TOP NEW CHRISTIAN WORSHIP SONGS FOR SMALL CHURCH WORSHIP MINISTRY

If you’re a worship leader in a small church, check out these 3 new worship songs for September 2021 from Anne Wilson, Hillsong Young & Free, and Maverick City | Trbl.

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SEPTEMBER 2021 EDITION: TOP NEW WORSHIP SONGS FOR SMALL CHURCHES

#1 SOMETHING ABOUT THAT NAME  (Anne Wilson)

  • TEMPO: MEDIUM-FAST
  • CCLI Song #: 7167032
  • Anne Wilson | Colby Wedgeworth | Ethan Hulse
  • 2021

Anne Wilson is back with another moving worship song with a bit of a twang!

After featuring Anne’s song, Jesus, back in Top Worship Songs for May, I received some great feedback. Apparently I didn’t need to fear crossing the line into the realm of country!

But whether or not you are a country music fan, check out Something About that Name. I hope the chorus catches you like it does me!

CHORUS:

There is something about the name of Jesus

It sounds like forgiveness sounds like amazing grace

It beckons my soul to sing forever

There’s just something about that name

Find the chords at Ultimate Guitar Tabs

I’m a huge Song Select fan and frequent user. But when songs are brand new, sometimes they are a little slower getting up the chords. When I’m in a bind and can’t find them there, my next go-to is Ultimate Guitar Tabs.

At writing of this song, Song Select doesn’t have the chords up, so you can find them here: Ultimate Guitar Tabs: Something About that Name.

Don’t be scared to mix up your worship genres

My son is a percussionist. He’s a die-hard musician, and at the age of 17 he’s playing in a Latin band at restaurants by the university, he’s in a pit band for the musical at the community college, and plays for our worship band too. He may be playing for a Catholic Youth Mass on a regular basis too!

On our way to church a week ago, we’re listening to some piano music on his playlist that reminded me of my great-grandma. I’m like, “Steve! Can’t you listen to rap or rock-n-roll like other kids your age?”

The music played in my house is goes from movie scores to Snarky Puppy to jazz and more.

Worship music comes in a lot of genres too. And all these genres have value and hold different meanings for people in your church.

I love pulling out oldtime I’ll Fly Away & I Saw the Light now and then, mixing in some classic hymns (especially accapella), and then tossing in some hipster fun that’s brand new this year.

So, even if you have a little aversion to country, maybe give it a try. You might enjoy pushing yourself out of your comfort zone a little!

#2 COME AND MOVE (Maverick City Music | Trbl)

  • TEMPO: MEDIUM
  • CCLI Song #: 7142596
  • Alton Eugene | Chandler Moore | Dante Bowe | Omari Walthour
  • My Chosen Singable Key: F
  • 2021

Let’s get this out of the way: You do NOT have to do the full 7-minute rendition!

Unfortunately, it’s easy to take songs OFF your list of possibilities at a first listen of a recording. I want to encourage you to think creatively – to consider possibilities – before eliminating a song as an option!

This is one of those songs that people could eliminate for a bunch of reasons, all of which are solve-able!

Reasons NOT to choose this song if you are in a typical, intergenerational small church:

  • the recording is 7+ minutes long (solution: do part of the song, not the whole)
  • young people start jumping around in part of this video (solution: if your worshipers don’t jump, then don’t jump)
  • the genre has a rhythmic and repetitive feel that might not fit in your typical worship style (solution: do it in a style that fits your culture and don’t do all the repeats)

Pretty easy solutions, right?

Reasons TO consider COME AND MOVE:

  • the message of this song is beautiful – saying YES to God
  • we live in a time when we need to increase our belief that God IS going to move RIGHT NOW!
  • this song has the flexibility to be used at many spots in a worship order from welcoming worship to prayerful reflection to repentance to celebration

COME AND MOVE begins with beautiful piano

If your church is a bit more traditional and the full rendition of this song would send your worshippers into a panic, listen again to the beginning of this recording through just the first two minutes.

VERSE 1:

With no restrictions
Father You are welcome
We say yes Lord yes

Our songs are rising
In Your direction
We say yes Lord

PRE-CHORUS:

We will wait on You, We will wait on You

CHORUS:

Come and move we say yes to You (repeat)

Beautiful, prayerful, reflective, and gorgeous!

NEW SONG #3 LORD SEND REVIVAL (HILLSONG YOUNG & FREE)

  • TEMPO: SLOW
  • CCLI Song #: 7147651
  • Aodhan King | Ben Tan | Matt Crocker
  • My Chosen Singable Key: D
  • 2020

Electric, Acoustic, or Strings

Take a stroll through Youtube and you’ll find a few versions of LORD SEND REVIVAL. The most popular is a typical full-on Hillsong with electric instruments on a big stage with a full drum kit. That’s why I’m including two different versions here!

LORD SEND REVIVAL (Acoustic) with Hillsong Young & Free

Check out this first one, mixed with strings, light percussion, and gorgeous vocals:

How perfect is that? You do NOT need a full band with 10 electic instruments and a choir of vocalists to make perfect praise!

Don’t be afraid to streamline a song, use atypical instruments, and experiment with your own new versions. I believe God made us creative on purpose, and the more we use our creativy, the more we are blessed in ways we never imagined!

LORD SEND REVIVAL with Priscilla & Esbeban

Next, check out this next version with Priscilla and Esteban:

It’s true … I have no idea who Priscilla and Esteban are! LOL. But I’m so grateful for this recording on Youtube. 2 vocalists and a guitar. That’s it.

CHORUS:

As I worship Your majesty

I worship Your holy Name

Jesus my everything

All that I am is Yours

LORD SEND REVIVAL is a perfect song for a learning guitarist, percussionist, vocalist, and more

Not only is this song beautiful worship, but it’s also simple to play. If you’re looking for a great song for a budding guitarist, a new vocalist, or a novice percussionist, this is it!

Put it in the key of D and it’s the most basic D-A-G chords on the guitar!

Keep on singing! I’ll be back next month with more!


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