||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
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
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'