Justin posted this some time back "I would also go back and look at your worship binder and pull out some old songs that everybody loves... Update them and put them back in your normal rotation you'd be surprised how people will respond to that."
I was wondering, what are the oldies-but-goodies that you use in your church? I'm leading worship at a church where the pastor has discerned the Word of the year to be Psalm 3:3, so I brushed the dust off A Shield About Me (written in 1980) and used it.
SeekSeek ye first the kingdom of God
And His righteous-ness
And all these things shall be added unto you
This is one old song everyone loves and i lead once in three months where it allowed the whole congregation to sing together.
I used Spirit of the Living God, Fall Fresh on Me a few weeks ago. It was an amazing time; didn't want it to end.
Yes, there's something about bringing out a song that everyone knows by heart (except Sweet Sweet Song of Salvation...) because it allows us to concentrate on our Lord, and not the song arrangement or word charts.
'Praise the Name of Jesus' and 'Let's Just Praise the Lord' are two more we have taken back out and use from time to time. Awesome to see how the congregation so easily enters into worship with the older, more well known songs.
our band goes through songs like they're going out of style--(which doesn't take long-haha) so when we reach back to oldies, it's still usually within the past 5 to 10 years-- however, I still like "blessed assurance, Jesus is mine.."
and "power in the blood" is a great little tune-- especially for jail ministry.
One of the songs that we use at the prison we minister at is "I'll fly away." It really gets the men going and they will walk around the room in a circle with their arms flapping like wings. They forget about their circumstances for a while and let the joy of the Lord rise within their spirits as they sing it.
Junjie - Is 'A shield about me', the song that has the refrain, 'Hallelujah, Hallelujah, You're my glory, and the lifter of my head?' That's a great song. Not sung it for many years, but I learned to worship though it as a young Christian. Some of the older songs we often use are:
Jesus, Jesus, holy and anointed one
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me (as Rick wrote below)
I love you Lord, and I lift my voice to worship you (there are two distinct oral traditions for the note values of this going around, which is... interesting!)
Also, the old Welsh hymns like 'Guide me, O thy great redeemer', 'here is love vast as the oceans' are incredibly rousing. They connect across the generations, and are well-known by visitors alike. We generally give them a re-work into a band idiom. And sometimes we sing them in Welsh and English (both at the same time - makes a joyful noise unto the Lord!)
Oh yes - the hymn 'Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty (early in the morning, our song shall rise to thee) absolutely blew the roof off a few months ago - not something that happens a lot in our congregation!!
Haven't done any of the Hebrew-style choruses in the mainstream meeting for years now (One shall tell another, When the Spirit of the Lord is within my heart, God is good we sing and shout it, Jubilate everybody) - does anyone remember these??
PS I should add that I love singing genuine Hebrew melodies, but unfortunately don't really know exactly what I'm singing!
For the Hebrew stuff I love Baruch Haba. You sing one line in Hebrew, one line in English, and so on. That way you know what you are actually singing. And the part that goes "So arise, O Lord, come to your resting place" is very significant. It comes out twice in the Bible, once in a Song of Ascents (Psalm 132, I think) and at Solomon's dedication of the temple. If the Bible takes time to emphasize this, there must be something significant in it, something I don't understand yet... :)