Modern Hymn Arrangements

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Recently in a conversation with my brother, he mentioned that he had began leading worship for a church and had gotten a great response from a service he had put together because it had a couple of modern hymn arrangements.

It reminded me that hymnody has been a great way of bridging the generational gap that many churches face in a number of ways:

  • The older generation might not like the more modern worship music of Bethel, Elevation, or Hillsong but will put up with it if they know they can sing at least one familiar song they know and love each week.
  • The hymns may likely be tied to significant spiritual memories for the older generation and can help call those memories into the present. If you are younger you may think back fondly on church camp worship songs (it’s the same thing only for the older generation).
  • The younger generation often needs reminding that they are not the first generation of believers but are the inheritors of a faith that reaches back thousands of years and they are mostly likely not the last generation either.
  • There are some really great lyrics that make us say things that many contemporary writers are not addressing (ex. “be of sin a double cure, saved from wrath and be made pure”).
  • These modern arrangements can be very helpful in transitioning a more traditional church into a differnet worship style by maintaining some familiarity.

There’s a hundred other reasons to consider using some or more hymnody but there are a ton of articles and blogs that go much more in depth. My intention is to compile a list for those who might not have the time to go hunting for great hymn arrangements or listen to a hundred versions of I Surrender All. These are all versions that I have used in the church families I have been part of and have gone over well.

*One sidenote- most of these have left the melody relatively close to the original.

  • All Creatures Of Our God and King (Kings Kaleidoscope) youtube | iTunes
  • Amazing Grace (Citizens and Saints)  iTunes
  • Be Thou My Vision (Stephen Miller)  iTunes
  • Be Thou My Vision (Trinity Grace)  iTunes
  • Before The Throne of God Above (Citizens and Saints) youtube | iTunes
  • Before the Throne of God Above (Modern Post) youtube | iTunes
  • Blessed Assurance (Elevation) youtube | iTunes
  • Christ The Lord Is Risen Today (NCC Worship) youtube | iTunes
  • Come Thou Fount, Come Thou King (Gateway Church) youtube | iTunes
  • Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing (Kings Kaleidoscope) youtube | iTunes
  • Crown Him (with Majesty) (Tomlin) youtube | iTunes
  • New Doxology (Gateway Church) youtube | iTunes
  • God and King (Gateway Church) youtube | iTunes
  • Holy Holy Holy (God With Us) (Maher)  iTunes
  • Holy Holy Holy (Savior King) (Gateway Church)  iTunes
  • How Great Thou Art (Baloche) iTunes
  • How Great Thou Art (Digital Age) youtube | iTunes
  • I Have Decided To Follow Jesus (Elevation) youtube | iTunes
  • I Have Decided To Follow Jesus (Daniel Doss) iTunes
  • I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous) (Tomlin) youtube | iTunes
  • I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous) (Candy Pearson) iTunes
  • I Surrender All (Citizens and Saints) iTunes
  • It Is Well (Lauren Daigle) iTunes
  • Jesus, Firm Foundation (chapman, hall, powell) iTunes
  • Jesus Paid It All (Stanfill) youtube | iTunes
  • Joyful (One Who Saves) (Brenton Brown) youtube | iTunes
  • Just As I Am (Daniel Doss) iTunes
  • Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (Jenn Johnson) iTunes
  • My Jesus I Love Thee (Building 429) iTunes
  • Nothing But The Blood (Andy Cherry) iTunes
  • Nothing But The Blood (Citizens) iTunes
  • O For A Thousand Tongues (Crowder) iTunes
  • O For A Thousand Tongues (Allison Park) youtube | iTunes
  • O Worship The King (Canyon Hills) iTunes
  • Old Rugged Cross (Jeff Johnson) iTunes
  • Praise To The Lord The Almighty (Stephen Miller) iTunes
  • Revive Us Again (Charlie Hall) youtube | iTunes
  • Rock of Ages (Charlie Hall) youtube | iTunes
  • Softly and Tenderly (Cori Moon) youtube | iTunes
  • There Is A Fountain (Enfield) youtube | iTunes
  • There Is A Fountain (Citizens and Saints) youtube | iTunes
  • You Are My Vision (Rend Collective) youtube | iTunes
  • Victory In Jesus (Cottrell) youtube | iTunes

Some of them are older and some of them are off the beaten track but I recommend you check them all out and support the artists by purchasing their music. I hope this helps and if you have any suggestions make sure to leave a comment below. Thanks for taking the time to drop by.

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