“Future Marches In” is the anthem of freedom UNITED has written to empower listeners. It reminds us that the battle has already been won, God has defeated darkness and we are free from it all. Free from the enemy, free from impossible situations, and free from guilt and shame.

 “Look back no further than the
Savior’s cross Look to the future like the grave is lost
There’s a promise returning all the stolen years
There’s nothing left to fear
Now the King is here
So lift your voice and sing”

 There’s a promise returning all the stolen years”, this is such a powerful statement. God saves us from sin and the lives we used to live without the influence of Christ yet, the enemy can keep us tied to our past by wrapping us in bondages of guilt. Every one of us is at a different place in our journeys, some of us have been rescued from some hard situations and strongholds in our lives that we still struggle with. Sometimes we still hold on to guilt. We feel guilt for allowing ourselves to be overcome with temptations or selfish ambitions. Even after God has delivered us from those things, we can still hold on to shame.

Guilt is our way of trying to pay for what we did wrong but, if Jesus has removed and paid for our transgressions, how can we remain guilty? The Bible does say we need to grieve our sins, but then we give it over to God so we can move on to the joy of the Lord! Press towards growth! We are set free in Jesus’ name from our past!

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” 1 John 1:9

 This is the idea that UNITED celebrates in this new song.

“We’ve been redeemed
We’ve been set free
The time has come
The fight is won
The future marches in and calls us free”

God has declared us free. God has declared us brand new. We have the victory over our strongholds because the power of Christ lives within us.

Check out the New Song Cafe below to get a behind the scenes perspective of the writing process and the power behind the lyrics. 

Blog written by Taylor Brady, Worship Together Intern

The long anticipated new album from UNITED is here! Wonder explores new melodies and tones that bring a joyful hope into the presence of God. Hillsong United's Joel Houston sums up the purpose of the album and it's lyrics in this press release:

"The hope, the imagination to dream, to believe, the tenderness to listen and lead first with mercy, the grace to empathize, the courage to trust, the fearlessness to love without pretense or condition. To see beyond the facts without dismissing them. To respond beyond the fear without reciprocating it. To sing beyond the noise, without adding to it. This is the challenge, and this is what worship— if worship can be summed up as an expression of art and music and story— is ultimately designed to do. To elevate the conversation, re-awaken the soul to something other, and lift our eyes to the wonder of a superlative truth."

We hope this album inspires your church and your spirit to seek and praise the wonder of God. 

We have an exclusive worship leader bundle available now at the Worship Together store including the CD Wonder, chord charts for each song, and a poster and note from Hillsong United's Joel Houston.

You can get the Worship Leader Bundle here: https://store.worshiptogether.com/

Below you’ll find song resources including a free chart* and New Song Cafe*. Enjoy!

Song Resources

 Wonder*

Shadow Step*

Future Marches In**

So Will I (100 Billion X)

Splinters And Stones*

Glimmer In The Dust

Greatest Of These

Shape Of Your Heart

Not Today

Life

Rain / Reign

Water To Wine

As worship leaders, one of our main jobs is to lead the people of God into His presence. Each week we carefully plan our setlist to center the church’s heart and mind on God. What we don’t always consider, is what a central role worship music can play in someone finding Christ.

I was reminded of the mysteries of how Christ works on this week’s podcast with Hillsong UNITED’s Taya Smith. I had the opportunity to speak to her just days after the band returned from Israel and the middle east. I asked her about what it was like to lead worship at the Sea of Galilee.

“We were actually singing at the Muslim Wall in the Muslim quarter, and we see people in the windows. Some people were filming, and I was like, ‘This is so cool.’ Then they’d see that we were looking and shut their windows. But they’d open it again, just a little, to let the music in. There are so many of those moments where you’re like, ‘I have no idea what God is doing behind the scenes, but there are little glimpses that He is.”

Each week there are people in our churches who don’t know Christ. While not always visible to our eyes, God uses worship music to reveal himself to people in ways we can only imagine. Music has a way of connecting with people so deeply that they are open to hearing Jesus’ call. Ushering our church into God’s presence unquestionably impacts those who may not yet have a relationship with Him. As Taya said, we have no idea what God is doing behind the scenes. Our role is to be faithful to the calling and rejoice in the knowledge that God is always at work.

This article was taken from the Worship Together Podcast. To listen to the full interview with Hillsong UNITED’s Taya Smith please visit your favorite podcast provider or listen to the Soundcloud embed below.

It's finally here! We are beyond excited about the release of Worship Central's newest album Mercy Road. This album uses captivating lyrics and melodies to encourage authentic worship. May your spirit and church be refreshed and renewed by the heart of Jesus within these songs!  

Below you’ll find song resources and a New Song Cafe*. Enjoy!

Song Resources

All That Matters*

Mercy Road*

Praise The Lord (Evermore)*

Devotion*

Waves

Lights

He Lives*

Hideaway

Pray*

To God Be The Glory

Blessings,

The Worship Together Team

“ I think in many ways the church has lost what it means to party, to really go for it, to have fun, and to dance. “ – Tim Hughes

Lately, this is a thought that has been heard repeatedly within the church. The idea that modern worship is lacking an element of celebration. We seem to be missing out on the release of joy in celebrating God whenever we let go and feel the need to dance. Worship is a powerful expression of how we revere and admire God and all of His different attributes. Sometimes worship needs to be serious. We need to feel the heaviness of God’s spirit and surrender under the weight of his tangible presence. Those serious elements of worship are of no less value but, how often are we dancing and celebrating during service in church?

"I'm alive in the

Love that You give me

Free to dance once again

You will lead me from

glory to glory

Jesus, You made a way”

Worship is an expression; it is a physical act of laying your spirit and flesh at the throne of God. God is our only true source of joy and celebration, He is the reason we come alive in worship. All of heaven celebrates Him with dancing and loud music, perhaps we should be doing that as well. He deserves all of the praise we can give.

“Praise God in his sanctuary; praise Him in His might heavens. Praise Him for His acts of power; praise Him for His surpassing greatness. Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise Him with the harp and lyre, praise Him with timbrel and dancing, praise Him with strings and pipe, praise Him with the clash of cymbals, praise Him with resounding cymbals.“ Psalm 150:1-6

This need for exciting worship is what inspired Worship Central’ s Tim Hughes, Nick Herbert, and Ben Cantelon to write “The Way”. Hughes has the desire to encourage the church to have fun in worship just like they would anywhere else.

“We tried to capture in the production [of this song] just the joy and hopefully the release of [the fact that] we’ve got a great God that we’re going to serve and we’re going to enjoy and we’re going to dance and celebrate”

“The Way” is meant to encourage and excite the church to praise God for how good He is to us. It is being used to draw out the overflowing joy of the Lord in our hearts.

Watch the New Song Café with Tim Hughes and Ben Cantelon below:

"The Way" -Worship Central 

 Get song resources here: http://www.worshiptogether.com/songs/the-way-worship-central

 

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