Jonny & Cheryl Shepherd

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Worship Songwriting – Tip No.2 – Lyrics – The Plumb Line

Worship Songwriting – Tip No.2 – Lyrics – The Plumb Line

In writing a pop or rock song…in fact any genre except congregational worship songs…anything goes. You can write from any experience, any viewpoint, use any language or emotion that you see fit.  Worship song writing is very different. While there is no standard to measure your lyrics against in secular music (although it is clearRead more about Worship Songwriting – Tip No.2 – Lyrics – The Plumb Line[…]

Do You Noel?

Do You Noel?

So often we can sing songs, without fully appreciating the meaning – especially common with old hymns, where the language can be old fashioned or complicated.  Sometimes words are used that are no longer in common use.  Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing is a good example where we sing ‘Here I raise my Ebenezer’Read more about Do You Noel?[…]

Behind The Song – At The Foot Of The Cross

Behind The Song – At The Foot Of The Cross

At The Foot Of The CrossSometimes I am so in despair over my own fallibility. My complete failure to live a life worthy of who God has called me to be.

“Where would I be, how could I stand, if your grace had not found me?”…read the lyrics…

I mean, think about it for a minute, where would you actually be right now if it wasn’t for Gods’ grace intervening, renewing and rebirthing you into a new creation? Read more about Behind The Song – At The Foot Of The Cross

Should We Sing Secular Songs In Worship?

Should We Sing Secular Songs In Worship?

OK.  So my thought process started after I recorded this:

I’ve loved some of the stuff Emeli Sande has done – songs with really passionate lyrics, that ‘sounded spiritual’ in places (I have no idea about her religious beliefs…).  If I’m honest I hadn’t really considered whether I should use a secular song in worship – it just seemed like a good idea. Read more about Should We Sing Secular Songs In Worship?

Behind The Song – Even When (You Are Here)

Behind The Song – Even When (You Are Here)

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A couple of years back me and my wife took a sabbatical break from serving in our church.  Time out from leading worship, and all the others things we were involved with.  It was a much needed time for God to break us down, in order to build us up again.  I also took a long break from writing, but on returning to church, this was the song that echoed part of the journey we had been on.

The key lyrics for me are ‘You are always faithful, even when I’m faithless’ and the lines that talk about Gods steady hand. Read more about Behind The Song – Even When (You Are Here)