• Here is a list of books and publications that MMC leaders and participants have found useful for building a repertoire and a practice of paperless song leading.

    Use the comments below if you would like to suggest a book to add!

    Collections of Songs

    At Your Altars (Chants, Refrains, and Short Songs) Music By: Various; Edited by Dan Damon (Hope Publishing; 2014)

    African American Heritage Hymnal (Gia Publications; 2001)

    Agape: Songs of Hope and Reconciliation (Oxford University Press; 2003)

    Canons for the Church Year: Set 1,2 & 3 (Michael Burkhardt; Morningstar Music)

    Common Ground Hymnal (Songs from around the World; 1998)

    Hymnal for Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (2006)

    The Faith We Sing (Supplement for the United Methodist Hymnal; 2001)

    A Field of Voices: Hymns for Worship (James Clemens & David Wright; Table Round Press; 2007 (www.tableroundpress.com)

    For Everyone Born: Global Songs for an Emerging Church (General Board of Global Ministries; globalpraise.org)

    Global Praise Series (UMC) – Volumes 1-3 (General Board of Global Ministries; globalpraise.org)

    Halle, Halle: We Sing the Whole World Round – Song from the World Church for Children, Youth, and Congregation (Choristers Guild; 1999)

    Music By Heart: Paperless Songs for Evening Worship (Church Publishing; 2008)

    My Heart Sings Out Children’s Songs (Church Publishing; 2004)

    Part-Singing: Global Style (Michael Burkhardt; Morningstar Music)

    Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship (Calvin Institute of Worship; 2011)

    Sing A New Creation (Calvin Institute of Worship; 2001)

    Singing Our Prayers: Companion to Prayer Around the Cross for contemplative worship services (Augsburg Fortress; 2010)

    Sing! Prayer and Praise (The Pilgrim Press [UCC]; 2009)


    Additional Musical/Liturgical Resources

    The Anatomy of Melody: Exploring the Single Line of Song (Alice Parker; GIA Publications)

    Gather Into One: Praying and Singing Globally (C. Michael Hawn; Eerdmans Publishing Company)

    Leading the Church’s Song (Robert Buckley Farlee, ed; Augsburg Fortress; 1998)

    Melodious Accord: Good Singing in Church (Alice Parker; Melodious Accord Publishing)

    One Bread, One Body: Exploring Cultural Diversity in Worship (C. Michael Hawn; The Alban Institute; 2003)

    The Perfect Wrong Note – Learning to Trust your Musical Self (William Westney)

    Praying Twice: The Music and Words of Congregational Song (Brian Wren; Westminster John Knox Press; 2000)


    Theology, Anthropology, Cognition

    The Age of Empathy, Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society (Frans de Waal)

    Cognition in the Wild (Edwin Hutchins)

    Fingerprints of God, the Search for the Science of Spirituality (Barbara Bradley Hagerty)

    Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art (Stephen Nachmanovitch)

    How God Changes your Brain, Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist (Andrew Newberg, M.D. and Mark Robert Waldman)

    Mirroring People, the Science of Empathy and How We Connect with Others (Marco Lacoboni)

    Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology: An Integrative Handbook of the Mind (Daniel Siegel)

    The Singing Neanderthals, The Origins of Music, Language, Mind and Body (Stephen Mithen)

    The World in Six Songs, How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature (Daniel Levitin)

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