'Pretty amazing grace': using contemporary popular music in church worship

Tom Osborne
TOM OSBORNE is a Methodist presbyter whose life has been variously shaped by worship and music. He is currently studying for an MA in Christian Liturgy. tom.osborne@methodist.org.uk Saltash, Cornwall This article reflects upon the use within corporate worship of music created outside of the church environment. Using the practical experience of producing a Passiontide liturgy that incorporated secular popular music, and the shape of the resulting worship, the article explores the appropriateness
more » ... of such use and, assuming such use is deemed appropriate, best practice in doing so. Engaging with a range of academic and popular sources, the article sees music as a key component of both church and contemporary cultures and attempts to offer a way of bridging the gap that seems to exist between them.