William S. Smith Joyful Noise

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Joyful Noise

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Music stirs powerful emotions and illumines divine truth, and has been at the heart of Christian worship since biblical times. Now more than ever, congregational song shapes our understanding and experience of God. In his new work Joyful Noise: A Guide to Music in the Church for Pastors and Musicians, William S. Smith explores the contemporary issues affecting worship music and the roles of clergy and staff in shaping the church's musical experience. Drawing on his deep knowledge of hymnology and current musical styles, Smith invites us to a fresh exploration of the ancient art that brings us closer to God.

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William S. Smith was a Fulbright scholar at the Free University of Amsterdam, where he earned his doctorate in theology. His dissertation is titled "Musical Aspects of the New Testament." Smith engaged in theological education in Brazil for twelve years, and served Presbyterian pastorates in Louisiana and Tennessee. Since 1984, he has been active in The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, and has contributed several articles to that society s journal, The Hymn. Smith is the compiler of Hymnsearch: Indexes for The Presbyterian Hymnal (1995). Married to a church organist, Smith currently serves as chaplain to a local chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

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Like its title, this book contains delightful and joyful surprises. It also offers sober truth about church music. Read it! --Donald P. Hustad, Senior Professor of Church Music and Worship, Souther Baptist Theological Seminary

At last, a sensible, exciting, helpful treatment of the subject of the roles of musicians and pastors in the worship life of every church. Every possible subject is well covered with pastoral sensitivity, and with comprehensive bibliographical lists. This is a book which every church should buy for its pastor and musician. Enthusiastically recommended! --Austin c. Lovelace, DSM, AAGO, Fellow and Past President of the Hymn Society

I have known William Smith for a number of years through my work with The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada and through the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and I have also known him to be a serious thinker about congregational song. This book is a great way to begin a discussion between clergy and musicians regarding the role of music in worship. Buy copies for your staff colleagues and discuss it together! --David E. Eicher, President, The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada

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