Tired of Typing Worship Song Lyrics for Slides? Here’s What to Do.

Say goodbye to the days of typing worship song lyrics onto your service slides. Save time (and typos) by importing song lyrics into Faithlife Proclaim (which you can try for 30 days free)

Pro tip: You don’t need to manually import song lyrics from SongSelect by CCLI. You can directly connect your SongSelect account within Proclaim to access every song available to you in CCLI. 

Two ways to import worship song lyrics into Proclaim:

  1. Import as lyrics (recommended)
    If you’re importing text files, choose this option. Proclaim will store your imported lyrics under “My Songs” when you add lyrics to any song item. We’ll talk about where to find your imported lyrics in a minute. 

Pro tip: If you’re importing lyrics from another program, choose this option.

2. Import as images
If you’re importing presentation files (i.e., PowerPoint, Keynote), choose this option. Proclaim will store your imported presentation files as a series of images in your Group Uploads in the Media Browser. If you’re importing presentation files from Paperless Hymnal, choose this option. 

To access the song lyric importer, expand Media and hover your cursor over Import, then select Song Lyrics.

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Option 1: Import as lyrics

  1. Select Import as lyrics in the song importer

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2. Choose your file(s)

Your computer’s file browser will display. Choose the text files you want to import. Exported text files should look similar to this example below. Proclaim will recognize the title, verse/chorus/bridge headers, and copyright information.

If you have multiple files, you can bulk import them by selecting more than one file. Click Open.

3. Review the file(s)

Any worship song lyrics you imported will show up on a confirmation screen. Review Proclaim’s import. If necessary, click Refresh, and Proclaim will examine the files again. When you’re happy with the import, click Import All.

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Proclaim will verify that your songs have been imported. Click Done to return to the main Proclaim window.  

Option 2: Import as images

Note: If you’re using a Mac, go to Settings > General, and deselect “Use Keynote to import PowerPoint” for best results. If you import Powerpoint or Keynote files regularly, remember to come back and select it again.

  1. Select Import as images in the song importer


2. Choose your file(s)

Your computer’s file browser will display. Choose the presentation file(s) you want to import. You can import multiple files at the same time.

3. Review the file(s)

If you’re happy with the imported previews, click Import all. Proclaim will upload and sync the files across all your team’s devices.

Note: Due to the wide variety of forms Powerpoint presentations can take, there may be some issues with importing. If you run into trouble, consider importing your songs from a Windows machine with Powerpoint installed.

Add an imported song to your service

If you import text files as lyrics, you can locate them from the song service item. Add your title, then choose the song from the My Songs section. Learn how to make adjustments to your song lyrics.

Three categories of songs display when you begin adding lyrics in a song item:

If you import text files as images, you can locate them from the media browser. Search for your song like you would search for other media, then select one of the items in your song series. Click Add Series to add it to your presentation. If you don’t Add Series, only the image you selected will be added to your presentation.

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Drag the images around in your Order of Service to change the verse order.

Note: For ease of use, select all the items in your song, then right-click > Group and rename the group to your song title. This will make it easier to keep track of where you are in the service. Save your song for later reuse by selecting Add Item > Reuse Item.


Learning how to use Proclaim is easy. It’s intuitive on its own, but there are plenty of training videos and articles to consult. Plus, our church support center is open 365 days a year from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (PST). Start using Faithlife Proclaim in time for Christmas with a free 30-day trial.

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