Timothy Hill

September 27, 2021

Learn, Love, Share

Have you ever thought to yourself, “How did we get here?” It’s a fair question to ask when we reflect on changes in our lives and to the culture around us. We might also ponder this in a historical framework, i.e., asking “What things or actions have shaped our shared […]
September 1, 2021

Count Your Blessings

Several weeks ago, we sang one of my favorite hymns in worship.  It’s what many might refer to as an “oldie, but goodie.”  Lately, I find myself captivated with the lyrics; indeed, they are timely. When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed, when you are discouraged, thinking all is […]
August 1, 2021

D.S. al Coda

Formal music notation is full of many wonderful terms and symbols.  In short, they help us navigate the musical score, giving specific instruction to the singer or instrumentalist.  Many of the terms we use come from the Italian language, but some have crept into the English vernacular over the years.  […]
July 1, 2021

Technically Speaking

Over the last year and a half, the audio and visual needs of most churches—not just in worship, but in almost every area of church life—increased exponentially.  For many of them, especially smaller congregations, there was a very steep learning curve, and they had to do it fast!  From figuring […]
June 1, 2021

Why Do We Sing?

It has been said that “the one who sings prays twice.” The power of music to touch our spirits is undeniable—both in joy and in sorrow. Often, when we cannot find the right words to say, a hummed melody or a familiar hymn can move us to higher planes, planting […]
May 1, 2021

Sweet Expressions

March 4, 2021

Moments for Music

The ways in which we make music have certainly changed this past year. We cannot simply gather in a room to sing our favorite hymn, and even our best efforts to make music together (safely) can be difficult. However, music remains a much-needed vehicle for hope and inspiration. Songs have […]
February 2, 2021

Production of Worship

Over the past year, we have been forced to think about worship in new ways. The things that we once considered necessary for proper adoration and edification have simply been impossible to do as a separated congregation … well, at least it sometimes seems that way. We have had to […]
January 1, 2021

New Dimensions of Sound

With each new year, I normally take time to highlight the many wonderful ensembles and programs within the Music Ministry.  In doing so, I also acknowledge, with gratitude, all the music offered during the Advent and Christmas season.  The key word here is “normally.”  Well, 2020 was no normal year.  […]