I heard @jeremycasella tell a story about how a fan would listen to Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah on repeat as he drove a tank around war-torn Iraq patrolling at night. Having been a long time @indeliblegracefan, it gave new life and perspective to its commentary on anxiety, the promises of God, and the story of the exilic people of God in Exodus. I had the chance to lead this song for congregation during celebration of the Eucharist and the words, "Bread of Heaven, feed me now and forever more." were a gift.
Grammy nominated Travis Greene's song, Made A Way, is a #Gospel - #CCM #fusion in more ways than one. It starts with a simple, singable, guitar-led melody, but slowly adds Gospel music elements like call and response choirs, thick harmonies, borrowed chords, and multiple bridges. Written from personal experience, it focuses on the grace and power of God's work in our lives.
Your Labor Is Not In Vain fills a topical void in worship and helps connect the Sunday-Monday gap in the Christian life. The whole @theportersgate album draws on themes of Psalm 90, Ecclesiastes, and Kingdom work.
Interesting, yet singable melodies caught my attention, but theological depth is what got me excited about this album as a whole. Only a few minutes away from Hillsong's Australian campus, @cityalight fits in with contemporary styles, but brings a fresh perspective from the Anglican tradition. Favorite track: I Want To Know You
All Things New comes from the retuned hymn movement @clintwells and uses lyrics from Horatius Bonar from 1779 based on Revelation 25 and Romans 8. It fills a need in worship for a pleading cry to God to come soon and complete his work on earth.
I heard You Deserve It from a friend in the CCO. Besides the fact that it fits well into both #Gospel and #CCMstyles easily, I appreciate the clear focus on God, and not us.
Break Every Chain reflects on the power of Christ's #resurrection to free us from oppression, sin, and shame. Best used paired with #worship songs and scripture that give more context to themes of #freedom and #justice. SWIPE to see how it fits in your context.