Worship Pastor / Composer Travis L. Boyd and his wife, Cynthia, provide inspiration and resources for the worship community and all believers through sharing the blessings of worship, faith, family, ministry, music, love, & life. We also share information about Worship Sounds Music, which can be found on our Worship Sounds website at worshipsounds.com ~ Downloadable Choral Anthems * Solos * Orchestrations * Worship Songs * Accompaniment Trax

About our Blog

Welcome, friends!  We are so glad to have you join us!

To our guests from all over the world (189 countries at last count*), we hope and pray that you will find visiting our blog helpful, meaningful, inspirational, and joyful!

OUR  MISSION

Travis reflects the joy of praise as he directs the choir and orchestra at our church.

Travis reflects the joy of praise as he directs the Adult Choir and Orchestra at our church.

The Worship Sounds Music Blog is all about the blessings of Life, Music, and Worship Ministry as well as the incredible joy of knowing our Creator God through salvation in Jesus Christ.

We are humbled by the privilege of sharing with you that which the Lord has placed on our hearts as we endeavor to uplift, encourage, and inspire all those who seek to worship Him.  Our mission is to share words of hope, songs of worship, a heart of praise, and a life of joy with all who visit our blog.

The Lord is our strength and song.  He has given us a passion for worship ministry and a desire to be a blessing within our family and church family as well as the wider Kingdom of God.   As God opens doors for ministry, we are blessed to be able to share a lifetime of lessons and inspiration that flow out of His ministry to our hearts through His Spirit, through the Word, through music, and through the ministries of others who have impacted our lives and our walk with the Lord.   We’ll do our best to make sure our posts are useful, meaningful, and relevant to worship and ministry and to life in general.   We seek to honor God through this blog as well as through our lives and ministries and the music.   Join us for some encouragement and inspiration when you venture into blog world.

ABOUT  US

Travis at beginning of musical - Copy (3)As a Minister of Music and Worship for 36 years, Travis has served at 8 churches in Oklahoma, Texas, and Georgia (7 of those in full time ministry and 1 as a part time ministry position while he was still a High School Band Director). Additional links are provided at the end of this article pertaining to Travis’ worship ministry and his composition ministry.

Travis has been writing music as part of his faith journey since his salvation in 1978.   His music has been sung and recorded by choirs large and small all over the world.  He has published choral anthems, orchestrations, and songs with Shawnee Press (now a Division of Hal Leonard Music), Lorenz Music, Lifeway, Broadman, and Chorister’s Guild.  Further details about Travis’ composition ministry can be found in the information below.

Travis and his wife, Cynthia, have been married for 40 years and have 7 children.  Daughter Meredith lives in Oklahoma.  Sons Jared, Zachary, Braden, Logan, Austin, and Camden range in age from 11 to 23 and reside with us in Georgia.

BLOGGING  

Due to Travis’ busy schedule, Cynthia does much of the writing for the blog, based upon over 35 years of experience in active worship ministry.   Travis primarily serves as a consultant and advisor, though he has also contributed several posts about worship ministry.   As a long time ministry couple, we have had many opportunities for spiritual growth and growth in ministry.  Our friends in worship ministry have provided a lot of practical ideas and spiritual discernment through the years that have also contributed to our lives and ministry.  The worship ministry personnel whom Travis has been privileged to serve and mentor at various churches have also been an inspiration as well.  We have had opportunity to attend many worship conferences and classes and to do extensive reading and Scripture study on the subjects of ministry, discipleship, worship, and worship ministry.  In addition, the opportunity Cynthia has had to observe Travis’ wisdom, creativity, and heart for the Lord and for worship ministry has been instrumental in providing the inspiration and practical knowledge necessary for the writing of many of her blog posts.  We would not call ourselves experts.  An expert knows more than most anybody else about their area.  The “e” word that fits us is “experienced”.   We’ve experienced a lot and are glad to share what we have learned.  We seek to continue to learn and to share all that the Lord is doing in our lives.  What a journey life continues to be!

Trav directing Christmas 2013It is our desire to continue walking with the Lord and serving Him together.  Both Travis and Cynthia long to grow in faith and knowledge and to share the message of God’s love and mercy through music, through the written and spoken word, through our daily lives, and through every means that God allows.  We dedicate our hearts and lives to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Blessings to you on your faith journey.  Our God is infinitely worthy of worship and praise!

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MINISTRY  RELATED  LINKS

Travis’ current worship ministry position has both a ministry facebook page and a ministry blog.

*  FBC Duluth Worship Ministries blog:  https://fbcduluthworshipministries.wordpress.com/

*  FBC Duluth Worship Ministries facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/DuluthFirstWorship

*  See Travis’ Linkedin profile for more information on his ministry at:  https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=121995618&trk

*  View a youtube video of Travis directing the FBCD Adult Choir and instrumentalists as they share, “Some Children See Him” during “The Sounds of Christmas” in December, 2014 (video made by the parent of the young lady who plays the cello solo).  Note:  This video can be difficult to locate because of the privacy setting chosen when it was uploaded.  It can be found as a post on our FBC Duluth Worship Ministries facebook page (link above) as a post in December of 2014.

*  See a youtube video of Travis singing “Your Grace Still Amazes Me”, originally recorded by Phillips, Craig, and Dean, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRO5X9OmGig&list=PLMJind8w21aSbnk7JsCHyBaA23WA4r8N9 )

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THE  CHORAL  MUSIC,  ORCHESTRATIONS,  SONGS,  AND  CONGREGATIONAL  PRAISE
OF  TRAVIS  L. BOYD

Click photo above to go directly to our WorshipSounds Music website.

Click photo above to go directly to our WorshipSounds Music website.

Written for soloists, ensembles, orchestras, congregational praise, and choirs of all ages,  the music of  Travis L. Boyd has been shared in music ministry for many years in a wide variety of settings by Choral groups large and small, individuals, orchestras, praise bands, soloists, and ensembles across the United States and around the world.

* INFORMATION ABOUT OUR PUBLISHED MUSIC can be found on the websites of our publishers, Shawnee Press (Hal Leonard), Lorenz, Choristers Guild, and Lifeway.   See the links to my published music, offered through our Publishers and through various Music Distributors, in this blog’s sidebar.  Each publisher or distributor’s logo is a clickable link to a page offering the pieces of my music which are sold through that publisher or distributor.  To hear a playlist of my Choral Anthem demos, plus some custom recordings and my Vocal Solo demos, go to http://www.worshipsounds.wordpress.com/listen-to-my-music/

OUR  WORSHIP  SOUNDS  MUSIC  WEBSITE

Much more than a song

Many of Travis’ Choral Anthems, Orchestrations, Vocal Solos, and Worship Songs are available on our Worship Sounds Music website.  It’s been very challenging to begin a largely unknown company.  However, we’ve been online for over 3 years now.  We’ve publicized our music through this blog, through our two Worship Sounds Music facebook pages, through Twitter and other social media, and through various websites, forums, and groups dedicated to choral music or worship ministry.  We are seeking to be good stewards of the music that the Lord has given through Travis and to make our music as affordable as possible so that it may be used in worship ministry to bring glory to the Lord and to encourage God’s people.  We’re thankful for those who have taken the time to view our website and listen to our music.  We’ve had music purchases from all over the United States and from Canada, Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom, and other locations.  You will find that our music is meaningful, memorable, accessible, and Biblically sound for your Choirs, Vocal Soloists, Orchestra or Rhythm Section (through our Orchestrations and Worship Pack lead sheets), and Congregation.

* Many of our choral anthems also have ACCOMPANYING ORCHESTRATIONS available.
Parts are written for strings, winds, brass, percussion, and rhythm section.  A string reduction for keyboard is also included with the orchestration.

* The voicings available on our website include SATB, SSATB, SAB, 2-Part, TTBB, and SSAA.  We invite you to visit our website  to view our video demos for available choral anthems and songs.  You’ll find the Worship Sounds Music website at http://www.worshipsounds.com

* You’ll find that the lyrics of our music are Biblically sound and written to glorify the Lord and encourage the people of God.

* Our e-delivery of your music PDF, ready for printing, is fast and easy.  No waiting for mail delivery!

* Our music is written to be practical in local church music ministry.

*  We offer quality Choral Music, Anthem Orchestrations, Vocal Solos, and Congregational worship music at extremely affordable prices!

WITH OUR INCREDIBLY LOW PRICES, You can purchase a new choral anthem (PDF ready to print in your choice of octavo size or full page), with permission to make an unlimited number of copies for your choir, for as little as $10.00.  There are no additional “per copy” fees.

In addition,  BOTH  the choral anthem PDF and an accompanying FULL ORCHESTRATION (Bundles PDFs to copy Conductor’s Score, String Reduction for Keyboard, and all Instrumental Parts) can be purchased for $45.00 or LESS!

Read some of the posts in our “MAKE NOTE OF THIS:  Worship Sounds Music Info” category for more information about Worship Sounds Music @ https://worshipsounds.wordpress.com/category/make-note-of-this-worship-sounds-music-info/

We also have a blog page that features a Music Player or Video Demo for almost every song on our website.
New songs are added frequently, so there will always be some songs which have yet to be added to this page.
https://worshipsounds.wordpress.com/music-available-on-our-website/

We’re also on facebook @  http://www.facebook.com/WorshipSoundsMusic   and at  https://www.facebook.com/WorshipSoundsMusic#!/WorshipSoundsMusicMinistry

Our Sound Cloud link, with playlists of Demos and Custom Recordings, is https://soundcloud.com/#travis-l-boyd

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* This number will be updated according to the WordPress Statistics page, which added a feature keeping track of the countries of origin for page and post views on February 25th, 2012.

The last update of the number of countries of origin for viewers of our blog took place on November 7th, 2014.

How many countries are in the world?  Here’s a link to an answer page:  http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0932875.html

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Do you know Jesus? 

The decision to ask Jesus to come into your heart and life as your Lord and Savior is the best decision you could ever make!  The one true God is ready to give you forgiveness and eternal life as soon as you understand your need for Him and believe on the name of His only Son, Jesus, for your salvation.  Here’s a blog page link to help you find the answers to your questions about Jesus.  http://www.worshipsounds.wordpress.com/do-you-know-jesus/

Comments on: "About our Blog" (10)

  1. Hello Travis. Would love to see if you would do a review and post about Proclaim. http://www.ProclaimONline.com. Drop me a note and let me know.
    Thanks,
    Matt

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  2. I looked at your site, Matt, and the program sounds great. Churches that are looking to update should check it out.

    Blessings to you,
    Travis

    worshipsounds.com
    Worship Sounds Music Blog

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  3. Hi Travis, looking at the New Testament scriptures about worship and music, I see a number of scriptures about SINGING, but virtually no scriptures that that support contemporary Christian Music, such as the music of Hilllsong, Don Moen, Paul Baloche etc etc. What are your views on this?
    Blessings
    J.

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    • Dear J.

      We have edited your name and are using only initials in this reply and in your approved comment. Your honest question deserves a thoughtful answer, and we will do our best to reply with the highest respect for your careful study of God’s word and with prayerful consideration of your comment. We are told in the New Testament to speak to one another in Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. We believe that most of the contemporary Chrisitan music to which you refer falls into the category of ‘spiritual songs,’ although many of today’s Christian artists (musical messengers) are writing powerful modern hymns (one example of this is the work of Keith and Kristyn Getty). There are many verses in the Bible (including one in Revelation) that speak of singing a new song. We believe that God continues to give musical abilities to people who then use those gifts to bring glory to the Lord through the writing of new songs and hymns. Remember that the older hymns of the church were once contemporary. They were once new songs. We certainly are not singing the same music that Paul and Silas sang in jail (although we may be singing some of the same words -translated into English- since many songs lyrics are based on the words of the Psalms). We are no longer singing Hebrew or Gregorian chants in worship, so at some point “new” or “contemporary” music was accepted as music that was appropriate for worship and brought honor and glory to God and to Jesus, our Savior. We believe that there are certainly many styles of Christian music, but the message of the lyrics and the heart of the songwriter or singer are far more important than the date when a song was born or the style in which it is written. We still love and sing the old hymns and gospel songs, but we also love most of the new music that we hear. We believe that if the message of a song can be clearly understood and if it brings glory to God, then there is a place of apporpriateness within the lives of God’s people for that song to speak to hearts. Some songs are used in congregational worship, and some are not. Some may be recorded on a CD but not really be appropriate for corporate worship. For esample, I can think of several songs on Christian CDs which have the subject matter of being thankful that God brought the writer’s spouse into their life. A song like that may be played on Christian radio and bless a lot of lives, or it may be played in peoples’ homes. However, unless the song is sung at a wedding or at a marriage retreat, such songs are generally not sung during congregational worship. There is nothing wrong with being thankful for your spouse and speaking of that blelssing in an honorable way. We believe that doing so would bring honor to God, who created the institution of marriage. In corporate worship, however, we generally choose to sing messages of praise and worship that will bring glory to God and encourage all of God’s people to walk more closely with him (whether married, single, or widowed). So. whether a Christian song has the type of message that can be sung by all people (married or not) in praise and thanksgiving to God or whether it applies more to people in specific circumstances (married, called to ministry, parenting young children, dealing with loss, or whatever the life circumstance discussed in the song may be), if a song brings glory to God by lifting up His good gifts and having a Christian message of belief and trust in God in every circumstance, then we believe that this “new” or “contemporary” song will be used by God to encourage the hearts of God’s people, draw them closer to Him, and to bring honor and glory to God. You will find this subject addressed in our most recent post, “Singing a New Song”, which was written and posted before your comment. People who write Christian songs are just like every other Christian. We have struggles, we hold on to faith, we seek to live lives that honor God but fall short. That’s why we need a Savior. We encourage you to read the lyrics of contemporary Christian songs and see how God continues to speak through His people and through the gift of new songs.

      “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as you teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
      – Colossians 3:16 & 17

      “And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain; and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.”

      – Revelation 5:9

      “He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD.”

      – Psalm 40:3

      Blessings to you,

      Travis and Cindy Boyd

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  4. Johan Koorts said:

    Thanks for the comprehensive response. Maybe I should have expressed myself a little better. The question was not so much about the “new song”. I was trying to find scriptural justification in the New Testament for the contemporary music styles and contemporary musical instruments. As I see it, the New Testament puts an emphasis on “SINGING” and then especially singing by the congregation. Whilst I fully believe and support the singing of “new songs”, it is also worth noting that the Greek word translated “new” is kainos, which means new in quality and not in time. The latter meaning is expressed by the Greek word neos. The Theological Dictionary of the New Testament clearly explains the difference between the two Greek words neos and kainos. “Neos is what is new in time or origin, . . . kainos is what is new in nature, different from the usual, impressive, better than the old.” An interesting perspective that I came accross on the difference between “psalms, “hymns” and “spiritual songs” is that a “new song” would start off as a “hymn” and once it is established as a song (e.g. recorded or written down) it would become a “psalm”. A spiritual song, (Ode pneumatikos) in my understanding, is something different: The phrase in the Greek means songs of the breath of God, literally, “of the Spirit”. Spiritual songs are songs sung in or by the Holy Spirit. These songs are inspired by the Holy Spirit and are spontaneous and prophetic in nature. Sometimes spiritual songs are sung by the worshiper to God, and sometimes the song is sung by God through the worshiper.
    Blessings!

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    • Johan,

      Thank you for your response. You’ve giving us a lot to think about and some clarification as well. The word study regarding the term translated as “new” is interesting. Since quality is a subjective judgement regarding music in general or regarding a “new” song (more clearly labeled as “better than the old”), I prefer to think of the quality of songs in terms of the depth of spiritual understanding that has been gained during one’s spiritual journey, which would certainly allow for more profound expression of spiritual truths. Christian songwriters long for a way to somehow capture the profound truths of mercy and grace and salvation in clearer and more effective ways. We all hope that any spiritual growth in our lives is reflected in the lyrics of the songs we write. However, if, in fact, a “better than old” song exists, wouldn’t it, by definition, be new? If something is an improvement upon the old, isn’t it new? Again, who is to say what song is of better quality? Certainly, a song that makes a spiritual impact and speaks to hearts, and one that, above all else, brings glory to the Lord, would be the quality that we long to hear. I can think of many old songs (my grandparents sang them, or maybe even my great great grandparents) and many new songs (just written!) that do all of the above (at least in my own judgement). So, for me, whether a song is a “breath of God” song of individual worship or whether it is a new song not even put on paper (or into a computer file), or an established song of the faith that has been recorded in some way as such, the heart, intent, and effectiveness of the song (in communicating spiritual truth, touching hearts, and bringing glory to God) is still far more important than the age of the song and whether it is a new expression entirely or a “impressive” re-make of an old song idea (“Amazing Grace/My Chains are Gone” comes to mind). It is my belief that people who close their minds to old songs are missing just as much as those who close their minds to new ones. I have heard a lot of wonderful, newer songs, for example, that speak of the faithfulness of God. However, I have never heard one with the same breadth of expression of that spiritual truth as the lyrics to the hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” I would hope that people who love the Lord will eventually be open to both new and old(er) expressions of worship. I think there is much that we can agree upon. If we agree as to the central ideas of the intent of any song used in worship that I’ve already mentioned, that’s a great start for dialogue.

      I apologize for misunderstanding the intent of your original question. I believe that I have already dealt with the issues of style in as much detail as I need to. However, I really did not address instrumentation as a separate issue or instrumentation as it relates to style. We really don’t have a lot of specific instruction about all of this in either the New or Old Testament, and I believe that omission is by Design. We have a great amount of freedom to express our worship to God. That’s a good thing as long as expression is about worship and not about self. In any era, style, or instrumentation option, there is the potential for any of us to focus on self-glorification rather than on bringing glory to God. This can happen even in congregations that sing unaccompanied. Therefore, it is my belief that the heart of the singer or songwriter is, once again, of primary importance.

      Pianos aren’t mentioned in scripture. Neither are pews, songbooks, or air-conditioning. I don’t believe that the omission of a specific expression of worship or environmental consideration for a worship center is a directive that means that particular expression or practical element should never be used in worship or in a place of worship. We love singing, and we love a cappella singing, but we read in many scripture passages all over the Old Testament of the use of instruments in praising God. Since God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, why would a worship expression that was appropriate for bringing glory to God at one point (and which was considered important enough to be part of God’s word) now be considered inappropriate? We believe that there is a place for A Cappella singing and that the human voice in itself is a beautiful instrument, but we do not believe that the use of instruments is wrong. The New Testament directive to do everything “decently and in order” can be interpreted in many ways. We believe that it means applying prayer and wisdom to each situation, thereby choosing what is appropriate.

      We have not found a valid scriptural reason for forbidding the use of instruments in worship. We believe that going back to God’s word is the best thing to do with any concern. And, if following the intent of scripture is not enough to answer a specific question, prayer for guidance is the best way to proceed. We hope that we have answered your question as far as what we believe. It may be that our opinions differ significantly from yours. In any case, we pray God’s blessing on you, your family, and your congregation as you worship Him.

      Travis and Cindy Boyd

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  5. Johan Koorts said:

    Dear Travis & Cindy. Thanks for taking the time to respond so comprehensively on my comments. I cannot disagree with anything that you have said. As you rightly say, if in doubt, consult the Word and having done that, I came to the conclusion that there is nothing wrong with musical instruments in worship and we are indeed called upon to sing a “new song”. Having been made aware of the emphasis of singing in the New Testament Scriptures, that is what I as “worship leader” in our church will try to achieve – more emphasis congregational singing! . Blessings! Johan

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    • Thank you, brother Johan, for this thoughtful conversation we’ve had. We are so glad that you feel a peace through study of God’s word. The people of your congregation are blessed to have a worship leader who cares so deeply about worship that is authentic and meaningful. Your emphasis on congregational singing is wonderful. The people of God need to participate fully in worship as much as possible. Blessings to your in your ministry,

      Travis and Cynthia Boyd

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  6. What an inspiration the article “Why I Love to Sing in the Choir,” posted by Cynthia, is to me. What must I do to get permission to include the article in sections in our church newsletter, to help in recruiting singers for the post-Summer, when we start anew after July and August in the hands of soloists? Thanks so much for all you do in the name of the Lord!

    Dick Becker
    Minister of Music
    West Lawn UMC

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  7. Dick,

    We are so glad that the article spoke to you and appreciate your kind words of encouragement so much. We have given permssion for reprinting some of our other posts, such as our Reader’s Theater scripts, and we would be glad for you to reprint the post you mentioned for the stated purpose. Simply include a reference to the authorship of the post and the URL for our blog with your reprint. That will be enough. You might also be blessed by some of the posts in our “Worship… with Wonder” category of posts, and apparently many Ministers of Music and Worship have also found our “Lift Your Voice” page of worship scriptures from both the Old and New Testaments to be quite helpful.

    We are seeking to be a resource for Worship Ministry, an inspiration and encouragement to the body of Christ, and a testimony of the grace of God through our blog and through the music on our website. Thank you for letting us know that this post was meaningful to you. God bless you in your life and ministry. Please help spread the word about Worship Sounds Music and Ministry to anyone that you feel would benefit from our blog and/or our music..

    Blessings and Melody,

    Travis and Cynthia Boyd

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