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I was at a denomination fundraiser dinner when the worship team surprised attenders by singing half of the choruses of Hillsong's popular "Cornerstone" in Spanish. I've sung and led it ever since in this same manner, as the literal Spanish translation has some cool lyrics and it keeps the song from getting, in my opinion, too repetitive. English translation of Spanish chorus below:


In Jesus I am strong

Only He is my Rock

Over the tempest, He is King

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While perusing Moody Radio's Urban Praise, I found "It's Christmas," a recent single by Chicago-based Gospel artist Arthur Sutton & The Gift of Praise. It's a catchy and memorable tune, and the vocal leader has a conversational, almost narrative tone. It would work well in a church service with a Gospel Choir or praise team.

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Rend Collective, the prolific and creative group from Northern Ireland, has released some new songs for Christmas. One of them is "Today is the Saviour's Day." (Lyric video here). It has joyful and poetic lyrics, delightful melismas in the chorus, and also some enjoyable Celtic elements in the background accompaniment. This song is certainly able to be executed in most American churches. Lyrics below:


Though the path may be covered in virgin white snow Your starlight will guide the way And the angels are singing, we are not alone Today is the Saviour's Day


Go tell it on the mountain, hope is alive Go shout it in the valley, love has arrived Gloria, glory in the highest Oh, let the church choir sing out in Christmas praise Let the bells ring out on the Saviour's day


If you feel like a stranger, there's room at the inn Let no one be turned away Let the bygones be bygones and healing begin Today is the Saviour's Day Yeah, today is the Saviour's Day


Go tell it on the mountain, hope is alive Go shout it in the valley, love has arrived Gloria, glory in the highest Oh, let the church choir sing out in Christmas praise Let the bells ring out on the Saviour's day


Let them sing it in the bars of Belfast City Sing it round the fires by Dublin bay From North to the South, across every divide Together we celebrate 'Cause today is the Saviour's day

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