Welcome to Songworth.org.
Songworth.org is a congregational music resource for pastors, church
musicians, and worship leaders providing original psalms, hymns, and spiritual
songs (see Colossians 3:16) entirely free of cost for use in any Christian church.
This music is composed with the understanding that our Lord Jesus Christ
deserves the best we can offer him in every way, including musically and textually,
in worship. For more information concerning our compositional philosophy,
please take a moment to read our mission.
...that congregational music in worship of our Lord Jesus Christ should be of the highest quality musically and textually—that is, that the "song" is "worthy" for use in worship. For this reason, our mission is to provide congregational music, most with a contemporary flavor, having...
Evangelical Christian theology is paramount. While there are certainly differences in theological beliefs between and among denominations, every effort is made to use texts that are theologically sound.
"Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us" (Titus 2:7-8 ESV).
Texts are set creatively and artistically. Melodies are composed to be musically interesting, and a wide vocabulary of chords, often with extensions, are used. Melodies are often dictated by the text with word-painting and prosody.
"I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity" (1 Chronicles 29:17a NIV).
The finest texts.
Only the words of Scripture and the great hymnwriters of yesterday and today, such as Isaac Watts, Fanny Crosby, and Charles Wesley, are used.
"Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body" (Proverbs 16:24 ESV).
"Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar" (Proverbs 30:5-6 ESV).
Music is easily learned with special consideration to vocal range, typically around middle-C (C4) to the D an octave higher (D5). Melodies are logical and memorable. Rhythms are simple enough to allow congregations to sing well in unison, while occasionally using "catchy" rhythmic ideas.
"Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name" (Psalm 30:4 ESV).
Carl Ashley, DMA
Senior Editor and Composer
Mount Olive, North Carolina