Top worship albums of 2014

Top worship albums of 2014

A lot of excellent new worship music came out this year, and here is my inexhaustive, subjective list, in no particular order of my favourite  (i.e. most listened to) worship albums. If you feel like buying them, please consider doing so via my Amazon store. Kings Kaleidoscope – Becoming Who We Are CityAlight – Yours Alone see my review Falls Church Anglican – We Will […]

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Worship music, attractionalism & church growth

Worship music, attractionalism & church growth

I came across two excellent articles this week which deal with the role of music in the church, and attractional models* of church, or more specifically, critiquing such models: Churches, stop trying to get butts in the seats and start telling your story   When we gather for worship, we’re not just expressing ourselves to God. It’s not about what we can do for God. […]

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Two Excerpts

Here are a couple of quotes for your Sunday reading: Those of us in ministry, whether it’s full-time, part-time, flex-time, or volunteer, are just stewards of God’s ministry. He uses us for a time, and then he moves us on and uses someone else. We don’t build dynasties – God builds His Church. – Jamie Brown   I’m starting to think that a lot of […]

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#Worship album review: ‘Yours Alone’ by City Alight

#Worship album review: ‘Yours Alone’ by City Alight

Yours Alone by City Alight July 2014 Hot on the heels of their Hills District neighbour’s new album (yep, that’s the ‘Hill’ in Hillsong) is the debut album from City Alight, St Paul’s Castle Hill. And it’s really, really good. Musically, it sits squarely in the current contemporary worship “sound”, with some nice ambient post-rock pop and a helping of upbeat nu-grass; there’s clear influence from […]

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New #TwentyFourteenProject song from June: You have done it all

I’m a week late it posting  my new #TwentyFourteenProject song from June… Last month was hard. It’s half-way through the project, and I really had to push through the fatigue and feeling of being out of ideas. This is what I ended up with:

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Writing songs from scripture

Writing songs from scripture

Ross Hutto has written a really helpful post on worship song writing which is worth checking out. Most, if not all of my worship songs come directly from scripture. There’s a plethora of ideas and in my opinion the best source for writing songs for worship. So, I try and read scripture. A lot of it. I don’t mean legalistically, but it’s a great idea […]

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The heart of worship planning

The heart of worship planning

A few weeks ago Jamie Brown stirred up the evangelical worship leader blogsphere with this post. While there was quite a lot of pushback from some, there was also a lot of helpful dialogue about why we do what we do in our services. I think it was a good conversation to have, and Jamie raises some really important points. In the week following, another thoughtful worship […]

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Some crowdfunding albums to support

Crowdfunding has really opened up the doors for church songwriters. Grassroots and local songwriters have access to the means of getting their work ‘out there’, and I personally a big fan (fund others as you would have them fund you!), and have already blogged about projects which I’ve supported in the past. In this post I want to highlight a couple of projects which are currently […]

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New EP from Zac Hicks: ‘His be the victor’s name’

A little while back one of my favourite bloggers, Zac Hicks, and a team from his church, brought out a great EP of congregational worship songs. Zac was kind enough to send me a copy. The EP has a couple of originals and a couple of hymn retunes. Serious points are won by the opening track which starts with a massive organ introduction using Bach’s […]

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New album from Loud Harp

One of my best ever(tm) finds on Noisetrade, as I’ve written about before, is Loud Harp. I liked it so much I jumped on board the Kickstarter campaign for their new album. The album came out this week, and it’s wonderful. ‘You heard me’ is already a favourite track on this album of Psalms. Check it out:   Go and buy a copy.  

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The structure of a worship song list

I’ve been listening to The Journey Collective’s new album Songs from the book of Ephesians over the last couple of weeks. I won’t go into a full review, but suffice it to say, I really enjoyed the eclectic nature of the songs. ‘Now in Christ’ might find its way into our International Worship repertoire in the future: Zac Hicks has written a broader review, worth reading. […]

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‘We will proclaim’ from Falls Church Anglican

One of the things which stops me quitting Facebook (as I have the frequent urge to do) is the Liturgy Fellowship group. I won’t wax lyrical about the group, but suffice it to say that I’ve come across a whole bunch of great resources from the other members, including, some great music, such as the new album from Jamie Brown’s church*, Falls Anglican Church. One […]

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