Don’t get me wrong: I love praise and worship music!
However, it seems like the popular praise songs of today don’t have much diversity in theological content. In fact, according to the CCLI charts that track the most used songs in churches, we have what I call a “Greatness Glut” – our God is greater, how great is our God and He’s mighty to save.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with singing about the greatness of God! But why aren’t songs dealing with other topics also at the top of the charts? Where are the well-known songs about sin or confession or prayer or judgement or giving…
Here are some ideas for using HymnCharts arrangements to add a little Heaven to your praise sets.
I Can Only Imagine Medley
Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any popular praise songs about Heaven that most people would know (if you have a suggestion, mention it in the comments below.) I Can Only Imagine is the one contemporary song in recent memory that fits the bill, and it isn’t really a praise song.
If you’re in the habit of only using songs written in the past year or two, you might be thinking that song is too old! Sure, the copyright date is 2001, but so what? I Can Only Imagine was immensely popular back in the day, you probably haven’t used it in years, and people in your congregation enjoy hearing favorite songs brought back once in a while. Try having a typical praise set of a few upbeat songs, transition into my HymnCharts arrangement of In the Sweet By and By using 1 Cor. 13:12-13 (spoken and/or projected) then flow into a soloist singing I Can Only Imagine.
End your praise set with a Heaven medley using my HymnCharts arrangements of Face to Face and Sweet By and By. The songs work thematically, by key (lower Face to Face or raise Sweet By and By a step using my transposed chord charts and/or Finale software, sold separately) and by the linking words:
Face to face in all His glory, I shall see Him by and by.
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In the sweet by and by we shall meet on that beautiful shore.
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