Two listens. That’s what it took for me to fall in love with this album. For those of us who were ecstatic after Ghosts Upon the Earth that one of the most innovative musical groups on the planet was making worship music, there was bound to be a twinge of disappointment upon first listen. I wasn’t expecting there to be another “Beautiful Things” on this album, but there’s no “Brother Moon” here either.
1) “Beautiful Things” – Gungor. Introduce this in time for Ash Wednesday next year, please. Your congregation will thank you.
2) “Our God’s Alive” – Andy Cherry. Ditto for Easter. If you have a congregation that will really sing, this will be a blast.
3) “10,000 Reasons” – Matt Redman. This one I probably don’t need to tell you about. But if you’re not yet doing it, do it. Your congregation will love it. Simply the most singable congregational anthem since Tomlin’s collection of them on “Arriving.”
4) “Be Unto Your Name” – Sadler, Gary; L. DeShazo; as performed by Travis Cottrell. A little older, but excellent. My congregation has been using it as a Song of Praise in a blended worship service all summer.
5) “Overcome” – Jon Egan. This would also work great as a Song of Praise. The first simple descending notes of the guitar intro get me every time.
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My name is Matthew Anderson I am a pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Victorville, CA, and a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary. I've also done some post-graduate work at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. I have been leading worship in various contexts for over a decade. More...