Come first Sunday it is nice to have a set of special songs to sing of Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary.

Back when I was growing up the song to be played during communion was “Let Us Break Bread Together on Our Knees”. The pianist would play and everyone would sing while communion was being given.

In our church service today we have silence during communion and then after it is taken we sing a rousing rendition of “There is Power in the Blood”. I play guitar for this.

During the entire service at various intervals and during the Praise and Worship we sing of the price paid for our sins with many other songs.

Since there are many songs fitting for communion I had to get organized. To prepare for this special service I have put together a series of some (operative word some) songs that are fitting to play at this time.

It helps tremendously to have this list of songs prepared in advance and set up in their own notebook for quick access.

Below is my song list for communion along with notes on where the songs my sound best, the tempo and what songbooks in my collection they are in.

As I like to always say… This list is in no way exhaustive. These are just the ones I currently play. Our church sings a mix of traditional, gospel, and earlier contemporary (1990’s).

  • There is Power in the Blood – Good for congregation or solo. Can be played uptempo (fast) or slow well. (Gospel’s Greatest Fake Book)
  • Nothing but the Blood – Good for congregation or solo. Can be played uptempo or slow well. (The Hymn Fake Book)
  • Let Us Break Bread Together on Our Knees – Good for congregational singing. Slower tempo. (The African American Heritage Hymnal)
  • Oh, The Blood of Jesus – Good for congregational singing. Slower tempo. (The African American Heritage Hymnal)
  • The Blood Will Never Lose It’s Power – Good for solo. Slow tempo (Gospel’s Greatest Fake Book)
  • It’s Your Blood – Good for solo. Slow Tempo (The Best of the Best in Contemporary Song and Worship)
  • By Your Blood (Funk)- Good for congregation. Slow Tempo (The Best of the Best in Contemporary Song and Worship and Hosannah! Music Songbook 6)
  • By Your Blood (Grondin/Hamlin)- Good for congregation. Slow Tempo (Hosannah! Music Songbook 6)
  • Come to the Table – Good for solo. Slow Tempo. (Hosannah! Music Songbook 6)
  • Remember Me – Good for solo. Slow Tempo. (Hosannah! Music Songbook 6)