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Sing! The Life of Christ: Quintology: Incarnation – Keith and Kristyn Getty and Friends
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Sing! The Life of Christ: Quintology is the fourth album to be released from Keith and Kristyn Getty’s Sing! worship music conferences, following 2018’s Sing! Live at The Getty Music Worship Conference and 2019’s Sing! Psalms: Ancient + Modern (Live At The Getty Music Worship Conference) and Sing! An Irish Christmas – Live At The Grand Ole Opry House.
The new album will be released in five separate EPs over the next several months. The project will follow the five main themes of the 2019 Sing! conference – Incarnation, Passion, Resurrection, Commission, and Ascension of Jesus Christ, and include 30 songs. To find out more about my takeaways from the 2019 conference, held in Nashville, read my article “Reflections From the 2019 Sing! Getty Worship Conference here.
The album was recorded at the Gaylord Hotel Convention Center, the Grand Ole Opry House and the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Everything that the Gettys and their musical friends do is with excellence. Throughout, the songwriting, singing and musical performances are of a very high quality, especially noteworthy for a live recording.
The first EP is on the Incarnation. Below are a few comments about each song:

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Across the Lands/Of the Father’s Love Begotten – “Across the Lands” was written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend. “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” was written by Aurelius Clemens Prudentius. This track begins with the recitation of John 1 by astronaut Colonel Jeff Williams before segueing into the choir singing verses one and three of “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” before the full band goes into “Across the Lands” with Kristyn Getty on lead vocals.

Key lyrics:

You’re the Author of creation;
You’re the Lord of ev’ry man;
And Your cry of love rings out across the lands.  

Sing We the Song of Emmanuel – This song was written by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, Stuart Townend, and Keith Getty. The song opens with piano, and then the full band kicks in. This was my favorite song of 2019. We sang it often in our church worship service. Boswell and Papa share lead vocals with the audience joining in on the closing “Gloria”.

Key lyrics:

Glory shining for all to see
Hope alive, let the gospel ring
God has made a way, He will have the praise
Tell the world His name is Jesus

Come Adore the Humble King – This song was written by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa. This piano driven song has Boswell and Papa sharing lead vocals. The song features a violin solo and builds powerfully.

Joy Has Dawned/Angels We Have Heard on High – “Joy Has Dawned” was written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend. “Angels We Have Heard on High” was written by James Chadwick. The song begins with the choir singing verse one and the refrain from “Angels We Have Heard on High” before the full band kicks in with “Joy Has Dawned”, with lead vocals by Kristyn Getty. The upbeat song gives the band an opportunity to flex its muscles mid-song. The song ends with the refrain and verse three from “Angels We Have Heard on High”.

Key lyrics:

What a Savior! What a Friend!
What a glorious myst’ry!
Once a babe in Bethlehem,
Now the Lord of hist’ry.

Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery – This song was written by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa and Michael Bleecker. The song begins with piano, before adding drums, bass and guitar. Boswell and Papa share lead vocals.

Key lyrics:

What a foretaste of deliverance
How unwavering our hope
Christ in power resurrected
As we will be when He comes 

In Christ Alone/I Stand Amazed (O How Marvelous) – “In Christ Alone” was written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend. “I Stand Amazed’ was written by Charles Gabriel. Kristyn Getty and Travis Cottrell share lead vocals on “In Christ Alone”, and the album closes with a spirited version of “I Stand Amazed”.

Key lyrics:

And as He stands in victory,
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

Best songs: All

Note: The 2020 Sing! Getty Worship Music Conference will be held August 31 – September 2 in Nashville. To get more information and register go here.

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Testify by Social Club Misfits, featuring Crowder

This week’s song of the week is “Testify” from the Social Club Misfits, featuring Crowder. The song was written by Tedd Andrew Tjornhom, Martin Lorenzo Santiago, Fernando Miranda and Colby Wedgeworth. You can watch the lyric video here.

I was falling apart when Heaven rescued me
Recovered my heart, I want the world to see
I can testify, testify

From the comforts of my home to a jail cell
Tried to break me down, but their plan failed
I remember like yesterday still clear as day
When I felt I had my whole future stripped away

Should’ve known better, I failed to heed
Speeding through the lanes, I was looking for the better me
Feeding my desires, ignoring my royal pedigree
Bloodline from the heavens still slept in a penitentiary

But I was meant for more
So, when you say the words I’ve written touch you, it’s the Lord
The pressure that I felt on me, don’t feel it anymore
You sent me healing from above, there’s nothing realer than Your love

I was falling apart when Heaven rescued me
Recovered my heart, I want the world to see
I can testify, hm, I can testify, oh-oh
I gave Him my life, He gave it back to me
No longer the same, not who I used to be
I can testify, testify

Does God still remember I’m here?
I need same day delivery for some of my prayers
I close my eyes when my stress and anxiety flare
If it comes up like stairs
I know right on time my God will be there
So, many blessings coming down, I don’t know if it’s real
I’m not scared
I just feel like I shouldn’t be here
But I’m prepared, I got nothing to fear
This is God’s plan young man and not a career
It’s a calling
I’m all in
I’m done stalling

I’m done waiting for a better time to tell my story
I know there’s power in His name
He reminds me who I am
Even tho I’m far from perfect, it never stopped His plans

I was falling apart when Heaven rescued me
Recovered my heart, I want the world to see
I can testify, hm, I can testify, oh-oh
I gave Him my life, He gave it back to me
No longer the same, not who I used to be
I can testify, testify
I can testify, testify

Jesus lifted me up from the grave
I’m singing Amazing Grace
This is my time to testify, I’mma testify
Jesus lifted me up from the grave
I’m singing Amazing Grace
This is my time to testify, I’mma testify (Uh, yeah)

I was falling apart when Heaven rescued me
Recovered my heart, I want the world to see
I can testify, hm, I can testify, oh-oh
I gave Him my life, He gave it back to me
No longer the same, not who I used to be
I can testify, testify, testify, testify (Uh, yeah)

Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence ~ married to my best friend for more than 39 years and a St. Louis Cardinals fan. Before retiring I served as a manager at a Fortune 50 company; I'm a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary and in leadership at my local church. I enjoy speaking about calling, vocation and work. I am a life-long learner and have a passion to help people develop to their fullest potential and to utilize their strengths more fully. I am an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, 3 on the Enneagram, my top five Strengthsfinders themes are: Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony and Achiever, and my two StandOut strengths roles are Creator and Equalizer. My favorite book is the Bible, with Romans my favorite book and 2 Corinthians 5:21 my favorite verse. Some of my other favorite books are Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper, The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul, The Prodigal Son (originally titled A Tale of Two Sons) by John MacArthur and Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I enjoy Christian hip-hop/rap music, with Lecrae, Trip Lee and Andy Mineo being some of favorite artists.

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