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The Story Behind: The First Noel

It is one of the most famous carols; a herald proclaiming the coming of Christmas. But how old is this song we grew up with, and where does it come from? The First Noel’s origins are humble, not unlike the story it tells.


A Worship Leaders Guide to Surviving and Thriving This Christmas

With 20 consecutive years of local church experience, Mike O’Brien equips you with some fresh perspectives to help in your worship planning this Christmas.


Christmas Burnout

Worship leaders: the Christmas season is here! Before it’s too late, take a moment and plan on letting yourself actually enjoy the holiday.


Pushing All In On Red

If you took a poll of your congregation, how many of them could tell the difference in sound between a Yamaha Motif and a Nord Stage? Should you pay the big bucks for a Nord?

NEW Arrangement: The First Noel 2021


The First Noel marks the next stylistic phase of modern worship!


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1. O Come All Ye Faithful (His Name Shall Be) Passion / Melodie Malone


2. Joy To The World (Joyful Joyful) Phil Wickham


3. Light Of The World (Sing Hallelujah) We The Kingdom


4. Emmanuel God With Us (Live) Chris Tomlin


5. Go Tell It On The Mountain

Zach Williams


6. Joy To The World (Unspeakable Joy) Chris Tomlin


7. Christmas Day

Chris Tomlin / We The Kingdom


8. O Come O Come Emmanuel



9. O Come All You Unfaithful Sovereign Grace


10. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus Meredith Andrews

11. Light Of The World

Lauren Daigle


12. Crown Him (Christmas) (Live) Chris Tomlin / Matt Redman


13. King Of Kings

Hillsong Worship


14. Hark The Herald (with King Of Heaven) Paul Baloche


15. Angels We Have Heard On High Chris Tomlin


16. Hope Has A Name

Passion / Kristian Stanfill


17. Away In A Manger (Forever Amen) Phil Wickham


18. Noel

Lauren Daigle


19. O Holy Night

Hillsong Worship


20. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus Keith & Kristyn Getty

The worshipideas newsletter lists the top 20 songs from CCLI one week and PraiseCharts the next week to help you keep aware of what churches are singing. CCLI tends to reflect a more broad sampling of both contemporary and blended churches, PraiseCharts shows what's popular right now in churches that are more contemporary.

Joy to the World


Joy to the World is a Christmas staple: open a December praise set with it or close a Christmas Eve service.


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How Advent Can Be Much More Than "The Christmas Season"

When you journey through Advent to Christmas, you begin to see Jesus more fully. You recognize that His incarnation was the beginning of the redemption of the world and that His return is the completion of it. Advent pulls those two moments together. It overlays the joy of His arrival as a helpless babe with the hope of His appearing as conquering King. Both arrivals are anticipated in celebrating Advent.


8 Reasons Pastors Should Look Forward To The Christmas Season

It’s officially the Christmas season. In past years, I’ve written about why the Christmas season can be a stressful one for pastors. This year, I am reminded in my role as an interim pastor of the joys of leading a church in the Christmas season. Here are some of the reasons I’m looking forward to this season.


10 Christmas Bible Verses for Kids Ministry

As you prepare for Sunday School during the Christmas season, use these following Bible verses to share with children in Kids Ministry.

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