Cross Centered Worship Songs

I have been responsible for leading corporate singing in the church for years.   I know how frustrating it can be to find songs that are worth singing.  Many of the newer songs never mention or even allude to the most important aspect of Christianity:  The message of The Cross!  To be sure, there are songs out there, but it takes time to find them.  I often sift through 40 songs, just to find one new song.   (Worship team members have affectionately, and some times derogatorily, nick-named me “The Lyric Police”.  Call me old school if you like, but I think the songs we sing to our Savior should be worthy of Him!

This column, “Cross-Centered Worship Songs”, was started as a way to serve my many worship leading friends.  I hope to introduce  some of the lesser known songs out there that you may not have heard.    We will be posting songs from different genres:  hymns, a capella, contemporary rock, etc.   We will post the lyrics as well as the Mp3 along with a chord chart when possible. I hope you find it helpful.  If you do, please let us know!

Cross-Centered Worship: “The Gospel Song”

Cross-Centered Worship “All I Have Is Christ”

Cross-Centered Worship: “The Greatest of All”

Cross-Centered Worship Songs: “Oh What Grace”

Christ-Centered Worship Songs: “Perfect Lamb of God”

Christ-Centered Worship Songs: “Through the Precious Blood”

Cross-centered Worship Songs: “Jesus Died For Me”

Christ-Centered Worship Songs: Leading Worship at a Funeral

Cross-Centered Worship Song: “O Great God”

Cross-Centered Worship Songs: “The Father’s Love”

Cross-Centered Christmas Worship Song: “Glory Be to God”

Cross-Centered Worship: “The Prodigal”

Cross-Centered Worship Songs: “The Glory of The Cross”

 

  1. As a worship leader, the message of the cross is always important. To neglect it from regular worship would be to neglect a major part of our salvation, and the work of God. However, just because a song does not include the literal phrasing about the cross, does not negate it’s effectiveness to bringing people into the presence of God. Worship of God is our first priority as worship leaders. His work extends beyond the cross to an even more powerful message of resurrection. Don’t ignore the power of new songs or styles just because only one message isn’t explicitly mentioned. A wider gaze is necessary to bring people to worship than just a single-message approach.

    My two cents.

    • Great comment and if gives us all something to chew on!

      I have come to believe that there is little power in any of the songs we sing at church. They are just songs. The “power” is in the gospel. That “power” is appropriated by humanity when we embrace it, believe it and then make daily choices to live according to it. We should judge the effectiveness of any new thing in congregational life by how well it helps people become more like the Savior. Not by the momentary emotional tug of an often lyrically shallow and vague “worship” song. I think you would agree with me on that one.

      I think you are right about needing a wider gaze. I think the gaze needs to be much, much wider and deeper than others might be willing to engage in. Those of us who regularly lead others in singing songs at a church service should engage in serious and deep though about what worship is. How can we effectively lead other people in “worship” if we don’t understand what it is or worse, have a errant view of it? My advice for every song leader is to go back and read Justin Martyrs “Apology” then read everything you can from the early church. Work your way back from the ancient church and assess where we are today in light of church history. Then you will have a correct view of what the church has called worship.

      To start our assessment from the Hosanna Integrity period of modern worship or the Chris Tomlin era is basically navel gazing, and dooms one to become another person who may proliferate and promote a false concept of worship. The mistake many song leaders make today, in my humble opinion, is they look at what passes as worship now, and then emulate it. In the words of Mufasa in the Lion King we need to “look harder!”

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