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In die Skriflig

versión On-line ISSN 2305-0853
versión impresa ISSN 1018-6441


CALITZ, Coenie. Landscape of congregational singing in the Dutch Reformed Church at the beginning of the 21st century: Preliminary exploration. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2015, vol.49, n.1, pp.1-11. ISSN 2305-0853.

Music and singing in the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) is in a process of radical change. Within a global village, the six views of worship as identified by Paul Basden (2004) could be of great value in understanding die processes and streams within the music of the DRC. Variations and combinations of these views (streams) could be observed within the present-day liturgical singing within the DRC. This process is often oversimplified by using the term blended worship; a closer look at blended worship illustrates that the term blended worship in its original intention does not fit the current situation or process. The current situation does not only imply new forms of music combined with the old forms, it often implies a move away from the old in the direction of the new. Within this process the challenge of the DRC will be to stay faithful to the Word of God as well as contemporary society.

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