When I started hymncharts back in 2002 it was out of necessity. I had a praise band and my congregation was singing popular worship songs but they also really wanted hymns (you know what a deacon is saying when he “really wants” you to do hymns, right? LOL!) Online resources weren’t what they are today so I started creating my own contemporary hymn arrangements and hymncharts was born.
One thing I love to do is create my arrangements in such a way that you can transition right from a praise song directly into a hymn and the congregation won’t even know the difference! In this post I’ll show you, with soundclips, just how easily my new arrangement of Blessed Assurance will fit into any modern praise set.
Today’s worship music from places like Bethel, Hillsong and Elevation has a spacious, ambient feel with lots of synth pads and chiming pianos. The following audio demos will demonstrate how perfectly Blessed Assurance (This Is My Story) blends both musically and thematically with Bethels’ Ever Be (sold separately on websites like praisecharts.com.)
Notice the songs flow directly into each other without stopping. This is the goal of how worship flow and proper service planning works – choose songs that can fit seamlessly together by theme and key so that you’re not finishing a song, stopping cold, then starting another song. Here are two examples of how this works – you’ll hear the very end of Blessed Assurance (This Is My Story) flowing into the first verse of Ever Be:
Example 1: Blessed into Ever Be intro
In this first example you won’t perform the outtro of Blessed Assurance. The final words are “praising my Savior all the day long” and you’ll start the downbeat of the intro to Ever Be right on the word “long.” The intro gives the congregation a few seconds to shift gears.
Example 2: Blessed outro into Ever Be verse
In this second example you DO perform the outtro of Blessed Assurance. On the final note you start the verse of Ever Be without using the intro. The outtro of Blessed Assurance, in effect, acts as the intro to Ever Be.
Which one is better? Neither! I like them both and would try version 1 one week and version 2 another week. Maybe you like one better that the other – it really doesn’t matter. What does matter is that your songs segue without break.
Of course you can worship without worship flow – God will show up in a cornfield if He wants to! But this is what separates the amateurs from the pros. And I can tell you after working in churches for over 25 years I saw my congregation’s worship deepen, grow and be enriched when I took a little extra effort every week to ensure my praise set had a purpose and was expertly tied together.
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