iWorship - iWorship Vol 1

Wednesday 1st January 2003
iWorship - iWorship Vol 1
iWorship - iWorship Vol 1

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Integrity 23362
RRP: £9.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

The bi-line to this stylishly packaged new series is "A total worship experience" and though you can purchase separately any of the elements - the double CD, DVDs, the songbook (complete with bonus CD-Rom featuring chord charts and text files) - you wouldn't get the whole "experience" simply by getting the CD. Until now worship resources have concentrated largely on either the worship leader (with songbooks offering the words and music of a stream of the world's best songs and choruses) or the more general church-goer wanting to continue the essential worship dynamic outside of church meetings and celebrations by playing worship albums at home, in the car, or even on their portable stereos. Now Integrity Music (which, you'll remember, recently expanded to purchase INO) along with Maranatha! Music here offer not only 33 of the world's most popular worship recordings - Darlene Zschech's "Shout To The Lord", Paul Baloche's "Open The Eyes Of My Heart" and possibly the piece-de-resistance, MercyMe's "I Can Only Imagine" (which, in truth, isn't a congregational worship song but is one of the finest you'll hear this or any year) and added to many of them a whole new visual element. Two DVDs each offer visuals to accompany seven of the songs (don't ask me why they didn't put them all on one DVD) are the groundbreaking element of the whole iWorship project. Largely the film footage accompanying the songs concentrates on the glories of God's creation - so there's lots of beautifully shot and occasionally breathtaking images of sunsets, helicopter-tracked mountains, woodlands, deserts and of course, that most popular evangelical favourite, waterfalls. Now some of the more jaded post-evangelicals will view such film-and-song presentations as more clichéd kitsch akin to those sunsets-and-Scripture verses posters which were once so popular in the Christian subculture. And no doubt there are some pockets of the reformed church who will see a worship-with-visuals resource as perilously close to an incitement to idolatry that in ages past led to wholesale wrecking of statues and smashing of stained glass windows. But somewhere in the middle will be the majority of Christians who recognise that our modern culture, dominated by TV and film, has put increasing emphasis on the visual dimension and that the iWorship series is a useful attempt to recognise that fact as it seeks to draw us into worship. It's just been announced that the first iWorship project has already gone gold in the USA. Clearly those who've conceived this series have discovered a need within the Church.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Come Now Is The Time To Worship [Listen]
2. My Redeemer Lives [Listen]
3. Every Move I Make [Listen]
4. God Of Wonders [Listen]
5. Above All [Listen]
6. Breathe [Listen]
7. Blessed Assurance [Listen]
8. He Knows My Name [Listen]
9. You're Worthy Of My Praise [Listen]
10. Open The Eyes Of My Heart [Listen]
11. I Can Only Imagine [Listen]
12. Let The River Flow [Listen]
13. As A Deer [Listen]
14. You Shine [Listen]
15. Let It Rise [Listen]
16. Lord I Lift Your Name On High [Listen]
17. Redeemer Saviour Friend [Listen]
18. Trading My Sorrows [Listen]
19. Hallelujah (Your Love Is Amazing) [Listen]
20. Awesome God [Listen]
21. Sing For Joy [Listen]
22. That's Why We Praise Him [Listen]
23. Be Unto Your Name [Listen]
24. Shout To The Lord [Listen]
25. All I One Held Dear (Knowing You) [Listen]
26. We All Bow Down [Listen]
27. Grace Alone [Listen]
28. What A Friend I've Found [Listen]
29. We Speak To Nations [Listen]
30. All Hail The Power Of Jesus Name [Listen]
31. Days Of Elijah [Listen]
32. Jesus We Crown You With Praise [Listen]
33. I Will Sing [Listen]

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Product Description
The original best-selling double CD featuring Robin Mark, Darlene Zschech, Don Moen, Brian Doerksen, MercyMe with 33 of today's most powerful worship songs. Includes: 'Open the eyes of my heart, I can only imagine, Hallelujah, What a friend I've found.'

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