Vineyard Campbellsville, Promises of Wonder
A group of pastors, songwriters, worship leaders and musicians at the Vineyard Campbellsville met weekly around the themes of the “Trinitarian nature of God,” and “the proclamation of the presence of God in both our trials and triumphs.” They prayed, shared and wrote and let it all steep. The results, a live and living expression of worship that reinforces the value of songs birthed in community and prayer. Multiple worship artists and writers take the lead, making for a dimensional and accessible experience, with songs for congregational worship, special music and private devotions. “High King of Heaven,” the opening track featuring Hannah Daugherty is replete with the intimacy and beauty of classic Vineyard worship, while reverberating with ascendant power and passion. Immediately followed by “We Can Sing” (written/sung by Adam Russell), a joyous country-flavored—Campbellsville is in Kentucky—affirmation of God’s character and ability to keep us in joy no matter what happens. Two songs into the album, it is clear that Promises of Wonder has not only dynamic range, but creative and stylistic reach. Throughout, the music blends and toggles between folk; alt, Southern, and classic rock; roots; country; pop; and Campbellsville creativity.
“Bless Your Name” is a lovely new God-honoring song for Easter, both tender and triumphant. The improvisational waiting on God toward the end won’t work for more formal churches, but it does proclaim the truth that God is with us here, and we are with him in heaven even now (Eph 2:6). It would be simple to shorten and adapt to your church’s individual style. And there are many songs worth adapting if the current representation doesn’t match your church’s preferred style. California’s Ryan Delmore (Five Cities Vineyard) guests on Promises of Wonder, joining the writing and singing on “I Belong to You,” and “Your Great Love for Me” and sang with Hannah Daugherty on the exquisitely composed and performed title song (written by Samuel Yoder).
More: The rootsy warmth and lyrical poetry of “Still I Sing” featuring Glen Yoder is irresistible. Resolute focus on the Trinity on songs such as “Wonderful” and “Father” supplies an oft-missing element in worship, in addition to being lovely songs—and adaptable for congregations.
Less: Wish for a little more congregation and a little less solo performance. And less restraint on the few songs that want to go anthemic … let them. Yet, generally so appreciative of the courage to be vulnerable and not hide behind too much production. Bravo.