Germany: Jazzed-up Psalms Reaching Berlin’s Heart

Source: Eternity News, March 13, 2024

When we arrived in Berlin nine years ago, we knew that being musicians would unlock the doors of this city to us, as a city that is a hub for artists and musicians from across the world. We have met many people through jam sessions, meeting at performances, and busking on the streets. It made sense, through the support of European Christian Mission, to do a jazz recording, bringing God’s Word though original jazz music.

The Berlin Psalm Project was born out of the desire to write creative music for an established church in the north of Berlin. As often happens, the project grew bigger and bigger. We gathered together a group of local musicians to play the music, going from a group of five to a group of seven, including a three-piece horn section.

Despite the very clear Christian lyrics straight from the Psalms, [local musicians] were very keen to be a part of the project. In Germany, despite the pervasive secular atheism that is normalized here, there is a strong biblical and church music heritage, so we believe it’s a ripe time and place to be performing the Psalms.

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Praise God for new life coming from many directions. Also from Europe, read Harnessing the Power of Europe’s Migrant Churches, in which a seminary professor from Sierra Leone shares how African migrants are changing the church in Belgium and beyond (Christianity Today).

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