This song ROCKS. It especially rocks to play. It especially rocks a lot to play with a full band. We’ve used this song a few times in our services. Casting Crowns has proved to be a game changer in Christian music. There songs are well delivered and usually carry a challenging message. Well done, Casting Crowns! It’s always a challenge to ‘bring it’ in a song like this when trying to pull it off on an acoustic guitar. I definitely gave it my all on this one. You’ll see that it’s a lot of words to get right!

What This World Needs

Hector Cervantes | Mark Hall

What this world needs
Is not another one hit wonder with an axe to grind
Another two bit politician peddling lies
Another three ring circus society
What this world needs
Is not another sign waving super saint
That’s better than you
Another ear pleasing candy man
Afraid of the truth
Another prophet in an Armani suit

What this world needs
Is a Savior who will rescue
A Spirit who will lead
A Father who will love them
In their time of need
A Savior who will rescue
A Spirit who will lead
A Father who will love
That’s what this world needs

What this world needs
Is for us to care more about the inside
Than the outside
Have we become so blind that we can’t see
God’s gotta change her heart
Before He changes her shirt
What this world needs
Is for us to stop hiding behind our relevance
Blending in so well
That people can’t see the difference
And it’s the difference that sets the world free

Jesus is our Savior
That’s what this world needs
Father’s arms around you
That’s what this world needs
That’s what this world needs

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This song is one of hundreds that have come out of Hillsong Church’s worship universe. I first became familiar with Laura Story’s version of the song. Though the original is rock heavy, Laura Story’s version is in her typical melodic piano style. We use her version in our services with some elements of Hillsong’s heavier guitar driven version sprinkled in. For my acoustic arrangement, I tried to incorporate some of Laura’s piano melodies. Enjoy!

Mighty To Save

Ben Fielding | Reuben Morgan

Everyone needs compassion
Love that’s never failing
Let mercy fall on me
Everyone needs forgiveness
The kindness of a Saviour
The hope of nations

Saviour
He can move the mountains
My God is mighty to save
He is mighty to save
Forever
Author of salvation
He rose and conquered the grave
Jesus conquered the grave

So take me as You find me
All my fears and failures
Fill my life again
I give my life to follow
Everything I believe in
Now I surrender

Shine your light
And let the whole world see
We’re singing for the glory
Of the risen King Jesus
Shine your light
And let the whole world see
We’re singing for the glory
Of the risen King

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This song is an oldie but a goodie. I was introduced to Audio Adrenaline in my early high school years with their “Don’t Censor Me” album, which, in my opinion, is one of the best Christian albums ever made. Audio A actually came to my high school and did a show with Newsboys! This was obviously before they were both superstar Christian bands. A few albums into their career, Hands and Feet hit the scene. We have used this in our church services on occasion for the song’s strong message of obedience to being “sent” by God to serve the world and make disciples.

Hands And Feet

Bob Herdman | Charlie Peacock | Mark Stuart | Tyler Burkum | Will McGinniss

An image flashed across my TV screen
Another broken heart comes into view
I saw the pain and I turned my back
Why can’t I do the things I want to
I am willing yet I’m so afraid
You give me strength
When I say

I wanna be Your hands
I wanna be Your feet
I’ll go where You send me
I’ll go where You send me
I’ll be Your hands
I’ll be Your feet
I’ll go where You send me
I’ll go where You send me
And I’ll try yeah I’ll try
To touch the world like You touched my life
And I’ll find my way to be Your hands

I’ve abandoned ev’ry selfish thought
I’ve surrendered ev’rything I’ve got
You can have ev’rything I am
And perfect ev’rything I’m not
I am willing I’m not afraid
You give me strength
When I say

This is the last time
I turn my back on You
From now on I’ll go out
Send me where You want me to
I fin’lly have a mission
I promise I’ll complete
I don’t need excuses
When I am Your hands and feet
I am Your hands and feet

Hands (hands hands hands)
Feet (feet feet feet)
Go (go go go)
Go (go go)
(I wanna) (I’ll) be Your hands
I wanna be Your feet
I’ll go where You send me
I’ll go where You send me
I’ll be Your hands I’ll be Your feet
I’ll go where You send me
I’ll go where You send me
(REPEAT 2X)

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Good old Chris Tomlin. I originally avoided this song to introduce to our congregation because it was kind of in a hard key to sing. However, I’ve found that Chris Tomlin writes music that is actually quite singable for most. I happen to have a higher voice, but not quite to the extent of Chris. I can usually manage to get most of his vocals down. This is a song currently on rotation at our gatherings.

Sing Sing Sing

Chris Tomlin | Daniel Carson | Jesse Reeves | Matt Gilder | Travis Nunn

Sing sing sing
And make music with the heavens
We will sing sing sing
Grateful that You hear us
When we shout Your praise
Lift high the name of Jesus

What’s not to love about You
Heaven and earth adore You
Kings and kingdoms bow down
Son of God You are the One
You are the One we’re living for

Sing sing sing
And make music with the heavens
We will sing sing sing
Grateful that You hear us
When we shout Your praise
Lift high the name of Jesus

You are the love that frees us
You are the light that leads us
Like a fire burning
Son of God You are the One
You are the One we’re living for

Sing sing sing
And make music with the heavens
We will sing sing sing
Grateful that You hear us
When we shout Your praise
Lift high the name of Jesus

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Wow. To me, this song stands out among many we hear in mainstream Christian music. I recall this song being on Christian radio for just a short span of time. I came across it again while searching for a song that matched the certain topic of our Sunday morning sermon. Every time I listen to it, I feel compelled to adopt it as my own personal life-theme song. I have not come across a song that better encapsulates the Christian life – both the lyrics AND the song that carries them to us. Brandon Heath joins Leeland Mooring on this track which is a bonus for me because I’m a Brandon Heath fan. As a second bonus, when we presented this in our service, I sang it with my wife, Nicole. God willing, I’ll be able to do another version with us together. This version is transposed to a lower key to accommodate my voice. Leeland has a really high voice. Really high. One of my favorites!

Follow You

Leeland Mooring

You live among the least of these
The weary and the weak
And it would be a tragedy
For me to turn away

All my needs You have supplied
When I was dead You gave me life
So how could I not give it away so freely?
And I´ll

Follow You into the homes of the broken
Follow You into the world
Meet the needs for the poor and the needy God
Follow You into the world

Use my hands use my feet
To make Your kingdom come

To the corners of the earth
Until Your work is done

Faith without works is dead
On the cross Your blood was shed
So how could we not give it away so freely?

Follow You into the homes of the broken
Follow You into the world ooooh
Meet the needs for the poor and the needy God
Follow You into the world yeaah
(repeat)

And I give all myself, I give all myself
I give all myself to YOU
(repeat)
Yeaaaaah

Follow You into the homes of the broken
Follow You into the world (Follow YOU)
Meet the needs for the poor and the needy God
Follow You into the world

Follow You into the homes of the broken
Follow You into the world
Meet the needs for the poor and the needy God

I’m not positive, but I believe I was among the first to ever hear this upgraded version of It Is Well. I was at the Drive Conference at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia. Todd Fields, who is on staff at North Point, shared a song he had just finished up. The song was great but after getting home there was no looking it up for a download. It wasn’t out yet! A few months later, I received an email with a free download to the track. I immediately considered it as a song to throw into the rotation for our congregation. It has proved to be a well-liked song – liked by young and old.

It Is Well

Horatio G. Spafford | Philip Paul Bliss | Todd Fields

When peace like a river attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot
You hast taught me to say
It is well it is well with my soul
It is well
It is well
Through the storm
I am held
It is well
It is well
With my soul

My sin oh the bliss of this glorious thought
My sin not in part but the whole
Is nailed to the cross
And I bare it no more
Praise the Lord praise the Lord oh my soul

It is well
It is well
Through the storm
I am held
It is well
It is well
With my soul
It is well
It is well
God has won
Christ prevailed
It is well
It is well
With my soul

And Lord haste the day
When my faith shall be sight
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll
The trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend
Even so it is well with my soul

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This song is probably not one many people are familiar with.  It’s from Matt Redman and one we’ve used in our worship services for special occasions.  Matt Redman definitely brings a different creative and cultural angle to Christian music.




Take It To The Streets

Matt Redman

I am not a stranger to mercy, for you found me,
Wrapped your truth around me.
I am not a stranger to grace
I have seen it in Your face.
I am not a stranger to kindness
We´re the broken with Your life inside us
You have brought Your gospel to me
And I breathe it every day

How did I become Your miracle?
Now to take Your truth and tell the world

I´m gonna take it to the streets,
I´m gonna to sing it ´til we meet.
Heaven is open,
Come on all the earth rejoice.
I´m going to take it to the streets,
Wake up the dead heart from its sleep.
Heaven is open,
Now´s the time to raise our voice.

I will tell the world of this mercy, for You found me,
Wrapped Your truth around me.
I will tell the world of this grace
I have seen it at Your cross.
I will tell the world of this kindness
We´re the broken with Your life inside us.
You have brought Your gospel to me;
Help me live it every day.

How did we become Your miracles?
Now to take Your truth and tell the world.

I´m gonna take it to the streets,
I´m gonna to sing it ´til we meet.
Heaven is open,
Come on all the earth rejoice.
I´m going to take it to the streets,
Wake up the dead heart from its sleep.
Heaven is open,
Now´s the time to raise our voice.



Who Am I

Casting Crowns

Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth
Would care to know my name
Would care to feel my hurt
Who am I, that the Bright and Morning Star
Would choose to light the way
For my ever wandering heart

Not because of who I am
But because of what You’ve done
Not because of what I’ve done
But because of who You are

I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
Vapor in the wind
Still You hear me when I’m calling
Lord, You catch me when I’m falling
And You’ve told me who I am
I am Yours, I am Yours

Who am I, that the eyes that see my sin
Would look on me with love and watch me rise again
Who am I, that the voice that calmed the sea
Would call out through the rain
And calm the storm in me

Not because of who I am
But because of what You’ve done
Not because of what I’ve done
But because of who You are

I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
Vapor in the wind
Still You hear me when I’m calling
Lord, You catch me when I’m falling
And You’ve told me who I am
I am Yours

Not because of who I am
But because of what You’ve done
Not because of what I’ve done
But because of who You are

I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
Vapor in the wind
Still You hear me when I’m calling
Lord, You catch me when I’m falling
And You’ve told me who I am
I am Yours

I am Yours
Whom shall I fear
Whom shall I fear
‘Cause I am Yours
I am Yours

I’ve been a fan of Rebecca St. James since her 2nd album came out. She sort of had an Amy Grant kind of start as a young girl. She has proven to be a great asset to the Christian music scene – putting out edgy, yet original music. We have used this song on occasion to open up our services on Sundays.


Song Of Love

Jeremy Ash | Matt Bronleewe | Rebecca St. James

Jesus King of my heart
Father my peace and my light
Spirit the joy of my soul You are

Jesus to You none compare
Father I rest in Your care
Spirit the hope of my heart You are

The heavens declare You are God
And the mountains rejoice
The oceans cry alleluia
As we worship You Lord
For this is our song of love

Jesus You saved my soul
I’ll thank You forevermore
Jesus the love of my life You are

The heavens declare You are God
And the mountains rejoice
The oceans cry alleluia
As we worship You Lord
For this is our song of love

Jesus I am in awe of the love
That You have shown
Jesus how precious You are
To me to me

The heavens declare You are God
And the mountains rejoice
The oceans cry alleluia
As we worship You Lord
For this is our song of love

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This is a song that is always very fun to play. Though it’s a bit older, our worship team has played it on occasion to open up our worship services.



Live Out Loud
Geoff Moore | Steven Curtis Chapman

Imagine this
I get a phone call from Regis
He says do you want to be a millionaire
They put me on the show
And I win with two lifelines to spare
Now picture this
I act like nothing ever happened
And bury all the money in a coffee can
Well I’ve been given more
Than Regis ever gave away
I was a dead man who was called
To come out of my grave
And I think it’s time for makin’ some noise

Wake the neighbors get the word out
Come on crank up the music
Climb a mountain and shout
This is life we’ve been given
Made to be lived out
So la la la la live out loud yeah
Live out loud yeah

Think about this
Try to keep a bird from singing
After its soared up in the sky
Give the sun a cloudless day
And tell it not to shine
Now think about this
If we really have been given
The gift of a life that will never end
And if we have been filled with living hope
We’re gonna overflow
And if God’s love is burning in our hearts
We’re gonna glow
There’s just no way to keep it in

Wake the neighbors get the word out
Come on crank up the music
Climb a mountain and shout
This is life we’ve been given
Made to be lived out
So la la la la live out loud
Live out loud

La la la la la la la
La la la live out loud

La la la la la la la
La la la live out loud

Every corner of creation
Is a living declaration
Come join the song
We were made to sing

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