New Songs That Have Worked at My Church

I’m always looking for good new songs to add to the repertoire at my church. Here are some new songs that have seemed to work well over the last year.

A Thousand Amens
This is an upbeat song of celebration that takes the words of the doxology and adds a chorus based off of Psalm 92:2. My two criticisms of this song are: (1) in the chorus it says “it’s your kindness, Lord, that leads to our healing”. Since he’s basing this off of Romans 2:4, which says God’s kindness leads us “to repentance”, I think it makes more sense to go ahead and sing it that way. So I change the words (with the writer’s permission) to “it’s your kindness, Lord, that leads to repentance”. (2) The closing bridge of “amen, amen, amen, amen…” is a bit monotonous. If you explain to the congregation that “amen” means “so be it”, and that when we sing that part we’re all agreeing together and affirming God’s faithfulness, then it helps give it context. Having said that, I actually really like this song and it has worked well on Sunday mornings.
– Written by Tim Timmons
– Featured on the Catalyst Music Project
– I’m working on finding a chord chart for free/download
– Listen to the song here
– Watch a video of it here
– Download the song on iTunes here

Center
My church is studying the book of Hebrews this year, and this song fits well with Hebrews 1:3 which says “(Jesus) is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power”. The verse of the song says “you’re the center of the universe, everything was made in you, Jesus. Breath of every living thing, everyone was made for you. You hold everything together…” And then the chorus is a prayer: “Oh Christ, be the center of our lives, be the place we fix our eyes, be the center of our lives”. It’s a simple song and people grabbed hold of it pretty quickly.
– Written and recorded by Charlie Hall on Flying Into Daybreak and Passion: Everything Glorious
– Watch a video of the song here
– Download a free chord chart here
– Download the song on iTunes here

Completely Done
I have to be careful not to pick this song every Sunday. There’s nothing better than declaring “the old is gone, the new has come… we’re heirs with Christ, the victory won, what you complete is completely done”. 
– Written by Jonathan Baird, Ryan Raird, and Rich Gunderlock
– Featured on Sovereign Grace Music’s Sons and Daughters
– Download a free chord chart here
– Download a free lead sheet here
– Download the a free mp3 here

Desert Song
A song about the worthiness of God to be praised in every season of life. Halfway through hearing it the first time, it seemed like people were ready to stand up and sing it with us. That’s always a good sign. It feels good in the key of E.
– Written and recorded by Brooke Fraser on Hillsong’s This is Our God
– Purchase the music here
– Watch a video of the song here
– Download the song on iTunes here

Greater Than We Can Imagine
This song has been around since August 2008, but it took me a while to introduce it. We taught it almost exactly a year ago, and I’m really glad we did. It’s based off of Psalm 145 and is a strong, upbeat, truth-filled declaration of praise. Comfortable in the keys of G or A.
– Written by Mark Altrogge
– Featured on Sovereign Grace Music’s Psalms
– Download a free chord chart here
– Download a free lead sheet here
– Download the mp3 here

How Great is Your Faithfulness
A solid mid-tempo song about the faithfulness of God “from generation to generation”. Like many songs, it’s recorded in a key that’s unrealistic for most members of most congregations. We moved it down to the key of G and it worked well.
– Written by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin
– Featured on Matt Redman’s We Shall Not Be Shaken
– Download a free chord chart here
– Watch a video of the song here
– Download the song on iTunes here

Revelation Song
This song has grown on me. I’ve always liked the first verse and chorus, but wondered if the second and third verses were too difficult to sing. We went ahead and tried it and I’m glad we did. Since the chorus is so singable and the verses are so rich, this song seemed to really resonate with the congregation, especially if the singers are able to lead it clearly. Feels good in the key of D.
– Written by Jennie Lee Riddle
– Featured on various CDs, my favorite version being on Kari Jobe’s self-titled CD
– Listen to the whole song here
– Purchase the music here
– Watch a video of the song here
– Download the song on iTunes here

To Him Who is Able
Once in a while your congregation surprises you when they really like a song. They surprised me on this one. Here’s the first verse: “To him who is able to save me completely / Who has poured out his blood as the offering for sin / And raised me to life by the power of the Spirit / And sealed me for heaven to reign there with him”. The chorus declares: “To him be the glory, blessing and honor and praise / All saints now adore him / Worship the glorious name of Jesus the King”. Great song. I do it in the key of A.
– Written by Lou and Nathan Fellingham and Gary Sadler
– Featured on Lou Fellingham’s Step Into the Light
– Download sheet music here
– Download the song on iTunes here

You Alone Can Rescue
The first time I heard this song, I wondered if Matt Redman had added a new chorus to an old hymn. The verses articulated the problem of our sin and the goodness of God’s grace in such a way that they must have written a hundred years ago! I was wrong about that. It’s a great new song proclaiming a timeless truth.
– Written by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin
– Featured on Matt Redman’s We Shall Not Be Shaken
– Download a free chord chart here
– Watch a video of the song here
– Download the song on iTunes here

4 thoughts on “New Songs That Have Worked at My Church

  1. sammydaviesjr July 30, 2010 / 6:02 am

    Thanks for the list.

    Several of these are already big over these shores and have gone down well in my church. I’d add a few but I’m guessing what I’d consider new you’d consider old! (There is a Higher Throne for example.)

    Anyway, I shall enjoy checking out the ones I’ve not yet come across.

  2. Jon July 30, 2010 / 2:10 pm

    Great list!
    we’ve done a couple of them.

  3. Tina August 16, 2010 / 3:38 am

    Thanks so much for posting – I just moved from VA to CA and I so miss worshipping at the Falls Church. Was trying to remember some of the songs you did so having this list is great!

  4. Jonathon June 16, 2014 / 8:05 pm

    Hi Jamie, first of all, I’d like to say that I’ve played guitar in worship bands for many years, but only very recently have take over as the worship leader. It’s all very new to me in that sense and I have very much appreciated your thoughts on being a worship leader. Second, thanks for the song list. I want to introduce new music, but have been stymied a bit with going through the mass of music to find the nuggets. Thanks for sharing some of the ones that you have found.

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