Auto-Tune Assisi

I was fascinated the version of All Creatures of Our God and King from the Elevation Church worship team.

This video has prompted some response in the blogosphere, including:

I find myself back and forth between the perspectives outlined in the two posts above. I would be interested in the context for the song as part of worship.

Will you please share your thoughts, feelings or opinions about this version of an old hymn?

Vibe – Two Weeks In

This past Sunday was the second week for the Vibe worship service at Resurrection. I have been a part of the planning team and will be in worship leadership there each week. The service is in the Student Center with the sermon on video, edgier music and the opportunity for more movement and experiential response in the service.

The very first week there was a feeling of hesitation in the room as people were coming in and were not sure how to act in the new environment. By the end of the service it had changed to a feeling of real community. The feeling of community continued to grow the second week and I believe will continue to build.

Our hope is to connect new people, not to have people move from another service. Some of that will happen, but ultimately we hope that people will connect at this service.

You are invited this coming Sunday at 10:45 in the Student Center at Resurrection.

Evensong Rising – “Evensong Rising”

I enjoy listening to good music and the new self-titled album from Evensong Rising definitely falls in that category. It is a album of worship songs with a mix of styles. They are tied together with an overall laid back feel.

  • Alleluia is a catchy song of praise. I found myself getting lost in the rolling melody.
  • Stand Firm has an edgier blues/rock feel with smoky vocals.
  • Lyrical guitar and keyboard introduce Satisfied
  • The lilting rhythm of Unto Him was soothing.
  • Make Us New Again is a reminder that God promises to be our God and we promise to be God’s people – the covenant between God and humans
  • Doxology ’07 is a good remix on an old favorite
  • Rise Up brings a little reggae beat to the mix of the CD
  • Salvation comes is a smooth jam with lyrics of confession and call for God
  • Jazzy and smooth Holy Spirit
  • Pentecost is a beautiful call for the Holy Spirit’s presence – rhythmic, melodic and strong

While a couple of the tracks, like Solid Rock, are a bit sing songy this is overall a great album. The music is not particularly earth shattering, but it moves the listener into a smooth rhythm of worship. I am going to pass this along to the music staff here at Resurrection and recommend it to you as well.

Speedlinking – July 14, 2008