As someone who has been involved in worship leading forever - well, being in worship bands for twenty five years and actually leading for the last eighteen - I am often on the lookout for good new resources.
Being in a small church, sometimes it is easy to miss "the latest thing", and to be satisfied with older things - things I know well, things I can do falling off the proverbial.
And then you come across gold.
Chris Tomlin's brand new CD, Hello Love, not even out in the UK yet, is one of those golden moments. I am writing this as I listen to it for the first time. I bought it yesterday in the Virgin Megastore at Downtown Disney, Orlando. They had two versions - I got the one with an extra disc, with chord charts and extra bits for worship leaders. I'm so glad - I love every song, and want to learn them all, imbibe them all, make them a part of my worship vocabulary.
Musically it is phenomenal. Song after song is well-crafted, with great pace and shape and melody. Lyrically it keeps arresting my attention, making me stop and think and pray and shed a tear of joy, with a simple profundity.
When you get chance - add it to your collection. I think this is right up there with my favourite worship albums, collections of songs that have blessed me and changed me. I am looking forwards to our congregation learning many of these songs.
Thank you Lord, for faithful servants blessing your church with such gifts as these.