Music Planning

Music is like a beautiful mosaic which God has put together. He takes all the pieces in his hand, throws them into the world, and we have to recreate the picture from the pieces. (Jean Sibelius, composer)

Preparing for worship is a privilege, and if you are fortunate enough to choose music for a liturgy, please consider the following three principles to help you make the most appropriate selections;
Its Place in the Liturgy
Music sets a mood, establishing the spirit or tone of any particular part of the liturgy.
So it can enhance a liturgy's shape and structure as it expresses different emotions;
joys, sorrow, fears, hopes, etc.,
especially the closing as we encourage people to go out into the world as disciples.
The Scripture Reading
Much scripture has been set to music,
or used as a basis for musical texts.
Often, singing or hearing these texts set to music offers new insight into them.
Do the music selections help us understand the Gospel message?
The Liturgical Season
Music written for a particular season is always appropriate for any liturgy in that season. Conversely, if it's associated with another season,
it should be questioned. 
Why sing a Christmas carol in June? 
And remember, anything containing an Alleluia may not be used during Lent.
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