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When was the last time you got to choose your own Top 40 music countdown instead of listening to someone else’s? Even more so, how often do we as a church really get a chance to “sing our favorites” and celebrate those songs and hymns that have shaped our relationship with God?

Beginning this past May, we began a process of selecting our favorite hymns among the congregation of Union Avenue Christian Church. We carefully considered the hymns that resonate with our personal faith journeys, submitted our ballots, compiled the results into our TOP 40 COUNTDOWN, and then we sang four of those hymns each Sunday, beginning in June. We started with #40 and we sang four songs each week until we arrived at #1.

Our summer worship services in the Gallery were filled with spirited singing of our favorite hymns. It was a great way to share the stories of our faith and memories that remain dear and close to our heart. Here's a recap of our TOP 40:

  1. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee  

  2. For All the Saints

  3. All Creatures of Our God and King

  4. For the Beauty of the Earth

  5. Amazing Grace

  6. It Is Well with My Soul

  7. My Life Flows On

  8. How Great Thou Art

  9. Christ the Lord Is Risen Today

10. One Bread, One Body

11. Be Thou My Vision

12. Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty

13. Precious Lord, Take My Hand

14. Spirit

15. Here I Am, Lord

16. In the Bud There Is a Flower

17. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

18. In Remembrance of Me

19. Lift Every Voice and Sing

20. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

21. O God, Our Help in Ages Past

22. There Is a Balm in Gilead

23. His Eye Is on the Sparrow

24. Wade in the Water

25. In the Garden

26. Fairest Lord Jesus

27. Come and Find the Quiet Center

28. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

29. Joy to the World

30 Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

31. Shall We Gather at the River

32. We Gather Together

33. He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought!

34. Let Us Break Bread Together

35. I Know that My Redeemer Liveth

36. Silent Night, Holy Night

37. Let There Be Peace on Earth

38. The Church’s One Foundation

39. Sweet, Sweet Spirit

40. When in Our Music God Is Glorified