One of the most common questions I get from other worship leaders is “How do you find new songs to do at your church?” I have lots of great sources (and Christian radio is not one of them) but over the next few posts I want to share with you some of the best new worship songs of 2012 which have had the most impact in our church as well as some new worship songs that I’m hoping to introduce to our congregation before the year is over.
This is not a list of the best new worship songs released in 2012 but songs that we have already taught at our church this year which have been well-received and some which we are expecting to teach over the next few months. I’ll hilight three songs in each post to give you a handful of new songs which you may want to introduce in your church if you are looking for new songs.
Matt Redman – 10,000 Reasons
This is hands down the song of the year for us. We do it in G which makes the high note of the chorus a real stretch at F# but our people love it and they sing it loud. This is as close to a church drinking song as you’ll find and people sing this one out!
Vertical Church Band – Open Up The Heavens
One of the strongest call to worship songs I have heard and used with our people. A great opportunity to focus people on why we gather, calling out to God to make His presence known and tons of energy in the melody. We have a blast with this song and people caught it very quickly.
Hillsong – Cornerstone
This is one of the ones that we haven’t taught yet but I’ve heard so many churches sing it and worship leaders say that their congregations loved the combination of old lyric with new melody. We’ll be learning this one together soon – it is a great song!
What new songs have you been learning in your church?