I've had a number of conversations recently with people who lament the quality of songs that we use in worship. For some it is the words that get to them, for others it is the musical style and for others it is the limited range of material (how many new songs are laments or confession?)
Clearly there is a debate to be had about the criteria for 'good' songs. I reckon that for songs to be useful in the life of the church they need to be
- Written in the last 15-20 years
- Found in commonly available song books or downloadable from the web.
- Have a range and musical style that can be sung by most congregation and, ideally, be songs I might find myself humming one day.
Declare or reflect on some aspect of our faith such as a scripture text, credal affirmation or liturgical element of worship
My top three of the songs we currently use in church are
- What good is it (living for your glory)
- Your name, stronger than I know
King of Kings, majesty
So what are your top three songs? And, if you were to encourage some new songs to be written, what would they be about?