O yes, planning for Sunday! Sometimes I feel like I am in a rut using the same opening songs too often. Can you relate? What opening songs work best in your worship services? Thanks for your help!
Ps some of my over-used ones are:
Happy Day (T Hughes)
O Worship the King (Tomlin version)
Everlasting God (B Brown, Brewster version)
Sing Sing Sing (Tomlin)
Due to the style of our services most of the songs are all pre-planned outside of the ending for which I will choose a couple and choose from there.
My current favourite is Hosanna which sets the scene for a service nicely; it is still relatively new to us so has not been over used. We do have some which we overuse as they are old and well liked but if you are looking at modern songs all the time then maybe looking at the older stuff maybe the way to go to mix it up a bit. Praise him you heavens (Great in Power) by Hillsongs springs to mind or Forever by Chris Tomlin. .
We also usually have a Hymn both to appease the older people in the congregation but also to proclaim biblical truth "Praise to the Lord the almighty, the King of Creation" springs to mind.
Sometimes you can start with a more contemplative song and then jump into a more upbeat song.
I think it was Matt Redman that said he found it easier to write slower songs and I think many could echo that, hence there seems to be fewer upbeat songs.
I felt this need a while back and wrote a specific song for that reason "We come to worship", although in fact not that upbeat but designed as an "opener". A more recent song I have written "Come and praise" was not really written for that purpose at all, but seems to work well as an "opener". Another one our congregation likes is "It's all about You", although I have not uploaded any Chord charts for that yet.
The others are in my profile freely downloadable; you may find them useful.
Thanks Turner! I had that song on my ipod but never thought of trying. I just played it in G and I really like it. I will share it with the other worship leaders and see what they think.
Ancient of Days
Friend of God (Houghton)
Holy, Holy, Holy (deShazo)
O Taste and See (Johnson)
Trading My Sorrows
For the Lord is Good
I Am Free/Dancing Generation
Shout to the North
-- but I find myself in the same situation as you. High-intensity songs which have some sort of inviting aspect to them are our staple for openers; yet being fast, they are over sooner and repeated more, and the saints weary of them faster (while the slow-song list bulges at the seams).
So there's my contribution... keep 'em coming, folks!
Thanks Greg - those are good ones. I appreciate your agreement here. Hopefully we can help eacj other find some new ones.
Last week I took the hymn Standing on the Promises and did with a straight ahead rock beat (no swinging feel). I added a cool intro thingy and it worked pretty well. Not sure that it will become regular, but I am sure it will repeat.
You Are Good-Bethel Music
Sing To The King
God Is Great- Travis Cotrell