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Global(ised) Worship June 3, 2019

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83 widely translated Worship Songs

Each of the songs below has been translated into at least 10 languages with the translations available on www.weareworship.com . To find exactly which languages click on the links. Sometimes using the translated song title or first line may find a recording on YouTube and one song may lead you to a whole playlist of songs you already love, and songs that you’ve never heard.

These 83 songs represent contributions from 54 different songwriters most writing in English and having global reach. While it is good that these songs can be sung in many languages it is also good to recognise that around the world songs are sung in hundreds and one day thousands of languages each with its own distinct style and unique expression.

Over 1300 of the nearly 8000 songs listed have been translated into at least one other language (not counting UK and USA English as separate). with 360 being available in 4 or more languages.

(There are a wide range of other sites and tools for Multilingual worship which I’ll link to in another post soon.)

CCLI Title Written By Languages
4847027 HAPPY DAY Written by: Ben Cantelon, Tim Hughes 18
5340815 ALL TO YOU Written by: Neil Bennetts, Eoghan Heaslip 11
5376377 YOU ALONE CAN RESCUE Written by: Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman 12
5557062 OUR HEARTS ARE BREATHING IN (THE MORE WE SEE) Written by: Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin 11
5120176 HALLELUJAH Written by: Ben Cantelon 11
5109647 THERE IS A HOPE Written by: Mark Edwards, Stuart Townend 11
5003372 BEHOLD THE LAMB (COMMUNION HYMN) Written by: Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, Stuart Townend 11
5469291 BY FAITH Written by: Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, Stuart Townend 11
4779872 HOLY SPIRIT LIVING BREATHE OF GOD Written by: Keith Getty, Stuart Townend 12
2646732 WE’RE GOING TO SING LIKE THE SAVED (SING LIKE THE SAVED) Written by: Matt Redman 11
4706948 GLORY AND HONOUR TO YOU WE BRING Written by: Doug Horley 11
4674166 YOU NEVER LET GO Written by: Beth Redman, Matt Redman 15
5828478 WORTHY Written by: Ben Cantelon, Becky Drake, Nick J Drake 11
5677416 OUR GOD Written by: Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman, Jesse Reeves, Chris Tomlin 18
6016351 10,000 REASONS Written by: Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin 27
6186078 BUILD YOUR KINGDOM HERE Written by: Rend Collective 13
5942543 AT YOUR NAME Written by: Tim Hughes, Phil Wickham 12
3111376 AMAZING GRACE Written by: Nathan Fellingham, John Newton 11
4642105 EVERY PROMISE Written by: Keith Getty, Stuart Townend 11
4685258 EVERYTHING Written by: Tim Hughes 13
4556538 EVERLASTING GOD Written by: Brenton Brown, Ken Riley 23
4615235 SPEAK O LORD Written by: Keith Getty, Stuart Townend 15
4610917 BENEATH THE CROSS Written by: Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty 11
4611992 O CHURCH ARISE (PUT YOUR ARMOUR ON) Written by: Keith Getty, Stuart Townend 12
4506980 BENEDICTION Written by: Keith Getty, Stuart Townend 12
4490766 THE POWER OF THE CROSS Written by: Keith Getty, Stuart Townend 18
4329411 NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD Written by: Matt Redman 14
78275 YOU LAID ASIDE YOUR MAJESTY Written by: Noel Richards 13
3915912 BEAUTIFUL ONE Written by: Tim Hughes 19
2296522 THE HEART OF WORSHIP Written by: Matt Redman 21
1033408 WE WANT TO SEE JESUS LIFTED HIGH Written by: Doug Horley 15
2106499 WE BOW DOWN Written by: Viola Grafstrom 12
3818569 CONSUMING FIRE Written by: Tim Hughes 14
1585970 PSALM 23 Written by: Stuart Townend 13
1108735 LORD YOU HAVE MY HEART Written by: Martin Smith 16
3266032 HERE I AM TO WORSHIP Written by: Tim Hughes 29
1545484 JESUS LOVER OF MY SOUL (IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU) Written by: Paul Oakley 11
48119 JESUS PUT THIS SONG INTO OUR HEARTS Written by: Graham Kendrick 12
1564362 ONCE AGAIN Written by: Matt Redman 16
1083764 I WILL OFFER UP MY LIFE Written by: Matt Redman 15
2430979 LET EVERYTHING THAT HAS BREATH Written by: Matt Redman 11
37845 LORD JESUS WE ENTHRONE YOU Written by: Paul Kyle 13
1097451 BETTER IS ONE DAY Written by: Matt Redman 14
1558110 HOW DEEP THE FATHER’S LOVE FOR US Written by: Stuart Townend 24
1540719 HOLY HOLY (LIFT UP HIS NAME) Written by: Nathan Fellingham 11
78897 THE SERVANT KING Written by: Graham Kendrick 12
58202 FATHER GOD I WONDER (I WILL SING YOUR PRAISES) Written by: Ian Smale 13
3798438 BLESSED BE YOUR NAME Written by: Beth Redman, Matt Redman 23
120824 BE STILL Written by: David J Evans 13
2492216 BEAUTIFUL SAVIOUR Written by: Stuart Townend 14
120556 ALL HEAVEN DECLARES Written by: Noel Richards, Tricia Richards 15
38686 ABBA FATHER Written by: Dave Bilbrough 11
4108797 RESURRECTION HYMN (SEE WHAT A MORNING) Written by: Keith Getty, Stuart Townend 13
5232617 COME PEOPLE OF THE RISEN KING Written by: Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, Stuart Townend 15
5146473 AND CAN IT BE Written by: Chris Eaton, John Hartley, Gareth Robinson 11
5925663 WAITING HERE FOR YOU Written by: Jesse Reeves, Martin Smith, Chris Tomlin 12
7002032 MY LIGHTHOUSE Written by: Rend Collective 12
5037070 GOD OF THIS CITY Written by: Richard Bleakley, Aaron Boyd, Peter Comfort, Ian Jordan, Peter Kernoghan, Andrew McCann 12
4662491 HOSANNA (PRAISE IS RISING) Written by: Brenton Brown, Paul Baloche 15
7038281 THE LION AND THE LAMB Written by: Brenton Brown, Leeland Mooring, Brian Johnson 12
3350395 IN CHRIST ALONE Written by: Keith Getty, Stuart Townend 26
2298355 OPEN THE EYES OF MY HEART Written by: Paul Baloche 17
20285 GIVE THANKS WITH A GRATEFUL HEART Written by: Henry Smith 17
798108 BLESSING AND HONOUR (ANCIENT OF DAYS) Written by: Jamie Harvill, Gary Sadler 11
674545 THERE IS NONE LIKE YOU Written by: Lenny LeBlanc 13
190579 ONLY BY GRACE Written by: Gerrit Gustafson 14
16347 WHEN I LOOK INTO YOUR HOLINESS Written by: Cathy Perrin, Wayne Perrin 11
6460220 GREAT ARE YOU LORD Written by: Leslie Jordan, David Leonard, Jason Ingram 13
4447960 REVELATION SONG Written by: Jennie Lee Riddle 16
3540703 JESUS HOPE OF THE NATIONS (HOPE OF THE NATIONS) Written by: Brian Doerksen 11
4219071 HERE I AM (MAJESTY) Written by: Stuart Garrard, Martin Smith 14
2672885 ABOVE ALL Written by: Lenny LeBlanc, Paul Baloche 19
879168 JESUS ALL FOR JESUS Written by: Jennifer Atkinson, Robin Mark 12
4403076 INDESCRIBABLE Written by: Jesse Reeves, Laura Story 16
4348399 HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD Written by: Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves, Chris Tomlin 21
2456623 YOU ARE MY KING (AMAZING LOVE) Written by: Billy J Foote 11
3148428 FOREVER Written by: Chris Tomlin 19
4158039 HOLY IS THE LORD Written by: Louie Giglio, Chris Tomlin 11
6454621 VICTOR’S CROWN Written by: Israel Houghton, Kari Jobe, Darlene Zschech 11
6367165 WE BELIEVE Written by: Richie Fike, Matthew Hooper, Travis Ryan 12
14181 HOW GREAT THOU ART Written by: Stuart K Hine 22
1043199 I COULD SING OF YOUR LOVE FOREVER Written by: Martin Smith 11
6115180 JESUS AT THE CENTRE Written by: Israel Houghton, Adam Ranney, Micah Massey 11

*Counts of languages from early 2019.

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Five ways to use other languages (a bit) in your church June 1, 2019

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How many languages will be heard in and from your church this Pentecost?

Do you know how many languages are spoken by the members of your church? (it could be a good time to find out)
Do you know how many languages are spoken in your local community? (it may be more than you think)
And even if everyone can understand English (or the language used most in your church) is that their only or their preferred language? Would people welcome hearing and using the other languages they speak on a daily basis at home and in their community?

That’s part of what I am currently looking at for my MA dissertation and for a paper I will present in July as part of the London School of Theology’s one day conference “Sounds of Heaven and Earth“.

I’m exploring a lot of the ways churches are or could be using languages other than English as part of their services and outreach. Here are just five very simple ideas.

  1. A multilingual welcome sign, plus other signs and posters.
    With text projected on the screen, used into printed notices, and used on the walls in various parts of the church buildings it is easy to add content in a few more languages. (Translations of Bible verses easily available using Bible.com but verse numbers are sometimes mid sentence and in some translations verse numbers vary. You can double check with speakers of the language or for languages covered by Google you can translate the verse back into English for confirmation)
  2. Saying “the grace” or a blessing in other languages
    Saying ‘the grace’ to one another’ seems to be the only bit of liturgy my own church uses but there are many other options of single verse greeting.
    “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”  Cor 13:14 NIV
    You can put a few others on the screen or just invite people to say it in their own language.
  3. Playing familiar worship songs in other languages.
    Many of the songs you sing are already available in other languages. Whether or not you sing (or play them) in other languages you can add the lyrics on the screen in another language.
    I’ve compiled a list of 83 worship songs that are each available in 10 or more languages (available soon). Over 1300 of the nearly 8000 songs listed at https://www.weareworship.com/ have been translated into at least one other language with 360 being available in 4 or more languages.
    Be aware that versions in other languages are often not direct translations.
  4. Introduce songs with a verse of scripture in the languages spoken in your community.
    Simply display translations of a Bible verse that introduces the theme or is directly quoted in a song. eg 10,000 Reasons starts with and takes several phrases from Psalm 103 .
  5. Introduce worship songs from another language and culture
    Newcomers may appreciate songs that are not only in their preferred languages but also in their preferred musical styles. If you want a mostly English congregation to join in singing in a language they don’t speak pick something simple or just teach one line of the chorus. Sing the song, explain the significance.
    Some songs available at worshipleaderapp.com and https://songs2serve.nl, http://hmworship.com has songs in Latvian, English, Ukranian, Russian, Turkish, and Estonian. Also see twonineteen.org.uk/multicultural-worship-top-tips/

I could add other ideas but so can you. Add comments here or on the accompanying Facebook post. What has worked well in your church or what ideas would you like to see tried?
Other Pentecost post coming soon.

Not just “the Church of English” March 4, 2019

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” whilst she loved worshipping with her sisters and brothers in her faltering English she always longed to worship in her own language. We had no resources then to help.” – a fragment from the sermon by the Bishop of Durham at the launch of a new Farsi Communion service.

The Bishop was relating an incident in 1994 at a point when Farsi resources existed and had long been used by the church in Iran but would not have easy to find in the UK.

Since 1994 the number of languages with a complete Bible have doubled to 692 and the number of languages with some portion of scripture has gone from 2100 to 3352. Many of these are available on Bible apps already installed on peoples phones across the world.

Official and unofficial translations of liturgy have also been part of the mission of the church for centuries. Portions of the Church if England’s Book of Common Prayer were translated into at least 200 languages. Many of these have been made available online in recent years.

How many clergy and church members know how to find and share these and other resources?

How much do we see language as a barrier to overcome without also recognising that language is also expression of identity? Even when the English is no longer “faltering” there is something special about connecting with God using the language of your childhood, especially if it is still the language you use most at home.

There are over 300 languages spoken by people living in our country. I believe more should be spoken and sung in praise of God in our churches and am beginning to collect and compile resources and ideas for simple steps in using languages other than English within churches in the UK.

The Worlds Favourite Worship Songs? January 31, 2019

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This is no longer a new CD, so many of the songs might already be among your favourites, but are they really the World’s favourites?

“Possibly the best worship collection ever made featuring over 50 of the finest modern worship songs sung the world over.

With songs that cross the nations and span the generations The World’s Favourite Worship Songs showcases what the world’s churches are singing today.

Really?

I like lots of the songs on here (as do many people around the world) but watching the video you’d think the church only sang in English.

I am pleased to see that the team at weareworship.com , recognises that and are inviting subscribers to submit translations of many popular songs. (eg there are 29 translations of “Here I am to Worship” and scroll to the bottom of the list and it gives you a link to provide a translation if there isn’t one in your language).

Sadly they don’t (yet) have the built in ability to search by language, but it is possible to use Google to do that for you. eg


polski site:https://www.weareworship.com

My hope however is that in addition to the globalisation of worship where everyone sings to the same tunes we will have truely global worship where we get to hear more songs from other cultures and musical styles both traditional and modern. WeAreWorship are contributing to that too with a platform called SongShare and there is another emerging community at proskuneo.org.

Meanwhile if you look for it there is a lot of worship happening in different languages, some of which is shared on YouTube. Here’s 70,000 people singing in Arabic

348,000 views on YouTube

And another Arabic Christian song that seems quite popular

almost 5,000,000 views so far

How many languages are actually being used to worship God? Heaven knows.

How many languages will sung in heaven?

I know that there are over 3350 languages into which some part of the Bible has been translated and would hope (but don’t know) that songs are being sung to God in each of these and perhaps even more.

I also know that there are well over 300 languages spoken by people living in my home country of the UK but suspect that far fewer are used in our churches. So I hope you’ve enjoyed some of the singing. Here’s some worship leaders and theologians talking in 2015 about their hopes for the future of worship in the UK.

seen only 1137 times in the last 4 years, but worth letting people know about

…and a plug for a Multicultural Worship day on Feb 23 at All Nations

Coming soon… Multilingual Worship June 25, 2017

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There are a number of powerful multilingual worship videos where people unite in singing the same song in many different languages. It’s good practice for when you get to heaven.

If you’ve never heard this, listen, and be moved.

– Revelation song in multiple languages.

 

This can be repeated in many large events and even in smaller congregations.

Here’s the same song sung by teens in 14 languages

Katelin Hanson asks whether attempting multilingual worship is worth it. She concludes it is. Would you feel the same if it was you in a new church in a new land? http://churchleaders.com/outreach-missions/outreach-missions-blogs/161669-katelin_hansen_multilingual_worship_is_it_worth_it.html

Worship is not only multilingual, it is multicultural – even when it’s in English!

Think of music that you associate with the Lords Prayer. I introduced a few people to Cliff Richard’s version “the Millennium Prayer” recently and told others about a somewhat slower version sung by Beach Boys (1964).

Personally I prefer this one sung in English by Shreya Kant (live in Warangal, Andhra Pradesh. This song is from the album Thy Kingdom Come where it also available in Urdu and Punjabi.)

I’ll be writing more on this concept later including some tips on how to be more multilingual in your ministry (in simple manageable steps), and seeing what sites and apps exist to help you find good song and strategies.

Stay tuned!

Songs of a true Christian March 16, 2011

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Regardless of the cultural trappings of the actual musical style what should truly Christian songs be expressing?

I’d been meaning to blog for a while on the signs of a true Christian when I came across Eddie Arthur’s recent post on “Christian” music and how he frequently finds himself singing “Warm, fuzzy feelings derived from religious experience” which could equally well be sung by people from many of the larger global religions, and probably a few of the less scary smaller religions too.

Another blogger, Jeremy Myers,  had complained that most worship songs appeared to have been written by people who had no experience of the pain and tragedy of life – nice melodies for people to hug and sway too but largely empty and void of meaning.

Christian music at a painful time in my life was one of the triggers that helped me start my own Christian journey. I didn’t believe in the happy pill God the singer was raving about – but I wanted to. Exploring the Bible for myself I discovered writers who knew all about the love, joy, peace and power stuff but also those who encountered the majesty and holiness of a God who was almighty and not just all-matey. I read psalms, poems and strongly worded prayers and statements that make it clear God can cope with a bit of reverent questioning and complaining now and then.

Personally I’m also happy to sing a few not-totally-empty songs that express the joyful surface happiness and confidence I sometimes feel and want to feel more often.

But I don’t want to just sing “happy” songs.

Music and song are powerful tools in teaching Christian truths and getting bits of doctrine and scripture into our heads that stick a lot better than most of the sermons we hear. I can probably remember most of the words to Graham Kendrick’s “We Believe” penned 25 years ago as an expression of a much older Christian creed and there is probably still a place for something that expresses the same old truths to an even newer song. (here’s a recent mix from youTube of Kendricks “We Believe“)

But I don’t want to just sing songs that score well on theology.

Songs are useful for getting stuff in and also for getting stuff out. They help us to express a range of emotion. We probably need a few more that help us express our sadness and our fears in a context that says that we don’t understand God, but that we are willing, if he’ll help us, to trust him.

In the aftermath of the death of our first child in a missed miscarriage six years ago Matt Redman’s “Blessed be your name” came on the radio and sang:

“When the darkness closes in,
Lord Still I will say
Blessed be the name of the Lord”

The song continues through to the lines:

“You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name”

And somehow because of all the truths we’d heard and sung, because of all we’d read, and seen, and experienced, and knew from a depth greater than our pain we could echo that too.

Six years on that song still has tremendous impact for us. Not just of bringing back a painful memory but of reassuring us of hope in pain filled world.

Individuals, communities and sometimes nations need a few more Christian songs that express pain, suffering, and a deep and certain hope.

But I don’t want to just sing songs of pain and hope.

Actually I don’t want to just sing songs. Worship should be expressed in song, and testimonies, and poetry, drama, art, and every other expression of creativity. Lets also not forget that however many powerful songs are recorded in the Bible and how many more are inspired by it, true worship is not about good songs, it is about being “living sacrifices” worshiping “in spirit and in truth”.

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