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  • Posted By Word Worship Team | January 23, 2013 | Posted in Meredith Andrews

    Join Meredith Andrews, along with husband and band-member Jacob Sooter and host Phil Sillas on Thursday, January 24 at 8 pm CT for a live streaming event. Meredith will be sharing live, acoustic versions of select songs from her new worship album, Worth It All, which releases two days prior, January 22. Meredith will also share stories behind those songs and from her own experiences as a worship leader at Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago, where she and Jacob currently serve. The live stream event will last approximately one hour with the last 15 minutes devoted to viewers' Q&A. Watch the stream at www.worshipleader.com, Thursday, January 16 at 8 pm CT.

    Register at http://worshipleader.com/live/register/

  • Posted By Anonymous (not verified) | January 10, 2013 | Posted in Meredith Andrews

     

    As I reflect on the current season of my life and marvel at all the Lord has done and is doing, I am overcome with gratitude and amazement. He has been a patient Father in the way He tenderly and intentionally teaches me more of who He is and embraces me with strong arms on my best and worst days. The more I get to know the Lord, the more I am undone by His kindness. Who am I to be met with such mercy when I deserve quite the opposite? Yet I am always finding Him as He has always been: compassionate, gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Abba God.

    Yet I'll be the first to admit that my eyes are not always on the Lord. I am weak. I am easily distracted by circumstances and deadlines and brokenness inside and all around me. Sometimes I feel discouraged. Often I wonder if the constant pedaling and daily routine really matter at all. Am I even making a dent, much less a significant impact? If you're anything like me and you've had these same questions, they can be completely overwhelming and all-consuming, and we can find ourselves in a dark place in a hurry. Yet it is in the darkness that the soul-piercing light of Jesus invades the shadows and illuminates the Truth. He is Truth. His Word is Truth. And we must cling to the Light of Truth even in the night. 

  • Posted By Word Worship Team | November 26, 2012 | Posted in

    Welcome to our new website!

  • Posted By Word Worship Team | October 12, 2012 | Posted in The Classic City Collective

    Meet the members of The Classic City Collective and hear why the came to make music together. 

     

  • Posted By Word Worship Team | August 14, 2012 | Posted in Benji and Jenna Cowart

    So excited to be a part of the Word Worship team!! God has a funny way of writing the story..Jenna and I are both Nashville natives and both attended and met at Belmont University. We thought we would stay in Nashville and be involved in the music industry..but God had very different plans! About a year after we were married, God called us into full time church ministry and our journey has called us to live in Texas (for seminary), Florida, Las Vegas (to church plant), Georgia, and now Buffalo NY. And it has been from Buffalo that God has mysteriously woven our story back to Nashville..and it is an absolute privilege to represent not only our church The Chapel but THE church in Buffalo. We have gotten to see an incredible move of God in Buffalo bringing churches of different denominations, races, and cultures together to partner in making sure that every man, woman, and child has repeated opportunities to hear and see the Gospel. The songs on our first EP Letters To The Church at Buffalo (that is being released Aug. 14..WooHoo!!!!) were written with the amazing churches and people of this city in mind. So much more to tell ya but for now...it’s nice to meet you!!

  • Posted By Word Worship Team | August 10, 2012 | Posted in The Classic City Collective

    My dad gave me a piece of advice when I began playing music that has guided me ever since.  When I began writing and performing, my dad told me that when competition enters into music, music no longer is art, but a sport.  I grew up playing basketball, so I competed daily.  Being an achiever is at the top of my gifts list.  I started playing music as stress relief during my sophomore year in college, when it became clear that becoming a pro basketball player probably wasn’t going to happen.  I did have the highest vertical leap on my college team though, and this will be the only time I ever blog brag.

    When an artist finds joy in another artists’ downfall for them to rise above them, they are no longer artists; they are competing like athletes.  And in doing so, they are stifling their art. 

    Art comes from within. 

    You can not create your best work when you are operating with a competitive spirit.  Many over-achievers will argue with me here and say that you have to push one another.  Of course.  But if you are thinking about another person and how you desire to be better than them while at the same time trying to look within and pull the best out, you are distracted.  You can’t quite get all the goodness out from inside of you when you’re mind is divided.

    And if you are trying to write music to honor the man who said the first shall be last, the only thing you need to be thinking about is what that man is saying to you. 

    If competing in art isn’t silly enough, how much more silly is it for a worship musician to compete with another worship musician?  Would God find any pleasure over one church succeeding while another one fails?  Would he be proud that the one church dominated the other church?

    We’re not here to compete with anyone.  We hope as we tell more of our story, you are inspired to create your best work yet!  And we will continue to be inspired by those who have embarked on the same adventure.

  • Posted By Word Worship Team | June 29, 2012 | Posted in Brett Rutledge

    I was out on the road this last weekend leading for a Youth camp and I tried something new that I turned out great. I really love using older songs like “Hungry” or a hymn like “I Surrender All,” and then mashing them with new song like “Always” and “Forever Reign.”

    So this past week as I was leading “I Surrender All” after the message but at the end of the last chorus we went straight to vamping the 1 and 4 right into the chorus of “Always” (Oh my God, He will not delay). Not gonna lie, it was pretty epic. There was something about putting those songs together that allowed us to go to a place I hadn’t in worship yet. Saying I surrender all and then hitting the chorus saying we will not fear, and that God’s promises are true, our God will come through always. . . was freeing and sang very well together

    I’ve always hated stopping and changing capos to lead a song and it seems to break up worship a little. But these mash ups and even putting things in the same key to keep the flow going allows people to really stay in that moment with them and God. Such a blessing to see and be a part of.

    Are there any mashups that you use frequently that work well in your worship settings?

     

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