Tuesday, August 10, 2010

African American Worship

Spiritual Formation Class
Payne Theological Seminary
July 2010
I asked my Spiritual Formation students at Payne Theological Seminary to write down their three favorite worship songs. Twenty-nine persons responded. The ages ranged from the early 20s to mid-to-late 60s. Most of the seminary students are affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal denomination.

The results are:

(Two Persons Chose the Following Songs)

  • Don’t Do It Without Me (Bishop Paul Morton)
  • Great Is Your Mercy (Donnie McClurkin)
  • Here I Am to Worship (Israel & the New Breed)
  • How Great Thou Art
  • Jesus, Jesus, Jesus (There’s Just Something About That Name) (Timothy Wright) 
  • Lead Me, Guide Me
  • Praise Him
  • Your Grace and Mercy
(One vote apiece)

  • A Touch From You (Brian Courtney Wilson)
  • Above All (Michael W. Smith)
  • Alabaster Box (Cece Winans)
  • All to Jesus I Surrender
  • Already Here (Brian Courtney Wilson)
  • Amazing Grace
  • Available to You (Milton Brunson, Thompson Community Choir)
  • Because of Who You Are (Vicki Yohe)
  • Best in Me (Marvin Sapp)
  • Beyond the Veil (Daryl Coley)
  • Blessed Assurance (Gladys Knight)
  • Blessed Be the Name of the Lord (Youth for Christ)
  • Change My Heart, O God
  • Changed (Tremaine Hawkins)
  • Close to You (J.J. Hairston)
  • Confidential God (Brooklyn All Stars)
  • Desire of My Heart (Vanessa Bell Armstrong)
  • Do Not Pass Me By
  • Falling In Love With Jesus
  • Give Thanks
  • God Will (Tim Rogers and the Fellas)
  • Great Is Thy Faithfulness
  • Guide Me Thou, O Great Jehovah
  • He Is Lord
  • He Saw the Best in Me
  • He’s God (Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir)
  • He’s Real (Tim Rogers and the Fellas)
  • Holy, Holy, Holy
  • How Great Is Our God (Chris Tomlin)
  • How Great Thou Art (Cece Winans)
  • How Long Sweet Jesus? How Long?
  • I Know I’ve Been Changed (Dorothy Norwood)
  • I Know the Lord Will Make a Way (Al Green & Aretha Franklin)
  • I Love the Lord (Richard Smallwood)
  • I Love You, Lord
  • I Will Trust You (James Fortune)
  • I’ll Say Yes, Lord (Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir)
  • Jesus, Be a Fence (Fred Hammond)
  • Jesus, I Love Calling Your Name
  • Jesus Keep Me
  • Jesus Said, You Can Lean on Me
  • Like a Ship That’s Tossed and Driven
  • Lord Move, or Move Me (FFH)
  • More Than Anything (Lamar Campbell)
  • More Than I Can Bear (Kirk Franklin)
  • Never Would Have Made It (Rev. Marvin Sapp)
  • Noel
  • None Like You (Marvin Sapp)
  • O Come Let Us Adore Him
  • Pour My Love on You (Philips, Craig & Dean)
  • Praise the Lord, O My Soul
  • Precious Lord
  • Safe In His Arms
  • Show Me Your Ways
  • Something About the Name Jesus (Rance Allen Project)
  • Stand
  • Sweet Holy Spirit
  • Sweet, Sweet Spirit
  • Swept Away (Aril Nye)
  • The Lord Is Holy
  • The Potter’s House (Tramaine Hawkins)
  • The Storm Is Over Now (Kirk Franklin)
  • There Is None Like You
  • Victory Is Mine
  • We Have Come This Far by Faith
  • Welcome Into This Place
  • We’re Blessed (Fred Hammond)
  • What a Mighty God We Serve
  • What He Has For You It Is For Me
  • Yes, God Is Real
  • Yes Lord, Yes
  • Yield Not Unto Temptation
  • You Are Holy, O So Holy