New Song (sorta): “He’s Our King”

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What’s up, Vineyard family?  It’s new song time (sorta)!

If you think way back to the days of December of 2015, you’ll probably remember a wonderful tune by the name of “He’s Our King”.  The song, written by Caleb Neff of the Cape Coral Vineyard, led us perfectly through the gospel story.

One thing that is so effective about the song’s lyric is that it starts the story of Christ all the way back in the prophecies, before the Savior’s birth.  And since the story of each verse and chorus move all the way to Jesus’ victory over death, we can celebrate with this tune all year (be on the lookout for it)!

We wanted to blog about it and ask you to pray for the song’s effectiveness even in this season after Christmas.  The youth ministry has been really moved by the tune during its ongoing “King of Kings” series.

Check out the video above and find “He’s Our King” in online music stores and streaming services.

See you Sunday!

Chord chart available on Planning Center

New Song: “Folks Like Us”

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It’s new song time, Maryville Vineyard!  This Sunday, we will be introducing a fantastic, high-energy, and communal tune from our neighbors and friends at the Campbellsville Vineyard.

“Folks Like Us” gives us the words and notes to do two really important things as a church:

  1. Admit that we’re a broken people
  2. Call upon our wonderful Father for help

This is one of those songs that just gets real from the first note.  Honest, humble worship with jammin’ music is a rare and wonderful combination.

Give “Folks Like Us” a listen in the video above or on Spotify, iTunes, etc.

See you all on Sunday!

The chord chart is available in Planning Center

New Song: “Your Love is Greater”

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LOVE>FEAR is one of our favorite recurring sermon series at the Vineyard. It’s based on 1 John 4:18, where we learn that “…perfect love expels all fear.” We’re about to dive back into it starting January 24, and our next new song is called “Your Love is Greater.” It’s a homegrown tune written specifically for this series.

I love songs that capture the reality of the “Already and Not Yet” of our lives. This song acknowledges the presence of fear, but serves as a reminder that God’s perfect love is greater than every fearful thing we face:

You come and tell me “Do not fear”
And even though I know you’re here
I’m still so afraid
But your love is greater

As we lead our church family in singing these lyrics, let’s ask ourselves what it would look like if we each live with this truth in view. Where would it lead us? How would it change our decision-making process?

The founder of the Vineyard movement, John Wimber, is famously quoted as saying,“Faith is spelled R-I-S-K.” When we experience God’s perfect love, we are marked by it. We no longer fear punishment. We assess risk differently. The bridge of the song leans into this:

In death, in dying I will risk it all
In shame, in darkness, I will risk it all
In hope, in healing, I will risk it all
In life, in glory, I will risk it all for your kingdom

May God draw near and let us experience his perfect love during this series. May he remind us of what’s true. And may God call us to new risks for his kingdom as we respond to him.

Check out the chart and demo of “Your Love is Greater” on Planning Center.

New Song: “Fountains (Psalm 87)”

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It’s that time again, Vineyard worship folks!  We’re singing a new song this month, AND it’s a home-grown tune to boot!

“Fountains (Psalm 87)” was written, chopped, tweaked, and workshopped during the fall and winter of 2015.  I (Grady) was challenged and encouraged by cowriters Matt Farrand, Lindsay Mizell, Aaron McCarter, Noah Kropp, Samuel McGhee, Scott Flinchum, and Kelsi Walker (P.S. we can always have this many names on a project, collaboration is awesome!)

The song celebrates and remembers the joy of God’s restoration for His lost and broken people.  In the first verse, we sing and remember that the Lord invited us into His house and family, though we were unclean and unworthy.  He dressed in royal robes and adopted us into His love and inheritance.

Verse #2 turns our attention outward, to what the King is doing for the masses (a big theme in Psalm 87).  Rulers, beggars, killers, and victims, they all come together and fall at the feet of the Lord.  Christ calls those in Babylon back to Zion, the ones far-off are brought near.

Everything in the song builds to our declaration to God, “All my fountains are in You”, it’s our prayer and it’s a plea to our one source of hope.

We hope the tune helps you walk into the presence of the Father this month.  Read the scripture, hum the jam, and give God all the glory He deserves as the living water.

Check out the chord chart and demo on planning center.

New Song: “You’re Beautiful”

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Hey there, Maryville Vineyard!  Our new song for the month of November is ‘You’re Beautiful’ by the one and only, Phil Wickham.

As we’ve just finished up the Say What You Need To Say sermon series, this tune gives some fantastic first-person praise language to sing to the King.  Each verse celebrates a different part of who God is and what He’s done, so let the lyrics lead you to meditate on His creation, His sacrifice, and the joy of eternity with Him.

Check out these incredible words from verse 4

When we arrive at eternity’s shore
Where death is just a memory and tears are no more
We’ll enter in as the wedding bells ring
Your bride will come together and we’ll sing
You’re beautiful

This song also has one of my all-time favorite melody lines (EVER), so guitar players and singers alike should get super familiar with those sweet ooh melodies 🙂

As we sing and play this epic of a worship jam, remember this verse:

The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing. – Zephaniah 3:17

The Lord dearly loves His children and delights over us with singing, and in response we sing of His grace and beauty. I pray that this song gives us the words to praise Him in a deeply thankful, and personal way.

Check out the chord charts on planning center.

 

 

 

New Song: “No Longer Strangers”

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Our new song for July is “No Longer Strangers” taken from the latest Vineyard UK record Waterfalls, and we’re introducing it on July 12.

I love this song. Not just because of Dana Masters’ unbelievable voice. The song is universally relatable and immediately singable… it applies directly to me and somehow manages to feels like an old familiar song I already knew. Especially the chorus:

We are no longer strangers to your arms
We are no longer strangers to your arms
By your grace you have saved us
We’re no longer strangers
We’re no longer strangers to your arms

As you learn this song, keep Ephesians 2 in mind:

5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus… 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ… 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God. (Ephesians 2:5-6, 12-13,19 ESV)

If you dwell there long enough for it to sink in, it might just mess you up. 🙂 And if that’s not enough, the bridge brings in imagery of the prodigal son:

Father I’m coming home
Though I have wandered far
Your love is reaching out
I’m running to Your arms

I’m coming home

The arrangement on the record is so good we won’t need to deviate much, so pay close attention to your part as you listen. Guys will lead it in G, girls will use B or C and you can grab the charts on Planning Center.

New Song: “Great Are You Lord”

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Tomorrow we’re introducing our next new song to our church family: “Great Are You Lord” by All Sons and Daughters. Our friend Dan Wilt always says “songs are a place we go,” and this will quickly become one of our favorite comfy spots.

Like most of our new songs, this one has been on our wish list for quite a while, and if you’ve heard it you know why. It’s one of those songs that provides vocabulary to something we all feel and know. As a result, it instantly connects and sticks with you. The lyric is short and easy to learn, and you find yourself singing it the first time through and the next day too.

It starts with some reminders about what God does:

You give life, you are love
You bring light to the darkness
You give hope, you restore
Every heart that is broken

Just as these incredible facts sink in, the song facilitates our response to God:

It’s your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise to you only

The simplicity of this verse & chorus provides plenty of space… I could hang out here for quite a while. And then the bridge gives a new feel and dimension.

The original arrangement is piano-driven, but this one will work with just about any instrumentation. It’s propelled by the melody, and in keeping with All Sons and Daughters tunes, it gets a huge boost from a strong tight harmony.

I can’t wait to sing this with our family, and encourage everyone on the team to spend time exploring and personalizing it.

New Song: “Furious”

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After years of being on our shortlist of songs to add, we’re finally teaching our church family “Furious” by Jeremy Riddle this Sunday. Here are a few reasons I love this song:

1. It helps us celebrate the gospel.

The Father loves and sends His son
The Son lays down His life for all
He lavishes His love upon us, He calls us now
His sons and daughters, He’s reaching out…

These few lines from verse 2 get me every time. As we remember our salvation stories, I believe that worship will well up in our hearts and spill out in a song of thanksgiving as we declare the great, mysterious, furious love of our God and Father:

His love is deep, His love is wide, and it covers us
His love is fierce, His love is strong, it is furious
His love is sweet, His love is wild
And it’s waking hearts to life

2. It’s a prophetic call to worship

Back when we began all our worship gatherings with Vertical Time, we practiced a call to worship that was deeply personal and navel-gazing, between the Holy Spirit and each believer. Then at the end of Vertical Time, our liturgy would quickly transition into a time of passionate worship and utilized songs that were intensely intimate and demanded a lot from the worshiper. I think it worked, primarily because the Holy Spirit moved and most people were ready to roll. But there were some in the room who had not connected during Vertical Time, and spent the next several minutes enduring worship songs they couldn’t or wouldn’t sing. And there were a few Sundays when I could identify with them… even though I’m the guy leading the worship.

Nowadays our standard liturgy opens with a song, and from time to time we’ll use “Furious.” And for anyone who feels cold and disconnected; for anyone who feels skeptical and sour; for anyone who feels exhausted and defeated and nearly dead… TO YOU we sing that God’s love is “…waking hearts to life.”

Father, may your great love wake our hearts to life. 

3. It’s ready for La Viña

One of the Vineyard Churches in Chile has already translated and recorded the song in Spanish, so it’s perfect for us to use at La Viña on Sunday afternoons!

New Song: “Take Me With You”

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Have you noticed the stirring in our church lately? The Holy Spirit is moving in the hearts of people to “do the stuff” of the kingdom, and church staff and brand new attendees alike are stepping out in faith. Then our friend Adam Russell preached, and his message was like dumping gasoline on a fire that rages on into our current sermon series “Share.” Almost every day we hear amazing stories about salvations, miracles, new ministries, and reconciliation as regular folks take risks for God.

We have a renewed sense of being sent on a mission. The language found in Isaiah 6:8 when Isaiah responds to God’s call by saying, “Here I am. Send me.” is definitely fitting for us. But I think it’s important to remember that enlisting for God’s mission doesn’t discharge us from his presence. On the contrary, pursuing his mission propels us closer to his heart. Even when nothing seems to be working and everything is collapsing into a mess, he’s near.

I find great comfort that his mission is equal parts sending and inviting. His invitation is not to go for him, but to go with him. There will surely be times when God asks us to take a blind step of faith. Times when he’s hard to see. Times when fear and doubt climb up us like dark tangles of ivy to stop our progress. In those moments, we’ll have a song to remind us he’s there and he’s leading the way:

Where you go, I will follow.
Where you lead, I’ll be there by your side.
Take me with you.
In my fear, I will trust you.
In my doubt, I will look for you to guide.
Take me with you.

This quietly intense song by St Albans Vineyard worship pastor Samuel Lane can help our perspective. And once we remember the invitation, we get to respond with resolve:

Your will be done.
To live is Christ, to die is gain.
To know the father, to see his face.
But I will follow, I will remain.
There’s strength in Jesus, there’s joy in faith.

We’re introducing this song to our church family on March 8, so please spend some time with it while you read Philippians 1. As you listen, pay as much attention to what’s NOT played as what they play. The chart is available on Planning Center. We’ll keep a similar vibe with our arrangement:

  • Acoustic players, get your DADGAD on.
  • Electric players, wade into the deep end of reverb & delay.
  • Keys, we need your atmospheric pad awesomeness.
  • Drummers, brush up on brushes.
  • Vocalists, are you up for trying those falsetto BGVs?

Side note: Samuel Lane’s entire record The Fire continues to be on regular rotation for me. We already do Fiery Love and Fall Afresh, and we used The Father for our Worship at Home 2013 video. If you haven’t already, you should check it out!

New Song: “Good Good Father”

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Every Fall, I attend the Vineyard Worship Leaders Retreat near Asheville, NC. It’s an amazing time of worship, prayer, reflection, camaraderie, and catharsis. October 2014 was no exception. On the second night of the retreat, God used two patriarchs of Vineyard worship to speak to me in a special way. Raymond McDonald spoke on the theology of intimacy and drew a contrast between acceptance and rejection from the Father. Sleepy Ray’s story as a worship leader, senior pastor, and adoptive dad gave his message a firm-yet-kind authority. Then during ministry time after the sermon, Bob Van Meter quietly prayed for me and shared a prophetic message that was like the whisper of God in my ear. His message was about generational blessings instead of curses, not only from his generation to me, but also from me to other musicians and my kids. This was particularly poignant since I was struggling to come to terms with my son Mac’s developmental challenges due to events before his adoption. Afterwards, a group worship leaders were discussing the service, and we discovered that God had used Bob to speak to all of us in really specific ways. It was so good that we coined it the night we all got “Van Metered.” 🙂

Back to present-day

A few weeks ago, Kelsi Walker showed me the song “Good Good Father” by Housefires in Atlanta. The chorus instantly transported me back to that night at the retreat:

You’re a good, good father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are.
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am.

I just kept listening to it over and over. And as I did, I got the sense that this is bigger than my individual experience. This song is part of the soundtrack of what the Father is doing in our church. His acceptance as sons and daughters  changes the way we receive his correction. When we know we’re accepted, we see that his discipline affirms our acceptance and proves in our hearts that our sanctification is in response to our salvation and NOT a means for us to strive for it or keep it. Check out Hebrews 12:5-11:

And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

And once we get that, we learn that his acceptance is the basis for healthy relationships with everyone else. Keep reading verses 12-15:

Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled…

So as we teach this song to our church family, let’s meditate on these truths. I dare you to listen to the song on repeat and soak it in. Spend time playing it and singing it, and receive our Father’s acceptance so that we can minister to people from a place of security in him.

We’ll do this song in several keys, depending on the worship leader. Probably G or A for male vocals, and C or D for female vocals. Login to Planning Center to get the charts.

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