Lynn has done with juxtaposed major and minor keys that really bring out the meaning and expression of Charles’ words. I am glad that Lynn recorded the hymns for you; her playing shows her truly musical approach to hymn “performance,” which is obviously a strong influence on her composition of hymns.

Being a (musical) “note” person, I sometimes do not give the words due notice. However, Charles’ words drew me in; they speak to us—people of the 21st century—but they do it with the art, class, and depth that “contemporary” writings often lack. This, I believe sums up my impression of the Songs for Disciples: they give us something new that relates to our time, and does it with refinement, elegance, taste, and depth.

Dr. Kevin Schilling, Associate Professor of Music (oboist), Iowa State University

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May 152017
 

Behind every great ministry is the great God and a great team!

 

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Dr. Kevin Schilling (standing, far right) has written 13 descants that are part of the hymn collection. Like Lynn, he was a faculty member at Iowa State University for many years. He taught oboe, bassoon, chamber music, and music theory. He served as the adviser for music majors in the Department of Music and Theatre at Iowa State. Kevin and Lynn played together in an ensemble Basically Baroque. They have toured together and recorded several selections on the CD, Notes from Iowa. He is principal oboe in the Central Iowa Symphony and has played with the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra, and was principal oboist with the Des Moines Symphony and a member of the Des Moines Symphony Woodwind Quintet. Kevin Schilling holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and a Master of Music from Indiana University. In light of the many ways he has helped us, we have named the tune of “Here Hymns Reveal A Holy One, ” SCHILLING in his honor and his family’s involvement with church music over three generations.

Ms. Kelsie Schmidt (seated, far left) is a 2015 graduate of Iowa State in music education. She will begin her professional career teaching in Iowa in Fall 2016, with responsibilities for K-12 instruction in music for her school district. She will also the teacher/leader of the band and orchestra. Kelsie has worked with Lynn and Charles since 2014 merging their tunes and texts, via computer, into print-ready song copies. In addition to her computer skills, she provided valuable suggestions and enormous enthusiasm for the “hymn project.” In her honor, we have named the tune of “Make a Difference” K SCHMIDT. We firmly believe she will make a difference as a caring educator.

Mr. Bryan Hall (standing, far left) is the second web designer of Songs for Disciples. A native of Texas, Bryan is currently a doctoral student in computer science at Iowa State University. Bryan is also serving as the Associate Minister of the Friendship Baptist Church in Ames. We are indebted to Bryan for his many imaginative ideas and theological questions. His guidance has been significant in helping us upgrade the website and in suggesting additional resources such as the forthcoming CDs of musical accompaniment.

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