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The Priests

Nick Alexander here... It seems a lot of people are talking up The Priests, a new, extraordinary singing group. If you want to know how The Priests got their record contract, be sure to check out Grapevine News.

Favorite Advent and Mary Songs

Nick Alexander here... We are already into our second week of Advent, with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception before us, as well as the Solemnity of Our Lady of Guadalupe. And Christmas is merely weeks away. Are you aware that TopCatholicSongs has a number of playlists already available to correspond to your Seasonal needs? And, as is the benefits of these lists, you can immediately link to the iTunes page, where you can listen to the tracks first, and then purchase them--and instantly have them downloaded onto your computer. From there, you can listen freely, or you can upload them onto your own MP3 player, or burn them directly onto a CD. If you like any particular song in the list, you are further free to explore that artist's full output, also on the iTunes page. Or, you can click to any number of direct links on these lists, and have access to a Catholic or independent music retailer, where you can purchase the full CDs (perhaps as a gift?) How do you have access to the Advent Lists? Or the Mary Lists? Or the Christmas lists? Easy. On the bottom of each entry there are a number of Tags. Click on the tag that you would want to listen to (say, Advent), and immediately all the Advent pages will come up. It will be fun just sorting through them all. In the meantime, do you have any favorite psalms/hymns/spiritual songs that are befitting for the season? Feel free to share them... leave a comment below!

Year of St. Paul - Ephesians Songs

Nick Alexander here... This is the Year of St. Paul, and to honor this special time, we are focusing on songs that use the texts of his writings as a basis for songs. This month, we are focusing on St. Paul's letter to the Ephesians. As you can see, we have a pretty exhaustive list. This list encompasses all genres, from contemporary Christian, to praise and worship, to liturgical favorites. All of these songs use Ephesians as a basis of its text. Enjoy, and be edified.
  1. Glorious Grace by Michael W. Smith off of the project Michael W. Smith 2 (based on Eph 1:6)
  2. Redemptive Glory by Sue Trimble off of the project God's Glory (based on Eph 1)
  3. Because of the Lord's Great Love by Carl Tuttle off of the project Send Your Spirit - Touching The Father's Heart, Vol. 14 (based on Eph 2:4)
  4. The Grace of God by Donna Lee off of the project The Grace of God (based on Eph 2:8-10)
  5. Saved By Grace by Shane Barnard & Shane Everett off of the project Clean (based on Eph 2:8)
  6. Just for Me by Sonja G. Whitmore & The High Praise Chorale Ensemble off of the project Praise On My Lips (based on Eph 2:8)
  7. He Is Our Peace by Kelly Willard off of the project Worship Moments: The Power of Your Love (based on Eph 2:14)
  8. No Longer Strangers by John Michael Talbot & Terry Talbot off of the project No Longer Strangers (based on Eph 2:19)
  9. Ephesians 3 Prayer by Dave And Vicki McClellan off of the project As One (based on Eph 3:14-21)
  10. How High and How Wide by Sovereign Grace Music off of the project I STAND IN AWE (based on Eph 3:18-19)
  11. Bound by Faith Kids off of the project Yellow (based on Eph 4:2)
  12. One Faith by Ed Bolduc off of the project Strong In Faith: Contemporary Songs of Faith (based on Eph 4:4-6)
  13. One by Wayne Pascall off of the project The Gospel (based on Eph 4:3-6)
  14. Ephesians 4:32 by Jody Varga off of the project Because of Love (based on Eph 4:32)
  15. I Want to Walk As a Child of the Light by Polly Edmonds Baldridge and Walter G. Edmonds off of the project Christ Is All to Me (based on Eph 5:1)
  16. Speaking to Yourselves by Wayne Pascall off of the project Acappella Scriptures (based on Eph 5:19)
  17. Stand by Eli off of the project Second Hand Clothing (based on Eph 6:14)
  18. His Armor by Will of Titus off of the project Awake My Soul (based on Eph 6:10-18)
  19. Put Your Armour On by Ian White off of the project Move That Foot (based on Eph 6:10-18)
  20. Armor of God by Shirley Caesar off of the project You Can Make It (based on Eph 6:13-17)

Special Thanksgiving Playlist

Nick Alexander here... Thanksgiving is upon us. Thanksgiving is that rare national holiday where the entire country slows down, celebrates with family, and gives thanks to God, for His provision and kindness. The following is a playlist of the best Thanksgiving songs from Catholic and contemporary Christian artists. Enjoy, and give thanks today.
  1. Hallelujah, My Father by Annie Karto from the album Perfect Sacrifice
  2. Thanksgiving Prayer by Bobby Fisher from the album If We Dare to Hope
  3. Thanks by Ceili Rain from the album Erasers On Pencils
  4. Thank You Lord by Denis Grady from the album Running Too Long
  5. Songs of Thankfulness and Praise by The Festival Choir and Hosanna Chorus from the album 100 Church Classics
  6. With All Our Hearts by Jesse Manibusan from the album Love Never Fails
  7. Father, We Thank Thee by John Angotti from the album Testify
  8. Thanks and Praise by John Angotti & Meredith Dean Joesph from the album Strong In Faith: Contemporary Songs of Faith
  9. Give Thanks to the Lord by John Flynn from the album Cry Out
  10. Jesus Christ, I Think Upon Your Sacrifice (Once Again) by The Kings Chamber Orchestra from the album String Heaven
  11. Thank You, Lord by Margo B. Smith from the album Because You Love Me
  12. Lead Me Home by Matt Maher from the album Welcome to Life
  13. Thank You for the Blood by Matt Redman from the album The Father's Song
  14. Unconditional Love by Nancy Krebs from the album The Journey
  15. Now Thank We All Our God by National Philharmonic Orchestra of London & The London Philharmonic Choir from the album Hymns Triumphant, Volumes 1 & 2
  16. Holy God We Praise Your Great Name by Nick Alexander from the album I Wanna Be Debated
  17. What Can I Do by Paul Baloche from the album A Greater Song
  18. We Plow the Fields by Ralph Carmichael from the album Ahh Capella Hymns
  19. Jesus, Thank You by Sovereign Grace Music from the album Worship God Live
  20. Thank You for Loving Me by Tommy Walker from the album Make It Glorious

Nick Alexander's Top Ten "Formed By Living Water" Songs

Nick Alexander here... This is a list of my favorite songs that fit the theme "Formed by Living Water." This is the theme for NCCYM 2008 (National Conference for Catholic Youth Ministry), to be held in Cleveland, OH on Dec 4-7, 2008. These songs are great songs for me to listen to while traveling to this conference. I, and some of the artists represented here (Bryan Murdaugh, George Lower, and Nick Cardilino, along with Paul Hilts) hope to meet you there...
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  1. How Life's Supposed to Be by Last Day off the album Happy Medium
  2. Living Water by Paul Harrigan off the album Thank You 2
  3. You Alone Can Satisfy by Ross King off the album Soulspeak
  4. Discover the Way by Nick Cardilino off the album Discover the Way
  5. You Are the Lord by Jaime Jamgochian off the album Above the Noise
  6. With Living Water by Margo B. Smith off the album Sending Up a Prayer
  7. Thirsty by Bryan Murdaugh with Total Strangers off the album With Everything I Know, It's a Long Way Home
  8. Rain Down by Delirious? off the album World Service
  9. Universal Prayer by George Lower off the album Of Saints and Angels
  10. Melt Me by Nick Alexander off the album Eternal Life - the Party Album

SongStory: At the Hour of Our death

David Gawron writes: This one lyric line (the favorite I've ever written) sums the song up: "The broken shackles of humanity cannot compare at all to what lies ahead." The song stems from the phrase in the rosary, which prompted me to think, "Hmm... what IS it like at the moment we die?" So the lyrics explore that theme, and all the potential emotions attached to that. The verses were written rather easily, but I couldn't come up with a chorus, opposite of how I usually write. My housemate at the time (I was in graduate school at the Franciscan University of Steubenville), Jim Moran, had a little tune he'd wander around humming sometimes. He didn't have words for it or or verse ideas, but it was a great tune. It is now the At The Hour chorus, and it works fantastically as a complement to the verses. The verses are very pensive and melancholy, as we say goodbye to the corporal life we've known. The chorus is supposed to be the angels greeting us as we pass into eternity with our Lord Jesus. An artist created two watercolor paintings to illustrate the lyrics:
At the Hour of Our Death Words and Music by David Gawron Time stands still from where I lay I feel my life slippin’ away The Holy Spirit breathes into me, O Lord My bruised and battered soul is set free In communion with all the angels and saints I feel the Raw and Pure Energy I feel the overwhelming desire, O Lord Your hands lift me higher and higher It’s only now that I realize I see eternity in Your eyes I’ve never been, but I feel like I’ve been here before And into Heaven my soul soars I think of all I did with my life All the blessings, all of the gifts All the sorrow, and all of the pain But I pressed on, my love never strayed My prayers are answered, my debt is paid The broken shackles of humanity Cannot compare to what lies ahead -- And I heard the word He said

Christmas Albums 2008

Nick Alexander here... Christmas and Advent 2008 is upon us. This is a tremendous opportunity to wait in expectant hope for the coming of our Risen Savior, but also a time to reflect upon His first coming as a precious infant. These albums provide the best in both contemporary and traditional carols, both servicing Advent and Christmas. I invite you to check them out at your leisure, and introduce them to your family. Peace!

  1. Christmas Joy by Gretchen Harris
    This Christmas album has a mix of classics and contemporaries, and an original, "Promised Messiah." (Try out: Joy to the World)
  2. Bethlehem Morn by Chuck Stevens
    This project contains 9 original songs and 4 traditional Christmas songs. These songs range from reflective, meditative, folk, and contemporary; the title track, "Joseph (Bethlehem Morn) was included in the Spiritwing Records "Catholic Christmas" compilation in 2007. All of the original pieces, and the traditionals came about as a result of prayer and reading the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Luke, the book of the prophet Isaiah, and several are from the possible viewpoint of several of the participants in the Gospel infancy narratives. (Ex: Once in Royal David's City)
  3. In His Presence...the Gift of Christmas by Trish Foti Genco
    Beautifully orchestrated Christmas Classics. Including contemporary, arias, and New Orleans Jazz. (Ex: What Child Is This)

Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls' Day)

This Sunday marks the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed, otherwise known as All Souls' Day. It is a day where we remember the dead. We remember those who have passed on to the next life, specifically those who are undergoing purgation for their sins. Purgatory is an interesting doctrine, and there are those who believe that the Church does not teach this anymore. Not true. The Catechism of the Catholic Church has dedicated a section to this often understood doctrine. (CCC #1030-32). Indeed, there are many other excellent resources out there that explain what purgatory is. This song list is a personal list of songs that I feel speak to this theme the strongest:
  1. Song of Farewell by Father David Hemann off of the album Holy Warriors
  2. Consuming Fire by Third Day off of the album Offerings: A Worship Album
  3. With the Lord There Is Mercy by Bob Hurd and Anawim off of the album A Lenten Journey
  4. Pie Jesu by Celtic Woman off of the album The Greatest Journey - Essential Collection
  5. With the Lord There Is Mercy by Paul Tate off of the album Bring Us Home: Celebrating God's Love and Mercy
  6. Jerusalem, My Happy Home by Saint Clement's Choir & Peter Richard Conte off of the album Hymns of Heaven and Earth
  7. With the Lord There Is Mercy by Angus McDonell off of the album River of Life
  8. Restless Is the Heart by Bernadette Farrell off of the album Restless Is the Heart
  9. With The Lord There Is Mercy by News At Eleven off of the album Here Till The End
  10. Savior of Souls by basic off of the album Another Road Trip
Enjoy this list and spread the word about TopCatholicSongs!

All Saints Day

Nick Alexander here... November 1st heralds the Feast of All Saints, according to the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar. It is a tremendous day where we all celebrate and honor the lives who have went before us, who had finished the race, and who are currently before the Great Throne of Heaven, praising God interceding for us. It is our opportunity to learn from them, learn their stories, discover new devotions, meditate upon their writings, and be inspired by their example. The song list here encompasses every single musical style: from classical, to hymns, to contemporary... there's even a great a cappella blues song in there. Three Songs from this long list are well worth highlighting. Litany of Saints as performed by Veronica Morrissey. No song selection is complete without a Litany of the Saints, where we ask individual Saints, by name, to pray for us (Rev 5:8). This particular version is one that she finds to be most prayerful. This rendition is off the album, Veronica Morrissey, Songs of Prayer.  The Grace Within as performed by Valerie Von Fange. Valerie writes:
This song is a tribute to the life of St. Augustine. Some of the lyrics are St. Augustine’s own thoughts from his book The Confessions of St. Augustine. The underlying groundwork for St. Augustine’s change of heart was his mother’s (St. Monica’s) perseverant prayers. Because he was a truth-seeker, he eventually found his answers in the Biblical writings of St. Paul and sermons of St. Ambrose. St. Augustine’s conversion story portrays sin just as it is- dirty, heavy, tainted with constant regrets, in a nutshell- painful! He is proof that a diehard sinner can become a saint by responding to God’s grace. That is why the Church has named him “Doctor of Grace”. This rendition is off the album,.Get Canonized a Saint as performed by Nick Alexander. This is a parody song of Lenny Kravitz's "Fly Away." I wrote the lyrics to demonstrate that Sainthood is not something called for a select few, but is something to which we all are called to. No matter your state in life, what you have accomplished in the past, what mistakes you have made, we are all given the task to finish the race before us.(Phil 3:13-14). This rendition is off the album, Eternal Life: The Party Album

Now here's the full list:

  1. Litany of Saints by Veronica Morrissey
  2. The Grace Within by Valerie Von Fange
  3. Get Canonized a Saint by Nick Alexander
  4. Messiah: 36. Air: "How Beautiful Are the Feet" by London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Colin Davis
  5. Come Follow Me by Donna Lee
  6. Sing With All the Saints In Glory by WLP Choir
  7. When the Saints by Sara Groves
  8. The End and the Beginning by Matt Maher
  9. Motet: O Quam Gloriosum by David Hill & Westminster Cathedral Choir
  10. O What Their Joy and Their Glory Must Be by Saint Clement's Choir & Peter Richard Conte
  11. Litany of the Saints / Litany of Remembrance by M.D. Ridge
  12. Beati Quorum Via by Méav Ní Mhaolchatha
  13. Exsultate Iusti In Domino by Los Angeles Chamber Singers' Cappella & Peter Rutenberg
  14. Elijah, Op. 70, No. 32: He That Shall Endure to the End by Gwyneth Jones, Janet Baker, Nicolai Gedda, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau & Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos
  15. How Blest Are They (words from Psalm 128) by Choristers of St Paul's Cathedral
  16. Mass of Saint Étienne - Offertoire: Iustorum Animæ (Mode I) by Benedictine Nuns of Saint-Michel de Kergonan
  17. Os Justi by Choir of St. Bride's Church & Robert Jones
  18. Three Motets: Sicut Cervus Desiderat by James O'Donnell & Westminster Cathedral Choir
  19. Allélulia Venite Ad Me, Allélulia Grégorien by Choeur des Moniales de l'Abbaye Sainte Scholastique de Dourgne
  20. Allegro maestoso by Canadian Brass
  21. Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, SWV 327 (To God alone the song we raise) by Academy of Ancient Music & Paul Goodwin
  22. Jesu, meiner Seele Wonne BWV 359/Jesu, meiner Freuden Freude BWV 360/Werde munter mein Gemüte BWV 1118 by Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart & Helmuth Rilling
  23. Choral 'Valet will ich dir geben' choralis in pedale BWV 736 by Oliver Vernet
  24. Blest Are the Pure In Heart by Malcolm Archer, Rupert Gough & Wells Cathedral Choir
  25. By All Your Saints Still Striving by Choir of First Church Los Angeles
  26. Give Me the Wings of Faith by St. Michael's Singers & Isaac Watts
  27. Blessed Are the Poor In Spirit by Studio for New Music & Igor Dronov
  28. Witness Cloud by Glenn Kaiser & Darrell Mansfield
  29. A Cloud of Witnesses by Mark Schultz
  30. Great Cloud of Witnesses by Carolyn Arends
  31. Prayers of the Saints by James Covell
  32. Tears of the Saints by Leeland
  33. Go In Peace by Sarah Hart
  34. On the Third Day by Bethany Dillon & Matt Hammitt
  35. Unseen Warriors by Michael Card
  36. When It's All Been Said and Done by Martin Doman
  37. O Church Arise by Tim Hughes
  38. Circle Up by Chris Rice
  39. The Throne by Michael W. Smith
  40. All The Saints Join In by Tommy Walker
  41. For All the Saints by WLP Choir
  42. Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones by New England Christmastide Musicians
  43. How Firm a Foundation by Fernando Ortega
  44. Foundation (How Firm a Foundation) by Bobby Fisher
  45. Faith of Our Fathers by Phil Driscoll
  46. O God, Our Help in Ages Past (Op.137) by Choir Of King's College, Cambridge, Richard Farnes & Stephen Cleobury
  47. Praise the Lord! Ye Heavens Adore Him! by Choirs Of The Cathedral Of St. Philip, Atlanta/Craig Cansler, Conductor/David Fishburn, Organist
  48. Join All the Glorious Names by Joanne Hogg, Kristyn Getty & Margaret Becker
  49. Jordan: "There is a Land of pure Delight" by Paul Hillier & His Majestie's Clerkes
  50. Evangelize by Nick Alexander

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Year of St. Paul - Galatians Songs

Nick Alexander here... This is the Year of St. Paul, and to honor this special time, we are focusing on songs that use the texts of his writings as a basis for songs. This month, we are focusing on St. Paul's letter to the Galatians. As you can see, we have a pretty exhaustive list. This list encompasses all genres, from contemporary Christian, to praise and worship, to liturgical favorites. All of these songs use Galatians as a basis of its text. Enjoy, and be edified.
  1. May I Never Boast by John Michael Talbot based on Gal 6:14
  2. Nos autem gloriari oportet by The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford based on Gal 6:14
  3. Abba Father by Michael Card based on Gal 4:6
  4. Galatians 2:20 by Justin Mcroberts based on Gal 2:20
  5. No Longer I by Bob Hurd based on Gal 2:19-20,Gal 3:27,Gal 6:17
  6. Galatians by Randall Downs
  7. I Have Been Crucified With Christ by Robin Mark based on Gal 2:20
  8. The Appointed Time by John Michael Talbot based on Gal 4:4-6
  9. In the Cross of Christ I Glory by Catherine M. Palmer & Choir of Yorkminster Park Baptist Church based on Gal 6:14
  10. Be Brave Be Strong by Keeva Renee based on Gal 6:9
  11. Galatians by Craig Capdepon
  12. Brothers by Nathan Clark George based on Gal 6
  13. Fruit of the Spirit by Troy And Genie Nilsson based on Gal 5:22-23
  14. Let Us Walk In the Spirit by The Solo Committee based on Gal 5:16
  15. Love, Joy, Peace... by kimNdennis based on Gal 5:22-23
  16. I Am Crucified With Christ by John G. Elliott based on Gal 2:20

Unity Awards 2008 - October 25

Nick Alexander here...

The Unity Awards for 2008 are nearly upon us. These are the equivalents of a Grammy or a Dove Award. They are administered by the United Catholic Music and Video Association, and they will be having their awards ceremony this coming weekend.

The following represents all the nominees that have songs listed in iTunes. To have the full lists, you may need to go to and read all the nominees.

UCMVA Song of the Year

  1. Ave Maria by Trish Foti Genco
  2. I Surrender by Sharmane
  3. Discover the Way by Nick Cardilino
  4. Traces of Jesus by Dan Dúet
  5. Away from Myself by Noelle Garcia
  6. Holy Spirit, Come Now by Jesse Manibusan
  7. Fare Thee Well (A Song of the Ascension) by Simonetta
UCMVA Devotional Song of the Year
  1. Ave Maria by Trish Foti Genco
  2. I Surrender by Sharmane
  3. My Lord, My King by Brian Blum
  4. I Thirst by Danielle Rose
  5. All for Your Glory by Dan Schutte
  6. Endless Is Your Love by Tom Kendzia
  7. Be With Us Mary by Jenny Pixler
UCMVA Gospel Song of the Year
  1. Jammin' for the Lord by John Grassadonia
  2. I Lay Down My Burdens by Julius Collins & Gwen Matthews
  3. On That Final Judgment Day by Robert Robinson
  4. Honey from the Rock by Tom Kendzia
  5. Shout Praise by Grayson Warren Brown
  6. Wade In the Water by Frank Jansen & ValLimar Jansen
  7. Christmas In New Orleans by Trish Foti Genco
UCMVA Liturgical/Sacramental Song of the Year
  1. May the Road Rise to Meet You by Mel Kennedy
  2. Adoro Te Devote by Voice Trek
  3. Table of the World by Tony Alonso
  4. Hail Mary by Simonetta
UCMVA Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year
  1. Discover the Way by Nick Cardilino
  2. You Gotta Walk the Walk by Julius Collins & Gwen Matthews
  3. Faith, Hope, and Love by Paul Melley
  4. Away from Myself by Noelle Garcia
  5. Ain't Gotta Be Like That by Crystal Velazquez
  6. Miles Away by Simonetta
UCMVA Praise & Worship Song of the Year
  1. Spending Time Adoring You by Margo B. Smith
  2. Lord of Lords by Robert Robinson
  3. Washed In the Blood of the Lamb by Gwen Matthews
  4. Rise, O People, Called to Worship by Brian Blum
  5. If We Choose to Love by Margo B. Smith
UCMVA Rock/Modern Song of the Year
  1. Body and Blood by Critical Mass
  2. Be My Everything by Chris Padgett
  3. Satisfied by Joel Stein
UCMVA Country Song of the Year
  1. Traces of Jesus by Dan Dúet
  2. My Portion, My Treasure by Brian Blum
  3. Oh Papa by Simonetta
  4. Isn't It Amazing? by Kurt and Julie Carrick
Results will be listed as soon as they are available.

Year of St. Paul - 2 Corinthians Songs

Nick Alexander here... This is the Year of St. Paul, and to honor this special time, we are focusing on songs that use the texts of his writings as a basis for songs. This month, we are focusing on St. Paul's second letter to the Corinthians. As you can see, we have a pretty exhaustive list. This list encompasses all genres, from contemporary Christian, to praise and worship, to liturgical favorites. All of these songs use 2 Corinthians as a basis of its text. Enjoy, and be edified.
  1. Yes and Amen by Matt Redman based on 2 Cor 1:20
  2. Freedom Reigns by Ed Bolduc based on 2 Cor 3:17
  3. Freedom by Darrell Evans based on 2 Cor 3:17
  4. Earthen Vessels by John Michael Talbot based on 2 Cor 4:7
  5. Trading My Sorrows by Critical Mass based on 2 Cor 4:8-9
  6. We Walk By Faith by Marty Haugen based on 2 Cor 5:7
  7. New Creation (J-boy Mix) by Mike Harrison based on 2 Cor 5:17
  8. Cheerful Giver by Pia Taylor & Praise based on 2 Cor 9:6
  9. Angel of Light by Petra based on 2 Cor 11:14
  10. Your Grace Is Sufficient by Shane Barnard & Shane Everett based on 2 Cor 12:9

Triumph of the Holy Cross

Nick Alexander here... On the weekend of September 14 the Church celebrates the Feast Day of the Triumph of the Holy Cross. In celebration, we have hand picked ten songs best suited for the occasion. These songs range from modern hymn classics to contemporary praise songs. Artists as varied as Matt Redman, Sean Clive, Hillsongs, Gerard Faucheux, Jeremy Riddle, Apostolica, and The Good Shepherd Singers are all represented. Happy Feast Day!

Suggestions for a Contemporary Baptism Service

Nick Alexander here... A couple of days ago, a reader of this blog asked if we could come up with some recommendations for a youth-oriented baptism service. He was looking for the great song that would tie everything together. After putting our heads together, we came up with the following list. I hope it helps others looking for something similar.

  1. Receive the Power by Guy Sebastian and Gary Pinto
  2. Your Grace Is Enough by Matt Maher
  3. Spirit of Fire by Mike Harrison & Greg Walton
  4. Come Holy Spirit (Veni, Sancte Spiritus) by John Michael Talbot
  5. SpiritSong by Lynn Geyer
  6. Create New Hearts by Tom Booth
  7. Healing Waters by Trevor Thomson
  8. Jesus, I Trust in You by Angus McDonell
  9. Overflow by Matt Maher
  10. River of Life by Josh Blakesley
  11. Sacred Silence by Jenny Pixler
  12. Your Grace Is Enough by Bob Rice
  13. Come to the Water by Matt Maher
  14. Grace Like Rain by Todd Agnew
  15. Worthy Is the Lamb by Darlene Zschech
  16. All Who Are Thirsty by Brenton Brown
  17. I Give You My Heart by Michael W. Smith
  18. My Savior My God by Aaron Shust
  19. Nothing but the Blood by Matt Redman
  20. Holy Spirit Rain Down by Natalie Grant
  21. Kindness (Live) by Chris Tomlin
  22. What the Lord Has Done In Me by Reuben Morgan
  23. I Will Never Be by Hillsong
  24. Who Am I by Casting Crowns
  25. Untitled Hymn (Come to Jesus) by Chris Rice
  26. Healing Rain by Michael W. Smith
  27. Let It Rain by Michael W. Smith
  28. Water by Catholic Kids Worship
  29. Shine for You by Michael Gleason
  30. Veni, Creator Spiritus by John Angotti
  31. Breath of God by Bob Millspaugh

Finally, if you are looking for suggestions for retreat themes, or religious services, or prayer nights, or whatever, we would like to be of help. It's free. Just contact us, and we will do our best. It would give us no greater joy than to introduce others to those great songs that can minister to you and your community.

Nick's Notes: Praise You in the Storm

by Nick Alexander It has been my intention to follow up my last Nick's Notes article, about finding exceptional worship songs, with another article about how to discern which untested songs may work well for a congregational setting. However, over the last three months I have been thrust into a trial that I wish to recount here. I suspect that I would be able to continue my series in future installments. My father-in-law, Richard, is a good man, a devout Catholic, and had been afflicted with epilepsy for nearly his whole life. A recent series of events (which included a minor traffic violation that caused the removal of his license), made him decide to do something about it: enlist for brain surgery. This particular surgery, mind you, was among the most basic of surgeries … and he had it performed at one of the top hospitals in the state, by a doctor who has performed this surgery for well over twenty-five years. This surgery came and went. Other than his complaints of a terrible headache, he was well on his way to recovery. He had one last surgery remaining, the replacement of that skull portion with a metallic plate—the portion removed that made the surgery possible. Then early on Sunday morning, everything changed for the worse.... (Click here to read the rest of the story)
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