Behind The Music: The Scoop on the Songs

We asked TNLC’s Music Director, Mason Simmons, to share his thoughts on some of the stuff going on with TNLC’s Music Team. Here’s part one of what he said. Part two is below:

Can you tell us what songs you plan on adding in the near future, or at least what albums we should be listening to?

Sure! The next few songs we plan to add are “Furious” (Bethel Live), I Exalt Thee (Jesus Culture), One Thing Remains (Jesus Culture), Take Heart (Hillsong United), Bless the Lord (Jon Owens), and a whole bunch more! ARIZE by Jon Owens is one of my favorite all time worship albums and Jon is part of the Every Nation church family!

What albums are you really enjoying lately?

Israel Houghton “Power of One“, Hillsong United “Aftermath LIVE in Miami“, Jesus Culture “Awakening“, and Bethel Live “Be Lifted High“. Also digging Fitz and the Tantrums “Picking Up the Pieces“, Civil Wars “Barton Hollow“, and anything by Ben Folds if you’re looking for something secular.

If I’m not big on singing or raising my hands, what would you say to me to help me be more comfortable worshipping through music?

I love reading what David did as they were carrying the ark back to the City of David. Let’s look at that passage – “David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the LORD with all his might, while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouts and the sound of trumpets.”

Wow! David danced in the raw before the Lord(and the city). What did God say of David? “He is a man after my own heart”. Could you imagine having God say that of you? I must admit, I do not dance before the Lord on a regular basis. 🙂 It is my desire to give it all to Him, but I have some of the same challenges that people in our congregation do: inhibitions.

Yes, it’s true; many of us are too worried about the person to our right or left, instead of focusing on God and what He wants. After all, it is God that we are giving our worship to, right? Now, no one on this side of Heaven will get it perfect. However, it’s important to put more emphasis on what God desires from your worship than what anyone around you thinks. And remember, Worship is giving. It’s not about us, or what receive, but what God receives.

So ask yourself, “When I worship, what does He receive?”

What other questions do you have for Mason about music at TNLC?



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