Songs that Unite aims to enhance the worship experience of God's people as they come together in worship as the body of Christ. The idea for the site was born out of the Uniting Church Assembly's songwriting competition held in 2009-10. We discovered a wealth of songwriting talent across the church, and wondered how we might encourage and support the production and distribution of music resources to the wider church community.
While also providing a place for songwriters to publish their works, the focus of the website is on serving those who are preparing a service of worship. Worship leaders will find theologically sound, authentic, original 'contemporary' songs to use in communal and congregational singing.
To assist your preparation, you will find that every song has been catalogued as to how it might be used in worship. For example, you may search for a particular season of the church year (eg. Lent); a part of the Liturgy (eg. gathering the people); a Bible reference; or on a general theme. You can, of course, also search for a particular title or artist.
For each song, you will find a lyrics sheet; a backing track mp3; and a score. Many songs also have a vocal recording included, to give you a better idea of how the song sounds, but these are not for sale.
Songs that Unite also offers other resources for people preparing worship including a library of images for free download and use and links to other relevant sites and information.
We hope you find the site both inspirational and useful.