Songs for the Lord’s Supper

The Last Supper (Albrecht Durer)

I’ve been blessed to lead worship at a number of church’s that observe the Lord’s Supper every week, and in most of them music has been a part of the celebration.  Here is a collection of congregational songs that both pastors and congregations have found helpful for meditating on the specific themes of the Lord’s Supper as well as balancing both heartfelt celebration (Rev 19:1-10) and biblical introspection (1 Cor 11:17-33).  Most of these are on the more traditional spectrum, but I would love to hear what your congregation sings.

Songs for the Supper
A Cardiphonia compilation of re:tuned hymns for the Lord’s Supper.

Other Communion Songs We Love:

Approach, My Soul, the Mercy Seat (Benedict arr.)
mp3 | leadsheet

Communion Hymn – Behold the Lamb (Getty and Towend)
mp3 | chords | leadsheet | video

Come Unto Me, Ye Weary (Benedict arr.)
mp3 | chords | leadsheet

Come All Ye Pining, Hungry, Hearts (Red Mountain arr.)
mp3 | chords | leadsheet

Come, Thou Everlasting Spirit (Benedict arr.)
mp3 | chord chart | leadsheet | LS Hymns (wesley)

Come Ye Sinners
Southern Harmony – mp3 | leadsheet
RUF – mp3 | leadsheet

The Feast (Karl Digerness – City Hymns)
mp3 | chords | leadsheet

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
Hymn – mp3 | leadsheet
RUF –    mp3 | leadsheet

Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face (Benedict arr.)
mp3 | chordchart | leadsheet | Hymnary Info

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (Kevin Twit arr.)
RUF – mp3 | leadsheet

In the Quiet Consecration (Benedict arr.)
mp3 | chord chart

Jesus Thou Joy of Loving Hearts (Brian T. Murphy arr.)
Red Mountain – mp3 | chord chart | leadsheet
Traditional – mp3 | leadsheet

Lord, Jesus Christ, Be Present Now (Partain arr.)
mp3 | leadsheet

‘Mid All the Traffic of Thy Ways (Benedict arr.)
mp3 | chord chart | leadsheet

None Other Lamb, None other Name (Benedict arr.)
mp3 | chord chart | leadsheet

The King of Love My Shepherd Is (Psalm 23)
RUF arr – mp3 | leadsheet
Hymn – mp3 | leadsheet

What Is the Lord’s Supper ? (Question 96, WSC)
mp3 | chord chart | leadsheet

| Other Resources

Hymns on the Lord’s Supper – Charles Wesley
Dr. Mike Farley, who is now teaching some classes on Worship at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis pointed out these excellent hymn texts on the Lord’s Supper by Charles Wesley that have been largely neglected.

Communion Hymns from Popular Songwriters

Communion Hymns – Horatius Bonar
Great collection of hymns from Horatius Bonar (google books link)

Exhaustive List of Links on the theology and practice of the Lord’s Supper in the Reformed Tradition.

If you have found other songs or hymns helpful please post them below and I’ll incorporate them into my list!

One thought on “Songs for the Lord’s Supper

  1. Man, thanks for this post. I am trying to build a database of good communion songs and this will go a long way in being helpful.

    We often use the Sovereign Grace song “Jesus Thank You”.
    I wrote a song titled “There You Were” and that can be downloaded along with the chart here.

    Some other ideas are Jeremy Riddle’s “Sweetly Broken”, Chris Tomlin’s “Jesus Messiah”, Keith and Kristyn Getty’s “Behold the Lamb”.

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