Mike has been slowly growing a little library of sorts of some songs that work well to pair guitar and organ together. This past week we did The Wonderful Cross (a Chris Tomlin chorus added to When I survey the Wondrous Cross). Basically the Organ added some nice synth/swell sounds and it was a really nice effect. We have been so grateful for our congregation who has met Mike and Jon Wilson’s mesh ups with much appreciation. Mostly their reaction is not one of “What you messed with tradition?!” but rather one of thankfulness. I’m thinking that probably says something about the need for this kind of guitar/organ woven beauty as we move forward to bringing young and old, traditionalists and modernists together into our worship services. There is still room for both modern worshippers and classical/tradition leaders to shine at our church and for that I am grateful, but also so thankful that each can lay aside their preferences and work together to make something new and fresh. Here’s to Musical Breadth!
Starting at 26:20 you can hear his rendition. Message us or comment below if you would like the chart or any notes about what they did.
When our hearts don’t know what to think about the sorrows or joys we may face in this life, we can find solace in the Word of God (specifically in the Psalms) where we find words that express every emotion for our souls and see Jesus more clearly. We recently gathered some resources and quotes surrounding why we sing the Psalms for a Sunday school class and wanted to share them here for you. Below are some quotes and resources, not exactly an essay, just some encouraging words worth sharing (the sources are at bottom of this post). May we continue to “sing to him a new song” (Psalm 33:3) bringing glory and honor to our precious Lord and Savior.
“The prayers of the faithful are so cold, that we ought to be ashamed and dismayed. The psalms can incite us to lift up our hearts to God and move us to an ardor in invoking and exalting with praises the glory of his Name.” – John Calvin engaging his church in Geneva.
I was introduced to Audrey Assad quite a few years ago. Her voice is beautiful and moving, her lyrics heart felt. But as of late, I have had her album “Inheritance” on repeat in my car. Even my son Jesse is getting to benefit from singing along to these standard hymns re-vived by Audrey Assad Awesomeness. Enjoy!
If you have heard of the name Indelible Grace points to you. If you have googled them double points. If you have geeked out on their documentary then you know this group is worth knowing and following. If you are a PCAer and you have not done these things listed, seriously shameful. I mean that from the bottom of my non-southern, say it like it is heart.
Basically Indelible Grace re-awakened hymns for a modern generation. Creating a conversation and new context where hymns could be re-loved. From their website: “Our hope is to help the church recover the tradition of putting old hymns to new music for each generation, and to enrich our worship with a huge view of God and His indelible grace.”
We did this song on sunday and I just wanted to share with you where it came from. If you need some new music to meditate on look into this from Adam Wright and his gang at Cahaba Park Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, AL. They have started a ministry called The Corner Room putting together songs with the Psalms. Check them out! Also if you need more to listen to check out Act of Congress more of Adam Wright awesomeness. He is a humble guy with a lot of talent, worth following and keeping up with. Every once in a while I like to give a shout out so there ya go.