I know it can be hard to find solid, new corporate worship songs for your congregation, especially if you don’t subscribe to the “one-size-fits-all” mentality of only pulling from the CCLI Top 100. I collect new songs year round, listen, play along, & analyze to see which ones float to the top – that’s to say, I’ve done some of the work for you. I hope this curated list of new worship songs helps you better serve your congregation.
“God is on the Move” – 7eventh Time Down (Chart available HERE)
Honestly, it’s very likely you’ve heard this – it’s ubiquitous on Christian radio – but apart from being a well-crafted radio hit it’s a fitting horizontal song for a Sunday service, ideal for a “Walk-In” song or a Sunday Special.
“Lion of Judah” – 10,000 Fathers (feat. David Walker & Heath Williams) (Chart available HERE)
I’ve been a fan of David’s worship songwriting since we met at a U2 concert in Atlanta back in 2010. I’ve led “Better than I Know” dozens of times, as well as “Only You” & “Beautiful Rescuer”, but “Lion of Judah” is head & shoulder above the rest. Co-written & co-led with 10,000 Fathers’ student Heath Williams, “Lion of Judah” is not to be confused with the Bethel/Leeland songs “The Lion & the Lamb”, as the themes are quite different & both have their place in a corporate setting. Where Leeland’s song is more a worship invitational, David’s is a vertical proclamation of our strong God’s character & promises. I am planning on introducing “Lion of Judah” soon & foresee using it often. I suspect you’ll likely see it on my year-end “Best of 2016” blog.
“All I Need” – Grace Church Worship (Chart available HERE)
What a delightfully unexpected surprise! I love the heart behind independent local church releases, especially when they’re primarily originals, but I usually have balanced expectations – I know not to expect too much. It’s very rare that they impress. Grace Church in Overland Park, Kansas, not only released a surprisingly solid collection – as in “Wow” – but the song “All I Need” is truly an excellent, passionate, vertical song worth broad use throughout the Body of Christ! I keep expecting the effect to wear off, but every time I return to the song I am equally blown away. Be sure to give this song a fair listen, & download the chart using the link above!
“Glory to Glory” – Bethel Worship (feat. William Matthews) (Chart available HERE)
I like much of what Bethel has released over the yeras, but I haven’t led but a rare few songs after Brian & Jenn Johnson’s nearly perfect We Believe (which I led five songs from). “Glory to Glory” is probably Bethel’s gem – a song I could go back to again & again. It’s got an entirely unique feel – it really grooves like an R&B Gospel song – but instrumentally plants itself squarely in the alternative rock camp. Musically, it’s a very fresh combination, making it very fun to play/lead. Lyrically, it’s a subject not often sung: sanctification. The last song this powerful on the topic was Hillsong United’s “From the Inside Out”, & that’s more than just a few years old! In spite of the excellent production value of the original recording, the song translates easily into a Sunday AM corporate environment – it’s relatively easy for a normal church worship team to recreate, & it’s melodically simple enough for a congregation to grab onto it quickly. Again, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if this one ended up on my year-end “best of” blog.
“It is Finished” – Austin & Lindsey Adamec (Chart available HERE)
A few months back I featured Austin & Lindsey’s “Walk on Waves,” a song I’m still returning to regularly. This is the Ying to that song’s Yang – a much mellower Easter-themed proclamation (But we’re the church – Easter is year round!) that your congregation will be singing loudly by the 2nd chorus the very first time through. The lyrics are simple, but packed with truth, & the melody is immediately memorable. Wins all around.
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