Modern church music often struggles to express the deep emotions of grief, sorrow and lament held in tension with the certain hope of the Christian faith. Resound Worship have done a lot of work to engage with this over the course of the last couple of years and has been a big part of the 12 Song Challenge. Last week, the long anticipated Double Album, Downcast Souls Expectant Hearts was released. It has been a long project in the making bringing together the work of different songwriters from around the world.
I have been involved with the Estates Evangelism Task Group and Partner’s Conference at High Leigh. Ninety practitioners gathered together to look at the challenges facing us in the future serving our communities. There has been a lot of challenge for The Church to reform its institutional bias and refocus on those who live in poverty. That however is for a later post.Read more
Metanoia have been in the studio and the first of our Christmas releases is out now for streaming! It is a cover of a Resound Worship song by Judy Gresham that we’ve been playing at Rock Mass for a few years.
We hope to put together a lyric video for this in the coming days. We also hope to releasing a Christmas Carol in a couple of weeks time.
It is no secret that Ruth and I love music by Geraldine Latty. She has recently collaborated with Kate Simmonds on a whole album of Christmas songs. Some are suitable for choirs, some for soloists and some for children. Those of us who know our Christmas Carols will spot some familiar themes and repurposed lyrics thrown into the mix with a modern gospel feel. Even better news, they are giving the sheet music away for free over on Geraldine’s website.
Why not give it a listen and see if there’s something to put into your Christmas services.