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Worship Wednesday: “What A Beautiful Name”

We hope you can join us for our Worship Gathering next Friday the 13th! It will be held at the church at 7pm. We will also have a giving component to support local students in need, so please bring an offering of clothing. The school is in need of:

  • new boys’ sweat/athletic pants
  • gently used clothing for boys and girls
  • sizes 5-12

Thank you for being willing to give and participate at this night of worship! We can’t wait to see how God moves.

Wider Worship: Easy Listening

Welcome a special monthly edition of Worship Wednesday! Contrary to what Christian radio might make you think, there’s a wide variety of worship music out there, in every genre imaginable. Our worship team and staff have put their music-loving heads together to come up with a series of posts featuring a new genre of worship music every month! See one of your favorite musicians in RIYL (Recommended If You Like)? Recognize a favorite song from Sunday mornings? Check out a new band! We hope something strikes your fancy and injects your everyday music listening with a little more worship.

This month, let’s explore…

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Gungor’s songs are more philosophical in nature, with their observations on the human condition, teaching on the person of God, and other theological topics. While the songs we’ve done in church trend toward simpler, folksy instrumentation, Gungor is also capable of jarring dissonance that sounds as uncomfortable as the sin the lyrics address – and sweeping arrangements evoking running straight through heaven’s gates.

Worship duo The Brilliance are both also in Gungor, but the music here is typically more mellow – you may have heard their meditative sound from their album “Brother” during our Ash Wednesday services. Their songwriting isn’t as florid or metaphorical as some, instead hewing closer to biblical and liturgical lyrics.

Singer-songwriter Audrey Assad offers elegant piano melodies with prayerful lyrics, both original and from hymns. She tells the story of her faith in all its complexity, addressing both personal issues and global tragedies in songs like “Show Me” and “Even Unto Death,” respectively.

  • RIYL: Ingrid Michaelson, Norah Jones, Colbie Caillat
  • Laura Suggests: “Good To Me,” “Even Unto Death,” “Be Thou My Vision

Andy Squyres is a very personal, meditative acoustic singer/songwriter. His intense and beautiful album “Cherry Blossoms” was written as an exploration of grief and faith after the murder of his friend. Almost like modern psalms, his songs show us how to walk through suffering and find shelter with the Lord.

Seeker & Servant does praise-centric indie folk and ambient rock with bold vocal harmonies. It’s coffeehouse chill with the occasional electronica overlay or sweeping violin. So focused is their mission that they don’t even receive payment for their music – all donations and album sales are given to missionary organizations.

Wider Worship: 90s-00s Pop/Alternative

Welcome a special monthly edition of Worship Wednesday! Contrary to what Christian radio might make you think, there’s a wide variety of worship music out there, in every genre imaginable. Our worship team and staff have put their music-loving heads together to come up with a series of posts featuring a new genre of worship music every month! See one of your favorite musicians in RIYL (Recommended If You Like)? Recognize a favorite song from Sunday mornings? Check out a new band! We hope something strikes your fancy and injects your everyday music listening with a little more worship.

This month, let’s explore…

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Australian band Newsboys formed in 1985 and has released 17 albums, 6 of which went gold. Their 1992 album Not Ashamed was their first big hit, and 1994’s Going Public earned them their first Dove award for Rock Album of the Year. Though the lineup has changed over the years, their pop-rock sound has remained consistent, producing hits like 2003’s “Shine” and “He Reigns” and 2013’s “We Believe.”  Their songs have been used in Veggie Tales movies and the band itself appeared in both God’s Not Dead and God’s Not Dead 2.

Audio Adrenaline has existed in one form or another since 1986. They found fame with their 1992 album Don’t Censor Me, which contained the anthem of many millennials’ youth groups, “Big House.” The original group disbanded in 2006 due to lead singer Mark Stuart’s injured vocal cords, but reformed in 2013 with a nearly all-new lineup and a very different sound, more standard pop-rock in contrast to their original grunge sound. Throughout, they’ve been nominated for multiple Dove and Grammy Best Album awards, winning three.

  • RIYL: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden (original lineup); fun., Onerepublic, Train (post-2013 lineup)
  • Songs We’ve Sung: “Sound of the Saints

Switchfoot was one of the biggest crossover successes of the 2000s. Their surf-inspired garage-with-a-view-of-Venice-Beach-band sound was heard all over the radio in songs like “Dare You To Move” and “Meant to Live,” from their double-platinum fourth album, The Beautiful Letdown. Lead singer and pastor’s kid Jon Foreman actually didn’t set out to make music for a Christian label, fearing that “‘Christian rock’ tends to be a box that closes some people out and excludes them” – but he needn’t have worried, because the band has sold nearly 4 million albums to date and their songs have featured in a huge number of movies and TV shows.

Steve Taylor (and Chagall Guevara, his crossover attempt) stands out from 80s and 90s CCM for being the first to bring satire and sarcasm to Christian music – he challenged televangelists, politicians, schools, and more in his lyrics. Backlash to his 1987 album I Predict 1990 led to him taking a sabbatical from Christian music. He returned with the group Chagall Guevara in 1990, but they disbanded in 1992 after releasing only one selftitled album. After releasing a couple more albums in the early 1990s, Taylor moved on to producing for groups like the Newsboys and Sixpence None the Richer.

  • RIYL: Crowded House, REM, Elvis Costello, Talking Heads, The Clash

Big Daddy Weave released their first album, Neighborhoods, independently in 2001. Their country-tinged pop has produced many popular hits like 2004’s “Word of God Speak” and 2005’s “You’re Worthy of My Praise.” They enjoyed a comeback starting with their 2012 album Love Come To Life, which reached #3 on Christian charts, the single from which (“Redeemed“) topped Billboard’s Christian Song chart for four weeks.

DC Talk’s hip hop-influenced pop-rock found its popularity with their fourth album, Jesus Freak, in 1995. The title track received mainstream radio play and won the Dove Award for Song of the Year, the first of its genre to win that award. All three founding members have gone on to impressive musical careers: Kevin Max was the lead singer of Audio Adrenaline briefly, Michael Tait is the current lead singer for Newsboys, and Toby Mac is now one of the biggest names in CCM.

  • RIYL: N’Sync, Michael Jackson, Sublime, Gorillaz

Got a related band or favorite song to recommend? Share in the comments!

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