Category Archives: Sources of Sheet Music

Our God Reigns

Your Pastor’s Sermon Title

This last Sunday, we celebrated “Christ the King” Sunday.  We sang some incredible hymns including one of my favorites – “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name.” As a worship leader responsible for choosing music (in my case – Contemporary music), I often reflect on the hymns, the readings, the introductions to the readings, the children’s message, the prayers and the sermon to get some ideas for future “Christ the King” Sundays. Oftentimes, the answer is right there, staring me in the face; the Pastor’s sermon title. The title of Pastor Ehlers’s sermon this last Sunday was “Our God Reigns”.

So next year I will consider:
“Our God Reigns” by Bebo Norman
“Our God Reigns” by Brandon Heath
“Our God Reigns” by Tim Light
“Our God Reigns” by Martin Smith (band Delirious?)
“Our God Reigns” by Joe Pace
“Our God Reigns” by John Waller
“Our God Reigns” by Leonard E. Smith

Next, type this title into the search engine of your favorite place to buy music. I like Just type in “Our God Reigns” and a dozen or so songs will come up, including variations like “He Reigns” and “Our Messiah Reigns.” Of course, you need to review the lyrics and search for the sheet music.  But this technique will get you in the right ballpark.

How easy is that?

Pastors, what was your sermon titled this past Sunday?


Ten WEB Resources that I cannot do without as a Worship Leader

  1. – I’m hooked on the searches by keyword and the access to multiple translations.
  2. Free lead sheets for Contemporary Christian music:
  3. Free sheet music for new hymns & new arrangements of traditional hymns:
    1. Truevine –
    2. Redmountain Music –
    3. Tim Bode’s Music Page –
    4. Indelible Grace –
  4. – My favorite website to purchase and download sheet music.  I even use it to find scriptural references for my other music.
  5. Podcasts that I listen to on my MP3 player:
    1. Welstech –
    2. All About Worship –
    3. Guitar Lick Library –
  6. Places to listen to the songs that I am trying to learn for use in worship:
    1. Youtube –
    2. Grooveshark –
  7. Web resources for children’s sermon materials:
    1. Sermons for Kids –
    2. Children’s Sermons –
    3. Kretzmann Commentary –
  8. – Keeps my copying legal
  9. – The mothership!
  10. EMAIL

And now for a little fun, perhaps this is the Lutheran Pastor’s list (in no particular order and not including the obvious – family, church and the Lord): 

  1. My personal bible, Luther’s Catechism & Hymnal (they contain all my notes)
  2. My bible software (Logos?)
  3. Those ancient dusty documents like the Augsburg Confession, the Book of Concord and those musty old theological textbooks
  4. Luther’s Complete Writings
  5. My travel Lord’s Supper kit
  6. My I-Phone & laptop PC
  7. My district Pastoral associates
  8. My secretary
  9. My Church Councilmen, Musicians & Vicar; oh heck, all my church people
  10. Kretzmann & Franzman Commentaries & the People’s Bible Series

Here’s a link to “The Proclaimer”: 

CW Hymnal Resources – A Ministry of Tim Bode

 CW Hymnal Resources – A Ministry of Tim Bode

Tim Bode is the Minister of Music at Christ The King (CTK) Lutheran Church located in Southgate MI.  CTK Lutheran appears to have four Praise Bands named North, South, East and West Bands.  Wow!  Tim has created a website of musical resources for Lutheran hymns and for some liturgical pieces as well.  Included at his website are some of his own arrangements of the hymns with parts for piano, guitar, flute and many other orchestral instruments.  He also has MP3 files and some MIDI files for download as well.  Check out his website at this link:

Thank you Tim for all the time and effort that you have put into this resource and for sharing it with the world.

Christ the King’s Website:

Red Mountain Music

Red Mountain Music

Red Mountain Music is another great website to access sheet music for use in the church.  All of their arrangements are available as free downloads in the forms of chord sheets, lead sheets and MP3 files.  You will find their music to be mostly traditional hymn texts sometimes set to newer arrangements and other times with the same melodies but with guitar chords added.  They encourage reporting of usage through CCLI if you have a license.

Here’s their website.  Check them out!

Two Free Sources for Sheet Music

Two Free Sources for Sheet Music

I have recently come across two websites that offer free original sheet music for use in the church that you might want to consider; one more contemporary, and the other more traditional – both very good.

The first is “True Vine Music” and is operated by a Lutheran Pastor named Michael A. Schmid. I have been familiar with his music for quite some time as his song “Living Stones” is one of the arrangements in the songbooks that our congregation uses. His music is engaging, scriptural, Christ-centered and singable from a congregational viewpoint, but is meant mostly to be accompanied by a praise band type format. He offers a full range of resources including lyric sheets, chord sheets, lead sheets, keyboard, guitar and vocal accompaniment and MP3 recordings of many of the pieces.

If you use his resources, please remember to report usage though CCLI, if your church has a license, so that the author can receive due compensation. Please consider obtaining a CCLI license if your church has not taken this step as of yet, as it is a great and useful resource for your growing musical ministry needs. If you do not have a CCLI license, please contact Pastor Schmid per the instructions on his website to obtain the necessary permissions to use his arrangements.

Pastor Schmid’s website can be found at the following web address:

The second website that I would like to draw your attention to is Church Media Works. They can be found at:

This website offers more traditional arrangements in the form of hymns and psalms set to metrical music but interestingly enough, and to my delight, they have also included guitar chords. The website is run by three Pastors/Musicians/Artists/Songwriters/Poets and you will find their lyrics to be meaty; touching on doctrinal issues, and tightly based on scripture. I have excerpted their copyright information below:
Official permission to use the hymns posted at (including the reproduction of texts and/or musical scores for corporate use) is granted under the following conditions: (a) the hymns are not to be altered in any way, (b) the hymns are to be distributed free of charge, and (c) recognition is to be given to the author and composer. If the hymns are to be used in a formal publication (such as an audio recording, hymnbook, or any project which will be sold), please email your request to pastorchris(at) for permission before use.

Both of these websites are valuable tools for your musical ministry needs and I applaud their generosity and commitment to God’s kingdom.

New Website – Lutheran Hymns

New Website – Lutheran Hymns

I stumbled upon a good web resource recently and wanted to pass it along.   This site is especially helpful if you are a guitarist interested in Lutheran hymns:

Sources of Digital Christian Sheet Music

Sources of Digital Christian Sheet Music

Some of the following websites have been mentioned in a variety of my posts as resources to download Contemporary Christian sheet music.  They are listed again here for completeness and convenience:

Lots of music from all sources:

Occasional free sheet music if you subscribe to the website:

Music from Keith Getty & Staurt Townend:

Sovereign Grace Music (Kauflin, Altrogge, Schebel, Steve & Vikki Cook & more):

Paul Baloche:

Pachelbel (FREE) Organ Music:

New Hymn Arrangements (most are free):


A worship coordinator at ”Living Word Lutheran Church” in Waukesha, Wisconsin contacted me recently to share a WEB resource that he has been working on.  His band is called the “Heralds” and he has been building a library of music which is basically a collection of hymns from our Lutheran Hymnal (Christian Worship) that he has added Praise band accompaniment notation to, including guitar chords and some have bass guitar as well.  His library is large and still growing.  You will need some software known as “Finale” to read and print music from his site but this is a free download which you can get by following this link:

(choose “Finale Reader” as the product)


The website of new hymn arrangements can be found at this link:


Pastors – please consider sharing this BLOG post with your musicians; especially those “closet guitarists” who have not yet used their musical gifts to bring glory to His name.