What’s the best part of halloween being over? Getting ready for Thanksgiving, of course! Sure there’s the turkey, stuffing and football, but the best part is the intentional time of gratitude. Here our favorite worship tunes to bring your heart in line with the season.
1. Great Is Thy Faithfulness (Beginning To End) - One Sonic Society
"Summer and winter and springtime and harvest
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love"
Not only does God’s faithfulness put us in default posture of gratitude but this great hymn’s lyrics invoke the season with “harvest” being the standout. Check out One Sonic Society’s version featuring Mike Weaver that adds a simple and relevant chorus to the age old standard. You can learn Great is Thy Faithfulness (Beginning To End) here.
2. The Goodness of God - Bethel Music
"From the moment that I wake up until I lay my head
I will sing of the goodness of God"
Bethel’s foray into country strikes the right tone for this song. Not over the top but a feel good anthem that keeps the focus on the work of Christ. Lot’s of great lead guitar work that will have you thankful we have a tutorial for it. Watch our The Goodness of God tutorial here.
3. Blessed Be Your Name - Matt Redman
"Blessed be Your name on the road marked with suffering
Though there’s pain in the offering Blessed be Your name"
Sometimes the table is overflowing with food, joy and laughter while others it’s bare, lonely and sorrowful. Matt Redman’s “Blessed Be Your Name” recognizes that God is good regardless of our circumstances. You know, circumstances like a divided country in the midst of a pandemic. Stuff like that. Learn Blessed Be Your Name.
4. O Great is Our God - The Sing Team
"Oh Great is our God so we should worship greatly
No song is too loud No orchestra to stately
To hail the majesty of our King so lift Your voices loud as we sing"
This song is one of our favorite ones on Worship Artistry. It’s a blast to sing and the jubilation of the lyrics is matched by the band’s performance. Gather everyone around the piano and bust this one out at the top of your lungs. Learn to play O Great Is Our God.
5. Great Are You Lord - All Sons And Daughters
"It’s Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise We pour out our praise"
This song is so simple and so good. It starts with a statement of what God does and the chorus responds with praise and thanksgiving. The bridge is a great build moment and let's the congregation crank it up. Check out the Greart Are You Lord tutorial here.
6. All The People Said Amen - Matt Maher
"Give thanks to the Lord for His love never ends
All the people said Amen"
Matt Maher’s uptempo tune is another great sing along that puts the focus on God’s goodness and the beauty of the Kingdom. In a time when we need unity this song gives us the language to sing about it. Learn All The People Said Amen here.
7. Forever - Chris Tomlin
"Give thanks to the Lord for He is good
His love endures forever"
This is one of those cozy classics that never gets old. It's also one of the few songs that is a direct quote from scripture that really is singable. You can also sing it as a call and response with the worship leader singing the first line and the congregation responding with "His love endures forever". Give it a try! Learn Forever here.
8. 10,000 Reasons - Matt Redman
"For all Your goodness I will keep on singing..."
Listing reasons why God is good easily leads to gratitude. You can also take some time to meditate on reasons to be thankful with church members speaking out words of thanks. The simple and classic instrumentation also fits the vibe of Autumn. Learn 10,000 Reasons.
9. Hallelujah for the Cross - Chris McClarney
"Hallelujah, Thank You Jesus
I was a prisoner now I’m not
With Your blood You bought my freedom
Hallelujah for the cross"
Chris McClarney has a lot of reasons to be thankful, not the least of which is he gets to play with our bass teacher Daniel Ornellas all the time. Of course, salvation is another great reason to be thankful and this song expresses it so well. Learn to play Hallelujah for the Cross here.
10. Blessed Assurance - Elevation
"This is my story this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long"
It’s all our stories and bringing us back to our testimony will always spark gratitude. This particular version ads a beautiful bridge that expresses gratitude that adds that little extra bit. Learn Blessed Assurance here.
Standing before an almighty God who gave His own life to save us gives us every reason to be thankful. As we live out this season and prepare for Advent, I hope these songs keep your heart on Christ this season. If you need more Thanksgiving worship songs you can view our entire Thanksgiving Tutorial collection here and if you're not a Worship Artistry member you can get your free trial here and be all ready for the holiday season.