Sunday, May 8, 2011

30 for 30 - Songs, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs

or: what it would look like if Karen picked all the hymns for the song service.
The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration KJV

...be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord... Ephesians 5:18-19
So, anyway, these are my favorite "psalms, hymns and spiritual songs". Warning: this post also contains affiliate links to Amazon mp3 download versions of these songs, which I think are fairly reasonable.

1. How Deep the Father's Love For Us - Stuart Townend, Selah, Nichole Nordeman.
2. Come Thou Fount -  Jars of Clay or St. Paul's Chamber Choir
3. Immortal, Invisible - London Philharmonic Choir
4. The Power of the Cross - Keith & Kristyn Getty
5. In Christ Alone -  Keith & Kristyn Getty
6. Be Thou My Vision - Ginny Owens,Jars of Clay, or The Irish Tenors
7. Be Glad - The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
8. It Is Well With My Soul - Mahalia Jackson, Jars of Clay. I also own a version by Crystal Lewis that is quite good. I'm not sure you can mess up this song, but just as soon as I'm sure to hear someone on Christian radio butchering it.
9. Amazing Grace - I think every singer on the planet has covered this one!
10. There is a Fountain - Bob Kauflin.
11. For the Beauty of the Earth - London Philharmonic Orchestra and yes, Veggie Tales
12. To God Be The Glory - Be careful with this one. You may think you know all the words, but if you find yourself in a different church and you are just singing along without using a hymnal and everyone else sings "That we may go in" while you are singing "That all may go in" (the way the song was actually written) you may have an awkward moment. I'm just sayin'.
13. Doxology (Or Old 100 or Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow, whatever) - The London Philharmonic Choir
14. What Wondrous Love Is This - Fernando Ortega
15. I'll Fly Away - Jars of Clay
16. Great is Thy Faithfulness - I'm not sure which version to recommend for this one. Try them all.
17. He's Always Been Faithful - Sara Groves
18. All Creatures of Our God and King - London Philharmonic
19. Grace Greater Than Our Sin - I had trouble finding an acceptable mp3 of this one. It's such a beautiful song I hate to hear anyone "dressing it up".
20. I'd Rather Have Jesus - Again, I had trouble finding an mp3 of this one. I do own a version by Crystal Lewis that's pretty good.
21. My Jesus I Love Thee - Apparently everyone (and no one great) covered this one.
22. This Is My Father's World - My girls listen to this one by the Cedarmont Kids.
23. And Can It Be (Amazing Love) - Bob Kauflin
24. Man of Sorrows (Hallelujah, What A Savior) - Sovereign Grace Music
25. Jesus Paid It All - Most of the Amazon options are performance tracks. Is there really such a demand for a cheesy rhythm track version of this? Hint: Any church pianist in the US ought to be able to play this song. No CD required. It's. not. that. hard.
26. I Surrender All - I love this song, pure and simple. The Selah version isn't too crazy.
27. Victory in Jesus - This song isn't in our church's edition of The Baptist Hymnal. Sometimes I feel like this means we are not real Baptists.
28. Blessed Assurance - I almost didn't pick this one, but it insisted on being on the list. Some songs are so pushy.
29. Psalm 51 - There are several musical versions of this Psalm. I particularly enjoy the Jars of Clay version (God Be Merciful to Me) from their CD Redemption Songs. Our church choir also sings a version set to the tune of "Rock of Ages" that is quite catchy.
30. Nothing But the Blood of Jesus - Jars of Clay (with The Blind Boys of Alabama!).

These three CDs get almost weekly play here at Chez Charming:
Be GladBrooklyn Tabernacle Choir - Be Glad
Redemption SongsJars of Clay - Redemption Songs
Hymns Triumphant 1 & 2The London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra - Hymns Triumphant

So, which of your favorites did I miss?

1 comment:

Kelly said...

Man of Sorrows! Good pick!

Lead us Back, Sojourn = so great. I have big opinions in favor of songs of repentance and not just praise, but that's a completely different blog post.

It is Finished and Come Boldly to the Throne of Grace, both done by Red Mountain Church...

and O Love that Will Not Let Me Go, preferably sung by Sandra McCracken.

Sorry for the long comment. Worship music enthusiast over here. :)

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