"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! :)"
"And don't forget many modern songs are in fact based upon the hymn style, although usually with a chorus. Look at anything written by Graham Kendrick, Stuart Townend, or Keith and Christine Getty and you will find many modern…"
"Here are a few we have used:
Come Thou Fount, Come Thou King - Gateway Worship
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) - Chris Tomlin
How Great Is Our God with How Great Thou Art- Tomlin's arrangement
Glorious Day- Mark Hall and Michael Bleeker…"
Tommy Walker has just put out a new CD of updated or "modernized" hymns titled "Generation Hymns Live."
I think there is also some YouTube videos promoting the CD ... check it…"
"A lot of hymns can be re-modeled by reducing the chord complexity and finding a more recent rhythm that will fit with the tune. Be Thou My Vision and Amazing Grace are good examples of hymns that have received this treatment, both being covered in…"
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. And that is where I am now...and loving it too I might add.
almost any worship music.....as for secular music....The Beatles
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