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We are almost half way through 2017, here’s a time to look back at our favorite worship songs for 2017 from January to May.  In order for a song to qualify for this list, it needs firstly to be a song focused for the communal worship of the church,  Second, the song needs to be released this year.  And thirdly, only songs that were submitted to us were considered.

10. “Hearts of the Fathers” by Nathan Jess from “Phoenix”

Co-written by Matt Redman and Jess, “Hearts of the Fathers” deals with a topic rarely mention in today’s worship music’s rhetoric:  the broken home.  This uniquely written ballad speaks of how broken families can turn to God for healing.  In a culture of family dysfunctionality, this is a must-hear.

9. “Reverse” by Greg Sykes from “Reverse”

“Reverse” is prided on the fact that it is solidly grounded in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. With its elongated electric drum beats and grinding guitars, Sykes reminds us that God often uses our setbacks and disappointments for His glory and for our good.

8. “God I Look to You” Bethel Music featuring Francesca Battistelli from “Starlight”

Maybe it’s the familiarity but the Francesca Battistelli-led “God I Look to You” has a magnetic power to it.  From the first synth notes to its propulsive chorus, you can’t help but worship along.  What’s of interest is that the chorus bears a striking similarity to Hillsong Worship’s “What a Beautiful Name.”  Is this a case of Brooke Fraser listening a little too much to Bethel?

7. “The Cause of Christ” by Kari Jobe from “The Garden”

Many worship speaks of loving Christ, but not many speak of loving Christ with that absolute resolve as The Cause of Christ.”  If worship music is to be used to formulate our hearts, this song will cause a Godly imprint.  The only thing I want in life/Is to be known for loving Christ/To build His church, to love His bride/And make His name known far and wide.”

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