Technology increases music appreciation
Singing and music are a vital part of church life for most Christian groups, and such is the case in Brunstad Christian Church (BCC) as well. When young people or adults gather around their faith, the joy of singing is usually present too. The lyrics are often read onscreen instead of from the songbook.
By Berit H. Nilsen – Photos by BCC
BCC has their own songbook, Ways of the Lord. It`s also available as an e-book, so the text is often shown on the big screen of the meeting hall during meetings. Where a large screen isn`t available, young people and adults get their smart phones out and click their way into the right song number.
Electronic version of songbook has search function
An electronic version of the songbook makes it possible to search for words, sentences, or song numbers. By using available technology, singing in BCC`s gatherings has gotten a boost. Lyrics are more legible and accessible, so everyone can sing from their hearts.
Very few young people use a songbook during meetings, since everything they need is accessible by smartphone. Photo: BCC
Songs for over 100 years
The first version of the songbook Ways of the Lord was published in 1914 with 56 songs. Today`s edition contains 472 songs suitable for different occasions. It includes songs of praise, songs for young people, prayers, revival songs, and songs that strengthen the Christian faith and give comfort. The songbook is printed by Hidden Treasures, which has published Christian songs, publications, and literature since 1912. The name Ways of the Lord comes from Psalms 138, verse five: ʺYes, they shall sing of the ways of the Lord, For great is the glory of the Lord.ʺ
Download Ways of the Lord
BCC has made the songbook available on our missionary websites, and hopes the songs can gladden those who want to sing about the ways of the Lord, to His name`s glory.
Download an electronic version of Ways of the Lord here.
E-books including songs and literature written by the church`s members for the last 100 years can be found on activechristianity.com.