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This Sunday: “Mighty To Save” in French AND Spanish

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Original in English

French translation

Spanish translation

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Video from last weekend’s African Cultural Emphasis Sunday

Christelle Mukendi (the second singer from the left) uploaded these videos onto youtube. Thanks, Christelle!

“Il est Bon De Louer Dieu” was a new song for our church. It’s basically about how God is good and he is able to hear our cry for help – so why not call on him?

“Ta Grâce” was also a new song. I found this one on iTunes and it appears to be from a French group called “Glorious” (They’re kind of a Hillsongs type sound.) It’s a nice balance of simple for the Americans and yet packed with “son-ship” truth that we like to use at the beginning of our services.

At this point in the service, we sang “How Great is Our God” in French with choruses at the end in English and Lingala.

“Eh Yawhe Kumama” is a BIG hit from the DR Congo. It was written by my friend Athoms in Lingala and our church has come to really love it. Here’s the clip of Athoms and his group doing this song. “Yawhe Kumama” means “Lord, be glorified.”

“Anyataka” is crowd-pleaser that we learned last summer from Athoms. It is a celebration of our victory in Christ over satan. Athoms called the style “folkloric” and the language is Lingala.

“Nitamwimbia Bwana” or “Ameniona” is another favorite of our congregation. It’s in Swahili, and Rachel is seen here leading it, but we know that it is sung in the DR Congo as well.  “Ameniona” means He sees me. You can get sheet music for this song is on

“Yesu Azali Awa” is an older, traditional song that is sung at almost every Congolese worship service that I’ve been a part of. It’s in Swahili as well. We opted to sing this more simply with voice and percussion as we were taking the Lord’s Supper. The song says, “Jesus is here, Jesus is life, Jesus is light, etc.”

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French Worship Resources

Edit 11/16/2015 – Since this terrorist attack on Paris this past weekend, this post has had a spike in views. I take that to mean that Christians are wanting to express solidarity and lament in response to this tragedy. Amen! If you have come here  for that reason, may the Lord bless your ministry.


At my church, we have the unusual privileged of worshiping with a small community of Congolese immigrants who have become part of our congregation. In the Congo, there are many tribal dialects, but the common language is French as a result of their to the Belgian colonial influence. In American, there is a growing influence of Spanish, but French is mainly left out of the mainstream. As a result, I haven’t run into a lot of resources for French worship songs. This week, I did a little digging and found several cool ministries who have done a lot of translation and are giving away chord sheets for these resources. I’m planning on traveling this summer to the Congo and so I’m excite to try out some of these tunes that are familiar to me en français. (This list does not include actual Congolese artists, but that’s for another post).

I found all these artist’s recordings on iTunes.

Added 2015: Glorious – this is a vineyard/Hillsong style worship group in Paris. I HIGHLY recommend their song “Ta Grâce” because it’s very simple to incorporate into a non-Francophone context and it’s the gospel.

Sebastian Demrey & Jimmy Lahaie – these guys are a kind of hymn revival group out of Canada. Acoustic, laid back, a real PCA sound. There’s a nice recording of “I Surrender All” on their “Heritage II”

Stéphane Quéry – This guy is another Canadian. He’s done a ton of recordings. There’s some nice covers that he’s done of “Hosanna (Fraiser)” and “Everlasting God”.

Impact – This is a youth band out of Quebec. They have a real Hillsongs vibe. They do a solid cover of “Our God”.

Paul Baloche – Paul Baloche is the composer of “Open the Eyes of My Heart”, “Above all” and a number of other solid modern worship staples. Apparently, he has Canadian roots, so he did a greatest hits in French recording.

ICC Gospel Choir

Not sure where these guys are from, but you can check out the video and get and idea of what they’re like.

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