The best new slow worship songs

Best Slow & Powerful Worship Songs For 2017

Anyone who has led worship or attended a modern church service knows that there are way more slow worship songs than fast ones.

Even though slow worship songs are fairly easy to come across, I thought I would put together a list of some of my favorites, a lot like I did for fast worship songs.

I have led worship with most of these songs, or know someone who has. So I know that they work well in a congregational setting. They are all fairly simple for your worship team.

But playability isn’t the only reason slow songs are so popular. They also give the congregation a chance to rest in Christ’s presence. The Holy Spirit seems to dwell in slower songs in a different, more intimate way compared to upbeat music.

There’s also an unexplained power hiding within many slow worship songs. Some songs start off very laid back — but then you get to the middle of the song and suddenly there’s unstoppable power coming from the midst of the worshipers. It’s hard to explain but very real.

While there is a place for all tempos and styles in today’s church services, here are some slow songs that will ignite an attitude of power and worship in your church or youth group.

Yes and Amen. Artist: Housefires. CCLI #7048885. Album: Housefires III

“Yes and Amen” will be in your local church soon. It’s originally by Housefires out of Atlanta, Georgia, USA, but Chris Tomlin recently picked it up — so in other words it will be everywhere. Housefires also brought you “Good Good Father” which Tomlin also covered. I personally like the Housefires version of this one. The YouTube clip is so intense you can’t help but feel something in your gut when it gets going. Check it out by clicking here. It’s soulful, honest, and passionate. It’s refreshing to see such an intense worship leader when it’s so much easier to be mellow. I think we see too much of that in worship. Let’s kick it up a notch.

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Stand In Awe. Artist: Phil Wickham. CCLI #7059307. Album: Children of God

This is a new song by one of worship music’s biggest influencers. Yet, it feels strangely familiar. It pays homage to worship songs of 20+ years ago. Remember when choruses were a few simple words? You could learn the song back to front in a single Sunday. This is one of those songs. In a day when the average churchgoer attends 3 of 8 Sundays (<–that’s a real stat by the way), we need more songs that are easy to learn. Often, I’ll be playing a song for a year when someone comes up to me after service and says that they loved the new song. Mind blown. The point is, worship artists should understand that non-musicians and non-singers need to pick up these songs almost immediately for them to have much value. This is a powerful song to add to your collection if your church is made up of sporadic attenders.


What A Beautiful Name. Artist: Hillsong Worship. CCLI #7068424. Album: Let There Be Light.

This song is from Hillsong Worship’s newest release and it’s trending big time in the worship world. I’m going to introduce this one soon at my church, but wanted to share it here right away because I’m confident this will be an important slow/powerful worship song in 2017.


“It Is Well” (Through It All). Artist: Kristene DiMarco/Bethel. CCLI #7021972. Album: You Make Me Brave

Here’s a powerful song recently introduced by a young worship leader in my church. I knew this would be a hit the first time we rehearsed it as a team. The entire worship band was really excited about it. It is interesting musically (alternating between 7/4 and 4/4 time) and the congregation enjoyed it, too. It’s a rework of the traditional hymn that features the main stanza of the classic, plus thought-out verses, chorus, and bridge. The congregation picked up on it right away. It fit perfectly with the sermon series about coming to a place in life when there seems to be no more hope.


There Is A Cloud. Artist: Elevation Worship. CCLI #7067563. Album: There Is A Cloud

This band is perfecting the art of modern hymns. They aren’t afraid to mix in some of the best metaphors in worship music. But they do it in an accessible way, so the average congregational member can perceive and understand  it. Give this song off Elevation’s brand new album a try.


Love So Great. Artist: HIllsong. CCLI #7068428. Album: Let There Be Light

“Love So Great” is a singable, playable song that your church will pick up almost instantly. Your band will love it, too. Beyond its accessibility, this song communicates the majesty of God’s love in context of creation. Ocean waves, stars, the earth — they reflect God’s love, but still are nothing in comparison to it.


Resurrecting. Artist: Elevation Worship. CCLI #7051507. Album: Here As In Heaven

If ever there were an appropriate Easter song, this is it. Elevation Worship tells the story of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, but then takes it one step further. Christ’s resurrection is a model for our own lives, says this powerful song. While the song tells the Easter story, it’s a powerful song year-round — any time you want the story of Christ to inspire the church in its faith.

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See You Again. Artist: Anthony Evans. CClI #7036292. Album: Back To Life

Okay, so the bass player at my church said I should check out Anthony Evans. I went to Spotify and played this artist’s 2017 release. The first song came on and I was mesmerized. I actually couldn’t get out of my car until this song was over. “See You Again” is a forceful march into God’s presence. It’s an anthem to call us back to our first love — Jesus Christ — when we have drifted away on the slow tide of life’s worries and concerns. Yes Jesus, we want to see you again.


Do It Again. Artist: Elevation Worship. CCLI #7067555. Album: There is A Cloud

This is a brand new one from one of worship music’s most influential groups. I plan to introduce this one soon. If you beat me to it, let me know how it goes!


King Of My Heart. Artist: John Mark McMillan and Sarah McMillan. CCLI #7046145. Album: Live at the Knight

This song was recently introduced to our congregation by an upcoming 17-year old worship leader at my church. Even though it was the first time the congregation had heard it, they immediately picked it up and worshiped with it. That’s incredibly rare when you introduce a song for the first time. You won’t go wrong with this slow worship song.

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God of Miracles. Artist: Chris McClarney. CCLI #7040559. Album: Everything And Nothing Less

Anyone who has not yet heard Chris McClarney‘s live worship album should get on Spotify or iTunes immediately and check it out. McClarney is not a big name – yet — but he will be after his latest release. But about the song: “God of Miracles” could become a hit as big as McClarney’s last megahit “Your Love Never Fails.” This fresh song will invite the healing power of Christ into any worship service. Listen and you’ll know what I mean.


Great Are You Lord. Artist: All Sons & Daughters. CCLI #6460220. Album: All Sons & Daughters

When you hear a title like “Great Are You Lord”, you think — oh great, another Christian cliché song. Despite its expected title, this tune is as original and fresh as anything out there. Most songs these days have 3 verses, two bridges, a chorus, and two variations of the pre-chorus. With one verse, one chorus, and one bridge — and all of about 50 words — this tune goes the other direction and delivers a super-memorable and singable song for your church.


Ever Be. Artist: Bethel Music. CCLI #7030065. Album: We Will Not Be Shaken (Live)

This is a straight-up God-focused song. Many worship songs drift more toward talking about the human condition. There’s nothing wrong with that. David wrote Psalms using those themes. But once in a while it’s good to sing a song primarily focused on God’s worth.


Come As You Are. Artist: Crowder. CCLI # 7017790. Album: Neon Steeple

This song comes from another must-have album for any worship leader. “Come As You Are” is just one of the many worship-ready songs on this album. This song emphasizes Christ’s love for the prodigal child. Youth groups and adult congregations that contain a lot of broken souls will latch onto this tune and message immediately.


Sinking Deep. Artist: Hillsong Young & Free. CCLI #6605236. Album: We Are Young & Free (Live)

Talk about a slow burn. This song hangs back for nearly four minutes before exploding into a worshipful chorus of anthemic proportions. Yet, it’s engaging all the way through. This is a real powerhouse song for your congregation.

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Here’s My Heart. Artist: Crowder. CCLI #6517898. Album: Neon Steeple

Here’s another fantastic song from Crowder’s new album. I just can’t say enough about Crowder. He melts artistry and worship together so seamlessly. He delivers some of today’s most heartfelt, worshipful music that is singable yet not cliché. This slow and powerful masterpiece is no exception.


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Waiting Here for You. Jesus Culture feat. Martin Smith. CCLI #5925663. Album: Live from New York

Anyone who was around in the ’90s remembers Martin Smith formerly of the band Delirious. Well folks, he’s still got it. He teamed up with Jesus Culture in this version which proved to be a winning combination. When I lead this song in my church, it brings a spirit of waiting, as the song’s theme might suggest. This is a good one to introduce in busy cultures in which people have a hard time waiting for God’s presence. It allows people to put words and deed together. Somehow it’s easier to wait on the Lord when that’s exactly what  you’re singing too.


 

Forever. Artist: Kari Jobe. CCLI # 7001228. Album: Majestic

Kari Jobe can really wail and she doesn’t hold back on this song. This carefully crafted worship tune describes Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection, and eternal glorification. It would make a perfect Easter song, and also works great on any given Sunday.


Well, this is a short list of the best slow worship songs that churches are singing currently.

But these are just my favorites. I’d love to hear what which songs have worked in your church or youth group. Leave your comments below and if I like your suggestions I’ll add them to this list.

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11 comments on “Best Slow & Powerful Worship Songs For 2017Add yours →

  1. We have done a lot of these in my youth group where I lead worship (Holy Spirit, We Believe, and Our God; and we are working on Come As You Are and Oceans). We have also done 10,000 Reasons (Matt Redman), One Thing Remains (Kristian Stanfill), God Of This City (Chris Tomlin), Arms Open Wide (Hillsong United), From The Inside Out (United), Revelation Song (Jesus Culture), The Wonderful Cross, How He Loves (David Crowder Band), and Shadows (David Crowder Band)

  2. Also check out “Spirit of the Living God” by Vertical Church and “Place of Freedom” by Highlands Worship

  3. As a worship geek, Hillsongs, Jesus culture and a few other groups have it for me. Anchor, Oceans have been the regularly but in this small local church I worship in Nigeria, the people don’t really connect with these songs save a few in their youth. By God’s grace I’ve realised this quite on time and I bring them relatively home with some south African worship chants! Of course some of these chants are more like a substitute for the Roy fields’ and Hillsongs chants. And why do I feel someone should listen to Malibogwe and also Qawe lama Qawe!

  4. you should post well known songs here…. like Trust in you… a little up beat… some people like upbeat songs

  5. Seasons Change by United Pursuit…not sung widely, but when I found it, I just wanted to hear this song sung at church.
    Build My Life by Housefires. You’ll never get it out of your head. In a good way.
    Mercy by Bethel.

    Great list! [Thumbs up]

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