Mike Cope's blog

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

My last e-mail yesterday from Jim indicated that he thinks he's going to be allowed to leave Zambia. Thanks for your prayers. Please let them continue for Dr. Jim, his family, and the Zambian family. (I'll update as soon as I hear something.) - - - - I just finished oiling Chris's glove. It's the one that's been in our family since Matt was 10. I still love the smell of a freshly oiled baseball glove. - - - - "I want worship to be directed to God and to express the thoughts of the whole community of faith. BUT, if I got to pick my favorite three worship songs to sing this Sunday morning, they would be . . . ." Finish the sentence. I'll give you mine later.


  • Days of Elijah, Days of Elijah and Days of Elijah, oh and There's a Stirring, Ancient of Days....

    By Blogger Tammy M., at 1/25/2006 05:12:00 AM  

  • Friend of God (Philips, Craig and Dean), Father Spirit Jesus (Casting Crowns), As The Deer

    By Blogger Brad, at 1/25/2006 05:26:00 AM  

  • Jesus Lamb of God, Just as I Am, Blue Skies & Rainbows.

    By Blogger Tommy, at 1/25/2006 05:28:00 AM  

  • Blessed Be Your Name, Just As I Am, Lord Reign In Me

    By Blogger Ed Harrell, at 1/25/2006 05:32:00 AM  

  • That's a tough qurestion ... taking my favorite 300 and narrowing to three. So, I'm going to defer for now.

    But on a related note, every time I think of the following two song titles from the Howard Praise and Worship book, I have to laugh to myself.

    "Did you think to Pray?"
    "Getting Used to the Family of God"

    That's hysterical.

    By Blogger Brian, at 1/25/2006 05:35:00 AM  

  • Only three??? ... There's a Stirring, A New Annointing, and Shine, Jesus, Shine

    By Blogger Jimmy, Tiffany, Abigail and Cooper, at 1/25/2006 05:44:00 AM  

  • Wow, narrowing it to three...? A New Anointing, Blessed Be Your Name, This Is How We Overcome, Shout Hallelujah, Lord Reign in Me (oops, guess I can't count)...

    By Blogger Rhonda, at 1/25/2006 05:52:00 AM  

  • Blessed be your name, Had it not been the Lord (who was on our side), All praises be.

    By Blogger Chris Field, at 1/25/2006 05:58:00 AM  

  • 1. Father, Spirit, Jesus (Casting Crowns)
    2. Blessed Be Your Name (Tree 63) 3. How Great is Our God (Chris Tomlin)

    And considering this could be sung during communion, it doesn't really count as "another" song because it's being done while the emblems are being passed and so it is not taking up more time (any worship planners out there :-) ....
    "A Shield About Me"

    By Blogger Arlene Kasselman, at 1/25/2006 06:07:00 AM  

  • 1. Blessed Be Your Name
    2. Days of Elijah
    3. Lord Reign in Me
    4. Every other ZOE song
    5. Then maybe the blue book songs ;)

    By Blogger Beaner, at 1/25/2006 06:12:00 AM  

  • Blessed Be Your Name
    How Great Is Our God
    New Annointing

    And then my next 3...

    And then my next 3...

    By Blogger Jamie B, at 1/25/2006 06:15:00 AM  

  • Be Thou My Vision
    Come, Thou Fount of Ev'ry Blessing
    All Creatures of Our God and King

    By Blogger Eric, at 1/25/2006 06:16:00 AM  

  • It is at times like this that I wish you allowed anonymous comments so I could vote several times. There is no way I could say I only have three favorites, but the first three that came to mind this morning were:
    Blessed Be Your Name
    O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
    When the Night is Falling

    By Blogger Val, at 1/25/2006 06:17:00 AM  

  • Days of Elijah, There's a Stirring, Blessed Be The Name - and my sweet kids will sing along. They won't clap, yet.

    By Blogger Denise W., at 1/25/2006 06:18:00 AM  

  • Wonderful Merciful Savior, Blessed Be Your Name, I Know Whom I Have Believed

    By Blogger Amy, at 1/25/2006 06:25:00 AM  

  • Jesus Keep Me Near The Cross, Faithful Love, His Grace Reaches Me.

    By Blogger Danny Mercer, at 1/25/2006 06:36:00 AM  

  • Blessed Be Your Name
    Ancient Words

    I've never heard "There's a Stirring" but it looks like I need to!

    By Blogger Lisa McD in FL, at 1/25/2006 06:39:00 AM  

  • Blessed Be Your Name
    Shout to the Lord
    In Christ Alone

    By Blogger RPorche, at 1/25/2006 06:45:00 AM  

  • Our prayers continue for Jim....

    My three in the order sung...

    1. Be Still My Soul
    2. While On The Sea
    3. It is Well With My Soul

    By Blogger J A Pierpont, at 1/25/2006 06:46:00 AM  

  • As others have said, it is impossible to pick only 3 favorites. The old timeless songs of faith; Amazing Grace, Blessed Assurance, etc., are definitely in my favorites. I still love the jivey ones my kids liked when they were teens; Sing And Be Happy, The New Song, etc.. Today, my favorites are about Jesus; Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, There's Something About That Name, and Jesus, Name Above All Names.

    Jack Boyd included a great song on one of the Accapella reunion recordings called, Ride The Morning Wind....fantastic lyrics imho.

    By Blogger Kate, at 1/25/2006 06:52:00 AM  

  • 1) Veni Sancte Spiritus
    2) La ténèbre n'est point ténèbre
    3) Laudate Dominum

    By Blogger Travis, at 1/25/2006 06:53:00 AM  

  • The Lord is in His Holy Temple, Highest Place, Many other songs tied for 3rd.

    By Blogger Matt Warren, at 1/25/2006 07:00:00 AM  

  • Today they would be:
    1. We Shall Assemble on the Mountain.
    2. There is a Redeemer.
    3. O, Lord, Our Lord.
    Tomorrow they may be different.

    By Blogger drjimwhite, at 1/25/2006 07:09:00 AM  

  • Mine are:

    Come Into the Heavenlies
    Nearer Still Nearer
    Come, Let Us Bow Down

    Hard to pick just three!

    By Blogger pegc, at 1/25/2006 07:09:00 AM  

  • 1. My Jesus I love thee
    2. It is well with my soul.
    3. Blessed be your name.

    By Blogger Matt Pinson, at 1/25/2006 07:09:00 AM  

  • 1. How Great is our God
    2. You are Holy
    3. Blessed Be The Name

    My 8-year old daughter Cayce made this statement at dinner the other night:

    "I like that new song we sang at Church yesterday...you know, the one that starts 'This World Is Not My Home'..."

    By Blogger Corey, at 1/25/2006 07:13:00 AM  

  • 1. "Worthy of Praise is Christ our Redeemer" written by my friend Tillit S. Teddlie...and was for many years the only song we had taken from the scriptures of praise in Revelation.
    2. "Have Thine Own Way, Lord"
    3. "Majestic Sweetness"
    3. "Holy, Holy, Holy"
    3. "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus"

    Oh, I can only use the # 3 one time?

    There are songs that become favorites because of the situation..."Walking In Sunlight"...the last song my Grandad Layton led before his death. "Softly and Tenderly"...the invitation song the Sunday I was baptized. Verse 4 of "O Happy Day" which begins "'Tis done, the great transactions done; I am my Lord's and He is mine" which Grandad led as I came up from the waters of baptism. "There is a God"...the song the congregation in Paris, Texas was singing the Sunday morning we stopped for worship on the way home from Pop Mills' funeral in Oklahoma...and just as we entered the auditorium, the chorus was echoing throughout the building. My daddy was carrying my younger son and he put his arm around me, pulled Mother and my older son close and said, "It's true!" Memories like these make songs our favorites!

    By Blogger Momdee, at 1/25/2006 07:22:00 AM  

  • 1. Come thou fount
    2. Be thou my vision
    3. O sacred head

    By Blogger Gay Restorationist, at 1/25/2006 07:45:00 AM  

  • 1. When I Survey
    2. O Sacred Head
    3. Salvation Belongs to Our God

    By Blogger Robert, at 1/25/2006 07:49:00 AM  

  • It's not fair for me to respond. After all, I *do* get to pick them every Sunday! :-)

    By Blogger Matt Elliott, at 1/25/2006 07:51:00 AM  

  • Be Still My Soul is such a beautiful song. I always try to find a way to slip it in to our worship planning. It definitely belongs in one of my "next group of 3..." lists. Along with all the other great songs everyone else is listing!

    By Blogger Jamie B, at 1/25/2006 07:53:00 AM  

  • His Grace Reaches Me, There's a Stirring, Be Still My Soul.

    About a thousand more!


    By Blogger David U, at 1/25/2006 07:53:00 AM  

  • Asking me to pick my favorite songs is like asking me to pick my favorite air. Singing is almost like breathing for me. But I'll try:

    1. How Great is Our God
    2. Blessed Be the Name of the Lord
    3. There's a Stirring

    It doesn't even feel right to number them, because no one song is "better" than the other. And there are too many more that keep coming to mind.

    (Of course, if you'd really release your "Classics" compilation, I'm sure some of those would be on the list!)

    By Blogger Karen, at 1/25/2006 08:00:00 AM  

  • 1. God Moves in a Mysterious Way
    2. Precious Lord Take My Hand
    3. Lay Your Burden Down

    By Blogger Joel Maners, at 1/25/2006 08:04:00 AM  

  • Karen -

    Thanks. The "Mike Cope Sings the Classics" video will be released soon. :)

    How do I leave off "Blessed Be Your Name" (which has been a guiding light to our church for the past year), "Be Still My Soul," "Shout, Hallelujah" (thank you, Randy Gill!), "Salvation Belongs to Our God," "Here I Am to Worship," "God Himself Is With Us," or "We Praise Thee, O God"?

    But with just three -- is that what I really said? -- it would today be:

    1. "In Christ Alone."
    2. "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name."
    3. "How Great Is Our God."

    Keep them coming!

    By Blogger Mike, at 1/25/2006 08:05:00 AM  

  • God of Wonders (Third Day and Caedmon's Call)
    Grace Like Rain (Todd Agnew)
    You Are My King (?)

    By Blogger Ryan, at 1/25/2006 08:06:00 AM  

  • 3) "728 B" (I know it's actually called "Our God, He is Alive" but for all of us _Songs of the Church_-ers out there, it will always be 728 B)
    2) "It is Well with My Soul"
    1) "The Greatest Command"

    By Blogger Tiffany, at 1/25/2006 08:13:00 AM  

  • I was going to put mine but then I took the time to scan the comments and found myself saying, "oh, yeah that one too" about 99 times.

    So I'll just say that today my 3 are:
    Just as I am
    When Peace Like A River
    Step By Step

    By Blogger Steve Duer, at 1/25/2006 08:21:00 AM  

  • "Be Still My Soul"
    "It is Well With My Soul", especially when the story is told about the writer prior to singing it.
    "In Your Arms of Love"
    Oops, couple more...
    "Living Prayer"
    "How Beautiful"
    Oh this is crazy. I just keep thinking of them. Let me say this, I love most any song that is very vertical....sending praises and prayer directly to the object of my affections, Lord Jesus, Savior of my soul.
    Tiffany the 728b comment is classic!

    By Blogger Snapshot, at 1/25/2006 08:24:00 AM  

  • 1.For All You've Done (Oh, cleanser of the mess I've made)
    2. Be Thou My Vision
    3a. Nearer, Still Nearer
    3b. Blessed Be Your Name

    By Blogger jlane, at 1/25/2006 08:33:00 AM  

  • 1. Be thou my vision(Bi-Se I Mo Shuil)
    2. In Christ Alone
    3. My Jesus I Love Thee! (I've loved this song since Mark sang it solo on The Rifleman.

    By Blogger happytheman, at 1/25/2006 08:39:00 AM  

  • * It is well
    * How deep the Father's love
    * In Christ alone

    and about 12 more...

    By Blogger Greg, at 1/25/2006 08:41:00 AM  

  • Man, oh, man! Life is too difficult! This question, for me, comes in second to 'Where are you from?', and third to 'Who is your favourite composer?'

    Praise God that there were and are so many wonderful composers and lyricists who love(d) Him enough to want to feel His presence in their lives and then share that with me (and us)!

    By Blogger Deb, at 1/25/2006 09:24:00 AM  

  • O Sacred Head (All time Favorite)

    Holy Ground (Both Versions together)

    Who Am I

    By Blogger Jeremy Houck <>, at 1/25/2006 09:29:00 AM  

  • Not fair, Mike, not fair. ;)

    Would you want three from the time in my life in which I enjoyed, thrilled in song worship with my Dad?
    Or maybe three for my 'recovering legalist' epoch,
    Or maybe from the post recovery period, and three of those that express my deepest thanksgiving, worshipful joy of His delivery? Which?

    1- Church in the Wildwood

    2- There Is a God

    3- Blessed Be Your Name

    So then what do I do with Awesome God or, Come Share the LORD or maybe, Days of Elijah or as mentioned, Ancient of Days or Jesus Lamb of God or a thousand others, such as O Sacred Head et al?

    Not fair, Mike!! ;)

    By Blogger Kathy, at 1/25/2006 09:39:00 AM  

  • I want to know Brandon's choices. My are the same as his.

    By Blogger Coping, at 1/25/2006 09:42:00 AM  

  • "You Are My King (Amazing love)," "We are the Body of Christ." And then it's a toss up between: "Good to me/You have been good," "A New Anointing," "How Deep the Father's love," and "Ancient Words." Yea any of those would do the trick!

    By Blogger Josh, at 1/25/2006 09:44:00 AM  

  • Let Us Be You
    It Is Well With My Soul
    Sometimes By Step

    By Blogger Phil, at 1/25/2006 09:58:00 AM  

  • 1. It is Well With My Soul
    2. My Jesus, I Love Thee
    3. Be Thou My Vision

    By Blogger Malibu Librarian, at 1/25/2006 10:14:00 AM  

  • Where no one stands alone

    Holy Lord

    I want Jesus to Walk with me.

    By Blogger GITCHA, at 1/25/2006 10:29:00 AM  

  • 1."Lead Kindly Light"
    2."Here We Are,But Straying Pilgrims"
    3."Shout Hallelujah"

    And many, many more!

    By Blogger annie, at 1/25/2006 10:34:00 AM  

  • For today,
    1. My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less (actually that's a 'for always')
    2. No Higher Calling
    3. Wonderful Merciful Savior

    By Blogger Sarah, at 1/25/2006 10:42:00 AM  

  • Josh-
    Of course "How Deep The Father's Love for Us...." I haven't heard it more beautifully sung than at Anthem. I long for being at Anthem one more time to sing with you there.....

    My top 3:

    1) Hail, Hail, Lion of Judah
    2) Blessed Be Your Name
    3) The Battle Belongs To The Lord

    You can't just name 3.....

    By Blogger Tracy, at 1/25/2006 10:58:00 AM  

  • 1 - Shield About Me
    2 - O Sacred Head
    3 - Be Still My Soul

    Honorable Mention:
    Hail, Hail, Lion of Judah
    (but only if led by Wayne Barnard)

    By Blogger Sarge, at 1/25/2006 11:20:00 AM  

  • Brandon -

    You've seen the note from my mom. She wants to know what YOUR choices are. Come on, man. Deliver or I'll make you run through a soccer tunnel again the next time you're sick. (Sweet Fresno memories.)

    By Blogger Mike, at 1/25/2006 11:21:00 AM  

  • 1. Be Thou My Vision
    2. On Zion's Glorious Summit
    3. My Jesus I Love Thee

    So I'm biased against newer songs. Maybe when In Christ Alone is 50 years old, it will be my higher on my list. But I gotta love the classics that have stood strong over time.

    By Blogger Daniel Gray, at 1/25/2006 11:25:00 AM  

  • Just three is hard - but today they would be
    Shout to the Lord
    My Jesus I Love Thee
    When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
    Ancient Words

    By Blogger Diana Paige, at 1/25/2006 11:40:00 AM  

  • 1. It is well with my soul.
    2. Worthy is the Lamb.
    3 Shout Hallielujah!

    By Blogger Hoots Musings, at 1/25/2006 11:46:00 AM  

  • These change periodically, but for January 25, 2006 these are my three:
    Be Unto Your Name
    Before the Throne of God Above
    Hallelujah! What a Savior

    By Blogger Amy Boone, at 1/25/2006 11:53:00 AM  

  • God Is So Good, Be Still And Know, O Come Let Us Adore Him--Now that we've had three songs, it must be time for prayer!

    By Blogger eddy, at 1/25/2006 12:12:00 PM  

  • Wonderful Merciful Savior
    Be Thou My Vision
    You Are Mighty, You are Holy

    By Blogger Patty, at 1/25/2006 12:29:00 PM  

  • Almost every song listed is on my top 3 list--so I will have to go with Anne and "vote" with Brandon.

    By Blogger Vkls, at 1/25/2006 12:51:00 PM  

  • As many have said, mine would change from day to day - and I hate to only use three. But three that I love to sing again and again are:

    1. Blessed Be Your Name
    2. Holy, Holy, Holy
    3. Salvation Belongs to Our God

    By Blogger Katie, at 1/25/2006 01:45:00 PM  

  • That's easy...

    1) Come Thou Fount
    2) Yaweh (U2)
    3) Where The Streets Have No Name (U2)

    By Blogger Stephen Jones, at 1/25/2006 01:52:00 PM  

  • Hi Mike! Melanie McRay here! Read your blog consistently but haven't been posting till now. Time to start! Coudn't resist this one:

    1) Where the Streets Have No Name by U2 (my worship song that some people wouldn't consider a worship song)

    2) Days of Elijah (my "haven't sung this since my ACU days and i miss it terribly" worship song)

    3) O Sacred Head (my old school worhsip song whose lyrics and harmonies make me want to fall on my face before Christ)

    And thanks for your post about teachers the other day... as a children's minister, many of my volunteers are teachers and this is a deep hurt and struggle for them as well.


    By Blogger Melanie M, at 1/25/2006 02:36:00 PM  

  • Lets see...
    Matt E, you are right...we do get to pick them every Sunday! These are them...as of this moment, and have already changed once in the midst of my typing them!
    1. In Christ Alone (Like you didnt already know this one Mike!)
    2. Let Ue Be You
    3. Blessed Be Your Name!

    By Blogger D.J. Bulls, at 1/25/2006 02:47:00 PM  

  • Thank, y'all. I'm leading singing in a couple of hours and have not yet prepared. This was handy.

    By Blogger JRB, at 1/25/2006 03:08:00 PM  

  • Mike,

    This i not really related to "what songs you'd like to sing" (well... i guess it kind of is acutally..) But i was thinking about your "church-hopper" post from a few days ago and remembered an AWESOME video from Igniter Media Group which you've probably already seen but if not you MUST see... it's called "MEChurch" . Absolutely hysterical, but it got through to our members about church comsumerism better than anything I've ever seen...

    By Blogger Melanie M, at 1/25/2006 03:33:00 PM  

  • Sorry guys---we're in the midst of a church move and it's chaotic here to say the least. But when Mike Cope cracks the whip...I jump. :)

    It's almost impossible for me to answer this question because it literally changes for me daily.

    Right now--
    1. How Great Is Our God
    2. You Humble Me--off Travis Cottrell's new Easter musical CD entitled "Redemption"
    3. Blessed Be Your Name
    4. Mighty Is The power of The Cross

    My all time favorite hymn is "O Love That Will Not Let Me Go". There will NEVER be a song to match it in my book. I also love "Beneath the Cross of Jesus"

    By Blogger Brandon Scott, at 1/25/2006 03:36:00 PM  

  • Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble
    We Will Dance
    How Great Is Our God

    followed by

    Blessed Be Your Name
    Better Is One Day

    perhaps there are a hundred or so more, however there is nothing more awesome to be in worship and experience 'spontaneous worship'

    By Blogger Joe Hatcher, at 1/25/2006 03:49:00 PM  

  • Yep, those'd be my picks also. And most of the others mentioned today!

    By Blogger Coping, at 1/25/2006 04:31:00 PM  

  • I'm glad I don't have to pick just three every Sunday!

    * Salvation Belongs to Our God
    * The Heart of Worship
    * When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

    and so many more. . .

    By Blogger Dan Dalzell, at 1/25/2006 05:49:00 PM  

  • Too many wonderful songs!

    Let's see.......
    Ancient Words
    O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
    Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

    By Blogger Judy Callarman, at 1/25/2006 06:10:00 PM  

  • 1. You Are My All in All
    2. It Is Well (the old school Blessed Be Your Name)
    3. Great is the Lord Almighty (as sung by Jernigan...CoC needs to learn the verses!)

    By Blogger Alex, at 1/25/2006 08:53:00 PM  

  • Holy Holy Holy, Pass me not O Gentile Savior, and Holy ground (both versions together)

    By Blogger Justin, at 1/25/2006 09:16:00 PM  

  • Shine Jesus Shine, Nearer Still Nearer, The Spacious Firmament

    By Blogger Michael Summers, at 1/25/2006 09:28:00 PM  

  • Since I can only pick three---good grief

    Val singing Arise My love
    When Peace Like a River
    There's a Stirring

    By Blogger Nancy Kirk, at 1/25/2006 09:40:00 PM  

  • Any EnterPraise version of any song, but especially these three:

    I Love To Praise His Name
    Awesome God (to the tune of Abracadabra)
    Hallelujah (Your Love Is Amazing)

    By Blogger Big Mike Lewis, at 1/25/2006 09:59:00 PM  

  • Although the list tends to change, the moment is filled with...

    "Be Thou My Vision"
    "Lord, Reign in Me"
    "All in All"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/26/2006 12:00:00 AM  

  • I'd love to have a long assembly where we compiled this list and sang them all! I did notice how many people (including myself) cheated--managing to work in over three. :)

    By Blogger Mike, at 1/26/2006 04:41:00 AM  

  • Being a stickler for following the "rules" I only listed three... but these would also be in the top ten...

    When Peace Like a River
    On Zion's Glorious Summit
    O Sacred Head
    Flee As A Bird

    By Blogger J A Pierpont, at 1/26/2006 05:23:00 AM  

  • Step by Step
    Shine Jesus Shine
    The Greatest Command
    I Know Not Why God's Wondrous Grace

    By Blogger CLF, at 1/26/2006 07:53:00 AM  

  • It really doesn't seem possible to name only three favorites. It would be like having each of my children born anew to me and being asked to give my favorite birthing experience between them. They are all so unique, they each one touch the heart in a special way, but they all have one purpose that cannot even allow a choice to made as in one above the others....each one was created to glorify God and exalt His Holy Name.
    That's what I believe is the element in not being able to choose only three worship songs. But I will say that those who chose to stick to the number given couldn't go wrong, nor can any fault be found in those who went beyond the requested number.
    Just as John said "And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.AMEN!
    There has never been more love songs written for, to, because of, inspired by, than the worship love songs written from those whose hearts that have been filled and changed by the Greatest Lover ever known. The Lover of our souls.
    I find it interesting that so many of the praise, worship and hymnal songs have been born out of great termoil, persecution, loss, grief, brokeness, etc., all allowed by the One to Whom they wrote their love song to. I call that a miracle. When someone hurts us or opens a wound we don't like it. When God does it, it brings healing and wholeness and beauty.
    Wow, who would have thought I would have written all of this just to mention these....

    ....Who Am I? (Casting Crowns)
    ...If We Are The Body (Casting Crowns)
    ...I am the Vine (John Michael Talbot)
    ...When Your Love Broke Through(Kieth Green)
    ....All Power(myself, my husband and our three youngest children)

    The power of praise, it's something the angels do without ceasing and they wonder at the miracle of what His Spirit does in the heart of man, that would cause him/her to spend the rest of their days, singing praise and sharing the love that set them free, with others.
    God knows the names and heart of every person, may we seek His guidance and wisdom to be to all what He created us to be, "glory and praise to His Holy Name."
    Let us love one another...sincerely yours,
    joy martin and family

    By Blogger joyinChrist, at 1/27/2006 02:17:00 AM  

  • Not in any order - they're all #1 to me! :

    - O Lord Our Lord
    - To Christ Be Loyal and Be True
    - There is a Stirring
    - Shine Jesus Shine (the first song I remember my daughter singing)
    - Great is Thy Faithfulness
    - Because He Lives...

    By Blogger Lynda Bee, at 1/27/2006 11:50:00 AM  

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