What's the purpose of the Hymn Interludes?

by composer/arranger Don Chapman

Twenty years ago before the praise and worship wave, as the church pianist I'd have to come up with a weekly piano offertory - a 3 to 5 minute full-blown keyboard performance.

Today, with the praise and worship movement in full swing, the "offertory special" is a thing of the past for many churches. Thank goodness - it sure was a lot of work and practice (as well as a lot of stress) to have to come up with something new every week!

With Hymn Interludes I'm trying to combine both worlds - the world of the church pianist who's used to doing "specials" and the praise and worship world.

Try using one of my Hymn Interludes as an offertory special, then flow right into a popular praise song or hymn and let the congregation sing along. It's all about participation today and the congregation doesn't want to be merely an audience. Sure, they enjoy hearing a "special" but they also enjoy responding to that special number they've just heard.

And because my Hymn Interludes come in every key you can easily match them to any song. They're also easy to play and take little practice time. Feel free to email me with any good suggestions you have for matching praise songs with my Hymn Interludes. Here are a few to get you started:

I Surrender All with Hillsong's I Give You My Heart
When I Survey with Chris Tomlin's The Wonderful Cross
Holy Holy Holy with Chris Tomlin's Holy is the Lord
Crown Him With Many Crowns with Billy Foote's Sing to the King
What a Friend We Have In Jesus with I Am A Friend of God
My Jesus I Love Thee with I Love You Lord

The volume 2 Hymn Interludes have many great medley options. Try doing medleys of all the Invitation Interludes, all the Patriotic Interludes and all the Father's Day Interludes. I also like doing a medley of Tell Me the Story of Jesus followed by Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus.

Try a Hymn Interlude out for yourself - download the FREE Hymn Interlude All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name.
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