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Gaz Simmonds’ album, Strength in Love, is now available on iTunes. At just £4.74 it’s a steal! Having bought the album last year shortly after the release I’ve been enjoying it and promoting it ever since.

Now it’s available online why not give it a shot, try something new? Who knows, you might just come to appreciate this up-and-coming artist and rate him as I do.

The 6 tracks feature deep, passionate, contemporary worship that offers something fresh whilst still portaying the power of Spirit-led, heartfelt, worship full of truth. Listen to the previews online (hover over the tracks) and then download it!

The CD is also available to buy online through Resound Media.

Re:Sound have released their first album, Rain City Hymnal. It’s, as they say, “a fresh approach to 12 ancient hymns,” and you can download it now. There’s an option, for a short time, to either pay a donation of your choice, or tell 5 people to get it for free.

I have already downloaded Re:Sounds sampler that was released several days ago and I thoroughly enjoyed that. I’m looking forward to hearing more theologically sound worship come from this stable.

As well as download the music, there are chord sheets if desired.

Re:Sound

June 5, 2009 — Leave a comment

Re:Sound, a new worship label from The Resurgence, has their website up and running. And what’s more, right now you can download their free 8 track sampler, with some familiar and some new songs.

The sampler has got me excited for the launch of the albums, which I’ll be looking to purchase and share soon enough. So if you’re into theologically rich worship (and if not, why not?!) and have a taste for some alternative musical styles, go take a look.

Sweetly Broken

April 12, 2009 — Leave a comment

Happy Easter!

From death to life. From enemies to friends. From broken to restored. From hopeless to hopeful. From shame to grace. Easter is the time when Jesus fulfilled his mission to earth by defeating death and providing reconciliation for us to with the Father. History has never seen an event like it. You can ignore it, claim it to be a lie, make up stories to drown it out.

But it happened. And however which way you cut it the world is still defined by those three days almost 2,000 years ago.

Singing of the Cross

Jeremy Riddle’s song, Sweetly Broken, encapsulates the heart of Easter:

To the cross I look, to the cross I cling
Of its suffering I do drink
Of its work I do sing

For on it my Savior both bruised and crushed
Showed that God is love
And God is just

At the cross You beckon me
You draw me gently to my knees, and I am
Lost for words, so lost in love,
I’m sweetly broken, wholly surrendered

What a priceless gift, undeserved life
Have I been given
Through Christ crucified

You’ve called me out of death
You’ve called me into life
And I was under Your wrath
Now through the cross I’m reconciled

At the cross You beckon me
You draw me gently to my knees, and I am
Lost for words, so lost in love,
I’m sweetly broken, wholly surrendered

In awe of the cross I must confess
How wondrous Your redeeming love and
How great is Your faithfulness

I can look back on times when men wrote hymns, when the Holy Spirit breathed life into worship, when God was worshiped for God. In my generation so often, both in church and outside, we simply sing about ourselves. Truth is replaced by emotion; conviction replaced by subdued apathy. God is often not proclaimed for who He is and what He is done.

Passion, for me, is getting things right. This latest song from David Crowder (available on the album God of This City) has gripped me. It is powerful, it is truth, it is worship.

At the start
he was there, he was there
In the end,
he’ll be there, he’ll be there

And After all our hands have wrought
He forgives

Oh the Glory of it all is:
he came here
For the rescue of us all
that we may live
for the glory of it all
for the glory of it all

All is lost
find him there, find him there
After night
Dawn is there, Dawn is there

After all falls apart
he repairs he repairs

Oh the Glory of it all is:
he came here
for the rescue of us all
that we may live
for the glory of it all

oh he is here
for redemption from the fall
that we may live
for the glory of it all
oh the glory of it all
the glory of it all
oh the glory of it all

After night
comes the light
dawn is here
dawn is here
it’s a new day
it’s a new day
everything will change
things will never be the same
we will never be the same
we will never be the same
we will never be the same
we will never be the same

Oh, The glory of it all is
you came here
for the rescue of us all
that we may live
for the glory of it all

Oh you are here
with redemption for us all
that we may live
for the glory of it all
for the glory of it all
oh the glory of it all.

Lyrics from cowboylyrics.