What Students Want to Sing in Church

“On your first Sunday at a new church (which you are church shopping or where you have been hired to work), what three hymns or songs would you really like to sing?”

That is a question I included in an anonymous survey that I asked students in my spring “Christian Worship: History and Theology” course shortly after they registered for the class in November. About two-thirds of the students completed the survey. They provided a total of twenty-eight titles. Many of them, as I requested, also provided the authors as well.

My students identify as Baptist, United Methodist, Presbyterian, or non-denominational, and with a few exceptions worship in congregations that sing primarily contemporary compositions. My own liturgical experience is different than theirs, I think I know eleven of their twenty-eight titles. I will be finding and listening to the rest before our class starts on January 25. I’m grateful to have the homework. Here are their responses:

  • All Hail King Jesus — Bethel
  • All I Have is Christ — Sovereign Grace Music
  • Another in the Fire
  • Be Thou My Vision (2 students)
  • Come Thou Fount (2 students)
  • Death was Arrested — Passion
  • Doxology (2 students)
  • Father’s House — Cory Asbury
  • Good Grace — Hillsong UNITED
  • Great Are You Lord — All Sons & Daughters
  • Holy, Holy, Holy — Hillsong UNITED
  • How Deep the Father’s Love for Us — Austin Stone Worship
  • In Christ Alone
  • In the Sweet By and By
  • Jesus Paid it All
  • Lord Have Mercy — Matt Papa
  • Man of Sorrows — Hillsong Worship
  • Nothing But the Blood
  • O Praise the Name
  • Promises — Maverick City Music
  • Remedy — Red Rocks Worship
  • Sanctuary — SEU Worship
  • This Is Amazing Grace
  • This is My Father’s World
  • ‘Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus
  • Waymaker
  • Yes I Will
  • You Keep Getting Better– Maverick City Worship


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