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Best Pentecost songs for gospel choir

Updated on October 12, 2014
Painting of Peter preaching at Pentecost, by Benjamin West (1738-1820).
Painting of Peter preaching at Pentecost, by Benjamin West (1738-1820). | Source

Great gospel songs for your choir to sing for Pentecost

At Pentecost, we remember the outpouring of the Holy Ghost and the beginning of the Christian church. Here are some inspiring choir songs to celebrate the Spirit in your Pentecost Service.








Even Me - Chicago Mass Choir

"Lord, I hear of showers of blessings

Thou art scattering full and free

Showers the thirsty souls refreshing

Let some drops now fall on me"

This is an adaptation of an old hymn, of course. The Chicago Mass Choir does a dramatic and powerful arrangement of it.

Tempo: Slow

Key: Db

Difficulty level:

  • For singers: 4/5
  • For musicians: 3/5
Lead singer required? No

Acts 19:2 -- "He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Ho

Have You Received the Power? - Patrick Henderson and the West Angeles COGIC Sanctuary Choir

on the album Look to Jesus

"Have you received the power

Since you believed

Holy Ghost power since you believed"

An old-school, hand-clapping, foot-stomping, Sunday morning church choir tune.

This song is not easy to find now. Amazon sometimes has the album and other times has it listed as "Unavailable", but I've got the link here just in case. Good luck.

Tempo: Fast

Key: Db

Difficulty level:

  • For singers: 2/5
  • For musicians: 2/5

Lead singer required? Yes. On the original recording they use two lead singers.

Holy Spirit - New Jersey Mass Choir

"Lord of the promise

Power of the highest

Spirit of glory

Voice of the Lord

Breathe on me"

One of my absolute favorite songs. Just beautiful.

Tempo: Slow

Key: Ebm

Resource links:

Difficulty level:

  • For singers: 2.5/5
  • For musicians: 1/5
Lead singer required? No

Luke 3:16 -- John answered , saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy t

The Holy Spirit - Keith Pringle and the Pentecostal Community Choir

The Holy Spirit

I'm not sure what album it was on

"I can feel it moving down in my soul

It's a burning and a yearning from my head to my toes

It's like a fire, shut up in my bones"

A spirited song with a contemporary sound. This one will get people on their feet.

Tempo: Fast

Key: Bb

I need to tell you something about this song, though. I really like the choruses, the bridge, and the vamp (the vamp is everybody's favorite part, I think). But I have never liked the lead verse. To me it sounds very complacent about people just staying in sin and never getting better. When we sing this song at home, we just leave out the lead verse. When I taught it to my District Choir, I made up my own words for the lead verse. I will gladly share my made-up lyrics with you now. Here they are:

"Everybody wants to win salvation

Everybody wants to do what's right

But without the help of Jesus, they never will succeed

They can't measure up, no matter how hard they try

I'm so glad I've got the Lord beside me

With His help, I'll reach my final goal

From sin, I am free, for the Lord has given me

The Holy Spirit down in my soul"

Difficulty level:

For singers: 3/5

For musicians: 2/5

Lead singer required? Maybe

I've Got It - Andrae Crouch

"I've got it, I've got it

Something 'bout the power of the Holy Ghost

I can't explain it, but I've got it"

Andrae Crouch adapted an old congregational song, giving it a groovy '60s feel and a cool lead verse. This one is so much fun.

Tempo: Fast

Key: Ab

Difficulty level:

  • For singers: 1/5 (except for the lead singer!)
  • For musicians: 2/5
Lead singer required? Yes

Lord, Send Your Spirit Down

"Lord, send Your Spirit down

Hallelujah

Let's shout"

A very contemporary sound on this one. Good for a youth choir.

Hezekiah Walker first did this song on his "Focus on Glory" album, but the version on the "Live in Toronto" album is the most popular one.

Tempo: Fast

Key: Ab

Resource links:

Difficulty level:

  • For singers: 2/5
  • For musicians: 3/5
Lead singer required? Yes

Power from God - Resurrection Mass Choir

"Power, after the Holy Ghost is come upon you

You shall receive, power from God"

A beautiful song that recounts the happenings on the day of Pentecost and encourages us to seek the same power today.

Tempo: Slow

Key: Eb

Difficulty level:

  • For singers: 3/5
  • For musicians: 3/5
Lead singer required? No

Acts 2:38 -- "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive th

Repent - JaQuan Williams

Repent

It's not an album yet, but here's the web page for JaQuan Williams

"Repent, repent

Repent and sin no more"

This song is especially great for Oneness Pentecostals (Apostolic Faith). The sound quality on the video isn't perfect, but you'll still want to teach the song to your choir. When I taught it, we modified it a little bit (we didn't do the key change, the oohs, or the artsy pronunciation).

Tempo: Moderate

Key: Db, then Eb, then back to Db

The lyrics for Repent are in one of the comments on YouTube. This link will put the comment with the lyrics right below the video for you -> Lyrics to Repent

Difficulty level:

For singers: 2.5/5

For musicians: 3/5

Lead singer required? No

Right Now - Andrae Crouch / Donald Lawrence

"If you believe it I know you can receive it right now"

Written by Andrae Crouch, but the Crouch version is hard to get a hold of these days, so it's more easily found on the Donald Lawrence album.

This is an example of how you can sometimes add a layer of meaning to a song based on the context in which you sing it. I don't think the original intent was for this to be a song for Pentecost, and the Donald Lawrence version especially seems to lean toward the "name it and claim it" school of thought which he is so strongly associated with. But singing "Right Now" for Pentecost gives it a whole new message. The Holy Ghost is the main thing that God urges us to "believe it and receive it".

Isn't it interesting that so many people have faith that they can get a new car and a new romance, but don't have faith that they can receive the Holy Ghost the way people did at Pentecost?

Tempo: Fast

Key: F

Resource links:

Difficulty level:

  • For singers: 2.5/5
  • For musicians: 2.5/5
Lead singer required? Yes

Romans 8:9 -- "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is

Spirit (Fall Fresh on Me) - Edwin Hawkins and the Music & Arts Seminar Mass Choir

Spirit

from the album Have Mercy

"I need Your Spirit

I want Your Spirit

To fall on me

Fall down on me"

This song is a classic, and it's really a shame that it's out of print. A moving lead verse, famously done by Daryl Coley, and one of the best choir vamps in the gospel repertoire.

Tempo: Moderate

Key: Dm

Resource links: Lyrics for Spirit

Difficulty level:

For singers: 3.5/5

For musicians: 3/5

Lead singer required? Yes

What We Really Need -- Words and Music by Joan Alexander-Hall
What We Really Need -- Words and Music by Joan Alexander-Hall | Source

What We Really Need

by Joan Hall


It's not an album, but maybe someday . . .

"To feel God's power, is what we really need

We come into His temple, a blessing to receive

A shower of the Holy Ghost, is what we really need"

Acts 1:4-5 -- "And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence."

Yes, this is an original song. An energetic tune that encourages the church to seek an outpouring of the Spirit.

Musically, how do I describe it? It's an a cappella song, at least part of the time it is, but it's got a hip-hop beat. It doesn't have a lead singer, but it has lead verses that the different sections of the choir do. And then there's the contrapuntal choral section in the middle.

You can get my self-recording of the full song for FREE, and also purchase tracks with the individual soprano, alto, tenor, and bass parts, from ChoirParts.com: What We Really Need. The sheet music for the vocals is there, too. I don't have any written guidelines for the instruments, but you can get the feeling of it when you hear the song, and I know you'll come up with something that sounds way better than the little computer generated instrumental stuff I have on there.

Tempo: Fast

Key: Bbm

Difficulty level:

  • For singers: 4/5
  • For musicians: 3/5

Lead singer required? No

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      JoanTheChoirLady,

      Love your topic. I am Pentecostal. You know your stuff. God bless you.

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      2, I loved the way you worded this hub.

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      You are certainly a gifted writer. Please keep up the fine work.

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      Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like the song: Send The Pentetost by Rev Clay Evans and Milton Biggam and the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Mass Choir.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Consercrate Me by Go Tell It Ministry Bishop Corletta Vaughn

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      A must is "Sing till the power of the Lord comes down" (aka, "Now sing till the power" )

      By The First church of deliverance choir, detroit

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Here are a few suggestions. Holy Spirit by The New Jersey Mass Choir, Holy Spirit by Richard Smallwood, Send Your Power by John P Kee and the VIP Choir, His Spirit is Here by Danniebelle Hall

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      Joan Hall 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      @alanbowman777: At our Pentecost concert this year, there was indeed a comment made about Pentecost being the church's birthday!

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      alanbowman777 6 years ago

      How about ...." Pentecost is Evangelism`s Birthday "........ seriously .

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      jvsper63 6 years ago

      Nice peaceful lens..Great job!!!

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      hsschulte 6 years ago

      Wonderful new lens Joan.