A Contemporary Song for Palm Sunday
Here’s a great free contemporary song to use for Palm Sunday. The song is “Hosanna” (Praise is Rising) by Paul Baloche and Brenton Brown. The song makes good use of the word “Hosanna” and it tells the story of the praise rising from amongst the crowd gathered in the street on the Palm Sunday parade.
Here’s a link to the piano arrangement:
Here’s a link to the guitar chord chart:
Here’s a link to the lead sheet for the congregation:
Here’s a link to an instructional video:
Here’s a link for some slick electrical guitar parts:
Electric Guitar link
That should do it!
Thanks to Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown and dbworship for the great free resources!
Palm Sunday Contemporary Music – UPDATED (May 15, 2012)
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Here’s a few songs that would work for Palm Sunday:
Scripture References: Zech 9:9,10; Php 2:5-11; Mt 21:1-11; Ps 24; Mk 11:1-10; Lk 19:28-40
|Song Title||Writer, Song Location & Notes|
|No Tramp of Soldier’s Marching Feet||CWS 716|
|Hosanna (Praise is Rising)||Paul Baloche and Brenton Brown:http://www.leadworship.com/song-charts/|
|We Bow Down||Twila Paris, BOB 233|
|He is Exalted||Twila Paris|
|Hosanna||Carl Tuttle, BOB 95|
|Hosanna, Loud Hosanna||CW130 New Hymn Arrangement:http://home.comcast.net/~timbode07/musicdownload.html#Hosanna_Loud_Hosanna|
|All Glory, Laud and Honor||CW131|
|Like an Avalanche||Joel Houston, Php 2:5-11|
Children, wouldn’t it be great to sit next to the President of the United States? Or maybe your favorite singer or entertainer; or maybe even a famous sports legend. These are special seats because you can hear every word they say, you can look them in the eyes and you are so close that you can actually touch them.
Our story this morning is about a special request from a Mother named Zebedee who asks Jesus if her two sons can sit on either side of Jesus, one on his right, and the other on his left; when Jesus enters his kingdom. Children, this is a bold request. But Jesus’ response is beautiful. He actually says that it is not up to him to decide, but up to his Father – God the Father. This is an amazing response because Jesus is God’s own Son and He himself has the authority to decide who sits next to him. At one point in the bible it says that God the Father has given Jesus all power and authority on earth and in heaven. I’d like to remind you just how powerful Jesus really is.
He is above all powers. He is above all kings. He is above all nature and all created things. He is above all wisdom and all the ways of man. He was here before the world began. He is above all kingdoms. He is above all thrones. He is above all wonders the world has ever known. He is above all wealth and treasures of the earth. No one can measure what He is worth.
You know these things don’t you children? You know the stories, how Jesus converted water into wine, walked on the Sea of Galilee, healed blind and deaf people, calmed storms and stopped the wind, brought three people back from the dead and how he himself conquered death on the cross after rotting three days in a tomb carved from stone.
But Jesus gave up this power in his answer to Zebedee. Why? I have two reasons for you this morning. First, because Jesus is humble. Do you know what it means to be humble? I’ll give you a simple way of remembering what this word means. It means to point to someone else. To give someone else the credit. To think of someone else above yourself. That’s what Jesus is doing here.
Second, Jesus is showing respect for his Father. Do you recognize this as something? Jesus is obeying the fourth commandment. He is showing respect for his Father.
Do you know who God the Father has chosen to sit alongside Jesus in heaven? It’s himself. Jesus will sit at the right hand of God the Father. This, we also know from scripture.
Here’s my closing thought for you this morning. I don’t know who will be sitting on the other side of Jesus, but I believe this, when we get to heaven, we will see Jesus face-to-face. We will be able to touch him, and talk to him. We won’t have to sit next to him because his glory will be all around us. This is so much better than sitting next to anyone else that you can imagine. And the best news is that this will be forever, for eternity.
Editorial note – some of you astute readers will recognize some song lyrics buried into this message. This is really neat because we will be singing this song on 4/10 and I know that the children’s faces will light up when they recognize the wording and recall their message from a week ago.
- Sender, Sent, Sending (sjbrown58.wordpress.com)
Epiphany Worship Planning
Epiphany is one of the hardest worship services to choose contemporary music for. The reason for this is twofold. First, there isn’t a lot of good contemporary music for Epiphany available to choose from. And second, your band will have very little time to rehearse due to the busyness of the Christmas / New Year’s Holiday’s. I have learned through the years to find one or two good Epiphany songs and reuse them year after year. The two that I like are “Offering” by Paul Baloche and “Joy has Dawned” by Keith Getty.
We supplement these songs with other familiar songs that are suited to the Epiphany theme; this year we are using “Light One Candle” by Natalie Sleeth (BOB #145) and “Shine Jesus Shine” by Graham Kendrick (BOB #204). I am also hoping that our keyboard player can solo “Winter Snow” by Audrey Assad & Chris Tomlin as pre service music.
You can hear “Offering” here:
You can learn to play it here:
You can hear “Joy has Dawned” and read the lyrics here (click on the song title “Joy has Dawned Upon the World”):
http://gettymusic.com/hymns.aspx?title=joy has dawned
“Winter Snow” uses a lot of metaphors to describe how Jesus came into the world. You can see it performed here:
For our Christmas services we use mostly hymns and carols but our Praise band will be playing four songs this year. We will be playing Chris Tomlin‘s new Christmas song titled “Emmanuel – Hallowed Manger Ground” on 12/20 and Paul Baloche‘s “Christmas Offering” on 12/24. You can hear each selection here:
We will also be accompanying “Silent Night” and a new arrangement of “O Come All Ye Faithful.”
Our Children’s Program is 12/20 at 9:00AM, Christmas Eve candlelight at 7:00 PM and Christmas Morning at 9:00 AM.
Have a blessed Christmas to all!
A Christmas Offering
Every year, around this time, I always try to fit in the song “Offering” by Paul Baloche in a worship service. It works well during the Offering for the Advent, Christmas or Epiphany seasons. Paul is very generous with free resources at his website, but you should report usage to CCLI if you have a license.
Here’s a wealth of resources on this song:
Listen to an MP3 here:
Piano music here: