A blog about current Christian songs that have strong, deep lyrics and can be used in contemporary or blended Christian Worship formats.

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Hi, my name is Scott Martz and I have been a parish pastor for the last seventeen years. I am a member of the WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) which is a confessional and conservative Lutheran church body headquartered in Milwaukee, WI. In our circles there is a lot of criticism and skepticism over songs in the genre of Christian Contemporary. Often songs in this genre are labeled shallow and lacking in substance compared to the ancient hymns of the Christian Church which have outlived their original composers by hundreds of years. The purpose of this blog is to provide readers (many of whom will be worship leaders and pastors) a list of Christian Contemporary songs or  “current” songs that I personally find particularly strong in content, teaching, and substance. My list is not an exhaustive list by any means, but it is my own. There are, of course, hundreds of general praise songs that are lighter in content but still acceptable and praise worthy in Christian Worship. The general praise songs, however will not be a part of my blog. Featured songs will be songs the have exceptionally strong lyrics that can be used in contemporary or blended Christian worship without hesitation as far as content is concerned.

Sincerely,

Pastor Scott

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10 responses

  1. Wendy Schroeder

    It’s a beautiful thing to have words with music and melody that stirs up an emotional and spirit-filled meditation and worship experience.

    March 6, 2011 at 11:14 pm

  2. Scott,

    Love your site. Our Lutheran band made two music videos that were used by many churches across the country during Holy Week last year. If you would like to share either of these the YouTube links are below.

    Maundy Thursday – “Broken & Poured Out” http://www.youtube.com/siblingharmony#p/u/2/KQWBSNGtcko

    Good Friday or prior to Easter services – “Ransom” – http://www.youtube.com/siblingharmony#p/u/3/S6y_qtiUh88

    If any of your readers would like a DVD version of these videos mailed to you before Holy Week go to http://www.SiblingHarmony.com for details.

    Kevin, Kurtis, Kim Bueltmann
    Sibling Harmony
    401 W Franklin St Tremont, IL 61568

    March 22, 2011 at 4:56 am

    • Thanks Kevin,

      I am very interested in the videos. I will check out the links tonight!

      Pastor Scott

      March 28, 2011 at 6:09 pm

  3. Sarah (Kut) Lambrecht

    Thanks for your site. I enjoy contemporary music and feel it has a place in solid, blended and liturgical worship, however, I find it hard to defend a lot of it. It is also often clumped together in one lot and blindly criticized. Meanwhile, the solid songs are dismissed. Thanks for finding the gems for us. As a busy mom involved in my church’s music ministry, I find myself listening to Christian radio while running errands with the hopes of finding “a good one” every once in awhile. I see it as a way to challenge myself on whether or not a song actually says something, and unfortunately, so often they do not. I think I only find one good one each month or so. Thanks for finding the good ones.

    March 22, 2011 at 8:41 am

    • Sarah (Kutz) Lambrecht

      Sarah (Kutz) Lambrecht

      March 22, 2011 at 8:42 am

  4. I notice you may not have yet discovered Sovereign grace music. Check them out. They consistently have great gospel focused singable congregational songs. Check out Let Your Kingdom come, O great God, Jesus Thankyou, I Will glory in my Redeemed….and more. Thanks for your posts!

    September 17, 2012 at 12:56 am

    • Hey Sevennotesofgrace,

      Thanks for the lead on Sovereign Grace Music. Great stuff!

      Sincerely,
      Scott Martz

      September 21, 2012 at 10:31 am

  5. Kelly

    Just stumbled upon this, and wow! So helpful! I teach at a non-denom school, but am LCMS and am helping my 6th graders plan their worship retreat. Their theme centers around John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. They also really want to emphasize the idea of calling sin what it is, SIN!
    we’re trying to find a song that is very singable (preferably one they may know) with these ideas in mind. Any thoughts would be very appreciated. I’m new to this and am very little help unless they want a traditional hymn.

    April 19, 2016 at 4:02 pm

  6. Might you consider listening to songs on my own new worship album, YOU ARE MY HIDING PLACE. I wrote “Our God Reigns” many years ago, and I believe I have some others that are very good. Listen here: https://lennysmith.bandcamp.com

    February 17, 2017 at 1:02 pm

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