TOP NEW CHRISTIAN WORSHIP SONGS EACH MONTH
Top 3 New Worship Songs each month for Small Churches. Worship Leaders, save time finding New Fast Worship Songs for 2019 and Slow Worship Songs too.
What makes this new song listing different from others you can find, is that I filter to find songs that can be played well with Smaller Worship Teams and have relate-able lyrics for the multiple generations that worship in small churches.
Each month I highlight just 3 songs: one fast, one medium, one slow. Ranging from popular Bethel or Hillsong choices to lesser-known worship bands and songwriters you may have never heard of.
In addition, throughout my Top Songs posts, I share tips on worship transitions, developing your team, insight on lyrics, and even background on where the songs come from or why they were written. Everything that helps make Worship Leaders more successful.
For more tips on leading worship in small churches, click here: WORSHIP LEADING IN SMALL CHURCHES.
SEPTEMBER 2019 EDITION: TOP NEW WORSHIP SONGS FOR WORSHIP LEADERS OF SMALL CHURCHES
#1 KING OF HEAVEN by Fellowship Creative
- TEMPO: FAST
- CCLI Song # 7100522
- Ed Kerr
- My Chosen Singable Key: F
KING OF HEAVEN is a Fast Worship Song You Can Clap To
Once of my criteria for fast songs is that you can comfortably clap to it. Clapping builds energy and, as a worship leader, I hate “forcing” a clap. This song, though, beckons a clap! So I love that. (and because 2019 has not been a great year for clap-able worship songs, I’m thrilled to discover this one.)
Use KING OF HEAVEN to Develop Your Vocalists by Teaching Simple Harmonies
One struggle I hear lots from Worship Leaders of Small Churches is having vocalists who want to sing harmonies but can’t.
This song is ideal to develop vocalists with simple but gorgeous harmonies in easy thirds (the intervals that make up the chord).
If you listen to the end of the verse as it goes into the chorus, you’ll hear it.
The harmony in 3rds is pure and clear on the chorus’ “Hallelujah.” Personally, I would work that chorus over and over with vocalists to improve listening skills, pitch, and confidence in singing harmonies.
… We’re going to sing ourselves into His presence
Hallelujah – all creation sings
Hallelujah – worthy is the King of heaven
That chorus is a perfect practice ground for teaching these harmonies – using straight easy intervals.
(I’ll be writing a post later this year on developing pitch and harmony skills with vocalists. If you want that info now, please reach out to me and we can connect. I’m thrilled to help newer worship leaders with more skills and confidence. And there are some simple tips and exercises I can point you toward.)
Find Fellowship Creative’s KING OF HEAVEN chords on Ultimate Guitar Tabs
I am definitely transposing this song into a more singable key and dynamic range for our worshipers. I’m choosing the Key of F. (Remember if you have novice guitar players, you can always print in the key of D for easier chords and have them Capo 3.)
Ultimate Guitar Tabs makes it easy to transpose any song. Simply locate the “Transpose” click on the bar at the bottom of the screen. Click + or – until you find the desired key.
Fellowship Creative is a Worship Band out of Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas. I’m looking forward to hearing more from them!
#2 LET THE REDEEMED by Josh Baldwin
- TEMPO: MEDIUM
- CCLI Song # 7130935
- Bobby Strand | Ethan Hulse | Josh Baldwin | Kalley Heiligenthal
- My Chosen Singable Key: F
Bethel Music Collective brings another winner for small churches with LET THE REDEEMED
This song caught my attention with its laid back energy and detailed fills. I have an electric guitar guy on my team who mixes it up with a mandolin now and then. And I can totally hear his happy mandolin carrying this song.
LET THE REDEEMED is simple enough for any size band.
You don’t even need a full drum set for a dynamic sound on this one.
If you are fortunate enough to have an experienced drummer in your small church, I would still add some organic percussion for more fun and creative energy. Or even opt for percussion in lieu of the drum set.
LET THE REDEEMED has an upbeat worship message
Loving the lyrics!
There’s no sound louder than a captive set free!
So let the redeemed of the Lord say so
Sing of His promises forever more
Pour out your thankfulness let it overflow
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so
LET THE REDEEMED focuses on positive redemption
Some of my favorite worship songs this year bring the message of God meeting us in our discouragement and sadness. Like Bethel’s DO IT AGAIN (“Walking around these walls, I thought by now they’d fall, But you have never failed me yet”) and Amanda Cook’s STILL (“You know everything yet You listen -Through my anxious thoughts with compassion”).
So it’s nice to have a happy, grateful, sweet song like LET THE REDEEMED to add to the mix.
Because, really, what can be better than singing about Captives Set Free?
#3 YET NOT I BUT THROUGH CHRIST IN ME by CityAlight
- TEMPO: SLOW
- CCLI Song # 7121852
- Jonny Robinson | Michael Farren | Rich Thompson
- Key: C
Who is CityAlight?
CityAlight is a music ministry out of Austrailia. They desire to partner with small congregations around the globe that have one guitar, or no guitar, one organ, or two singers – you get the picture! – resourcing faithful congregations with simple songs, whether traditional or modern, skilled or novice.
They have a beautiful story and mission which I just learned about while researching this song. Read their story and be inspired by clicking here: Get to Know City Alight.
YET NOT I BUT THROUGH CHRIST IN ME is a Modern Hymn for your Contemporary Church
There is a resurgence of interest in the Vintage. The Ancient. And the Tradition of those who have gone before us in the Christian faith. As I’ve shared before, the young adults in our contemporary congregation love the occasional hymn and the rhythms of early church times.
While traditional hymns like How Great Thou Art and Come Thou Fount hold a dear place in our church, hymns being written today bring additional depth of theology into contemporary worship.
YET NOT I BUT THROUGH CHRIST IN ME is one of these.
Scary Hymn Intervals: Ease the Fear of Singing Interval Leaps in Hymn Melodies
One difficulty in singing a hymn with traditional structure is wide interval leaps – the jumping from a low note and a high note. These leaps are difficult for novice singers. Like in Silent Night when worshipers sing … “Sleep in Heavenly Peee——-eace.” And it goes so high that many people elect to stop singing.
You will hear a big interval leap in YET NOT I BUT THROUGH CHRIST IN ME in the second half of each verse.
Take the fear out of that leap by singing an alternate melody along with the written one.
For example in verse one, “Oh how strange and divine I can sing ALL IS mine.” The scary leap is to the word ALL.
To ease this, simply have a strong vocalist continue the progression up the scale instead of leaping high.
With “I can sing all is mine” … your second vocalist sings “ALL” on the same note as “SING” instead of leaping up. It’s very natural.
On the words “IS MINE” just go up one whole note. You will end in a perfect 3rds harmony with the original melody on the word MINE. It’s not complicated – it’s just 2 simple notes!
This little hack gives your worshipers permission to leap up and sound like a pretty soprano or tenor OR to stay lower and safe.
If you begin to teach more singable melody alternatives to your worshipers, you will ease the fear of singing for many in your congregation.
WORSHIP LEADERS, DON’T FORGET TO CLEAN OUT YOUR WORSHIP SONG CLOSET
As you add new songs to your congregation’s current repertoire, be diligent about retiring some current favorites.
Cleaning out your “Worship Closet” will eliminate lots of unneeded stress as your congregation grows in Worship Depth with Familiar Songs, and still Awakens with New Songs. Click here to learn more about this concept of Purging your Songlist for more Effective Worship Planning.