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New Music – Zang Productions

January 13th, 2012

As you may have noticed, our new church website features several videos relating to different areas of church life. If you haven’t had a chance to take a look at them yet, it’s well worth having a gander! They provide an excellent introduction to what Churchcentral is all about.

To make these videos the high quality products that they are we couldn’t rely solely on Russ’ chiselled features, Owen’s cheeky smile or even Sam’s comedy backwards leap (StarCity video- right at the end). We needed some decent music so decent music we did get! The soundtrack to all of the videos is provided courtesy of Zangproductions, a Moseley based independent record label (www.zangproductions.co.uk). All of the artists on the label are Christians (you will probably recognise at least one) and Zang exists not only to produce quality music but to bring the good news of Jesus to people in a relevant and thought provoking manner.

Interested in checking it out? Here are some recommendations:

Fiction Fight- I am a thief

http://fictionfight.bandcamp.com/

Beautifully crafted worship music that breaks away from the usual Chris Tomlin/Matt Redman mould. Fiction Fight blend together a variety of musical styles which provide the backdrop for deeply  personal, profound songwriting. And you can pay whatever you want for it. Highly recommended!

(The King Edwards site video features ‘Love is brave’ and the Lordswood site video features ‘My rescue’)

Benjamin Blower- Pillar of smoke

http://www.zangproductions.co.uk/releases/benjamin-blower-the-pillar-of-smoke/

Imagine Jeremiah the prophet crossed with Johnny Cash hanging out regularly with the Beastie Boys. That’s Benjamin Blower. He’s awesome and all his stuff is worth checking out but this is my favourite.

(The church homepage video from ‘Childhood by Benjamin Blower and the army of the broken hearted featured on the album ‘The darkness doesn’t love you’ )

Ickberg- Arctic Village Beaver

http://www.zangproductions.co.uk/free/ickberg-arctic-village-beaver/

Some people may remember the DJ Shadow album ‘Endtroducing’ from the 90s. If you don’t recognise the name you will definitely have heard the music on various film soundtracks or adverts. Ickberg make a similar brand of(largely) instrumental hip hop. Another quality free download.

(The StarCity video features ‘Make me’)

Selina Blakeney- Russian doll

http://www.zangproductions.co.uk/free/selina-blakeney-russian-doll/

Zang’s latest release is really just Selina’s beautiful voice and very little else. Almost entirely accapella, ‘Russian doll’ combines layers of harmonies with heartfelt songwriting to create a moving, hypnotic mini-album and once again it doesn’t cost a penny.

Joel the Custodian- My organs are yours

http://www.zangproductions.co.uk/releases/the-custodians-my-organs-are-yours/

Joel makes hiphop as it should be. His sound is crafted from reggae, electronica and even country music, with lyrics exploring themes such as the devastating majesty of God and the frail mortality of man. And, you’ll never guess, its FREE!

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Prayer

January 6th, 2012

Prayer – It takes a minute to learn but we’ll never master it in our whole lives. There’s so much to pray for but, according to Romans 8:26, ‘we don’t know what we ought to pray for’. It’s the activity that falls off most quickly when we’re busy, but in the busyness it’s the most important activity. It’s the part of our relationship with God that often we’d wish God would axe, but the most godly people all seem to agree that it’s the most productive, joyful and fulfilling experience there is!

How confusing! However, setting aside all the complexities of prayer, here’s the deal: if we don’t pray, we don’t get!

2011 was a tumultuous year and, from a human perspective, 2012 doesn’t promise to be any more comforting. However, God has given us a tool by which we can lay our requests before the one who is most able and most eager to change things for the better. Our nation, our city, our friends and our church. We just need to ask.

That’s why we’re kicking off 2012 with a half week of prayer:

We’re meeting on Tuesday, and Wednesday evening next week at St Francis Hall from 8-9:30pm and on Thursday evening at StarCity from 7:30-9pm. For all the morning people out there we’re also meeting on Tuesday and Thursday morning at the church offices from 7-8am.

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