In a previous post I talked about the Sovereign Grace songwriting retreat and where our songs come from. While we’d love to simply produce songs that are being written by writers in their local churches, we’re trying to steward our songwriting resources in a way we think will better serve the church at large. So we talk and pray about what gaps exist in the modern worship song repertoire, or what topics we think might serve our churches and the church at large. That means our albums are more intentional and thematic. We also asked our Sovereign Grace Music Facebook fans for their thoughts and got some great ideas.
So here are some of the albums we’ve been writing songs for, and the albums you’ll be able to listen to Lord willing, in the coming year. All titles are tentative.
1. Alli en la Cruz (May 2010) – This will be our first “non-translated” Spanish worship CD, Alli en la Cruz, featuring the songs and vocals of Mauricio Velarde, a member of Iglesia Gracia Soberana de Gaithersburg
2. Walking with the Wise (June 2010) – a project for kids 6 years old and up based on themes from Proverbs (similar to our last kid’s album, To Be Like Jesus, based on the fruit of the Spirit). Since we don’t assume that all kids who’ll be singing these songs will be Christians, our emphasis will be on proclaiming truths rather than expressing personal experience. We’ll also be weaving our need for a Savior into many of the songs.
3. The Gathering (Nov. 2010) -an album of songs that follow the flow of a “gospel liturgy” (see Christ Centered Worship by Bryan Chappell) that has been around for centuries and is reflected in the Old Testament sacrificial system as well as numerous New Testament passages. The songs can be used as stand alones, or as part of an entire meeting. Potential topics include songs that can be used for call to worship, adoration, confession, assurance of pardon, thanksgiving, intercession, a creed, preparation to hear the Word, baptism, the Lord’s supper, and dismissal. This album will stretch us in terms of themes and also enable us to highlight how the gospel should shape and inform our entire meeting.
4. Risen (Feb. 2011) – songs that focus on the resurrection of Jesus and its implications for our lives. We’ll probably touch on themes related to the second coming as well. Can’t wait to see how this one turns out.
5. Jesus is Able (release date TBD) – This will be a black gospel project, to be released some time this year. The pieces for that are still falling together, although we’re making progress. It will be a mix of previously written Sovereign Grace songs and some new ones. Our goal is to provide the church with more congregational songs that combine gospel-centered theology with soulful passion. This is a project we’ve been thinking about for a couple years now for a number of reasons. We want to serve the African-Americans already in our churches, as well as contribute to more biblically substantive congregational songs in the black gospel genre.
I know I’m going out on a limb mentioning these albums before they even exist. But I’m trusting that God will enable us to produce everything He wants us to. And in the mean time, if you wanted to pray for us, that would be great.