Posts Tagged ‘praise’

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 ( 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

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

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

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

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

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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More Worshipers in this City

May 20th, 2011

It will have been difficult to have been around the church for the past few months without hearing about the vision which God has clearly spoken to us about; to multiply sites across Birmingham in order to see Jesus the most talked about person in the city.

That is an exciting vision, and something I love about it is the thought that this means more worshipers of Jesus in this city, and more places across the city where His excellence is proclaimed and He is worshiped! Bring that on!! If you’ve attended any Churchcentral meetings you will have seen that we are committed to worshiping God together every time we gather, through music, song and heartfelt spoken praise, as well as by welcoming and prizing the work of the Holy Spirit amongst us through the various gifts He gives to us (prophetic words, healing, tongues, interpretations and the like).

I am passionate about building a church where God’s praise is made glorious (Psalm 66.2). In order to do this across multiple sites we are going to need more worship leaders. Over the summer months, while the various training tracks are running, I am going to be running a track for a number of people in the church that already have led, or could lead worship across the sites in future. I am excited about this, and in faith for God to equip and raise up more leaders who can lead us each week into God’s presence.

Secondly though, we are going to need more gifted musicians. I’m sure you’ll agree that we are already extremely blessed by the people God has given us who give not only their talents but their time and commitment to serving us in playing regularly. Part of what makes leading worship so enjoyable for me is working with other musicians to create music that brings God glory and helps the church worship Him.

But we are keen to find more musical talent! So, on Saturday 28th May we are creating an opportunity for musicians to declare their interest in playing in a worship band at one or more of our Sunday morning site meetings, or at other more occasional events such as the Christmas carol service. We’re interested in musicians of all kinds, whether you sing or play an electric or orchestral instrument. In terms of the standard we’re looking for, it’s of a reasonable level, but we’re also looking for people who have a heart to exalt God and to serve. The event will provide an opportunity to meet others who serve in worship and play a couple of songs together. If this is something you would be interested in, please click here to email Owen or you can call either Owen or the church office (0121 200 1995) for further details.

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God Comes First

January 7th, 2011

Well it’s that time of year again when in a fit of optimism many of us set goals and make great promises to ourselves about what we are going to do in the New Year. Sadly, the reality doesn’t always match our lofty dreams. This is often down to a lack of resolve on our part to keep going with our well-intentioned resolutions. However, circumstances can also conspire against us. It can be hard when things that we had hoped for don’t materialise, or things that we cherish get taken from us. Yet there is a way to safeguard against the despair, disappointment and disillusionment of unmet dreams.

I’m constantly challenged by the mindset of Asaph when he prays these radical words: “Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:25-26). He’s basically saying that even if he lost everything, he would still praise God. And, beyond that, he’s saying that God is his number one passion, desire, goal and treasure in life.

It was this same desire for God that enabled Habakkuk to utter these similarly profound words: “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Saviour” (Habakkuk 3:17-18).

I can’t help thinking that of all the things we could long for in the coming year, if we could only long more for God, our lives would be most deeply impacted for the better. As Jonathan Edwards put it back in the 18th century: “God himself is the greatest good which we are brought to the possession and enjoyment of through our salvation. He is the highest good, and the sum of all that good which Christ purchased.”

This Sunday I want to talk about some resolutions, some commitments which I guarantee will revolutionise your life if you follow through on them. Over and above everything else, I want to appeal to you to make knowing God your chief resolution and goal in the coming year.

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