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Sing! The Life of Christ Quintology: Passion (EP)
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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.

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The second EP to be released is on the Incarnation. Below are a few comments about each song:

The Power of the Cross – This worship song, one of the Getty’s best, was written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend. This wonderful version of the song was performed at the Bridgestone Arena. It is preceded by Jackie Hill Perry performing an original spoken word piece with flute accompaniment by Pedro Eustache. Kristyn Getty handles lead vocals, backed by the choir and the Getty Band – piano by Keith Getty, bass, drums, violin, etc. – as the song builds powerfully.     
Key lyric:
This, the pow’r of the cross:
Son of God—slain for us.
What a love! What a cost!
We stand forgiven at the cross.

My Worth Is Not in What I Own (At the Cross) – This song was written by Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty and Graham Kendrick. The song was performed at the Bridgestone Arena, and features Fernando Ortega and Kristyn Getty sharing lead vocals. The song features Ortega on piano, backed by the Getty band – beautiful cello, violin, drums, and choir.
Key lyric:
Two wonders here that I confess
My worth and my unworthiness
My value fixed – my ransom paid
At the cross 

My Savior’s Love (What Tongue Could Tell) – This song was written by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa and Keith Getty. It was performed by Matt Papa, backed by choir, piano, drums and bass. I enjoyed the ending of the song, with the chorus being sung acapella.   
Key lyric:
What tongue could tell my Savior’s love
What song of angels could describe
Could endless praises be enough
To echo full His sacrifice

His Mercy is More – This song has been one of my favorites since being introduced to it at the Sing! 2018 Conference. It was written by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa. The song was performed at the Bridgestone Arena. Matt Papa and Matt Boswell share the lead vocals, backed by piano, drums, guitar, bass, violin, and choir. 
Key lyric:
Praise the Lord!
His mercy is more.
Stronger than darkness; new every morn;
Our sins, they are many, His mercy is more.

He Will Hold Me Fast – This song was written by Ada Habershon and Matt Merker. The song was performed by Selah during the “Hymn Sing” at the Grand Ole Opry House. Selah is backed by piano, a beautiful cello and choir.
Key lyric:
Raised with Him to endless life
He will hold me fast
Till our faith is turned to sight
When he comes at last

Let There Be Wonder – Matt Redman
****

Let There Be Wonder is worship leader, singer/songwriter Matt Redman’s fourteenth album, and first since 2017’s Glory Song. The album was produced by Jacob Sooter and Joshua Silverberg, and was recorded live in front of more than 1,000 people at Free Chapel in Orange County, California. Redman wrote all of the songs, collaborating with writers and friends such as Sooter, Phil Wickham, Hillsong’s Joel Houston, Jason Ingram, Pat Barrett, Corey Voss, Andi Rozier (Vertical Church Band), Jon Guerra, and Brandon Lake, who also appears on the project along with Evan Craft.

I really enjoyed this album of live worship. Below are a few comments about each song:
The Same Jesus – This joyful song was written by Redman, Jacob Sooter and Josh Silverberg. It was the first song released from the album. The song features drums, backing vocals, keys and drums. The same Jesus is still with us, still on the move, making us new. We know that He is coming again. He’s alive and is keeping His promises.
Key lyric:
This Jesus
Who carried our shame
This Jesus
Who rose from the grave
The same Jesus
We worship today, we worship today

We Praise You – This upbeat worship song was written by Redman, Brandon Lake, Brian Johnson and Phil Wickham. Redman and Lake share the vocals. The song features guitar, backing vocals and some good drums. An excellent song for congregational singing.
Key lyric:
We’ll see You break down every wall
We’ll watch the giants fall
Fear cannot survive when we praise You
The God of breakthroughs on our side
Forever lift Him high
With all creation cry, ‘God, we praise You’
Oh, we praise You

All Praise (Sing Praise) – This song was written by Redman, Andi Rozier and Jason Ingram. The song begins with guitar and keys and builds at the chorus with backing vocals, drums and bass. God’s amazing grace far exceeds our past mistakes. God brought us back to life again and we will rise with Jesus from the grave. He is coming soon. His promises all come true and He deserves all praise.
Key lyric:
Your name, Your name always
Jesus, You alone deserve all praise

Upon Him – This song was written by Redman, Andi Rozier and Jon Guerra. The song begins with keys and light guitar, and builds powerfully with backing vocals and drums. There is no greater name than Jesus. One day every knee will bow and every heart confess (Philippians 2:10-11).
Key lyric:
Christ has died, we are forgiven
And Christ alive, we are the risen
And He shall come again
Praise the King, praise the King

Let There Be Wonder – This worship song was written by Redman, Joshua Silverberg, Jacob Sooter and Corey Voss. The song begins with synth, guitar and keys and then builds powerfully with bass drums and backing vocals. He is the God who parted the sea, who heals our disease and is the source of all that we need.
Key lyric:
Let there be wonder, let there be wonder in this place
Let there be worship, let there be worship for Your name
Come Holy Spirit, how we need Your fire again
Let there be wonder, let there be wonder

King Jesus – This song was written by Redman, Jason Ingram and Joel Houston. The worship song opens with electric and acoustic guitar and keys, and builds at the chorus with drums and backing vocals. His is the name above all names (Philippians 2:9). There will never be a higher name. All glory to God alone, the King is in residence here.
Key lyric:
All glory to God alone, praise to the One who gave it all
Name above all names, King Jesus, King Jesus
All glory to God alone, praise to the One who holds the throne
Name above all names, King Jesus, King Jesus

Merciful Father – This upbeat song was written by Redman, Tim Wanstall and Pat Barrett. The song begins with keys, drums, bass and builds with guitar and backing vocals. The song describes attributes of God such as love, goodness, faithfulness, merciful and kindness.

Mercies (New Every Morning) – This mid-tempo song was written by Redman, May Angeles, Edith Mcneill, DK Kim and Colby Taylor. The song features keys, guitar, drums and bass, and speaks to God’s faithfulness and goodness, though like many worship songs, lyrically it gets a bit repetitive.
The chorus is from Lamentations 3:23:
They are new every morning
New every morning
Great is Your faithfulness
Your mercies are new every morning
New every morning
Great is your faithfulness

Jesus Your Name – This song was written by Redman, Lindsey Sweet, Joshua Silverberg and Jacob Sooter. The song features acoustic guitar, synth, keys, bass, excellent drums, and backing vocals, and is about Jesus’s wonderful name.
Key lyric:
Jesus Your name, when the whole world shakes
Jesus Your name, I will ever praise
My battle cry every night and day
I’ll sing Your name over everything
I’ll sing Your name over everything

In The Name – This triumphant song was written by Redman, Ryan Ellis, Joshua Silverberg and Jacob Sooter. The song features keys, synth, bass, guitar, some nice drums, and backing vocals. Interestingly, it’s follows another song about the name of Jesus.
Key lyric:
In the name of Jesus, all fear must go now
In the name of Jesus, perfect peace
In the name of Jesus, burdens be lifted
In the name of Jesus we believe

Hymn of Surrender – This song was written by Redman, Mitch Wong, Joshua Silverberg and Jacob Sooter. The song features synth, keys, guitar, drums, bass and backing vocals. The song is a prayer to Jesus. He’s going to deny himself and follow Jesus. For less of him is more of Jesus.
Key lyric:
No compromise
I won’t give You just half my life
If it’s all or nothing
Let it all be, let it all be for Jesus

Send Me Lord – This song was written by Redman, Joshua Silverberg and Mitch Wong. The song features, synth, keys, guitar, backing vocals, and is a prayer to God. He contrasts his own selfishness with God’s holiness.
Key lyric:
Where You go, I will go, I belong to You alone
Letting go of my selfishness, send me Lord

A Ti Adoramos (We Praise You) – This is a second version of “We Praise You”, this time featuring Evan Craft, with some of the singing in Spanish.

The Same Jesus (single version) – This is a shorter version of the first song released from the album.

Best songs:
Upon Him
The Same Jesus
We Praise You
Jesus Your Name
Hymn of Surrender

  • Chris Tomlin Collection. Chris Tomlin has been one of my favorite artists for many years. I’ve recently been listening to the new Chris Tomlin Collection on Amazon Music. It includes 52 tracks, nearly 4 hours of music. Many of the songs feature new mixes or versions of his most popular songs.

All I Have is Christ by Shane and Shane

This week’s song of the week is from Shane and Shane, performing an acoustic version of “All I Have is Christ”, written by Jordan Kauflin. The song is included on their new album Hymns in the Round. Watch this video of Shane and Shane performing the song.

VERSE 1
I once was lost in darkest night
Yet thought I knew the way
The sin that promised joy and life
Had led me to the grave
I had no hope that You would own
A rebel to Your will
And if You had not loved me first
I would refuse You still

VERSE 2

But as I ran my hell-bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross
And I beheld God’s love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace

CHORUS
Hallelujah! All I have is Christ
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life

VERSE 3
Now, Lord, I would be Yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow Your commands
Could never come from me
O Father, use my ransomed life
In any way You choose
And let my song forever be
My only boast is You

Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence ~ married to my best friend for more than 40 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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