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GUEST BLOG: "Top Hymns of ACDA Members," by Thomas Vozzella

       How many times does the average church attendee, currently around once a month, leave worship thinking, “I only knew one of the hymns this morning”? Below is a list of the top 100 hymns in America, give or take a few. The most frequently mentioned top hymns are highlighted (*). With “How Great Thou Art”, as the all time number one. Each reader will determine what is missing from/or should be removed as each weighs the most beloved hymns in their local congregation. This list was compiled from the most used hymn sites online, i.e., CCLI, Hymnlyrics, LifeWay, CyberHymnal,  etc.
       What we would like to accomplish, WITH YOUR HELP, is to create a list of the top hymns of ACDA members. Let’s try to post at least ten each. Although there are numerous choruses that have earned their way to this list, i.e. “As the Deer”, please, limit your responses to hymns, such as those listed below, however. Do not forget hymns by such notables as Calvin Hampton, David Hurd, John Ferguson, Getty & Townend, etc., if they are popular in your congregation, or with you.
       When we reach 100 posts, we will compile the list of the top hymns of ACDA members. This is not a scientific survey, but rather a summation of the most beloved hymns of ACDA members and their congregations. Along with your name, would you please list your denominational affiliation, church, location (i.e. Los Angeles, CA), and ACDA Division.  
       We thank you for your participation.
       Have a blessed Lent and Easter!
* A  Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Abide With Me
Alas And Did My Savior Bleed?
All Creatures of our God and King
All Hail The Power of Jesus’ Name
All The Way My Savior Leads Me
* Amazing Grace
Are You Washed in the Blood?
At Calvary
Battle Hymn of the Republic
* Be Thou My Vision
Because He Lives
Before The Throne of God Above
Blessed Assurance
Blest Be The Tie That Binds

Child of the King
* Christ The Lord Is Risen Today
Cleanse Me
* Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Count Your Blessings
* Crown Him With Many Crowns
Day By Day
* Doxology (Old 100th, Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow)
Eternal Father, Strong To Save
Face To Face
* Fairest Lord Jesus
Faith is the Victory
Faith of our Fathers
Fight the Good Fight
For All the Saints

God Leads His Dear Children Along
God Will Take Care Of You
* Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Have Thine Own Way, Lord
He Hideth My Soul
He Is Coming Again
He Lives
His Eye Is On the Sparrow
* Holy, Holy, Holy
How Firm A Foundation
* How Great Thou Art
I Am Thine, O Lord
I Love To Tell The Story
I Need Thee Ev’ry Hour
I Surrender All
I’d Rather Have Jesus
I’ll Fly Away
* In Christ Alone
In the Garden
In The Hour of Trial
In The Sweet By and By
* It is Well with My Soul
Jesus, Lover Of My Soul
* Jesus Loves Me
Jesus Paid It All
* Joyful. Joyful, We Adore Thee
Just As I Am

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
Lord I’m Coming Home
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Love Lifted Me
Moment By Moment
More Love To Thee
Morning Has Broken
My Faith Looks Up To Thee
Nearer My God, To Thee
No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus
Now We Thank All Our God
O Come All Ye Faithful
O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing
O Holy Night
O Little Town of Bethlehem
O Worship The King
Old Time Religion

Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior
Peace, Perfect Peace
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Precious Lord Take My Hand
Rescue The Perishing
Revive Us Again
Rock of Ages
Safe in the Arms of Jesus
Saviour, Like a Shepherd Lead Us
Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling
Standing on the Promises
Take My Life and Let It Be
Take Time To Be Holy
* The Old Rugged Cross
There Is A Fountain
There Is Power In The Blood
Till The Storm Passes By
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
Trust And Obey 
Victory In Jesus
What A Day That Will Be
What A Friend We Have in Jesus
What Child Is This?
* When I Survey The Wondrous Cross
When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder
When We All Get To Heaven
Wherever He Leads, I’ll Go
Yesterday, Today, Forever
on April 8, 2014 4:24am
Peggy Rosenkranz
Christ United Methodist Church (for 40 years)
Fort Collins, Colorado
SouthWest ACDA
1.  God of Love and God of Power
2.  Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
3.  O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing
4.  To God Be the Glory
5.  Precious Lord Take My Hand
6.  Silent Night
7.  Christ the Lord is Risen Today
8.  Holy, Holy, Holy
9.  This is My Father's World
10.  Love Divine, All Love's Excelling
Very hard to quit at just ten choices!
Applauded by an audience of 1
on April 8, 2014 5:48am
This is a great idea! I hope i'm not overdoing it by posting 30, but I've kept a list of my top 50 for a number of years now. I look forward to seeing the other posts.
1.Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
2.Come, Thou Almighty King
3.Be Thou My Vision
4.Holy, Holy, Holy
5.Great God, Indulge My Humble Claim
6.When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
7.O God, Our Help In Ages Past
8.A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
9.Shepherd of Tender Youth
10.O Love Divine, What Hast Thou Done?
11.Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
12.I Sing the Mighty Power of God
13.This Is My Father’s World
14.For the Beauty of the Earth
15.O Worship the King
16.The King of Love My Shepherd Is
17.Breathe on Me, Breath of God
18.Fairest Lord Jesus
19.O Power of Love
20.O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go
21.My God, I Thank Thee
22.My God, How Wonderful Thou Art
23.O Holy Light
24.Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now
25.O Sacred Head Now Wounded
26.Joy Dawned Again on Easter Day
27.O Word of God Incarnate
28. Come, Ye Sinners
29. Come, Ye Disconsolate
30.When Peace, Like a River
Applauded by an audience of 1
on April 8, 2014 8:15am
Eileen Benedict
Infant Jesus RC Church
Port Jefferson, NY
Amazing Grace
Be Still, My Soul
Be Not Afraid
Festival Canticle: Worthy is Christ
For the Beauty of the Earth
Here I Am, Lord
Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
How Can I Keep From Singing
How Great Thou Art
I Am the Bread of Life
In Christ Alone
Let There Be Peace On Earth
Lift High the Cross
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
O Breathe on Me, O Breath of God
On Eagle's Wings
Pan de Vida
Prayer of St. Francis
Precious Lord, Take My Hand
River of Glory
Sing of the Lord's Goodness
Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling
The King of Love My Shepherd Is
There Is a Balm in Gilead
Ubi Caritas
What Wondrous Love is This
You Are Mine
Applauded by an audience of 2
on April 8, 2014 8:17am
Be Thou My Vision
All Creatures of Our God and King
Praise to the Lord the Almighty
Come Thou Fount of Ev'ry Blessing
O Worship the King
Holy, Holy, Holy
Victory in Jesus
A Mighty Fortress is Our God
O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing
Crown Him with Many Crowns
It is Well with My Soul
Applauded by an audience of 1
on April 12, 2014 8:26am
Only 10; that's hard!  Here are mine in alphabetical order with another 20, thanks to Brandon's inspiration.  These are "general," i.e. not for Christmas, Lent, Easter, or other festivals (using a great alternate text for Sine Nomine and figuring "Spirit of God" is not only for Pentecost).  Please consider doing something similar for the Jewish, Universalist and possibly other non-Christian traditions.  
All My Hope On God Is Founded  (Michael)
For the Beauty of the Earth  (Dix)
For the Fruit of All Creation  (East Acklam)
Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken  (Austria)
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling  (Hyfrodol)
Praise to the Lord, The Almighty  (Lobe Den Herrn)
Praise, My Soul, The King of Heaven  (Lauda Anima)
Thy Strong Word Did Cleave The Darkness  (Ebenezer)
What Wondrous Love Is This  (Wondrous Love)
When In Our Music/For All The Saints  (Sine Nomine)
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God  (Ein Feste Burg)
Be Thou My Vision  (Slane)
Beautiful Savior  (Crusader's Hymn)
Built On A Rock The Church Doth Stand  (Kirken)
Come Ye Disconsolate  (Consolation)
Come, Thou Font of Every Blessing  (Nettleton)
Earth and All Stars  (Earth and All Stars)
God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens (Holy Manna)
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty  (Nicaea)
How Firm A Foundation  (Foundation)
Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise  (St. Denio)
Jesus Shall Reign Where'er The Sun  (Duke Street)
Jesus, Lover of My Soul  (Aberystwith)
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee  (Hymn to Joy)
Nearer My God to Thee  (Bethany)
O God Our Help In Ages Past  (St. Anne)
O Worship The King  (Lyons)
Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart  (Morecamb)
When I Survey The Wondrous Cross  (Hamburg)
When Morning Gilds The Skies  (Laudes Domini)
Lutheran; St. Monica & St. James Episcopal in Washington, DC; Arlington, VA; Eastern Division
Applauded by an audience of 1
on April 15, 2014 6:30am
Thank you for listing the hymn tunes along with the texts.