Sovereign Grace Music released our final band album, Sooner Count the Stars, two years ago.
I’m delighted to announce that soon after reviewing 170 songs, we ultimately have one more: Prayers of the Saints (Reside). It took a whilst, but I feel it was additional than worth the wait.
Worship albums are as widespread these days as a new mattress retailer (come to Louisville and you will know what I imply). I get an e mail informing me of a new album pretty much after a week. That is about 50 albums, every single with at least 12 songs, which adds up to 600 new songs a year. And that is just scratching the surface of the albums getting recorded.
So why make one more one particular? Very first, mainly because we feel the church usually demands additional songs that deal with themes like confession, lament, and longing. Second, mainly because there will under no circumstances be sufficient songs to sufficiently proclaim the worthiness of the Savior who came to redeem rebels for his Father’s glory. He is that glorious.
What’s in a Name?
This album began in 2016 as a project on the Lord’s Prayer. But soon after reviewing the 80 or so songs we wrote on that theme, we didn’t feel we had sufficient songs for an album.
We weren’t searching for fantastic songs. We wanted excellent songs. Songs that would not only express the truth of the gospel in a compelling and stunning way, but songs people today would want to sing and hear once more and once more.
So in 2017, we changed the theme to “Prayers of the Saints.” It is a phrase John utilizes in Rev. five:eight and eight:four to describe the prayers of God’s people today for the punishment of the wicked, the deliverance of his people today, and the vindication of God’s name. It highlights the reality that we reside in the time of the “already and not however.” Satan is defeated, our sins are paid for, the grave is overcome. But we’re waiting for the final consummation when death will be forever destroyed and tears will be no additional. So whilst we celebrate, rejoice, and praise, we also grieve, intercede, and anticipate.
Songs for the Journey
The Christian life is not one particular triumph soon after one more. We endure suffering, sin, persecution, and temptation whilst fixing our gaze on Jesus’ promised coming. By way of his substitutionary death and victorious resurrection he has assured these he’s redeemed a future of eternal glory and joy.
So we wrote lyrics like these to sing on the journey:
O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer, strong defender of my weary heart
My sword to fight the cruel deceiver, and my shield against his hateful darts
(from O Lord, My Rock and My Redeemer by Nathan Stiff)
Provide us from evil, Lord the devil’s looking for to devour
With trembling hearts we hear his roar, but Your sturdy arm will crush his pow’r
(from We Appear to You by Joel Sczebel and Matt Searles)
As day unfolds, I seek Your will in all of life’s demands
And even though the tempter tries me nonetheless, I cling to Your commands
Let each and every work of my life show the matchless worth of Christ
Make me a living sacrifice be glorified these days
(from A Christian’s Every day Prayer by Matt Merker and Jordan Kauflin)
Although the dark is overwhelming and the brightest lights develop dim
Although the Word of God is trampled on by foolish guys
Although the wicked under no circumstances stumble and abound in each and every location
We will all be humbled when we see Your face
(from When We See Your Face by Bob Kauflin and Jordan Kauflin)
The Players and Singers
Sovereign Grace Music does not record definitive versions of songs we want other individuals to copy. We hope nearby churches will adapt our songs to their personal context and sing them in a way that serves their congregations. That could possibly be a complete band, a piano and organ, a choir and orchestra, or even a lone acoustic guitar. That getting mentioned, we worked challenging on this album to come up with arrangements we feel will serve you.
David Zimmer served us masterfully on drums, Ryan Foglesong on bass (and acoustic), and Patrick Anderson on electric/acoustic. All 3 have been a aspect of earlier Sovereign Grace albums and WorshipGod conferences. My fantastic buddy, Jonny Barahona (Sojourn Music), did a excellent job on keys and served as the major arranger. I played keys as nicely, Gabriel Reyes added one more electric, and Zach Fuller covered percussion. Chris Perdue and Whitney Kloceck took care of the moving string components. Vocalists have been McKenzie Fuller, Charity Mick, Lisa Clow, Devon Kauflin, and Caleb Dirnberger, all Sovereign Grace church members.
Nathan Nockels made the album and additional than delivered. I’ve appreciated Nathan’s perform considering that his Sons & Daughters days (precursor to Watermark). I hoped he’d give these songs a additional mainstream strategy soundwise, and adore the outcome.
In the previous, we’ve mainly utilized Sovereign Grace songwriters for our albums. This time we added Brittany Kauflin, Mary Smith, and Jon Althoff to that list. But on Prayers of the Saints, we also involved a quantity of good friends who are non-Sovereign Grace writers but share our heart to offer accessible, theologically driven, Christ-exalting songs for nearby churches.
Marc Willerton, a worship pastor from close to Vancouver, B.C., contributed two outstanding songs to the album (Lord, Have Mercy and Come, Lord Jesus). Matt Merker (He Will Hold Me Rapidly), ended up co-writing a quantity of songs including All Praise to Him, A Christian’s Every day Prayer, and O God of Mercy Hear our Plea. Matt Searles, a dear buddy from the UK, penned a song with Joel Sczebel (We Appear to You). And Nathan Stiff contributed one particular of my favourite songs to the project, O Lord, My Rock and My Redeemer.
Singing the Songs
Prayers of the Saints involves a assortment of songs, lyrically and musically. New and reworked hymns (All Creatures of Our God and King, All Praise to Him, O Lord, My Rock and My Redeemer, Give me Jesus, A Christian’s Every day Prayer), contemporary worship songs (He is Our God, Jesus, There’s No 1 Like You, I Lay it All), folk/indie songs (O God of Mercy, Hear Our Plea, Come, Lord Jesus), songs of confession (Forgiven, Lord, Have Mercy), lament (How Extended, O Lord, We Appear to You), and anticipation (When We See Your Face, Come, Lord Jesus).
But at the finish of the day, making an album of congregational worship songs is fruitless unless churches truly singing them. We’ve had excellent feedback as a result far, and appear forward to seeing God use these songs to serve the physique of Christ. To make that a lot easier, we’ve supplied all the charts, lead sheets, and piano/vocal scores on the Sovereign Grace Music internet site. We’re functioning on choral components and orchestrations and will place these up as they turn out to be out there.
What You Can Do
You can enable us out by spreading the word via Facebook, comments sections, or by leaving a assessment on iTunes or Amazon. Most of all, we’d adore to hear from you via Facebook, YouTube, or the comments section beneath how the songs are benefiting you and your church. And if you are searching for physical CDs you can buy them from Integrity or Amazon.
We’ve released videos from a handful of of the songs on YouTube, but strategy to sooner or later post them all. Get pleasure from!
Colin Lundstrom wrote a comprehensive review of the album right here.