Have you ever wondered what songs Darlene Zschech or Israel Houghton or Elevation Worship would sing when they lead worship in their local churches? Despite releasing high profiled worship albums and touring across the globe in helping the church at large worship, many of these worship artists are also local church leaders. On their blogs, websites and facebooks, Darlene Zschech, Israel Houghton, and Elevation Worship have shared with us their Sunday worship song list.
Darlene Zschech, who has fronted many of Hillsong Live's Worship albums, has a recent bout with breast cancer. As a result, she has removed herself from the platform since her operation last December. After months of chemotherapy and radiation, Zschech is back in church leading worship. Recently, on her blog, she has revealed the songs she has included in her worship song set.
Writing on her own blog, Zschech reveals: "For those interested, we sang.. 'Alive in Us' (Hillsong), 'Build Your Kingdom' (Rend Collective.. the BEST and FUN song!!), 'In Jesus Name' (Israel Houghton and myself) 'Hands to the Heavens' (Kari Jobe), 'Your Name /Cry of the Broken' (Paul Baloche and myself) 'It is Well' (Bethel Music).. and heaven visited. It was magnificent. Then, we sang 'Sovereign Over Us' (Michael W Smith). There were a few others woven throughout but those were the main songs for the night."
Israel Houghton, a close friend and producer of Zschech, is the worship leader at Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church. Lakewood Church houses US's largest congregation with over 43,500 worshippers attending each Sunday. Houghton has earned two gold-selling albums, eleven Dove Awards, two Stellar Awards, a Soul Train Award, and four Grammy® Awards-for "Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album" for The Power of One, "Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album" for A Deeper Level, "Best Traditional Gospel Album" for Alive In South Africa, and "Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album" for Love God, Love People.
Some time ago on Facebook, Houghton reveals his set list of worship songs he has had led in church. The songs include: "Endless Light" (Israel Houghton & New Breed), "God is Here" (Darlene Zschech), "One Thing Remains" (Jesus Culture), "Jesus at the Center" (Israel Houghton & New Breed), "Greater" (Elevation Worship), and "We are the Free" (Israel Houghton & New Breed).
Elevation Worship is the worship band of Elevation Church. Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, is an Interdenominational multi-site church pastored by Steven Furtick. From 2007 through 2010, Elevation was consistently cited by Outreach Magazine as one of the Top 100 fastest growing churches in the United States.
The band has released three independent studio albums. "We Are Alive" was released in 2008, "God With Us" in 2009 and "Kingdom Come" in 2010. "Kingdom Come" was the band's first album to breakthrough on the Billboard charts, and this was done on No. 5 on Heatseekers, No. 42 on Independent Albums and at No. 17 on the Christian Albums chart.The band signed with Essential Records sometime in 2011. "For the Honor" was released on November 21, 2011 on Essential, which it saw chart success on Billboard. Earlier this year, they just released their brand new album "Only King Forever."
Posted on their website, they have listed their song set from week to week. On one Sunday, here are the songs they have chosen: "Look How He Lifted Me" (Elevation Worship). "God's Great Dance Floor" (Martin Smith, Chris Tomlin), "Jesus Forever" (Elevation Worship), "Great And Mighty King" (Elevation Worshi), and "Jesus I Come" (Elevation Worship).
What is encouraging to see is that many of these worship leaders are not only singing their own soongs in their local settings, but they are also willing to exposed their own congregations to a larger portfolio of song writers and artists.
What is your church's worship song set?