First and foremost I’d love to welcome you to www.songsofworship.co.uk, and thank-you for reading this far. It is with great excitement we start this venture, and in advance I’d love to thank you for your support.
Songs of Worship actually began life last August 2017 when I ran the idea past Katie, my wife, and rather hastily bought the domain name, and began work on a rough website. In the coming weeks I began my teacher training, and Katie and I found out we were expecting our first child. Hence any new ideas took a slight backseat!
However in the New Year, even amongst baby preparations, and assignment writing (actually, mostly during assignment writing), ideas for the SoW provided not only a solid excuse to procrastinate, but I started to gather more and more that this was something that I should give a good go.
There were numerous reasons behind the SoW plan, but top of the list is a genuine heart to help both the church find fantastic new songs to sing, but also to help songwriters get their songs to churches.
A year or two back Katie and I spend some months travelling, and whilst we did we had the pleasure of visiting many churches along the way. One really noticeable thing was that in Churches in the USA, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, etc, we often sang the exact same songs.
Now, one side of the story is that is an amazing testimony to the power of songs, or to the technology that enables them to be heard worldwide. But I couldn’t help but think how much diversity we must lose with worship culture being the way it is, more often than not dominated by these ‘mainstream’ worship songs.
Now, don’t get me wrong. As a worship leader myself, I love hearing the latest offering from Bethel, Phil Wickham, Hillsong, etc, but I just couldn’t help but wonder, what if we made it a little easier to hear songs written in local church settings, for the sole purpose of blessing the local church.
The flipside of the story is for local church songwriters and worship leaders, it is often near impossible to get songs out to other churches without going through the whole, recording an album, getting it published, self promoting it, etc. Which is where Songs of Worship come in, we want to be that bridge between the songwriter and the local church.
We have tried to lay out Songs of Worship in a way, which makes it easily accessible, not too complex. So you will find the Song section, where you will find the latest songs. Each song will include a Youtube clip, lyrics, a link to download the chordsheet, as well as copyright information and CCLI numbers to add to your CCLI report.
Lastly, alongside providing the church with links to great songs, we will be running the blog section of the site too, which will host a plethora of writers from around the UK. Already lined up to write blogs we have worship pastors, songwriters, pastors, leaders, etc. So watch this space in the coming weeks.
It is our prayer that Songs of Worship will richly bless your church ministry, or personal worship time with worship songs you might usually have to go out of your way to find.
If you do have any comments or suggestions you would like to make, please get in touch via the contact page.
I write with genuine enthusiasm that Songs of Worship is finally up and running, and partly relieved that I finally got round to it. If anyone is interested in the outcome of the other aforementioned stories, Katie and I became parents to the beautiful Megan back in March, and I am three weeks away from being a fully fledged RE teacher. God is good.
Thanks for reading.
Author: Gareth Simmonds