Prompted by a blog post from a worship leader a couple of years ago, I listed the top songs we used in our worship services. I created a list for 2012 and 2013 so I thought it would be interesting to see what that list looked for 2014.
There are some songs that our congregation really responds to and you can tell by the volume of the singing. We try to introduce new songs that will enhance our services and fit our congregation. I can remember one we introduced a couple of years ago that we used twice and decided it just didn’t fit us. There was nothing wrong with the song; it simply wasn’t a good match for our congregation.
While looking through the songs we sang, the song we used the most was God With Us. It was a song our choir did in a Christmas program and really seemed to fit our congregation, both as a Christmas song and throughout the year.
The other top songs were 10,000 Reasons, Christ Is Enough, Glory to God Forever, Lord I Need You and This is Amazing Grace.
There were three songs we sang for the first time on 2014: This is Amazing Grace, Keep Making Me and My Heart is Yours. We did also use Oceans and Beautiful Things, but they were presented as a special number rather than for congregational singing.
Here is the rest of the list (in alphabetical order). They made up the regular rotation of songs, but don’t include all the songs we did.
- At Your Name (Yahweh, Yahweh)
- Awesome is the Lord Most High
- Change My Heart, Oh God
- Draw Me Close
- Everlasting God
- Here I am to Worship
- Holy is the Lord
- Jesus Messiah
- Keep Making Me
- Let Everything That Has Breath
- My Heart is Yours
- Not to Us
- Our God
- Shout to the Lord
- Step By Step
- We Fall Down
- Worthy is the Lamb
- You Are My All in All
- Your Grace is Enough
Music selection is subjective – everyone has different tastes and preferences. It’s always a challenge to find those songs that help lead a specific group of people to sing out in worship. As we move through this year, we will continue to look for songs that will accomplish that purpose.