(Hear Just As I Am with Lead Me to the Cross below.)
Growing up in the Baptist Church we’d sing Just As I Am literally every Sunday during the “Invitation.” (For you non-Baptists, that’s the end of the service when people would come forward to either get saved, re-dedicate their lives, confess some sin or join the church.)
I think we all must have gotten burned out on Just As I Am because I haven’t heard it in a contemporary church in years. But I’ve discovered an interesting secret about the hymn: it’s really a worship song in disguise!
Praise and worship songs typically talk TO the Lord but hymns typically talk ABOUT the Lord. Just As I Am is a unique hymn because it addresses the Lord directly, like a worship song. To help contemporary churches use this classic hymn I’ve arranged it in a more modern worship style that will match your favorite songs by your favorite churches and worship artists.
Idea #1: Use Just As I Am at the END of your praise set:
Plan your typical praise set and simply use Just As I Am as the final worship ballad (both D and E major are good keys.) The introduction provides ample time for a transition prayer or Scripture. Just As I Am works especially well with salvation-themed songs like:
- At The Cross (E) / Zschech, Morgan
- Cornerstone (D) / Hillsong
- Mighty to Save (G) / Hillsong
Hear how beautifully Just As I Am works with Brooke Ligertwood’s Lead Me to the Cross. Use the hymn as the second-to-last song in your set and end with Lead me to the Cross.
Idea #2: START your praise set with Just As I Am:
For the best worship flow I usually start my praise sets with a few upbeat songs. But once in awhile I’ll open the service with a worship ballad to mix things up! Just As I Am also works great as a call to worship. Follow it with upbeat songs in D or E like
- Open the Eyes of My Heart (D or E)
- Come, Now Is the Time to Worship (D)
Go acoustic: Listen to Just As I Am with Hillsong’s acoustic version of Christ Is Enough For Me:
Or even follow Just As I Am with upbeat hymns from HymnCharts like Crown Him With Many Crowns and Nothing But the Blood. Just As I Am with Crown Him With Many Crowns
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