By NMC - December 10, 2015
Posted in Worship, Stories from NMC
A group of five musicians sat on the floor of a living room singing harmony and melody to a song this world had never heard before. While most people were at home with their families on this Friday night, this group decided it was time to pull together. They had a vision to write a song together, to feed off one another and create a song that brought people closer to the Father. That night they created the skeleton of a song as they tinkered with and perfected the lyrics and melody. As more musicians joined the process in the following weeks, the song began to take shape. What was first an acoustic guitar and some voices became a bass, some drums, an electric guitar; it became a song that lived and breathed. They decided to call this song “For You,” and it is one of the songs featured on Ever Yours, the new album that will be released by the Connection Worship Band this Sunday.
Every 12-16 months NMC releases a worship CD. Ever Yours will be the seventh CD the NMC worship team has produced in the past seven years. Each CD captures a snapshot of NMC; it marks a moment. Much like a photograph puts pieces of history into pixels, these CDs put pieces of NMC’s history into melodies and lyrics.
Ever Yours captures a most intriguing time for NMC. Although it was not planned, these songs were recorded during the Pray series. This series was a significant one for the NMC Body as we grew in our understanding of prayer and engaged in ways that were different than a typical series. Pastor David Cummings described the different level at which people in Connection engaged with worship on a weekly basis. Every Sunday of the year people come ready for worship, but there was something special about the work God was doing during the Pray series that is evident in the live songs that were recorded.
This album also captures songs that have become particularly meaningful for the Connection body. Songs like “No Longer Slaves,” “Good Good Father,” “Can’t Stop Singing,” “You Make Me Brave” and others have become anthems for many people who regularly attend Connection. Not only does this CD mark a moment during the Pray series, but when people listen to this CD in the months or years to come, they will be reminded of the songs that led them into worship in the fall of 2015.
Providing valuable reminders is only one of the many reasons NMC produces worship albums. In our ever-increasing effort to “leave the building,” these CDs provide ministry opportunities outside of regular programming. People can use them for their personal worship and devotional times. They can be gifted to others as a way of sharing the message of Jesus Christ. These CDs aren’t produced for the money or the publicity but as ministry tool for the glory of God.
Over the years, the NMC body has used these CDs for just that. One NMC attender, who is a counselor, buys these CDs to give to her clients. In her words, her clients need to change how they think by changing what they feed into their minds. Worship music puts something different, something supernatural in people’s minds. Through her courage to share Jesus through songs, this woman is making an eternal impact.
Another NMC family with young kids play the CDs in their car. As they drive from point A to point B, they find themselves humming or singing along to them. For the parents, there’s nothing more special than hearing their children sing along to songs like “One Thing Remains.” For this family, these CDs teach their children about worship. They teach them that worship isn’t just something that happens on a Sunday morning, but it also happens during everyday moments like during the drive to Meijer or to the dentist’s office.
As a church, we know how important it is to engage in our relationships with Christ on a daily basis. Creating these CDs isn’t an easy process. During the creation of Ever Yours the team lost two and a half weeks of recording because of a computer glitch. Even when technology works perfectly, this process is still a long one, demanding late hours and full concentration. Yet, the pay-off is worth it to Pastor David and his team as they have the chance to minister to people long after the Sunday service ends.
Ever Yours will be on sale at the Ministry Center and outside of Connection this Sunday, December 13. From then until January 4, these CDs will be buy-one-get-one-free for $12. After December 27, they will also be available on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Google Play and Amazon.