Stephen Hurd - Times Of Refreshing

Published Monday 13th July 2009
Stephen Hurd - Times Of Refreshing
Stephen Hurd - Times Of Refreshing

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 49581-15337
LABEL: Integrity 45052
RELEASE DATE: 2008-10-31
RRP: £9.99

Reviewed by Matthew Cordle

The premise of this CD is slightly different from most in that it is a recording of a "time of refreshing" for worship ministry leaders. Stephen comes across as very genuine in his ministry and states, "I had a pull in my spirit to bring worship leaders no one knew together and create a place of healing and ministry that allowed God through me to minister to them." Most songs are written by Stephen and Justin Savage, the producer of the recording, with an additional smattering of well-known hymns/songs along with a verbal encouragement not to neglect our heritage of hymns. Musically the band is very tight, coupled with an excellent brass section and the rich strings of The Nashville String Machine, underpinning a very capable choir. "The Water" is particularly worth mentioning, having a lovely string arrangement and a lyric encouraging us to find a special place where we can meet with God. On the downside, Stephen's repetitious shouted exhortations become somewhat tiresome upon repeat listening - for example, the shouted "Come on" is repeated 29 times at the start of "Great Name". Plus there are some songs with strong lyrics, but others which never progress beyond the level of declaring that "Mighty is your name" or "Come and make some noise."

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Glory Chant (Remix) [Listen]
2. Great Name [Listen]
3. You Are [Listen]
4. You Are (Reprise) [Listen]
5. The Worship Leader's Charge [Listen]
6. The Prayer [Listen]
7. Amazing Grace [Listen]
8. Amazing [Listen]
9. Amazing (Reprise) [Listen]
10. Your Name Alone [Listen]
11. Your Name Alone (Corporate Worship) [Listen]
12. Above All - Lord I Lift Your Name On High [Listen]
13. Refreshing (Pastor John Jenkins, Sr.) [Listen]
14. The Water [Listen]
15. Hymns Of The Church [Listen]
16. There's Power In His Name [Listen]
17. The Wind Of God [Listen]
18. Final Exhortation [Listen]
19. The Benediction [Listen]
20. It Is So [Listen]

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Product Description
A call was sent out to Worship leaders, Music Directors, Psalmists & Musicians from around the US. On the evening of Friday, May 23rd 2008, an intimate group of three hundred met in the upper room of First Baptist of Glenarden in Landover, Maryland. United in heart and purpose, desperate for renewal, they cried out to God. The night was riveting, the effect impactful and the result…Times of Refreshing.

Co-produced by Stellar Award nominee Stephen Hurd and Justin Savage, Times of Refreshing will renew your spirit and reinvigorate your congregational worship and personal devotions.

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