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.

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There are many many wonderful tracks on the album but I have to give a special mention to “My Redeemer Lives”, the opening track on disc two. We have been playing it at Holy Nativity since June and it is a total ear worm! We recorded the crowd vocal at the Songwriting Retreat last year. Here’s Ruth playing on a live clip that I took.

If you like the album, you can listen to it on streaming services, but the best thing you can do to support the work of Resound is buy it direct from the website. And as with everything from Resound, all of the resources to use the songs in your own context are available through the website.