New Contemporary Christmas Worship Songs

In addition to classic holiday carols, it’s always beautiful to add a few contemporary worship songs to the mix.

Many of the contemporary worship songs that come out each year are releases of classic Christmas hymns, either jazzed up with new tempos and syncopation or mashed-up and blended with other popular worship choruses. Both are great options if your worshippers are up for it.

Here I’m highlighting a few fresh creations of some all-new (not recycled) Christmas songs that not only fit the Christmas theme but also are teachable and singable for your congregation.

DECEMBER 2021 EDITION: TOP NEW CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SONGS

#1 HOPE HAS A NAME  (Kristian Stanfill)

  • CCLI Song #: 7163645
  • Jacob Sooter | Kristian Stanfill | Sean Curran
  • My chosen singable key: E
  • 2020

HOPE HAS A NAME is Upbeat & Worshipful

I love lots of Christmas songs, but I don’t count them all as “worship” songs. While I appreciate the beauty & depth of songs that retell the manger story from different perspectives (like Breath of Heaven, Joseph’s Lullaby, etc.) for congregational worship, I want more.

If you’re a worship leader and haven’t heard HOPE HAS A NAME yet, it’s a fabulous option for this Christmas season.

The chorus leads us to worship …

CHORUS:

Hope has a name

Emmanuel

The Light of the World

Who broke through the darkness

All hail the King

Emmanuel

The Light of the World

The Glory of Heaven

Singable and Memorable for Congregational Worship

This song is in a singable range for most worshippers and can be led easy on guitar or piano. No huge band required!

And it’s easy enough to learn in a season and bring out again next year. And the lyrics are visual, relateable, and moving.

From broken & searching to forgiveness & healing

The message of this bridge hits at the heart of all.

BRIDGE:

Come if you’re broken

Come if you’re searching

If you need healing

He’s where you find it

Lay down your burdens

And breathe in forgiveness

If you need freedom

Yeah He’s where you find it

Um … me! (hand raised here!) Yes, count me among the broken, the searching, and in need of healing! I’ve been there, I visit there, and I’m so glad God doesn’t leave me there!

Hope has a name.

Isn’t this the most beautiful message of Christmas?

#2 JESUS IS OUR KING (Cross Point Music)

  • CCLI Song #: 7141344
  • Cheryl Stark | Jarrod Morris | Krissy Nordhoff | Michael Grayson
  • My Chosen Singable Key: F
  • 2020

Emmanuel, God is With Us

Another great Christmas option that came out last year, JESUS IS OUR KING brings the classic Christmas message of Emmanual – He is with us!

VERSE 1:

He is with us with us

God Emmanuel

He is near us near us

Heaven come to dwell

Messiah Messiah

Our promise here to save

He is with us He is with us

Simple to learn, easy to teach

Since Christmas worship songs are only around for a few weeks each year, a simple song that is still rich in the message like this one is a great find! The simplicity of this song means your worshippers can feel familiar with it on week one and enjoy it through the season.

CHORUS:

Holy holy

Hear the angels sing

Worthy is our King

Worthy worthy

All creation sings

Jesus is our King

If you have a chance to take this to your worship team and play around with it, there is a lot of potential in building this song with instrumentation and even with some spontaneous worship.

If you add bells or chimes during your Christmas season, again, go for it! They would be a beautiful addition to your regular instruments on this song.

#3 LET US ADORE (Elevation Worship)

  • CCLI Song #: 7031511
  • Chris Brown | Jason Ingram | Mack Brock | Steven Furtick | Wade Joye
  • My Chosen Singable Key: F
  • 2014

LET US ADORE is the most amazing Christmas worship song

Although this song is not new (2014), it is one of my favorite songs that leads so beautifully into true worship of the Savior. It can easily be seamlessly woven into the chorus of O Come All Ye Faithful.

Perfect for Chimes and Orchestra Bells during the holidays

This song is AMAZING with deep chimes playing with it as well. We’ve paired our chimes with our electric instruments on this for a gorgeous Christmas sound. If you have a set of handbells, that would also work beautifully for the simple deep bass tones.

CHORUS:

O come all ye faithful bow before our Savior

Come let us adore the One who came for us

Glory in the highest praise the name of Jesus

Our King has come 

A Word about Christmas Tradition and the Classics of Old

On a final note, before I close out the last of Top New Song Posts of the year 2021, I want to urge you to illuminate the meaning of tradition and classic hymns before tossing them out in favor of the new.

Christmas is a season to build bridges, not create division

Most smaller congregations are a mix of generations. And too often, younger leaders toss out the traditions of the old in favor of the new. This tends to cause more division where bridges could be built instead.

There is beauty and depth in much tradition. Most of us would benefit from some education and explanation of why certain songs were sung, what some old-time words actually mean, and why different traditions are held dear.

For example, I never thought there was much worth in the song God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen … (like why are we singing about “Merry Gentlemen” anyway?) … that is, until I learned that the comma goes after “merry” … as in God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.

“God rest ye merry” was a phrase of blessing. Or “God KEEP you MIGHTY” is more accurate in translation. And when explained, it’s a very meaningful addition to the Advent season.

The same could be said of the season of Advent itself. Is Advent just part of a “religious” observance or could it actually deepen our “relationship” with God as we put some intention into recognizing Him as our faithful deliverer?

God resides in both tradition and newness

The thing about tradition is God can reside there as much as He resides in newness. In fact, God really isn’t anti-tradition at all. Remembering the stories of His faithfulness, keeping tradition, and honoring the ways of our elders can be seen in many ways throughout Biblical history.

Tradition can provide comfort in times when everything feels upside down or off-kilter. Tradition can feel like coming home to a place where God can be found once again.

Yes, there is danger in tradition when it doesn’t point us to the One we worship, or we lose the meaning it carries. But tradition itself isn’t a danger to be avoided.

Instead of throwing out the old in place of the new, why don’t we illuminate God’s place in it instead? Maybe in the process, we’ll be instruments of building bridges between the generations, teaching the youngers the value of the generations before them and introducing the olders to some new ways of connection as well.

Read more here about why traditional elements can be important for visitors as well as the unchurched: Dos and Donts for Planning Worship for Christmas & Easter


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