“Joy in the Morning” / “Morning will Come”

Screen Shot 2020-03-16 at 1.08.57 PMI remember the first time Psalm 30:5 spoke to me so deeply; “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” It was 2008 & were walking through a very deep valley & needed encouragement – those words became something firm for us to stand on, so we wrote them into a song that we demoed with the band for the SONGS FROM THE HOPE FARM release, but it just didn’t feel finished, & the message was so dear to my heart that I wanted to make sure it was truly finished before I recorded & released it.

So, I rewrote it. I rewrote “Joy in the Morning” so many times that it became a joke among my band members. I’d say, “Guys, should we play ‘Joy’?“, & they’d respond – “I don’t know – which one?“, & we’d all have a good laugh. [Read more…]

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Help finish MORNING WILL COME with Saint Lewis!

MORNINGWILLCOMEBack in 2011 we started a unique adventure. Following the release of our alt-worship album, “Songs from the Hope Farm“, it was our heart to impact the broader church with songs that weren’t simply an expression of our own creativity, but songs written for congregational singing. The first single from that project was “Your Mighty Hand“, which has been led at hundreds of churches around the world – that’s when we knew: “God is in THIS!” The concept for MORNING WILL COME was born – a collection of upbeat worship songs that help people wrestle with that tension between the sometimes harsh realities of life & the goodness of God.

We followed up with “Your Will“, which made it into the iTunes Top 100 (#72) the day it was released! Next was “When this Day Ends“, in partnership with McKendree Augustas (of Kari Jobe’s band) & Mark Siegel (then with Matt Maher). Last year we released “You won’t Stop” through Ascension Music‘s City Worship Project, which has since overtaken “Your Mighty Hand” in the CCLI charts! 

The end is in sight! All that’s left to do is mix/master (in one case, re-mix/master) “Joy in the Morning“, “Morning will Come“, “You won’t Stop (remix)“, & “Wandering Heart (reimagined)“. Each song fits within the same theme: sometimes life is hard, but God is good & HE has it all under control!

Would you consider joining us in this final push over the top? If so, click here to partner with us! THANK YOU!

NEXT: Fresh New Worship – Oct ’16

screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-3-09-47-pmI’m sorry I’ve missed a couple of months. Oddly, Hurricane Matthew’s evacuation created the downtime I needed to finish this list.

If you’re new to “NEXT”, I know it’s hard to find new corporate worship songs – there is so much to sort through, especially if you want to dig deeper than the CCLI Top 50. Well, I’ve done the work for you – culling through current releases, both indie & label, curating a list of new material worth exploring. Be encouraged to let me know which of these songs you use, & how your church responds!

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NEXT: Fresh New Worship – May 2016

Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 11.32.58 AMAre you looking for new corporate worship songs to use in your ministry/church?  I’ve attempted to do some of that work for you, collecting new songs year round to see which ones “stick”. I hope this curated list helps you better serve your congregation!


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