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Would like to discover what hymns, choruses, worship songs that you all enjoy playing and singing. I have already heard great posts of beautiful hymns by some of you and would love to hear and share more. Would like to include classic hymns and contemporary worship, sung in congregation (I've heard it called "gang singing"), in small group or even performed as special music, including instrumental arrangements (which I find can be very edifying). If you've discovered any posts of sacred music on the site we may have missed let us know. If you've composed any songs yourselves please share them.
God's blessing to you all
Doc Fleetwood

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"He That Dwelleth" "I Love You, Lord" "Amazing Grace (My Chains Ard Gone)" etc.

I cannot find redundancy in these wonderful songs.
'Give Us Clean Hands', "The Benediction Song', ' Worlds Apart' (by Jars of Clay) and many more to come I am sure.. need to actually look through my almost bursting binder.... No Recordings, but maybe someday.

Dave
The choir I play for recently did "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone). That song is so uplifting. There are a lot of composers that have tried to compose something that goes with Amazing Grace, but none has been so inspiring as this one. I play with piano or organ, flute/clarinet/sax (one guy plays all of these and picks and chooses), and drums. For this piece we did organ (synthesized to "strings"), guitar, flute, drums and SATB choir. It was "amazing". The congregation was so moved.

I have so many favorites that I have a hard time thinking of them all. I love the traditional pieces such as "How Great Thou Art" and I love the contemporary Christian pieces as well. I have found that it's really important to mix the traditional with the contemporary so that young and old alike meet in the musical realm. In this way, the traditions are passed on and the contemporary music is also learned and enjoyed.

Songs like "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) really shine in the ability to mix the old with the new.

Donna
Jerry Walker said:
"He That Dwelleth" "I Love You, Lord" "Amazing Grace (My Chains Ard Gone)" etc.

I cannot find redundancy in these wonderful songs.
Donna, that is a great song arrangement. I was just part of a mens group that sang that, about 10 of us.. wow, was it fun.
Good morning all,
A beautiful dusting of snow on the ground today here in the Pacific Northwest. Hope you're all doing well. Thanks for sharing your favorites. I've learned of songs I'd never heard before despite having a collection of hymnals that goes back to the 19th century. Just dawned on me that I started this discussion asking you to share you favorite songs yet didn't bother to tell you some of mine. Though I do play on worship teams and lead worship with solo guitar, I do love to arrange hymns and choruses for solo instrumental guitar and have been ask to play for offertory or prayer or reflection times during services. Some of my favorites. You Are My King (Amazing Love), Come Now is the Time To Worship, There is None Like You among contemporary songs. I recently added solo charts of classic hymns Be Thou My Vision and This is My Father's World (did anyone ever notice how similar My Father's World is to the "Shire Theme" in the movie "Fellowship of the Rings"). Three all-time favorite's are Nothing But the Blood (with a kind of bluesy feel), Fairest Lord Jesus and 'Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus. Two contemporary songs that I recently played, accompanying a singer in duet, that have lyrics/messages that just capture me are A Living Prayer and Captivate Us. BTW If you're interested in playing solo fingerstyle guitar arrangements of sacred music a couple of good sources are Mark Hanson's Hymns and Spirituals for Fingerstyle Guitar http://www.accentonmusic.com/ (Mark, if you didn't know, if a member of our community here) and Rick Foster's recorded works with accompanying notation/Tab http://www.rickfosterguitar.com/ . You might also want to check with Rob and Chak who have posted some videos of solo hymns here. If any one else has posted something, video or MP3, on the site let us know. Would love to listen to it
Doc
This is a great topic Doc. Being part of a "contemporary" church worship band, I get to play a lot of today's new music. I really like a lot of Chris Tomlin's music. Besides being melodically strong and hence very singable, his songs are lyrically strong and relevant as well. "Enough" is one that comes to mind. For solo fingerstyle stuff, pretty much any of the "old" Christian hymns lend themselves very nicely to fingerstyle arrangements. On top of that, they are so lyrically rich! I've got a fun-to-play version of "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" that I enjoy playing all the time - I think this is what you were alluding to as I have posted a video of it. "Be Thou My Vision" remains one of my favorite hymns. There are really too many to name. I think it's time to arrange a few new ones!
During this Lenten season I enjoy the Kyrie in Em and Lamb of God by Twila Paris.


Fr Ed Skiba
Hospice Chaplain
Was looking through my binder and made a more complete list of songs that apply to the topic:

Grace Like rain, I will worship ( You're worthy of my praise) by Todd Agnew,

Jesus, Lover of my soul,

Lost the Plot by the Newsboys (not usually something I play in worship, maybe special music or something if it went with the message, good song though),

Love Song by Third Day,

More love more Power,

Pour out my Heart,

Rain Down by Delirious,

Shine Through me by One Day Less ( this is a Christian Rock band one of my friends from central michigan university who was also the worship leader for the band I played in there, he wrote this. Look it up, might be able to find it somewhere...),

When the rain comes by Third Day

You Never let Go by Matt Redman

Breathe

Famous One by Chris Tomlin

I know it's a longish list and the way I did it makes it longer, but I think this makes it easier to read for those looking for new material... enjoy and be blessed!!


Dave
I lead worship for our Celebrate Recovery group on Sunday nights. I sing alot of different contemporary songs. Here are a few: "From the Inside Out" by Hillsong, "I Will Overcome" by Charlie Hall, "Praise Your in The Storm" by Casting Crowns, and my fav. "Restore to Me" by Mac Powell...just to name a few.

For this group it is about God's healing touch, love, and faithfulness through the trials of this life. All these songs just send that message to the inner most part of your heart.

God Bless everyone.
Here's the chords to a slightly jazzy fingerstyle version of Amazing Grace I do, typically as an intro to a "plain" version with additional verses. The melody is done the way Judy Collins did it (no 7th movement on "once was", etc), and if you play through it, you'll notice the Dm forces you to sing a C natural instead of a C#. (sorry - the text writer doesn't allow me to place the chords properly)


Amaj7 C#m7 Bm7 E7
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
/E /F F#m7 B7+9 B7 E (/E ring) Dm7/E C#m7/E Cm7/E E7+9
that saved a wretch like me.
/E /D /C# Amaj7 C#m7 Bm7 E7+6
I once was lost, but now I’m found;
/E /F F#m7 Dm7 Bm7 Ebmaj7 Amaj7
twas blind, but now I see.


Amaj7 002120
C#m7 446454
Bm7 224232
E7 020100
Dm7/E 0xx10 10 10
C#m7/E 0xx999
Cm7/E 0xx888
E7+6 020120
E7+9 0xx777
C#m7 446454
F#m7 242222
B7+9 224222 (or +6: 224224)
Ebmaj7 x11333

Amaj7 at end: x0 11 11 12 12
I'm not a worship leader or in a worship band, but I've been writing worship songs (and others as well) for about six years and looking for a venue. I appreciate that you've asked for any original songs in this Discussion.

I've posted a couple of original worship songs that I'd love your feedback on. Got some helpful comments elsewhere already, but none yet from folks who are doing worship music. Neither of these songs has been performed. The two links below take you to those discussions, where you can see the lyrics and hear the .mp3s, but it would be great if you could leave your comments here in this one. Thanks for listening.

http://acousticguitarclub.ning.com/group/songwritingreview/forum/to...

http://acousticguitarclub.ning.com/group/songwritingreview/forum/to...
To make it easier I'm going to post these songs in separate new discussions in Gospel Guitar. First, "The One," which I just posted a few minutes ago, and maybe by tomorrow "Praise to the Heavens." Thanks to all who listen!

Walt Pilcher said:
I'm not a worship leader or in a worship band, but I've been writing worship songs (and others as well) for about six years and looking for a venue. I appreciate that you've asked for any original songs in this Discussion.

I've posted a couple of original worship songs that I'd love your feedback on. Got some helpful comments elsewhere already, but none yet from folks who are doing worship music. Neither of these songs has been performed. The two links below take you to those discussions, where you can see the lyrics and hear the .mp3s, but it would be great if you could leave your comments here in this one. Thanks for listening.

http://acousticguitarclub.ning.com/group/songwritingreview/forum/to...

http://acousticguitarclub.ning.com/group/songwritingreview/forum/to...

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