For this week’s recommendations, I’m sharing hymns. The worship wars may be over, but for some ridiculous reason hymns are still controversial among worship leaders. This is a sad fact because hymns are good.
The recommendations this week are general – I’ve included some specific links for examples, but the post today is more in praise of the hymns in general rather than any one particular version.
THE GREATNESS OF HIS MERCY
I didn’t know this hymn until a few years ago but have come to love it. One of my favorite things is the way this song handles both God’s redeeming mercy and His presence and strength in times of need. (Makes sense – His presence and power is definitely an act of mercy!) To be honest, I don’t know how many churches know this song. For some churches, that’s an obstacle because it would be a “new” song for some of us. However, I’d encourage you to find a way to add this song to your catalog. Specifically, I was introduced to the song by David Potter. When searching for versions of this song, David’s adaptation is the one that shows up most consistently. I highly recommend it.
CROWN HIM WITH MANY CROWNS
When did we get so scared of lots of chords in songs? Learn the chords and let your people sing their guts out on this amazing melody. But it’s more than just a good melody. It’s a celebratory song declaring Jesus as King in all things – in death, burial, resurrection, eternity. Please sing this song! I dig hymn adaptions but I tend to think this one song that doesn’t need anything added. At my church, we’ve always loved playing the version by Enfield. Great drum work and a fun guitar part, too. But frankly, this song works just about any way you play it.
TAKE MY LIFE AND LET IT BE
Another great melody and such a beautiful prayer for God’s people to sing. One of the hidden gems of this song is its excellent phrasing – it’s easy to sing. Again, there are great versions of this song out there. I think this song is pretty well-known so you’ll have an immediate recognition from your people. I love Michael Neale’s version of this song, but there are tons of different takes on this amazing hymn.
What about you? What’s one of your favorite hymns?