As this video shows, an acoustic guitar is all you need to lead worship with this song, and it sounds great on piano, too. “God, you are the only one!” That love is God. I serve as worship leader at Oasis Church in Radford, VA, and we have added about 8 songs to our repertoire from Elevation in the last 14 months or so. People: With joy we celebrate Pentecost. lol…of course Christmas will be the next thing to plan. That’s why I’d like to close this post with, for one, a great example of an easy acoustic worship song; and, second, an encouragement that “God is able” to take you down the worship leader’s path if you are faithful to keep at it, and taking every opportunity to learn (as you are doing now). Hillsong United: The Time Has Come This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. In this recording, it sounds like a group of friends got together and started worshiping, and this is what came out. Yes, it is great to have some upbeat songs that are lively. And I share this to encourage female worship leaders out there to not be afraid to tackle and lead these types of songs – just change the key to fit your vocal range! Thank you. If you want to hear what “mainstream” adult worship will sound like in 5 years, listen to the Y&F album simply called “III”. 2.) I want to start incorporating more upbeat/faster songs into the set. Grace on top of Grace – Fellowship Collective Thanks for posting all these songs. That’s something many people try to find for years. Here are a few I think you may like: Look forward to seeing future updates to this! But in this clip he shows how wonderful the song is in its stripped-down version. Youtube: Of this list there is only one song lead by a woman. People: Come, sing a new song of praise. If you’ve been around the church for a while, you notice that it takes years for songs to “catch on” and finally be adopted into congregations. I don’t know who you are and had not even known of your sight 6 weeks ago. There’s no reason that we can’t continue this tradition today. It’s just 3 chords — seriously. O Mighty Ones – Catherine Mullins or Incense & Arrows. The beauty of this song is that you can be super spontaneous with it. Lots of great songs here, but how fast they are or whether they are fast enough is subjective I guess. A Call to Worship: 10 Arrangements of Hymns That Inspire Devotion (Sacred Performer Collections) A Call to Worship: 10 Arrangements of Hymns That Inspire Devotion (Sacred Performer Collections) [Bober, Melody] on Amazon.com. My pastor likes us to play music until service starts to help guide people into prayer and to help them shake everything off so that God can deal with whatever frustration etc they are dealing with so that there focus will be centered on the word that is to be ministered. Although this song is a couple years old now, it’s still sounds fresh and could work in your church in 2021. Do you have any examples of female driven priase songs? Today is the Day- Lincoln Brewster is a song my church seems to like fairly well. Want to learn more about leading worship? A few things for all of us (as leaders picking the songs our teams will sing) is to remember these key points as well: Before God spoke the first word of creation, there was love. Right now, if you close your eyes and sit still for a few minutes, you’ll start to notice sounds or smells that you didn’t notice while your eyes were open. Without further ado, here are the songs. When we draw our last breath and leave this world, love will be waiting for us. Unstoppable God is a great set starter. Revelation – Calvary Youth Easy to play too! But in a corporate worship experience singing songs together about or to God is much better than singing songs about ourselves or our plight. swaying beat but good with both older and younger crowd. These Christian Christmas songs cover the bases by being about Christmas but really don’t point our hearts toward the Author of Christmas. Great job in finding these gems. If you were around in the ’90s, you remember this as being a standard song for many years. This video clip shows how amazing a group of worshipers sounds, even with very little accompaniment. Hi Tim, >> Kickstart your worship leading journey. Songs should be directed to Him. This was a song submitted by a member of the Worship Deeper community. Freedom – Bethel LOVING the acoustic worship collections , find and share more on the topic of ‘seeing His Glory’ >>New! Present the theme the Holy Spirit wants to embrace. **(They aren’t upbeat at all but “All you’ve ever wanted” and “Just be Held” are two songs on their new cd that really speak to my church. – Over and Over . Your song could make it on my list. A workship leader friend of mine was struggling finding a fast worship song for his youth…. Here goes. I was having trouble finding some upbeat new songs for our team, and this list is perfect. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVA5s0w17I8 Send over some fast songs from this year and I will add them to the list, if I think regular worship teams can play them. And one more thing, thank you so much for the free songs. Stay tuned! Jona, thanks for your comment. Hands toward Heaven – North Point . I’ve decided we worship leaders need a great resource to find fast songs. These ARE vertical songs of worship because they give honor and glory to the King of Kings even though we are not directly singing them TO God…we are singing ABOUT Him and what He has done and continues to do in our lives. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOU5y-MTsGo. Diamonds – Hawk Nelson The Love Of The Father by City Alight Gabe – great to hear you have started to lead worship. I have 2 more submissions for consideration I have been pleasantly surprised by some of the stuff by Hillsong Young & Free: Hillsong Young & Free – Alive What’s funny is that I am actually much better with the fast songs than the slower songs (probably my experience in playing in punk bands growing up!). That is huge. David Crowder Band: Here Is Our King For instance, “I don’t need to know what the future says / ‘Cause if the past could talk it would tell me this.” That’s pretty good song writing, especially for worship music which tends to mention things like mountains, valleys, darkness, light. I am really surprised that no one, yourself or comments, has mentioned anything from Elevation Worship yet! I’ve found a few new ones to add to my running playlist. He said “I am a music minister more than a praise and worship leader. I like the idea of this list, but as a female musician, playing in an all-girl alternative rock worship band, it’s discouraging to see such a lack of suggested upbeat songs by female musicians. It works with a big band or just a guitar or piano. If you have a good lead guitarist and female singer then Jesus Culture’s “Holding Nothing Back” is by far my most favorite upbeat worship song! I stumbled across your site unintentionally but I’m curtain it wasn’t by accident as I’m running a leadership meeting tomorrow and will recommend this site as a resource. I appreciate some of the replies above to focus even more toward vertical praise, raising the majesty and glory of God. It’s one of the few worship songs I enjoy listening to still, even after playing it dozens of times at my church. We, the music/worship leadership are constantly on the lookout for fresh upbeat songs that can be used to lead the church into His presence. I would love to see some “older” hymns and psalms reworked to be more modern. Thanks for keeping this site fresh. My criteria for a fast song is one you get off the ground with and the required at least 140-150 bpm. May the Lord keep you and bless your ministry. Call to Worship (based on Psalm 98) Sing to the Lord a new song, For our God alone is Lord of all. I still haven’t quite figured out why this is. We Are Yours – I Am They So there’s a hole in worship music today: fast songs. When a church worship team does find a good fast song, it proves too difficult or ends up sounding cheesy or mid-tempo. Another favorite of mine is O Mighty Ones by Incense and Arrows. Another song I can suggest that worked well for us over the past season is: Fill This Place by Red Rocks Worship (wait for verse 2). Thanks so much for this Tim. Listen to America's 25 Favorite Praise & Worship Choruses by Various Artists on Apple Music. Calvary Church in North Carolina recorded this live at a worship night, and sent it along. Thanks for this awesome resource! You can lead amazing worship, even if it’s just you and an instrument. Hillsong Y&F: This Is Living 31), Best Fast Praise & Worship Songs For Your Worship Team in 2021. We have found ourselves using a lot of Rend Collective songs over the past year. Learn Music Theory In 5 Minutes: Guitar And Piano Chord Theory For Beginners. I’ll show you how. If you have a guitar, piano, or keyboard, you can lead worship with this song. Well, that’s it for now but please keep the suggestions coming. We have just started incorporating contemporary worship songs into our service (We’ve recently had a shift from primary 60 & above to the average is mid 30s!) I’ll add some of his stuff! Here’s a song I’m super excited about for a number of reasons. His point was that we’d lost our way in worship, and the way to get back to the heart would be to strip everything away.” That’s exactly the place from which the lyrics came: When the music fades, all is stripped away, and I simply come / Longing just to bring something that’s of worth that will bless your heart / I’m coming back to the heart of worship, and it’s all about You, Jesus. One of the reasons I love Elevation Worship songs is their emphasis on melodic electric guitar lead lines. Perhaps some of you could create some praise songs from the Psalms. So here’s a great one to teach your church if you missed it like I did. I will definitely come back to this site. Two other great Aussie songs are “The Greatest Reason” by Paradise Music (from Paradise church in South Australia) and “But God” by Rob Scott from Margaret Court’s church in Perth, Victory Life Centre. THIS BLOG POST IS A BLESSING. Blessings on your efforts there. “Oh, God, I’m singing about worshiping you! Lincoln Brewster: Majestic We’ve been doing Risen by Covenant Worship. Chain Breaker – Zach Williams. It’s a great fast praise song and one of my favorites. Grace to all. When we close off one sense, the others pick up. Fee: Rise And Sing https://youtu.be/uwfAoydJ17M The Church is Alive (River Valley) https://youtu.be/3pb2Xapw0TM Thanks for joining in the search for songs that are simple, wholesome, and happy. Or over-the-top declarations of surrender, without a taste of real life. Not just speak “about” Him in a “worship” song. If folks have any ideas or suggestions for me- (we do have a band of talented musicians who can handle pretty much anything I throw at them) I would be so thankful for your help/song suggestions! Worship leaders rarely give much thought to something as simple as announcing the next hymn. Try doing Hank Williams’ “I saw the Light ” what a classic ! Thanks for being one of the unsung heroes who works with small churches. Subscribe to the Worship Leader 101 Podcast Here.<<. Plus a bunch of slower worship songs. It is really hard to find songs that elementary kids would actually enjoy. That’s a great song idea generator as well. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. We have been blessed and will continue to send others to your sight and hope you know it made a difference. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.” Others include Psalm 105:1-3, Colossians 1:15-20, 1 Peter 1:3-5, and Psalm 134:1-2. My dad soon joined the band b/c of his musical background it was extremely easy for him to become apart of the band, and now i might help the worship team for children ministries! Speaking of Housefires, here’s another huge song of theirs. https://youtu.be/BFR-tV2whAU Some are quite upbeat and yet have great theology. 24), Best Hymns for Worship in 2021 + Free Song Sheet Downloads, 25 Best Black Gospel Songs You Should Be Listening To In 2021, 25 Ways To Pick Good Worship Songs For Your Church. This is admittedly an obvious choice and you’ve no doubt heard of it by now. that is heretical or against the Gospel. Fee: All Because Of Jesus So you don’t have to worry about memorizing complex chord progressions. This list is uber helpful. It’s amazing what kids will do…some of them have written their own vamps or chants…re-write lyrics…use secular songs and re-write them to glorify Christ. Another goodie is “Yahweh” by Dustin Smith. The full-band version of this song is crazy powerful but I almost like this simple keys-based rendition better. Great to hear. Anyway, I’ve been using Andy Park’s New Day (it’s from his 2009 album, Wonder Working God), In the River (the one you mentioned), and some of my own…not trying to do the self-plug, so I won’t post my own stuff! So here’s a list of fast songs that we’ve done at our church or that I think would work in a church setting. “What a Beautiful Name” was released in 2016, but it’s already the most popular worship song as of the time of this writing, according to CCLI. He has a great voice. This one is rising up the ranks on CCLI’s top songs list. Working on Your Name is Power by Rend Collective now and introducing Never Get Over It by Michael Neale today! I highly recommend taking a listen. You might know it as a Chris Tomlin song, but it originally came from these guys. Your Love Never Fails - Jesus Culture Holy, Holy, Holy – Reginald Heiber, England (1826) Holy, holy, holy! I am going to incorporate most or all of the songs you suggested. One team I work with is doing Over and Over. Here are a variety of worship resources based on the “Good Shepherd” theme. Good luck here – the songs are great and worthy to be done. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMSxaaLdpog, Your Love is Alive Keep these in mind – maybe more than you needed or old school stuff. Or over-the-top declarations of surrender, without a taste of real life. They hadn’t even played one song yet. It is so hard to find simple fast songs, thank you for all the resources! I’ve learned that the music I like at 34 is not what a 15 year old would like. One song that I wanted to mention (in case it hasn’t been yet) is “Risen” by Covenant Worship. But the song’s writer, Phil Wickham, and Jesus Culture member Chris Quilala show us how to make the song just as exciting with only two acoustic guitars. My wife and I pastor a church and I lead the worship team. Yay!!! Prayerfully consider who sings when and how the fast song ties into the next one (fast/medium/slow). Drums, electric guitar, keys, and horns are luxuries often reserved for larger churches or well-established music programs. Glorious Day - Passion Love So Great - Hillsong Worship. I’m always on the look out to find good upbeat songs to sing for worship! Thanks for the time and effort you’ve put into this amazing site. Thank you so much. This list was a huge help, thank you! If you can first orient your heart in the right direction, that will be your rudder to keep you on course. On the full version, McClarney has not one, but two lead electric guitars going. Potter & Clay – Calvary Worship Thanks for your comments and I get where you’re coming from. Become a worship leader in 14 days or less. Lord God Almighty! I will look around for more female-led fast worship songs for this list. I think a good case can be made that a more accurate version of “The Bible doesn’t call us to sing only dirges every Sunday!” would be “The Bible doesn’t call us to sing dirges on any Sunday!”. That’s encouraging. There has been an incredible response to this post and many of you are adding some great song ideas. By Bart Millard and Pete Kipley of MercyMe. I sent them to your sight, told them to watch the videos and gave them chords. (Undignified, Rescuer, Resurrection Day, Your Royal Blood, and others). Subscribe to the Worship Leader 101 Podcast Here. Worshipers are searching for upbeat songs with which to encourage their congregations, but they can’t find them. Citizens: Made Alive Crosswalk.com tells us how this song came to be: “There was a dynamic missing [in worship], so the pastor did a pretty brave thing,” Redman recalls. I don’t know much about The Belonging Co., but no doubt I will soon. I think a 15 year old kid knows how to reach a 15 yr old kid…so I give them quite a bit of freedom. However, I am making a list of new songs to add to this post. It says, “Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Should I Eat On Sunday Morning? Irish band Rend Collective brings a Mumford-and-Sons-esque upbeat acoustic praise song with “My Lighthouse.” At its core, it’s driven by an acoustic guitar, so it makes sense that it still works with most other instrumentation stripped out. He also prefers not to repeat a song within a 6 week period- so my work is cut out for me! We need to find songs that glorify God and sing “to Him” … not just “about Him.” My opinion is we’re there to worship the King of Kings and tell Him how much we love him. You can also view “All the Calls to Worship in the Bible” and “25 of the Best Introductions to Singing in the Bible.” Since the following scriptures may contain an incomplete verse and have been removed from their contexts in the NIV Bible, it is up to you to make the final determination if they will properly accomplish the purpose for which you are going to use them. These songs were a great help. This is an acoustic-driven upbeat song that would be easy to pull off even with a team of just a few musicians. We seem to have a little bit different view of what constitutes “fast”, as at least 1/3 of the ones you list I’d consider still rather slow. But to find a song with a catchy beat, tune, at the same time good theology, singable by the congregation AND a special “umph” of God is hard to find. First, I got to interview Colt Straub of Ovation Worship and he’s a super cool guy. These gave me some great suggestions. God bless you! Again, if you have fast songs that work at your church, please share. I’ll show you how here.<<. Hillsong Y&F is pushing the limits of worship music. Lead them with a guitar or piano, and they don’t lose their power. At my church, we use this one for a fast-tempo opener, complete with drums, electric guitar, and the works. Here’s another upbeat song from this acoustic rock/country worship band. Leader: Today is a day of a promise fulfilled. I prayed that prayer and then did what all Christians do when searching for answers, I googled. Also, so much of today’s worship music is difficult for older people to sing along because of all the syncapation within the music. Your encouragement to all who have left comments is inspiring. Betgel stuff works like You are Good our church loves that song and pretty simple, I have been on the search for more upbeat worship songs. I love Housefires. Praise to God. So, for 2016 you are including songs from 2009? But what’s also great about their songs is that they work even without their ingenius instrumental lead lines. I remember meeting Alvin Slaughter personally and he told us something that embedded in my brain. This song is actually a couple of years old but I just discovered it and thought it was a good one to add here. Plus, there’s not a lot of lyrics, making it an easy one for worship teams and congregations to learn. God loves it when we read back His words to Him…and we know that we’re being biblical when we do. Its like the moment one song catches fire, there are 7 more songs that sound the same the pop out drowning the original cool song. When I sing, the tendency of the people is to listen to me and be blessed by the message of the song. Wow – I haven’t heard a new fast worship song quite like this since the early Hillsong United albums. Your email address will not be published. Your church will worship like never before when you play it. Can we get the chords for these worship songs ? I’m loving We The Kingdom lately and this is a great example why. We haven’t done any fast songs yet, starting them out slow- mostly songs with hymns tie-ins. Worship setting favorite of mine, and Dean is an amazing setlist another tip ask. How a call to worship through music and His Word a good example of a promise fulfilled congregation too too! 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