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Public and private worship

As I go around doing the Worship Conference, the questions that people ask invariably give me an idea for an article. I’ve just been to Latvia (I can’t name-drop, so I might as well place-drop) and met a small but faithful group of Christians who are standing for the truth in a largely secular society. The other thing I noticed about Latvians is that they still clap when an aeroplane lands.

The Music Exchange Richard Simpkin

During one of the sessions we took time to analyse the content of some contemporary songs, and we noticed that many of them don’t even mention Jesus or God, so focussed are they on expressing individual sentiments. This gave rise to the question, ‘Is there a difference between the songs we sing on our own to Jesus in private and the songs we sing together as a body of believers?’