"Any hymn can be done in a contemporary way. Show me (I'm in Missouri) one that can't.
We usually always have a mix of both, and that's what we do; hymns and contemporary originals.
It's very seldom we have requests from…"
"Yes, this is an old thread, but I wanted to share an article on wrote on Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs and what really is effective worship. It's a good read, especially for those in the old "hymn" battles.…"
"I see this is quite an old discussion but not one I've chipped into before. I wonder how it worked out for Doug (are you still around)?
My take is that contemporary versions of hymns are often a good way to introduce them to new audiences who…"
"I love hymns that can be done the way Crowder, Tomlin, and Baloche do them. Also, we throw in a country style hymn now and then. I'll Fly Away starting with a slow acapella 3 or 4 part harmony them moving into a fast rhythm on vs. 1…"
"Our church loves hymns (Our congregation isn't exactly a young, hip, crowd). We still have hymnals and we still sing from them. You can always go online and search for hymns. Also, listen to Jars of Clay's album…"
"I find that most any hymn can be done as a contemporary arrangement...sometimes the language feels odd with a contemporary setting, but ones I find myself doing are:
Take My Life
All Hail The Power Of Jesus Name
How Great Thou Art
"All Hail the Power of Jesus Name
When I Survey
Crown Him With Many Crowns
Amazing Love, How Can It Be
These are some we have used. We sing mostly contemporary but I throw in a hymn every once in a while. I've seen a Hal…"
"We have 50/50 hymns/contemporary songs. It fits into a natural break in our service quite well.
We also do some traditional hymns in a modern style:
Amazing Grace with an added chorus between verses
Come Thou Fount
Tis So Sweet to Trust in…"
Do any of you still do traditional hymns in your services? I have been doing contemporary for many years now and have just been hired as a worship leader at a church that has been doing mostly traditional hymns. They now want a mix. What are some good hymns that can be done in a bit more contemporary way?See More
"I don't know if it's Lou Fellingham herself or Phatfish, but Lou seems to have been singing a couple of updated hymns recently. First it was To God be the Glory (this arrangement I actually quite like) and then I heard her on BBC…"
"I agree with Martyn on this point and I think his recommendations are great. These people write in a hymn-ish way, and after you cover some of their songs you'll find that you can start to think "hymn" too! :)"
I had a Chrisian band for 5 years doing all original music. We always did a worship set. Then one day I was asked to become worship leader of a start up church. Did that for about a year. Then God opened the door for a full time position at an Air Force Base leading worship for their contemporary service. The position at the Air Force Base was a contract position. After the contract expired the services became all volunteer due to government cutbacks. I am now worship leader for a Baptist Church and enjoying it tremendously.
almost any worship music.....as for secular music....The Beatles