Relevant music to today’s society, simple words that abandon the need of a dictionary to understand and engage in, and incredible substance to bring honest worship with—that is what the worship team at Church of the Highlands created in their new album Place of Freedom.
With captivating music that is engaging and far from stagnant while properly focusing clear and congregational focused lyrics on top, this offering is a goldmine for worship leader’s seeking new and relevant music for their modern congregations. From the rocking charge of “We Are” which boasts of our mission to be the hands and feet of Christ’s body to anthems of acclamation like “Our God Reigns,” Highlands Worship delivers a Hillsong UNITED-esque feel while maintaining a vibe and lyrics that are fresh and new.
Place of Freedom is littered with essential liturgical elements as well. “Arise” is a modern-day call to worship while songs like “He Is All We Need” and “God Is” call us to a deeper appreciation and closeness to our God to engage further in the worship experience.
Other standouts to add to your set include “Close to You,” a song with a spontaneous feel, packed full with intimate worship offerings in its lyrics. “I collapse within your truth … I’m falling fast … you guard my life … I surrender,” are just a few of the lines adorning the deep and complex verses while the choruses make sense of the complexity with a simple “Jesus, you’re my everything … you’re my everything.”
The title track, “Place of Freedom,” is an inviting song of worship that speaks of coming before God and feeling safe enough to lay everything before him and simply worship.
More: Twelve tracks and not a single one that couldn’t easily become a part of today’s worship sets.
Less: The album ended after the 12th song. I’m still ready for more!