By Kate Berkey - December 7, 2017
Posted in Adult Ministry, Worship, Student Ministry, High School Ministry, Middle School Ministry, Stories from NMC
As Christians, we tend to talk about life in seasons. Seasons are a way of marking time in our world—spring, summer, fall, winter—and they are also a way of marking time in our lives. We experience seasons of deep joy and gratitude, of watching our dreams unfold before our eyes. We experience seasons of darkness and deep sadness, of losing people or things we treasured. We experience seasons of growth, plateaus, and everything in between.
“All of our Worship Ministry CDs are attempts to mark a moment or capture a season our church has walked through,” Pastor David Cummings explained to me.
We sat in his office, talking about NMC Worship Ministry’s newest CD release—a live Connection Worship album entitled Come Alive. We talked about the season of change we have walked through both at NMC and in our world—the Worship Center retrofit, staff changes, changes in ministry, a new president, increasing social and political tensions.
Every once in a while, we experience this kind of season one of change and chaos. In these seasons, life can look unfamiliar. The unexpected hits us, and we find ourselves reeling a bit. In these seasons of change, we desperately need things that are unchanging.
At NMC, a few things haven’t changed. As a Body, we have worshipped. We have sung. We have shouted. We have clapped. We have joined together to proclaim unchanging truths. These are the moments marked and the season captured on Come Alive.
“The title Come Alive is descriptive of what happens when our lives intersect with Christ and the Gospel, with truth,” Pastor David explained.
As Christians, we hold onto the truth that true life only comes through the power of Jesus Christ, that all other kinds of life are attempts to fill a void that only Christ can fill. We come alive in the Lord, and it’s only through Him that we breathe in and out. And this truth leads us to worship. It leads us to proclaim who God is and live in the joy of life found in Him.
“I think the songs that have been particularly meaningful to NMC in this season are songs that reinforce the character of God, and many of those songs found their way onto this album. What a Beautiful Name reminds people of God’s character. Love Come Down reminds people of God’s work. Glorious Day is a kind of testimony song too,” Pastor David said.
In a season of change—whether at NMC or in our world—these songs affirm the things that are unchanging. They bring a sense of peace to the restless. They bring stability to the shaken. They bring confidence to the weary. They are songs that root us.
It was also during this season that a few on the worship team pieced together lyrics and a melody to the song Who Can Compare.
“Our mission when we write songs is to simply write songs for the church. We ask ourselves, ‘what are the things the church needs to be singing?’” Pastor David explained.
After six months of writing and editing and tweaking, the team finally felt this song conveyed what the Lord had been speaking to their souls. The inspiration from this song came from Isaiah 40. Time and again in this passage, the writer asks, “To whom will you compare God?” And he reminds the people that no one is like the Lord. Through this, the team wrote lyrics like, “You’re my savior, my redeemer. There is no one like you. You’re my healer, my deliverer. There is no one like you, God.”
It’s been incredible to see how God has used this song to speak to people’s hearts. There has been something healing and deeply meaningful for people to sing these truths about God and to be reminded of His unchanging character.
The songs on Come Alive are so much more than beautiful lyrics and melodies. They are snapshots of a season. Years from now, the NMC family will be able to look back on this album and be reminded. They will say to themselves and to others, “Remember when…” In a season of change, of turmoil, of instability in our world, our families, and sometimes our own church, the Lord is unchanging. Truth is truth in all times, in all places, in all ways. Truth, like the God we serve, is unchanging.
“This is what I want people to be reminded of when they listen to Come Alive,” Pastor David said. “I want people to be reminded of who God is no matter what season they are in.”
So may you be reminded of who God is. In the midst of change and uncertainty and questions and whatever situation you face, remember these unchanging truths about the One we worship.
Want to listen to Come Alive?
Copies will be available beginning this Sunday at the Ministry Center. These CDs make great Christmas gifts for your family and friends! The cost is $10 per CD or $15 for two CDs. Come Alive will also be available on iTunes (for $12.99), Google Play, and Spotify soon.