God of Every Story

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1-Story-revLaura Story
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There is a great Author at work amongst us. We don’t always see his hand or even feel his presence, but with God of Every Story, Laura Story puts this foundational belief to song in a collection of 11 worship-full songs of praise and adoration. On the congregational front, the songs are a bit hidden, but a little digging will find some true gold. “Who Is Like Our God” carries a “How Great Is Our God” theme and delivers as powerful and affecting chorus and bridge. “There Is a Kingdom Come” is another powerful worship song, with one small hiccup: the phrase “there is a kingdom come here tonight.” As many worship services take place in the morning, it could prove to be a slight distraction. Though the production work of Ed Cash is almost ubiquitous in the worship genre (Chris Tomlin, Kari Jobe, Steven Curtis Chapman), his masterful hand was again a perfect match for Story’s straightforward style. The music is subtle, ethereal, and earthy. God of Every Story’s deeper ministry will likely be to those in the desert place of life. Songs swirl around lyrics that are steeped in real life and an honest confession that there are times when we just need to call out “Abba” and let him be our God while we rest under his wing (most explicitly in “I Can Just Be Me”).

More: All of Story’s recent accolades (including a Grammy) were warranted. Of course, we already knew that, but this release reminds us and is a gift to the church and to individual worshipers.

Less: The congregational songs are there, but worship leaders will have to work a bit to fit them in a service of worship.

Jeremy Armstrong
4.5 stars

 

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