This morning we had our last recording session for the week. Two of our younger worship leaders, Josh Frederich and Elijah Orbea led us in worship this morning. Josh has written some great new songs…his first tune Savior of Love actually got people clapping. (For those that don’t know, for some reason the people at our church rarely ever clap during songs regardless of how fast the tempo. Not sure why. CLGers, feel free to comment and let me know…why. Haha.)
Josh did a few more songs, all great but for me the one that really stood out was The Walls Are Coming Down. I remember the first time he played me the opening line and chord progression and immediately thought “that is so powerful you’ve got to do that line justice and finish the rest to make that song great” and it was uh-mazing. I can’t wait for people to hear his stuff. It’s powerful, prophetic, and pulls down the promises of God.
We took a short break and I ended up preaching a spontaneous mini-sermon on why it’s so important to record the activity of the Holy Spirit on worship albums and for worship leaders to be able to flow in the prophetic…even if the record button is on. Because worship music is an industry now, songs, sounds, and content are often looked at through the marketing lens. We need worship leaders, bands, and churches that aren’t afraid to document what God is doing in the midst of worship. The nice thing about being independent is that you maintain creative control. What we recorded this week has the activity of the Holy Spirit all over it, and I know without at doubt that the prophetic songs that were recorded are going to minister to listeners in ways they’ve never experienced before. It will also be a template for younger worship leaders, people who are still pre-teens that will grow up listening to this kind of worship and will become worship leaders that operate in the flow of the Holy Spirit greater than my generation. There’s the gist of my preach.
Ok, so after that our Merge Ahead worship leader Elijah Orbea led us in some songs. No slam on Hillsong United because they’re great, but I like how he does their stuff better than they do. So I’m biased…can you blame me? =) The second song in their set was an original written by Elijah’s brother Josh (who was on drums) and Josh Frederich called This Is What You Gave. This song has been a favorite in our youth for years and now we’ve finally got it recorded.
After the song, Kent came up and prophesied a ton of stuff over Elijah and his brother (they have a band called Light the City). I won’t divulge details since it was a word specifically for them, but we as the church rallied around these guys, agreeing with the word spoken over them, and our generation pastor Eric Peoples sealed the blessing over these guys. It’s going to be fun seeing what God is going to do through them.
We ended the morning with the song With Everything. So insane. The whole room was shouting “whoa-oh-oh-oh…oh,oh,oh…oh, oh oh (repeat)”. Thanksgiving, praise, blessing God, calling forth the promises and taking strides towards the church living and fulfilling it’s prophetic destiny. I’ve listened to most of the worship from this week and I’m telling you that these albums are seriously going to revolutionize people. It’s not the quality of the songs or musicianship, it’s the anointing that’s on this stuff. Uh-mazing.
Thanks for reading, thanks for praying for us, thanks to all those who came out and worshiped with us. This is from the church, for the church, to reach the world. Keep checking back here for updates on how our project is coming!