Archives For Hymns

This month (October 2017) we are celebrating 500 years since the Reformation. Praise the Lord for Martin Luther!

We think of Martin Luther as a great reformer, Bible translator, political leader, fiery preacher, and theologian. But he was also a musician, having been born in an area of Germany known for its music.

When the Protestant Reformation began, Luther determined to restore worship to the German Church. He worked with skilled musicians to create new music for Christians, to be sung in the vernacular. He helped revive congregational singing and wrote a number of hymns.

In the forward of a book, Luther once wrote, “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world. It controls our thoughts, minds, hearts, and spirits.

(Excerpt from the book “Then Sings My Soul – 150 of the World’s Greatest Hymn Stores”)

Since we are celebrating the Reformation, today’s Worship Wednesday song is Luther’s most famous hymn entitled “Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Godd” or, as we call it “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”. This song was written from the words of Psalm 46.

I hope you find hope and encouragement from Matt Boswell’s rendition of “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”.

The other day I ran across a list from Lifeway Worship of the top 25 hymns that are sung in churches today. Because most hymns are public domain and are not tracked because of copyright laws, this list was compiled from Lifeway Worship’s sales of traditional & contemporary arrangements of each hymn for the past four years.

(Lifeway Worship is an online store front to purchase piano, organ, chord & orchestra music for individual pieces of music)

Top 25 Hymns Sung in Churches Today:

1. How Great Thou Art
2. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
3. Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine
4. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
5. Holy, Holy, Holy
6. Jesus Paid It All
7. Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
8. Crown Him with Many Crowns
9. It Is Well with My Soul
10. To God Be the Glory
11. The Solid Rock
12. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
13. I Stand Amazed in the Presence
14. Victory in Jesus
15. Nothing but the Blood
16. Amazing Grace! How Sweet the Sound
17. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
18. At the Cross
19. Revive Us Again
20. Be Thou My Vision
21. Because He Lives
22. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
23. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
24. O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing
25. America, the Beautiful

“How Great Thou Art” and “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” are still under copyright, so CCLI tracks them and they rank #26 and #53 respectively on their list of all copyrighted songs sung in church.

So what do you think of this list? Is there a song missing you think should be on this list?