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Why Should We Sing Christmas Carols?

Often we sing so many new songs we hardly know the ones we are singing. Not only do we know these great carols, we have memories attached to singing them. They are part of our worship experience.


Four Thoughts on Christmas Services

Don’t be afraid to play all the hits. This is the one time of year you can get away with it.


9 Reminders About Being And Doing Church This Christmas

Christmas is always a busy, exciting time for churches. Most of us know these realities, but I’m convinced we increasingly need these reminders during this season.


9 Reasons Why Music Is Important

Have you ever wondered why music is so inherent in our culture and in cultures around the world? Have you ever wondered why music is so important and can stir up all sorts of emotions and memories? Check out these points on the power and wonder of music.


The New Very Large Church

It’s time to rethink church size. Thanks to Lifeway Research, we have a clearer understanding of the sizes of churches and you may not be surprised.

A new melody for What Child Is This gives the classic carol a Bethel/Hillsong feel. It’s a song you can sing as “special music” one Sunday and then lead your congregation in it the next Sunday as a worship power ballad.


Learn more and listen.

Christmas Underscores


Worshipscores is the unique way to add a special keyboard FLOW to your Christmas worship!


Silent Night

Most churches sing Silent Night during their Christmas Eve service and often the entire congregation lights candles that fill the room with a soft glow. Play this keyboard underscore before, during and after this special time.


Advent Underscore

Many churches have an Advent candle lighting as part of their service where a narrator or family step forward, read a few Scriptures, light one of the candles and sing O Come O Come Emmanuel. Use this underscore to tie these events together.


Christmas Eve Underscores

Create a quick, easy and fantastic Christmas Eve Service with your favorite Christmas worship music and these Christmas Eve Underscores and readings.


Underscores for Popular Christmas Worship Songs

Use these underscores in your praise sets that match popular Christmas worship songs like A Christmas Alleluia,  He Shall Reign Forevermore, It's Christmas, Joy to the World (Unspeakable Joy), A King Like This, Adore and more!

United Methodists Meet to Approve Disaffiliations

Representatives from local United Methodist churches in eastern North Carolina met Saturday, Nov. 19, at Methodist University for a Special Called Annual Conference to receive requests and ratify disaffiliation for 249 churches.


249 North Carolina Churches Vote to Leave UMC Over Homosexuality Debate

Over 200 congregations in North Carolina have announced their departure from the United Methodist Church over the denomination's ongoing debate over homosexuality.

Keep track of the top 20 Hymncharts, CCLI, Praisecharts, CCM radio songs - hear the music, watch videos and download lyrics!


YouTube Worship Playlist: Enjoy the top 20 Praisecharts and CCLI on the worshipflow worship playlist.

1. O Come O Come Emmanuel (Veni Emmanuel) John Mason Neale, Thomas Helmore


2. O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles) C. Frederick Oakeley, John Francis Wade


3. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus (Hyfrydol) Charles Wesley, Rowland Hugh Prichard


4. Goodness Of God

Bethel Music


5. Joy To The World (Antioch)
George Frideric Handel, Isaac Watts


6. Give Thanks
Henry Smith


7. Gratitude

Brandon Lake



8. Joy To The World (Unspeakable Joy) Tomlin, Cash, Handel, Watts, Gilder


9. Hark The Herald Angels Sing (Mendelssohn) Wesley, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy


10. Go Tell It On The Mountain
John W. Work Jr.

11. Here I Am To Worship
Tim Hughes


12.  Angels We Have Heard On High (Gloria) Edward Shippen Barnes, James Chadwick


13. King Of Kings
Brooke Ligertwood, Jason Ingram, Scott Ligertwood


14. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus Charles Wesley, Jacob Sooter, Meredith Andrews, Rowland Hugh Prichard


15. Great Are You Lord

All Sons & Daughters



16. O Holy Night
Adam, Dwight, Cappeau


17. 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) Matt Redman



18. Living Hope

Phil Wickham


19. What A Beautiful Name

Hillsong Worship



20. How Great Is Our God

Chris Tomlin




The worshipideas newsletter lists the top 20 songs from CCLI one week and PraiseCharts the next week to help you keep aware of what churches are singing. CCLI tends to reflect a more broad sampling of both contemporary and blended churches, PraiseCharts shows what's popular right now in churches that are more contemporary.


About: Don Chapman’s passion is for the Church, music and technology, and he blends all three into resource websites devoted to contemporary worship: hymncharts(.)com and worshipflow(.)com.

He’s the editor of the weekly worshipideas(.)com newsletter that’s read by over 30,000 worship leaders across the world. A prolific arranger and songwriter, Don has had songs published by Word, Integrity Music, G3worship and Worship Today, and has orchestrated music for Christian artists Chris Sligh and Jeremy Camp. He’s been featured on the 700 Club, has been quoted in USAToday and is a guest lecturer at Liberty University.


The first worshipideas email newsletter went out to about 400 people on February 11, 2002 (in the heyday, right before the blog explosion, the newsletter amassed over 100,000 subscribers. These days it hovers around 30,000.) Worshipideas was born out of Don’s own desire to share what he was learning as a first-time worship leader at a church plant. Back in 2002 contemporary worship was still fairly new and the worshipideas newsletter and website helped worship leaders across the world figure out this new form of worship.


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