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Program Contact: Don Cleaves PO BOX 422 OCEAN GROVE, NJ 07756 (H: 732-988-8563)


If your programs are primarily CCM-style, we would request about 1/2 of your program

being some well-known classical/traditional gospel hymns.



You may pep them up/update a little, but not mock out or be antagonistic to singing them; AND use the traditional words and tunes. (Bridges to/from hymns to/from contemporary chorus tunes or words, do not count as true full Traditional hymns). Then do two/three hymns during your pgm; then finish with two/three hymns; this would make for happy OG audiences. (Enclosed is/or you may request/or print from this website, our Hymn Suggestion List below; The internet has many sites which list all hymn words and tunes to help you learn them). Please have someone leading them that respects older folks or those who appreciate/like/prefer the hymns. We suggest giving out songsheets for some selections, with the words to hymns/choruses, with your church contacts (address/phone/web, etc..), We also suggest you let folks sit for some hymns or choruses, since we have older ages and some cannot stand for lengthy praise times. Sing the most familiar new choruses. Some folks may like audience participation, but all unknown selections do not connect with folks; Try not repeating chorus lines over+over, since some faith backgrounds aren’t used to open-ended repeating of chorus lines, etc..


We are making progress... More groups are adding hymns into their repertoire of selections. I would like to emphasize more strenuously to ALL groups to aim for 1/2 of your program to be traditional hymns (perhaps using 3.2.2); many are included below. And for the sake of myself and some regular attenders, please do more variety of the contemporary choruses/hymns. As nice as the contemporary choruses and the hymns chosen are, we hear the same few selections of hymns and contemporary songs by each group so often. Which means during a usual week/vacation period, I’ve heard 6-7 renditions of : “Friend of God”; “Rock of Ages” (There is no rock version); “Mighty to Save”; “Amazing Grace” (with contemporary bridge verse); "Break the Chains", “The Old Rugged Cross” (with contemporary bridge verse also); “Now Is The Time To Worship”; “Days of Elijah”; “Jesus Messiah”; How Great Is Our God”; etc. etc... There are so many other hymns and choruses and anthems in Christian Worship Music to choose from. We would love more variety. Please don't misunderstand, I am not saying you cannot do such and such; BUT PERHAPS change your repertoire from year to year, so we don't get the same set of songs year after year from some of the same groups. It would be nice in some selections to hear the different parts sung, not just the unison notes. We thank you in advance for considering the above / following thoughts:  

Here are a number of hymns and/or choruses that folks are familiar with and have sung before, to bridge the generation gap, and for folks who are not accustomed/nor interested/do not appreciate or do not worship in contemporary church settings. All contemporary/new music doesn’t connect with everyone, and here is a hymn list to consider, in alphabetical order, (by no means an exhaustive list, but found in generally most hymnbooks). I’d like ones which reach the heart with the salvation message, and not using any “politically correct” ones which are watered down doctrinally or changed theologically to satisfy some group(s), or changing the maleness of God, or seem to be crossover which aren’t clear who is being worshipped or glorified, etc..

Please get a hymnbook and learn / practice several for Ocean Grove programs. The Internet has so many websites with the words and tunes of sacred historic & popular hymns. Thanks for doing all you can to incorporate several of the thoughts and suggestions above and below in your programs. Mature + spiritually-minded believers want more of the rich heritage of traditional / classical gospel hymns and sacred anthems and familiar selections with more Biblical content and doctrine, and less of the shallow coffee-house style of some new contemporary. Thank you for understanding and adjusting, to help us with a blended-type program format, or by doing more or ALL traditional hymns. I’ve put asterisks to highlight some of the most popular / gospel+peppy hymns: 



A glorious church without spot

or wrinkle

* A mighty fortress is our God

A shelter in the time of storm

Alas and did my Savior bleed?

All for Jesus

* All Hail The Power Of Jesus Name

* All Power is given unto me

All Praise to Him Who reigns above

* All to Jesus I surrender

* Angels from the realms of glory

Anywhere with Jesus I can safely go 

Am I a soldier of the cross?

* America-patriotic

* And can it be that I should gain?

* Are ye washed in the blood?

* At Calvary At the Cross

At the name of Jesus

* Battle Hymn of the Republic

Bless His holy name

* Blessed Assurance

* Blessed be the name

Burdens are lifted at calvary

Calvary covers it all

* Christ is made the sure


Christ for the world we sing

Christ returneth

* Christ the Lord is risen today

* Come Christians Join to sing

Come thou fount of every blessing

* Come we that love the Lord

* Count Your blessings

* Crown Him with many crowns

* Down at the cross

* Draw me nearer

* Faith is the victory

* For all the saints

For God so loved the world

* Glad Day Glad Day

Glorious things of thee are spoken 

Go tell it on the mountain

Grace greater than our sin

Great is thy faithfulness

* Guide me, O thou great Jehovah

* Have you been to Jesus?

He keeps me singing

He is Lord

* He lives

He left the splendor of Heaven

He lifted me

He’s everything to me

He the pearly gates will open

* Heaven came down

* Higher Ground

Holy Bible Book Divine

Holy Ghost with light divine

Holy Holy Holy

* How great thou art

How sweet the name of Jesus


I am so glad that my father in


* I have a song that Jesus gave me

* I know whom I’ve believed

* I love to tell the story

* I stand amazed in the presence

* I sing the mighty power of God

I surrender all

* I will sing of my redeemer

* I will sing the wondrous story

I’ll fly away

Is it the crowning day?

* It may be at morn

It will be worth it all

* Jesus Christ is risen today

Jesus my Lord will love me forever

* Jesus is coming again 

Jesus paid it all

* Jesus Saves

* Jesus shall reign

Jesus what a friend of sinners

* Join all the glorious names

* Joyful Joyful we adore Thee

Just a close walk with Thee

Lead on O King eternal

Let Jesus come into your heart Living for Jesus

* Leaning on the everlasting arms

* Lift High the cross

Lo, He comes with clouds


* Love Divine all loves excelling

* Man of sorrows what a name

* Mine eyes have seen the glory 

Moment by Moment

My faith has found a resting place 

My faith looks up to thee

* My hope is built on nothing less

* My hope is in the Lord Near

the cross

* Nothing but the blood

* Now I belong to Jesus

* O could I speak the matchless worthy

* O for a thousand tongues

* O worship the king

* O Zion haste

* One day! Only trust Him

* Onward Christian Soldiers

Pass me not oh gentle Savior

* Praise Him, Praise Him

* Praise the Savior

* Redeemed 

Rejoice in the Lord always

* Rejoice the Lord is king

* Rejoice ye pure in heart

* Rescue the perishing

* Revive us again

* Rise up o men of God

Room at the cross

* Saved, Saved, Saved

* Send the light

* Since I have been redeemed

* Since Jesus came into my heart 

Sing praise to God who reigns


* Sing the wondrous love of Jesus

* Soldiers of Christ arise

* Soon and very soon

* Stand up stand up for Jesus

* Standing on the promises

* Sunshine in my soul 

Sweet by and by

* Take my life and let it be

* Take the name of Jesus with you 

Tell me the old rugged story

* Tell me the old old story

* Tell me the story of Jesus

* The battle is the Lord’s

* The Bible stands

* The blood will never loose its’ power 

* The Church’ s one foundation 

The longer I serve Him

* The solid rock

The wonder of it all

* There is a fountain

*There is a name I love to hear

* There is power in the blood

* There shall be showers of

* There’s a new name written

down in glory

* There’s within my heart a


* There is sunshine in my soul


Thine is the glory

This could be the dawning of that day

* Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus

* To God be the glory

* Trust and Obey 

Trusting Jesus

* Victory in Jesus

* We are climbing Jacob’s ladder

* We shall behold Him

* We’re marching to Zion

* We’ve a story to tell to the


* What a friend we have in Jesus

* What if it were today

When all my labors and trials

are o’er

* When He shall come

* When I survey the wondrous


* When the roll is called up yonder * 

When we all get to Heaven Whiter than snow

* Who is on the Lord’s side?

* Wonderful grace of Jesus

* Wonderful words of life

Ye servants of God

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