Last year Sovereign Grace Ministries took two nights in February to record a live project entitled, Worship God Live. I was privileged to be one of two leaders on the CD, along with my good friend, Pat Sczebel, who is a pastor at the Sovereign Grace church in Vancouver, B.C.
We were attempting to accomplish a number of goals through the project. First, we wanted to capture some of the spontaneity and passion of a typical live context. This CD isn’t so much a presentation as an invitation to listeners to exalt the Lord together with us. We were able to include a number of unplanned moments that add to the dynamic quality of the recording.
We also wanted to expand the pool of songwriters involved on our recordings. We’ve been working the past few years on encouraging and training our song writers through annual three day retreats, where we play and evaluate each other’s songs. This CD ended up including songs from nine different writers.
Along with songwriters, we also wanted to introduce some young vocalists on this project, and give people an opportunity to hear Pat Sczebel. Pat is a humble and gifted pastor, songwriter, and musician who has been involved in leading God’s people in praise for decades. I am grateful to God for his example and friendship.
Another reason for the creation of the CD was that others thought I should have an example of what I do when I lead congregational worship. At this point in my life, I’m probably known more for teaching on biblical worship than actually leading it corporately, even though that’s what I’ve been trying to do for the past 30 years or so.
Finally, we wanted to serve Sovereign Grace churches, and hopefully others, by providing biblically based, doctrinally rich, Christ-exalting, musically appealing, congregational-friendly songs.
While the feedback has been encouraging, we’d like to know what you think. I’m giving away a free copy of WorshipGod Live to the first 50 people who meet the following requirements:
1. You are a pastor or a music minister/worship leader in your local church or ministry
2. You regularly write a blog (that people other than your family read)
3. You will post a review of the CD on your blog by June 15.
If you’d like to participate, send your mailing address, your church name, and the URL for your blog to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE: We’ve received 50 requests, so the giveaway (at least this part of it) is now officially over. Thanks for wanting to participate!