1. Christ Is Risen (The Brilliance).
One of my personal favorites, this was an easy selection for this past Sunday.
Up from the grave You rose, You rose
God’s only son alive
Salvation’s here today for all
You heard Your children cry
Surprised by hope of resurrection
Surprised by joy of restoration
Live begins again
The intervals and range of the melody make it a little difficult for the average person to sing, but the quality of the lyrics and style of the song make up for it. The feel of the song defines “upbeat.” We took it a step further with our band, turning the bridge into a heavy reggae feel.
2. No Other Name (Freddy Rodriguez).
I was hesitant to use this song when I first heard it. I thought, “It’s basically ‘Friend of God’ with different lyrics.” And it’s true. But our congregation has latched onto it’s declarative message.
My favorite part of this song is how the harmonic rhythm doubles in the last chorus. Where the chords change every eight counts the first times around, they change every four counts toward the end. It lends a tremendous amount of momentum to a fairly repetitive song.
As for where it fits in this list, it’s another song that puts the focus squarely on Jesus.
3. Be My Strength (a brand new original)
My friend Vinecia texted me a couple weeks ago and said she had a song idea to develop. We got together one evening and unexpectedly finished a whole song in one sitting. Very unusual for us!
It’s certainly unconventional to use a new original song on a Sunday when we can expect lots of guests. I felt two factors made it OK this time. One, the song is easy to learn; and two, our church puts a high value on creativity. It was well-received, and we’re looking forward to singing it again soon.
4. Children’s Choir: Mighty You Are. Great song, check it out.
5. One Exchange (another collaborative original).
A group of our team wrote this for Resurrection Sunday two years ago, and it’s well established with our congregation. The song is based on a teaching that breaks the word atonement into its syllables (or almost) to form at-one-ment – the message being that through the cross, Christ has made us “at one” with God.
Overall, the concepts behind this songlist were pretty straightforward – a strong focus on Christ, His sacrifice, and resurrection.
Worship leaders, I know you’re out there. Anyone brave enough to share your songlists? We’d love to learn from you. Grace and peace!