STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 120628-18802 LABEL: O Records 98382 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2011-11-22 RRP: £10.99
Reviewed by Doug Holland
This CD (20 tracks providing a little over 70 minutes of music) is a record of the corporate worship element of the Revival Alliance gathering held in London in September 2011, when 1,000 UK church leaders were joined by representatives from the North American Revival Alliance ministry. The UK Revival Band fronts the worship solidly (guitar-led with keys, bass, drums and a variety of orchestral instruments in support), offering songs that are mainly up-tempo with a good variety of vocals and arrangements. Giorgian Banov is credited on violin on three of the tracks, but without doubt the standout unique element of this offering is the massed, unaccompanied singing, led by the renowned pastor Bill Johnson, of several well known praise and worship songs. This section, probably more than any other aspect of the recording, captures and conveys the flavour and passion of the event.
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On 1-3 September 2011 a group of churches committed to revival hosted a gathering in Marsham Street’s Emmanuel Centre, London.
They were joined by representatives from the North American Revival Alliance ministry network that includes Bill & Beni Johnson, Heidi & Rolland Baker, John & Carol Arnott, Che & Sue Ahn and Georgian & Winnie Banov.
1,000 hungry, passionate UK church leaders encountered the Presence of God in such a powerful way as to be profoundly impacted.
The resulting spiritual shift was summed up in a powerful apostolic declaration made by Bill Johnson, that we would look back on September 1st as being ‘the day things changed in the UK’.
Awaken Love was made to faithfully represent what the Spirit of God was doing during the times of corporate worship and prophetic song.
The heart of the people involved in this project is that God might use it to once more fan into flame the fires of revival in our nation and impact every sphere of influence to see His Kingdom come.