A well-conceived songlist is an important ingredient for great corporate worship. I thought I’d start sharing some of the sets I plan for my home church. I’m no expert, but it might give you some ideas for your songlists.
Here are the songs I chose for service on March 30, 2014.
1. Greatly to Be Praised (one of my originals).
This song has a personality that fits our congregation: soulful, funky, and quirky.
It’s a corporate declaration that essentially states our purpose for coming together: our God is great, and we’re going to praise Him. It’s based on Psalm 145:3, Isaiah 55:9, and Luke 19:40.
2. Jesus the Same (from Israel & New Breed).
Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” This is a foundational truth that sets our worship focus squarely on Christ.
Don’t take for granted that your worship songs are actually pointing people to Christ. Lots of songs can refer to God or God principles without actually mentioning Him. I believe every worship set must unmistakably lift up Jesus Christ, specifically, at least once.
Musically speaking, “Jesus the Same” is lots of fun to play, with cool synth sounds and a bluesy bridge.
3. Speechless (another Israel & New Breed song) was the centerpiece and first song I chose for this set.
I have been meditating the last two weeks on Romans 11:6, a verse about grace. “Speechless” highlights God’s grace with an emphasis on simply receiving it.
4. Unrestrained (Calvin Nowell, also recorded by Myron Butler).
This song wasn’t on my original list; I added it the night before. When it came to mind during my preparation time, I realized the chorus would add an adoration element that was needed in the worship set. It was a great fit, as the 6/8 time signature and vocal range matched the key from “Speechless.” It also flowed really easily into…
5. No Other Name But Jesus (also by me)
This song is easy to sing and reflects what has been preached in our church recently.
Though it has a wide dynamic range, I encouraged our team not to sing the softer parts too softly. The lyrics are full of declarations that need to be sung with conviction. As we approached the song in service, I second-guessed myself, unsure if people would respond. However, our team worshipped with conviction and the congregation followed suit.
6. Te Amo (another Israel & New Breed).
OK, lesson learned. Upon further review, I need to vary my source material! This I&NB selection mixes Spanish with English, so speakers of either language can praise God together. We used it after offering and announcement time to engage the people before the message.
Thanks for checking out my list. Worship leaders, feel free to share your lists in the comments below!